Ford issued a recall of nearly 653,000 vehicles due to an earlier reported issue with the windshield wipers. As of February 25, there were 257 reports of wiper arms detached from vehicles, causing issues for many drivers. These reported problems are the latest recall from Ford. This recall impacts more than 653,000 trucks and SUVs wearing the Ford and Lincoln brand names.
More power did not make things better for these Ford trucks and SUVs
The wiper motors in affected Ford vehicles have higher torque levels than the design specified, as reported by Automotive News. The recall report sent to the NHTSA outlines the troubles with these wiper motors. The impacted models are:
2020-21 Ford F-150 trucks and Expedition SUVs
2020-22 Super Duty F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks
2020-21 Lincoln Navigator SUVs
The added torque can cause these wiper arms to break, which could be extremely dangerous for drivers.
Could the windshields pop out of these Ford models?
This windshield wiper recall is not the same as the recall issued in February by Consumer Reports of windshields that could potentially pop out of place. In this recall, windshields weren’t bonded properly to the vehicle’s frame, causing a recall of more than 79,000 Ford trucks. Some of the trucks impacted by the improper bonding recall could also be part of the wiper motor recall.
What should owners do?
Owners of impacted Ford vehicles will be notified by letter regarding the wiper motor recall, according to the Portland Press Herald. These letters start going out on May 23 to inform owners they need to bring their Ford or Lincoln vehicles to the dealership for the recall work. Ford will repair impacted vehicles at no cost to the owner.
Why were higher-torque motors used?
The global semiconductor chip shortage caused Ford to build some of these truck and SUV models with the higher-torque wiper motors than specified. Owners of Ford models should check both recalls to find out if their vehicle is part of the recall.