Recall Alert: The Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator Can Have Loose Motor Mounts

Saying that 2020 has been a hard year would be a major understatement. However, this year has been particularly rough for the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. In August, we learned that these SUVs were recalled due to improperly fastened side airbags. From there, the Explorer and Aviator got recalled yet again due to driveshafts that could shatter randomly.

It should come as no surprise then that these SUVs are facing yet another recall. According to CarComplaints, the engine’s motor mounts can loosen and eventually disconnect from the engine, causing major problems. To make matters worse, the issue is caused by an unusual situation at the factory.

What is wrong with the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator?

As mentioned above, the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator now suffer from a serious issue regarding their motor mounts. More specifically, the issue centers around the motor mount fasteners. These components have been found to come loose over time under normal driving conditions slowly. According to CarComplaints, the axle may disconnect itself from the engine, causing a loss of power. The main safety concern here surrounds the random loss of power while traveling at higher speeds.

This Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator issue comes as a result of faulty manufacturing, says CarComplaints. Apparently, the automated tool that secures the right-hand motor mounts broke. In response, a manual handheld tool was reportedly brought in to attach the mounts. However, CarComplaints reports that the handheld tool may not have tightened the motor mounts fasteners to the proper recommended torque spec.

On a positive note, no crashes or injuries have been reported due to this manufacturing mishap.

How many SUVs suffer from this issue?

The new Lincoln Aviator is unveiled during the Lincoln Motors press conference on display in Los Angeles, California on November 28, 2018 at Automobility LA
The Lincoln Aviator | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Since a broken machine caused this Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator issue, the batch of affected SUVs is relatively small. According to CarComplaints, over 1,460 2020 and 2021 SUVs suffer from this issue. Of this total figure, CarComplaints reports that 1,400 are in the U.S., 65 are in Canada, and two are in Mexico.

As is the case with all other manufacturer recalls, Ford and Lincoln will likely reach to owners to notify them if their vehicle is affected. If so, then you’ll need an appointment with your local dealership to perform a repair. According to CarComplaints, Ford and Lincoln plan to replace the right-hand motor mount fasteners completely. When torqued to the proper specification, the new fasteners should eliminate the current risk.

According to CarComplaints, the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator’s official recall begins on February 8th, 2021.

Here’s what you should do for now

2020 Ford Explorer Limited in the wild
2020 Ford Explorer Limited | Ford

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If you happen to have a 2020 Ford Explorer or Lincoln Aviator, here are some steps you can take. According to CarComplaints, drivers of these SUVs should feel if their vehicle is affected by this issue. This is because loose engine mounts will quickly result in abnormal engine vibrations. As you’d expect, these can be felt throughout the cabin.

If you notice unusual vibrations with your SUV, CarComplaints suggests calling the carmaker at (866) 436-7332. From there, steps can be taken to determine whether your SUV is one of the few affected. The reference number for the recall is 20S72.