Welcome to Flaming Fords

The Website About Defects that Could Make Your FoMoCo Vehicle Burn - Even While Parked in the Garage Under Your Home - Seize Up, or Crash

Ford has issued recalls (or programs) on the defects listed below, but there are allegations that Ford did not recall some of the affected vehicles, leaving many un-repaired, waiting to self-destruct.

This website is divided into the sections listed below.  More sections will be added when other dangerous Ford defects are brought to our attention.

To file a report with the Federal Auto Safety Hotline ("ODI"), or to contact the editor of this website, scroll down to the information at the bottom  of this page.


Section 1:  Flaming Ford Ignition Switches
Section added 11-1-03*
A short can occur in the ignition switch, leading to fire.  fxpro forex broker This condition may occur while the vehicle is in use, or unattended (parked with the engine off, in your garage).    According to some accounts, Ford's recall covered only 1/3 of the affected vehicles.

Vehicles possibly affected:  1984 through 1993, all car, van and light truck models.
NHTSA recall 96V071000
Let us know about spontaneous fires in other, or later, models.

For more information about flaming Ford ignition switches, click on the underlined Section 1 heading, above.

*Section 1 is a nearly complete archive of flaming fords.com, the famous 1996 - 2002 website about these flaming ignition switches.

Section 2:  Cracking Plastic Intake Manifolds on Ford V-8 Engines
Section created 11-14-03**, updated 3-17-06
In the 'good old days' intake manifolds were made from cast iron or aluminum.  x trade brokers When Ford's new plastic manifolds crack next to the thermostat housing, you lose your coolant, with the potential to seize your motor.

Vehicles possibly affected:  1996 through 2002, with 4.6 litre V-8.
Let us know about cracking manifolds with coolant leaks in other, or later, models.

The "Settlement"

In a December 2005 "settlement" of a class-action lawsuit, Ford agreed to compensate many owners for the cracked manifolds.  

For more information about cracking intake manifolds, click on the underlined Section 2 heading, above.

**Section 2 was created by the editor of flamingfords.info after this problem happened to a good friend.

Section 3:  Flaming Ford Cruise Control Switches
Section added 5-19-04***, updated 8-4-07
  Ford's cruise control deactivation switch can develop a resistive short that could result in an underhood fire.
  This may occur while the vehicle is in use, or unattended (parked with the engine off, in your garage).

Brake fluid can leak into the area where the switch contacts are and create a current path which allows the switch to get hot and ignite the fluid.  Sometimes there are warning signs:  The cruise control stops working, and/or the brake lights quit because the extra current draw through the switch blows the fuse in the fuse panel.

So far, Ford has issued five recalls for cruise control switches:

(1)  In 1999, Ford recall 99S15 ( NHTSA recall 99V124000) xm broker Vehicles included in that recall:  1992 and 1993 Crown Vic, Grand Marquis and Town Car.

(2)  On January 27, 2005 Ford announced an additional recall affecting 800,000 F150 pickups, Expeditions and Navigators from 2000, and 2001 F-Series Supercrew trucks that were made at the same time.

(3)  On September 7, 2005 Ford announced an additional recall affecting 3.8 million vehicles including 1994-2002 F150 pickup, 1994-96 Bronco, 1997-2002 Expedition, and 1998-2002 Lincoln Navigator.   The recall came just after a strong
August 2005 Ralph Nader letter to the head of NHTSA.
  Ford produced a video about the recall.  It shows the installation of the repair part (a short electrical cable, or "fused jumper") that Ford is providing its customers under the recalls. 

(4)  On July 27, 2006 Ford  announced the recall of an additional 1.2 million vehicles including 1994-2002 F250 through F550 trucks, 2000-2002 Excursion, 1994-1996 Econoline, 1996-2002 E450 van, and 1998 Explorer and Mountaineer.

(5)  On August 3, 2007 Ford announced the recall of an additional 3.6 million vehicles including 1998-2002 Ranger, 1992-1997 Town Car, Crown Vic and Grand Marquis, 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII,  1993-1995 Taurus SHO, 1999-2001 Explorer and Mountaineer, 2001-2002 Explorer Sport, 1992-1993 and 1997-2002 E150-350 vans, 1993 F-Series pickup, 1993 Bronco, 1994 Capri, 2003-2004 F150 Lightning, and 1995-2002 F53 motor homes.

(6) On February 28, 2008 NHTSA issued a
consumer advisory, to reach an estimated 4.6 million owners who had not yet responded to previous recall notices.

This huge recall has been covered by the press, but you might want to look at the website of
Consumer Affairs, which has an article including a box that includes links to many Ford "fire stories," grouped by model.

There may be fires in other models or years. "I would recommend that anyone who is having trouble with their cruise control on a Ford vehicle, no matter what type of vehicle or what year, take it to the dealership immediately for service."  (Conroe, Texas Lt. John Plant, in the Courier, January 28, 2005)

Flamingfords.info recommends that if you have a FoMoCo vehicle with cruise control (even those models and years not recalled), don't park it in or even near where you sleep.

The recalls leave Flamingfords.info with four concerns.

1.  Have all the affected FoMoCo vehicles been recalled?  (What about the late sedans?)  Flamingfords.info shares the concern expressed in a
September 7, 2005 Ralph Nader statement about the recall.

2.  Will the fused jumper really do its intended job of shutting-off electricity to the switch before it can get hot enough to ignite?  Ford's electrical engineers don't have an impressive track record, and Flamingfords.info thinks that they should subject their design and testing of the jumper to independent review.

3. The recall doesn't replace the switch itself.  When they eventually leak, will the car owner be left to pick up the tab for the new switch and the labor to install it?

4.  Outside of this recall, some vehicles may have been repaired solely by replacement of the switch, with no jumper added.  What if the new switches leak and heat up?  Shouldn't every repair include a fused jumper, not just a new switch?  Will Ford make the fused jumpers available, inexpensively, in its dealers' parts departments, so that people whose cars aren't included in the recalls can purchase and install one at their own expense?

For more information and articles about Ford's flaming cruise control switches, click on the underlined Section 3 heading, above.

***Section 3 is a nearly complete archive of flaming towncars.com, a 1999 - 2003 website about these flaming cruise control switches, plus one new page containng reports from owners of other/later models than those formally recalled.

Section 4:  Leaking Front Cover and Intake Manifold Gaskets in Ford V-6 Engines
Section added 4-30-05****

If these coolant leaks are caught early, they require only a moderately expensive repair.  If not caught in time, you will need to rebuild or replace your engine.

You may not get a puddle under your car to warn you of these leaks.  Your only warning may be that your coolant level has gone down.  Or, you may have steamy white exhaust, even in warm weather.  Or you may have trouble getting the engine to turn over when starting it (which could be mis-interpreted as a dead battery or starter motor).

The front cover gasket leak can mix sufficient coolant into your engine oil to destroy your bearings.  The only warning may be a dropping coolant level or a rising oil level.

 The intake manifold gasket leak can admit coolant into a combustion chamber, resulting in
hydro-lock and bent rods.  If you have had white exhaust in warm weather, or have been losing coolant, or if the engine is hard to start - possibly with a thump like your battery is dead - these could be signs that a cylinder has filled with incompressible coolant.  Cease all attempts to start the engine until you have checked for coolant in the cylinders.  (Checking is very easy and inexpensive - it requires only the removal of the spark plugs.  Any mechanic can do it.)

Vehicles possible affected:  1995 through 1998 Fords equipped with a 3.8L or 4.2L V-6 engine.

Ford has published two service bulletins ("TSB") and one owner notification program ("ONP") letter about the front cover leaks:

(1)  In June 1999, Ford TSB 99-13-1, entitled "Engine oil mixed with coolant / coolant loss."

(2)  In October 1999,
Ford TSB 99-20-7, entitled "Cooling system - undue loss of coolant."

(3)  In January 2000, Ford
ONP 99B29 offered a no-charge replacement of the engine front cover gasket.

Here are some good forum threads about the intake manifold gaskets: 

If you have had to pay for replacement of these gaskets, or have had engine damage as a result of their failure, please report it to ODI, below.

****Section 4 was inspired by leaking fords.com, a 2002 - 2004 website about these leaking gaskets.

Section 5:  Chafing Brake Line, Full-Sized Ford Passenger Cars, 1997
Section added 7-29-05*****

In July 2005 Ford notified owners of a recall, which was summarized as follows:

Potential Units Affected:  43,626

Defect Summary:
On certain passenger vehicles built with electronic traction control, the rear brake line may chafe due to contact between it and a floor pan stiffening rib, and a brake fluid leak may occur.
Consequence Summary:
The brake pedal may develop a "spongy" feel and drops of brake fluid may be observed beneath the vehicle. Over time, brake performance may be compromised and stopping distances could be extended which could lead to a crash.  [[Emphasis added by flamingfords.info]]
Corrective Summary:
Dealers will inspect the subject vehicles for contact between the brake tube and floor pan stiffening rib. If contact is evident, but no abrasion or leaks exist, the brake tube will be repositioned to preclude further contact and potential abrasion. If indication of abrasion or a leak is evident, dealers will repair the brake line. This campaign is expected to begin on May 2, 2005. Owners should contact their local dealer, or Ford at 1-800-392-3673. 
Those who previously have paid to have this service performed, may be eligible for a refund.

NHTSA Recall ID Number:  05V086000

Ford Program Number:  04B26

*****Section 5 was created by the editor of flamingfords.info after this problem happened to a good friend.

  flamingfords.info was launched on November 1, 2003

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