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Old 06-16-2004, 22:49   #1 (permalink)
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Ford recalls 230,000 AU Falcons: Steering Problems

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Ford recalls 230,000 cars
June 17, 2004 - 3:02PM

Ford Australia has recalled more than 230,000 AU Falcons to fix a potential steering problem.

Ford said today the cars, built between June 1, 1998 and May 22, 2001, included about 13,000 exported to New Zealand and 1,000 shipped to South Africa.

The company said the problem related to the integrity of a steering rack mounting stud.

It said over-tightening of the stud during service could actually allow it to loosen during driving by degrading the Loctite threadlocking compound used during the vehicle's assembly.

"In extreme cases the stud may detach and result in a deterioration or loss of steering control," Ford said.

The company said no crashes or injuries had been reported as a result of the problem.

The Department of Transport and Regional Services had reports of only two cases where the stud had come loose and one case of a missing stud.

But Ford said its own warranty data had revealed a further 28 vehicles of concern.

The recall did not affect the latest BA model Falcon.
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Old 06-16-2004, 23:09   #2 (permalink)
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Ah! Just saw this on the news, very, very bad for Ford :(
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Grr my car is a June 98 build :(
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Mine's October 99...damn
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Was on the 6pm news here in NZ, just after the main story too.

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Ah, nuts. Holden fans will probably have a field day
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its no secret.. we have known about this for ages.. The simple fix is to put a nut on the bolt after it runs thru the threaded section on the alloy crossmember.. i've only had one that bad it 'clicked' when you turned the car at low speeds.. turns out it was the rack loose on the mounting studs
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Ah, nuts. Holden fans will probably have a field day
Just like most of the Ford poeple here did when Holden had their steering problem
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damn could late EL's be affected to? Because my steering rack feels lose!
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Its only a bolt though... if thats the best they have got to argue against than so be it! :p :s6:
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