• May 14, 2008
Ford Motor Company is recalling a whole herd of trucks to see the team doctors over concerns about a hose in the braking system that could adversely effect the vehicles' braking power. According to the NHTSA, about 605,000 2005 and 2006 model year Ford F150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks equipped with the 3-valve 5.4-liter V8 will receive a hose replacement free of charge. The problem hose supplies the brake booster with engine vacuum, and could swell over time and eventually become disconnected. While the hydraulic braking system will function without the power assist, pedal effort will be significantly increased, and if drivers are taken off-guard by the problem an accident could occur. Ford will start notifying owners in June, and the recall campaign will kick off in July. According to FoMoCo, there have been 11 minor accidents related to the issue. Check out more details from the NHTSA after the jump.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]




Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
FORD / F-150 2005-2006
LINCOLN / MARK LT 2005-2006
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date : MAY 05, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V208000 NHTSA Action Number: PE08001
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 605684
Summary:
 FORD IS RECALLING 605,684 MY 2005-2006 F-150 AND LINCOLN MARK LT VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 5.4L 3-VALVE ENGINES. THE BRAKE BOOSTER VACUUM SUPPLY HOSE ATTACHED TO THE INTAKE MANIFOLD FITTING MAY SWELL OVER TIME AND LOSE RETENTION FORCE. THIS CONDITION COULD ALLOW THE HOSE TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THE FITTING DURING AN INTAKE MANIFOLD BACKFIRE. SHOULD THE HOSE DETACH FROM THE INTAKE MANIFOLD, SEVERAL BRAKE APPLICATIONS WITH POWER ASSIST WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE VACUUM RESERVE IS DEPLETED.
Consequence:
 ONCE THE BRAKE BOOSTER VACUUM RESERVE IS DEPLETED, THE DRIVER WILL HAVE FOUNDATION BRAKE FUNCTION, BUT WITH INCREASED BRAKE PEDAL EFFORT. REDUCED VEHICLE BRAKING COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE A RUBBER HOSE ON THE BRAKE BOOSTER VACUUM SUPPLY TUBE ASSEMBLY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JULY 7, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Notes:
 FORD RECALL NO. 08S05. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A good site to keep informed of these recalls is http://www.eRecalled.com.

      Here is their information about this recall:
      http://www.erecalled.com/commonConsole/recallalert.asp?alert=867

      In addition to this they reported four other recalls for the day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least it's not about engine sludge!!!

      Just joking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After reading about Toyota's Buyback of almost a million of their Trucks due to rusted out frames, this seems pretty tame. Also it seems a lot of Manufactures have been seeing Engine Bay Hose problems lately lending credence to previous posts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on -- that's pure exaggeration. Toyota is extending the rust warranty on 813,000 Tacomas from 1995 to 2001, but they are not buying back almost a million cars. I'd venture to guess that less than 5% will end up as buybacks. Not cheap, for sure, but nowhere near as costly as your claim.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/07/toyota-extends-rust-warranty-on-older-tacoma-pickups-to-15-years/

      -SimianSpeedster
      • 6 Years Ago
      suprise
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad Ford couldn't pay for a study that would have seen this coming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like I'm getting a recall notice soon. LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford's suppliers should be beaten to within an inch of their lives for allowing something as low-tech as a vacuum hose to cause a massive recall.

        • 6 Years Ago
        depends on a lot of things- you don't know what the buyer specified. There are many different ways to get the wrong hose.
        Michael- usually, you get extra-high idle on a fuel injected vehicle when you open up a vac line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The braking performance remains the same, it just takes a lot more pedal effort. The hydraulic lines are still operating normally.

        Also, the engine might surge a little, but it will still run with a vacuum leak. It's not like the old days when spark advance was controlled by manifold vacuum.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That sounds like something Toyota would say. It was the supplier fault.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the vacuum hose becomes disconnected the engine braking performance will be greatly reduced!... but if it becomes disconnected you'd be 'lucky' if the engine were running at all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess having the brakes not work is better then when they were catching on fire. Built Ford tough
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait, what? FORD recalling vehicles? But, but... That's almost unheard of! The end of the world must be nigh... Who next? Volkswagen?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Turd motor company, nothing new here.this is pretty good news though,atleast no one died ,YET!this is truely out of character for these craptastic American trucks.they usually kill afew people along the way as they self-destruct.i guess ford is right ,they are improving.nice work ,Tu-mo-co.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Spacebar. Use it.
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