22S60 – High-Pressure Fuel Tube Torque Inspection – 2022 Ford Explorer & Ranger

September 14, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V685000

Fuel Line May Be Loose

An improperly tightened fuel line connection may result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V685

Manufacturer Ford Motor Company

Components FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 69

 

Summary

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2022 Explorer and Ranger vehicles equipped with 2.3L engines. The fuel line may be loose due to improper tightening of the fuel line connection.

 

Remedy

Ford will inspect and replace the fuel line assembly, if needed, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed September 29, 2022. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 22S60.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 

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2022 Ford Explorer
2022 Ford Explorer

 


AFFECTED VEHICLES

Vehicle Model Year Assembly Plant Build Dates
Explorer 2022 Chicago July 22, 2022 through August 25, 2022
Ranger Michigan August 23, 2022 through August 26, 2022

 

Note: Some vehicles may be in the process of being repaired at the plant. Monitor OASIS before opening an RO and/or beginning a repair. Parts purchased for an FSA can be returned for credit, if required. See the EXCESS STOCK RETURN details in Attachment II for more information.

 

REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL

In some of the affected vehicles, the high-pressure fuel tube connection to the high-pressure fuel pump and fuel rail may not be tightened to specification. Low torque on the high-pressure fuel tube connections may result in a fuel leak. Customers may also smell fuel, or the vehicle may not start. Additionally, the service engine soon warning indicator may illuminate in the instrument cluster. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of fire.

 

SERVICE ACTION

Before demonstrating or delivering any new in-stock vehicles involved in this recall, dealers are to inspect the high-pressure fuel tube connections and associated fasteners for proper torque. If rotation is detected during the inspection, component(s) will either need to retorqued or replaced per the technical instructions.

This service must be performed on all affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner.

 

OWNER NOTIFICATION AND MAILING SCHEDULE

Owner letters are expected to be mailed the week of October 3, 2022. Dealers should repair any affected vehicles that arrive at their dealerships, whether or not the customer has received a letter.

PLEASE NOTE:

Federal law requires dealers to complete this recall service before a new vehicle is delivered to the buyer or lessee. Violation of this requirement by a dealer could result in a civil penalty of up to $21,000 per vehicle. Correct all vehicles in your new vehicle inventory before delivery. 

 

SOLD VEHICLES

  • Ford has not issued instructions to stop selling/delivering or driving used vehicles under this safety Owners should contact their dealer for an appointment to have their vehicles remedied as soon as practicable. Owners can continue to safely drive their vehicles.
  • Immediately contact any of your affected customers whose vehicles are not on your VIN list but are identified in OASIS. Give the customer a copy of the Owner Notification Letter (when available) and schedule a service date.
  • Correct other affected vehicles identified in OASIS which are brought to your dealership.
  • Dealers are to prioritize repairs of customer vehicles over repairs of new and used vehicle inventory.

 

STOCK VEHICLES

  • Correct all affected units in your new vehicle inventory before delivery.
  • Use OASIS to identify any affected vehicles in your used vehicle inventory.

 

DEALER-OPERATED RENTAL VEHICLES

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act law effective June 2016 prohibits a rental company from selling, renting or leasing vehicles subject to a safety or compliance recall. Please consult your legal counsel for legal advice.

 

TITLE BRANDED / SALVAGED VEHICLES

Affected title branded and salvaged vehicles are eligible for this recall.

 

OWNER REFUNDS

  • This safety recall must still be performed, even if the owner has paid for a previous repair. Claiming a refund will not close the recall on the vehicle.
  • Ford Motor Company is offering a refund for owner-paid repairs covered by this recall if the repair was performed prior to the date indicated in the reimbursement plan, which is posted with this bulletin. Owners are directed to seek reimbursement through authorized dealers or, at their option, directly through Ford Motor Company at P.O. Box 6251, Dearborn, MI 481216251.
  • Dealers are also pre-approved to refund owner-paid emergency repairs that were performed away from an authorized servicing dealer after the end date specified in the reimbursement plan. Non-covered repairs, or those judged by Ford to be excessive, will not be reimbursed.
  • Refunds will only be provided for the cost associated with high-pressure fuel tube and/or high-pressure fuel pump bolts replacement repairs.

 

RENTAL VEHICLES

Dealers are pre-approved for up to 1 days for a rental vehicle if the inspection determines part replacement is required. Follow Extended Service Plan (ESP) guidelines for dollar amounts. Rentals will only be reimbursed for the day(s) the vehicle is at the dealership for part replacement. Prior approval for more than 1 rental day(s) is required from the SSSC. Contact the SSSC via the SSSC Web Contact Site for consideration and approval if appropriate.

 

PARTS REQUIREMENTS / ORDERING INFORMATION

To place an order for a High-Pressure Fuel Tube, submit a VIN-specific Part Order contact via the SSSC Web Contact Site.

Part Number Description Order Quantity Claim Quantity
K2GZ-9J323-B High-Pressure Fuel Tube  

(Can Only Claim With 22S60F)

1

(If Required)

1

(If Required)

 

Part Number Description Order Quantity Claim Quantity
LB5Z-9E464-C EGR Inlet Tube Assembly Gasket 1 1
W720040-S442 High-Pressure Fuel Pump Bolts  

– 2 required, package of 4

(Can Only Claim With 22S60G)

1

(If Required)

2

(If Required)

XG-3-A 22S60 - High-Pressure Fuel Tube Torque Inspection - 2022 Ford Explorer & Ranger » small light Motorcraft® Silicone Brake Caliper Grease and Dielectric Compound (Explorer Only)* Claim as MISC. OTHER

* The listed chemical can be used on multiple vehicles.

 


CERTAIN 2022 MODEL YEAR EXPLORER AND RANGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.3L ENGINE – HIGH-PRESSURE FUEL TUBE TORQUE INSPECTION

 

SERVICE PROCEDURE

1. With the vehicle in neutral, position it on a hoist. Please follow the Workshop Manual (WSM) procedures in Section 100-02.

2. Access the High-Pressure Fuel Tube Flare Nuts. Please follow the WSM procedures in Section 303-04A – 2.3L EcoBoost.

NOTE: To access the tube-end at the fuel rail you must remove the intake manifold.

NOTE: The High-Pressure Fuel Pump should NOT be separated from the engine.

3. Using a torque wrench with a 17 mm crow’s-foot adapter, set to 102 lb. in (12 Nm), check the torque of the flare nuts on the high-pressure fuel tube. See Figure 1.

– Do the flare nut(s) move when applying torque?

Yes – Install a new High-Pressure Fuel Tube. Please follow the WSM procedures in Section 303-04A. Proceed to Step 5.

No – Proceed to Step 4.

 

4. Using a torque wrench set to 53 lb. in (6 Nm), check the torque of the high-pressure fuel tube bracket bolt and stud bolt. See Figure 2.

– Does the high-pressure fuel tube bracket bolt and/or stud bolt fail the torque inspection check?

Yes – Torque to specifications 97 lb. in (11 Nm). Proceed to Step 5.

No – Proceed to Step 5.

 

5. Using a torque wrench set to 53 lb. in (6 Nm), check the torque of the high-pressure fuel pump bolts.
See Figure 3.

– Do the high-pressure fuel pump bolt(s) fail the torque inspection check?

Yes – Install new fuel pump bolts. Alternately tighten each bolt 1/2 of a revolution until seated, then tighten in the following 2 stages. Torque:

Stage 1:
Ranger -Tighten to 115 lb. in (13 Nm).
Explorer – Tighten to 44 lb. in (5 Nm)

Stage 2:
Ranger – Tighten an additional 45°.
Explorer – Tighten an additional 55°.

Proceed to Step 6.

No – Proceed to Step 6.

 

6. Using a torque wrench set to 53 lb. in (6 Nm), check the valve cover fasteners torque in the identified inspection locations. See Figure 4.

– Do the fasteners fail the torque inspection check?

Yes – Torque all the valve cover fasteners to specifications 97 lb. in (11 Nm) in the sequence shown. See Figure 5. Re-assemble the vehicle. This completes the recall.

No – Re-assemble the vehicle. Recall is complete.

 


Chronology :

On August 30, 2022, an issue pertaining to an Explorer and Ranger fuel line assembly was brought to Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group for review.

On August 26, 2022, Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) found two 2.3L engines with a loose fuel line assembly connection to the fuel pump causing a fuel leak after assembly into a vehicle. These leaks were identified at the initial startup of vehicle in pre-rolls at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

These two engines were improperly repaired during a quality inspection at Cleveland Engine Plant (CEP).
Suspect engines from that quality inspection were shipped to both MAP and Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP). The vehicle assembly plants issued an In Transit Stop Ship to contain suspect vehicles, however some were already delivered to dealers.

On September 7, 2022, Ford’s Field Review Committee reviewed the concern and approved a field action. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
FORD EXPLORER 2022
FORD RANGER 2022

 


4 Associated Documents

Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Dealer Bulletin re NEW VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION / DELIVERY HOLD Safety Recall 22S60 Certain 2022 Model Year Explorer and Ranger Vehicles Equipped with a 2.3L Engine High-Pressure Fuel Tube Torque Inspection

RCMN-22V685-0057.pdf 2197.835KB

RCMN-22V685-0057

 


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V685-4460.PDF 244.356KB

RCLRPT-22V685-4460

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V685-2415.pdf 697.509KB

RCAK-22V685-2415

 


ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V685-1012.pdf 56.405KB

RCONL-22V685-1012

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=22V685&docType=RCL

 


 

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