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Recall 05S37 - Fuel Tank Strap Replacement

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Post by emerrill » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:57 am

Exactly. Im going to be putting 1500-2000 miles on the car this coming week. Im completely not concerned. Ill put it on the list for when I get back, or in Jan (after I will have gone on another 1500 mile trip).

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Post by KF4TQV » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:14 am

It looks like my Ford Five Hundred is not part of this recall. :D

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Post by jscott » Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:38 pm

It looks like a supplier made an unauthorized change (doesn't matter where they are), and Ford caught during testing a of a future model year. Here is the Detroit News article on it.

I appreciate Ford's response in owning up to the problem and fixing it now rather than just fixing current production and waiting to see if there are any field failures.

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Post by nabrum » Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:00 pm

Unfortunately, it made the local Seattle area news channels last night. Played it up a bit - must have been a slow news day.

As I said before, I'm going to wait until late Nov and HOPEFULLY the splats will be out then so I can have both done at the same time.

Confirmed at MyFord site that I am part of the recall. Would be nice if the site just sent you an email vs having to go check it, ie, been proactive.
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Post by sooper_duper » Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:56 pm

Guess I just missed this one. Mine made 12/04. First time I got this lucky.
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Post by big500fan » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:14 pm

Got my suspenders for my rear end fixed (fuel tank straps :lol: ). Man I looked at those things and they are very thin. No wonder they were so concerned about the quality of the steel. I wouldn't use something like that to hold a water tank up let alone 19 gallons of gasoline.

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Post by Toaderly » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:43 pm

Ok, now that right there begs a serious question: How would Ford's QC allow this to happen in the first place? Assuming the faulty "suspenders" (love the term, by the way) are thinner than the ones used on non-recalled vehicles, how in the world did they ever make it on to the assembly line? Why weren't they caught at the dock door? Something smells.

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Post by Domain » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:49 pm

I don't think it is a matter of thickness, but a matter of carbon content as I recall...
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Post by emerrill » Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:05 pm

Domain wrote:I don't think it is a matter of thickness, but a matter of carbon content as I recall...
I get the feeling that he meant, that because its so thin, the steel quality is more important then it would be if it was thicker.

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Post by big500fan » Sat Nov 19, 2005 12:24 am

That's right, the steel formulation was the issue not the thickness. I don't know if the thickness is different for the bad ones since I was talking about the new ones that were put on my car. I guess what I meant by my comment on the thickness is that no matter what the steel quality, I would think it should be a little beefier since it's holding up a fuel tank.

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Post by jscott » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:23 am

Toaderly wrote:How would Ford's QC allow this to happen in the first place? Assuming the faulty "suspenders" (love the term, by the way) are thinner than the ones used on non-recalled vehicles, how in the world did they ever make it on to the assembly line? Why weren't they caught at the dock door?
They're not thinner; they are a different material. The material as originally designed & spec'ed was tested and approved for the part, and then at some point, the supplier changed the material without notifying Ford. This is why early vehicles don't have an issue.

I seriously doubt there is any way to tell the difference between these two parts visually. You would have to do a much more complicated and expensive analysis - something that shouldn't have to be done. The original part was approved, and changed shouldn't be made unless they first get approval.

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Post by Webmaster » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:59 am

jscott is right on the money. The thickness has nothing to do with it.
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Post by leapfrog » Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:07 pm

I'm affected. Checked with the dealer last week and the parts are on order. Made an appointment to coincide with my next regular servicing in mid December (not panicking).
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Post by Beachfrog » Tue Dec 06, 2005 1:06 pm

ack!! Just got my recall notice.

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Post by JW » Wed Dec 07, 2005 10:35 pm

Got mine too. The wife is freaked over it. :::sigh:::

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Post by angel500 » Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:29 pm

And I found it amusing that I had mine fixed before I ever got my notice. Because of the information on the forums here I must have been one of if not the first in the area to know. Because my local dealership had the part on hand to do mine when I took her in.

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Post by tfaas » Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:56 am

I just got my letter today. It's kind of funny that two days ago I got a letter that said there wasn't any recalls.
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How long

Post by gened1 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:34 am

I received the recall notice and it stated that it takes half a day to install the straps. For those that have had it done ,if you know, how long did it take. did you wait with the car or dropped it off and picked it up later?
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Re: How long

Post by Tim Marcelissen » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:53 am

gened1 wrote:I received the recall notice and it stated that it takes half a day to install the straps. For those that have had it done ,if you know, how long did it take. did you wait with the car or dropped it off and picked it up later?
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I waited... And since I needed an oil change, I scheduled that at the same time too. Both only took about 1-1/2 hours for the dealer to complete. My appointment was at 7:30am and I was driving out a few minutes past 9:00 that morning.
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Post by angel500 » Mon Dec 12, 2005 2:55 pm

I went in about 9 in the morning. Walked across the street and had breakfast. Came back and they were finishing up bringing her around. I'd say it was probably about an hour. Certainly not half a day. Though things could be different at different dealerships. Maybe ask how long they expect it to take when you call for an appointment?

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