Typically, automakers catch most safety problems before they leave the factory. However, sometimes things are missing, as is the case with the Ford Explorer water pump.
Have there been any water pump recalls on the Ford Explorer?
There aren’t any at the moment, but there have been some complaints about it. Some of them include:
- Water pump leak
- Broken water pump and damaged engine
- Water pump inside the engine that mixes coolant and oil
Ford Motor Company has reported many water pump problems, and Ford Explorer owners have reported many to Ford and various service companies. This article will mention how Ford worked to resolve consumer issues for those who had a faulty water pump.
Water pump leak
Ford Explorer models from 2011 to 2016 had the most water pump problems. The 2016 Ford Explorer models had the most problems on record than any other year. Consumers have reported complaints with some of all models having leak problems.
Loss of engine coolant from a leak in the water pump can damage the engine. Without engine coolant, the engine will overheat and stall, forcing the consumer to purchase a new engine.
Ford Motor Company has repaired problems when the consumer takes the vehicle for service. No recall has been made, so the customer must pay for the repairs. By calling the nearest dealer, they can schedule an appointment to fix what needs fixing.
Broken water pump and damaged engine
2011 Ford Explorer models found some engines stalling while driving through intersections. When the pump fails, the motor automatically stops without warning.
If this problem is not repaired, an accident can occur that leaves a vehicle stopped at a busy intersection. Engine damage is imminent.
Ford fixed the owner’s manuals to check the water pump after so many miles. After these problems plagued many, Ford stopped building the water pumps inside the engine. There were no recalls, but class action lawsuits allowed them to fix the problem.
Water pump inside the engine that mixes coolant and oil
2011 Ford Explorer models have seen water pump failures. These engines have the water pump integrated inside the engine. When the pump fails, the coolant mixes with the oil and stops the engine. A class action lawsuit has been filed, but there have been no withdrawals.
If this problem is not repaired, the coolant and oil will mix and the engine will need to be replaced.
A class action lawsuit forced Ford to fix the problem.
Some of the vehicles had expired warranties, and Ford had to bear the cost. Only vehicles brought in for maintenance have been repaired. Ford revised the engine to eliminate the problem after the 2011 editions.
What happens if there is an open recall for a Ford Explorer water pump?
What do you do if your Ford Explorer has a water pump recall? Consult the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. You will need VIN, year, make, and model to enter. It will let you know if there is an open recall for your vehicle’s history.
If the website indicates that there is a recall, contact Ford Motor Company at 1-800-392-3673. They will give you all the information you need to track the withdrawal.