Ford was the most-recalled automaker in 2023, and it had one more to slide in before the new year rolled in. The company is recalling more than 100,000 F-150s for an issue with the rear axle hub bolt that could cause it to break and make a crash or rollaway more likely. Ford issued the recall on December 22.
The Blue Oval is recalling 112,965 2021-2023 F-150s equipped with the “Trailer Tow Max Duty Package and 9.75-inch heavy-duty axle with a three-quarter float axle design.” That’s a very specific configuration, but Ford sells enough F-150s every year that it adds up to a significant number of trucks being recalled. The largest number of affected vehicles came in 2021, and the fewest came in 2023.
Recall documentation notes that the rear axle hub bolt may break, stating that “damaged axle hub splines can result in a vehicle roll away when the vehicle is in part without the parking brake applied, or cause a loss of drive power.”
Ford doesn’t have a fix ready for the issue yet but said a remedy is under development. Owners are advised to take their truck to a dealer for a short-term fix if they notice symptoms related to the problem, such as a clicking or rattling noise.”
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