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#2422443 - 12/12/11 09:20 AM "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel,"
Robert_Allen Offline
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Fusion recalled for wheel seperation issues

What I wonder is why Ford is waiting until the end of January to start a recall on a safety issue?
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#2422465 - 12/12/11 10:02 AM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
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Ford will send the letters out on Jan 23, however dealerships are required to fix all vehicles in our inventory before selling them and anyone who has this issue can come in and get it remedied at their dealership regardless of whether or not they have been notified by Ford. If you have a Fusion that was built April 2009 or DEC 1 2009 -Nov 13 2010 call your dealership with your VIN number handy and they can let you know if your vehicle is one of the ones affected and set up a service appointment to fix it. Or PM me with any questions.
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#2422494 - 12/12/11 10:58 AM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
Moby_Vic Offline

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Originally Posted By: Robert_Allen
What I wonder is why Ford is waiting until the end of January to start a recall on a safety issue?


Logistics, maybe.
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#2422554 - 12/12/11 12:56 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
ponyguy Offline

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Typical FOX News sensationalist reporting...

Quote:
DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 128,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the wheels can fall off the cars.

The recall affects only cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov. 13, 2010.

Federal regulators say that bolts holding the wheels on can fracture, causing a vibration. If the vibration is ignored, the wheels can separate from the car.

Ford says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace the lug nuts on all four wheels and check the rear disc brake surface. The recall is expected to begin around Jan. 24.


The wheels aren't going to fall off the cars, unless all 5 lugs break off a wheel hub simultaneously.

How many 09/10 Fusion/Milans have 17" steelies? Most of them that I've seen have aluminum wheels, which are currently standard equipment on all Fusion models.

The wheels are attached to the hub with nuts torqued onto a stud, not a bolt.

And if the wheel lugs are subject to fracture, why are the dealers only going to replace the lug nuts?


The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Any one of my college English professors would have handed this report back to the student dripping with red ink...
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#2422569 - 12/12/11 01:30 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: ponyguy]
Robert_Allen Offline
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Originally Posted By: ponyguy

How many 09/10 Fusion/Milans have 17" steelies? Most of them that I've seen have aluminum wheels, which are currently standard equipment on all Fusion models.


Appearantly, there are at least 128,000 09/10 Fusion/Milans with 17" steelies. I doubt Ford would issue a recall for cars that don't exist. (How much sense would it make to recall all 2003+ Panthers with factory original 13" and 14" wheels?)

And while all five lug bolts would have to break for the wheels to seperate, they would not have to break simultaneously. One lug could break, causing the vibration described. Then a second. Then 3-4-5 and BAM!, you're cruising down the highway in a giant tricycle! Once one breaks, the other 4 will carry 20% more stress, making another lug failure that much more likely. I could definately see how ignoring a vibration could cause the wheel to come off.

I'm assuming that the story stating they were replacing the nuts and not the bolts/studs is a typo on the author's part.

Still, if I had an affected Fusion, I'd have it to the dealership posthaste to get it fixed.

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#2422580 - 12/12/11 01:46 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
CJCCV Offline
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Registered: 08/06/10
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Loc: Greater Philly, PA
Originally Posted By: Robert_Allen
Appearantly, there are at least 128,000 09/10 Fusion/Milans with 17" steelies.
To clarify, the MODEL YEARS (as opposed to production years) involved are the 2010 and 2011 models. The 2010 Fusion/Milan models had a rather early introduction (Spring 2009).

Did the '09 and earlier Fusion/Milan models even come standard w/17-inchers?
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#2422604 - 12/12/11 03:06 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
ponyguy Offline

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I just looked through my saved Ford technical specifications, and I find no mention of a 17" steel wheel used on a Fusion.

In 2009, the 16" steelie was standard on the ˘heapo Fusion S, and 16" aluminum wheels were optional, along with some 18" on (Blue Suede, and Sport Appearance) packaged models.

For 2010, Ford's tech literature lists a 16" aluminum wheel as standard equipment, and other 17" and 18" sizes aluminum wheels optional.

I suspect that the facts in this recall are somewhat different from what has been reported.
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#2422622 - 12/12/11 04:17 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
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Registered: 09/27/10
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Loc: Brookfield, WI
WHAT!? A reporter got info wrong?! They never do that! It is just so scary that no accidents happened yet but everyone driving one of these will surely die!

Realistically one or more of the test vehicles Ford has been testing broke earlier then it should have and they want to fix it before it happenes to anyone's cars. Not like some others that have to get sued by the gov to do a recall for something that has caused many accidents. Recalls are expensive but this one does not seem too bad.
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#2422693 - 12/12/11 07:17 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: Robert_Allen]
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You know what I love? Proper information.


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#2422887 - 12/13/11 12:59 AM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: ponyguy]
KayTar Offline
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Registered: 05/13/09
Posts: 7857
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: ponyguy
Typical FOX News sensationalist reporting...

Quote:
DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 128,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years because the wheels can fall off the cars.

The recall affects only cars with 17-inch steel wheels built from April 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009, and from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov. 13, 2010.

Federal regulators say that bolts holding the wheels on can fracture, causing a vibration. If the vibration is ignored, the wheels can separate from the car.

Ford says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will replace the lug nuts on all four wheels and check the rear disc brake surface. The recall is expected to begin around Jan. 24.


The wheels aren't going to fall off the cars, unless all 5 lugs break off a wheel hub simultaneously.

How many 09/10 Fusion/Milans have 17" steelies? Most of them that I've seen have aluminum wheels, which are currently standard equipment on all Fusion models.

The wheels are attached to the hub with nuts torqued onto a stud, not a bolt.

And if the wheel lugs are subject to fracture, why are the dealers only going to replace the lug nuts?


The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Any one of my college English professors would have handed this report back to the student dripping with red ink...


I agree 100%
What ever happened to people just reporting NEWS, you know just reading out facts!
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#2424238 - 12/15/11 10:02 PM Re: "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel," [Re: pantera77]
Moby_Vic Offline

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Registered: 01/27/02
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Loc: Central Florida
Originally Posted By: pantera77
You know what I love? Proper information.



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