Ford Expands Recall of Focus Vehicles for Clutch That May Fracture and Damage Transmission
leaking Transmission fluid can ignite in the presence of a heat source and cause a fire
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L Fox GTDI engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. The clutch may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak. This recall is an expansion of Recall 18V-169. About 2,828 vehicles are affected by this latest recall.
What's the problem?
In these vehicles, repeated high energy clutch slip input can lead to premature clutch lining wear, reducing the mechanical properties of pressure plate material. Repeated cyclic heating and cooling events may cause cracks around the outer edge of the pressure plate. Torque capacity reduction due to clutch lining wear can cause excessive slip, introducing a large amount of energy and heat into the pressure plate. Structural failure or fracture of the pressure plate may eventually occur. Transmission fluid leakage is thus possible, which can ignite in the presence of a heat source and cause a fire.
Ford is not aware of any reports of fire, accident or injury in the U.S. related to this condition, but Ford is aware of two reports of underhood fire on vehicles with similar transmissions in Europe.
Clutch odor, smoke, and reduced vehicle performance are indications of a potential clutch slip condition prior to pressure plate fracture.
What happens next?
Ford will notify owners and dealers will update vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip. Dealers will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 7, 2019.
Owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S07.