The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the launch of an investigation into the new Ford Bronco, which owners are complaining about en masse. It turned out that the modification of the model equipped with a 2.7 six-cylinder engine has serious problems: even with minimal mileage, the engine can fail. According to the Office for the Investigation of Defects (ODI), in just a month three petitions were filed demanding to investigate the issue, and the number of officially registered complaints exceeds 30.
The issue became known in mid-May. At the same time, the automaker confirmed that the 2.7-liter V6 engine of the EcoBoost family does have a defect related to the valve’s manufacturing defect: due to an incorrect alloy, the internal structure of the metal changes when the valve is heated, and as a result, the valve plate breaks off from the rod – the broken part falls into the cylinder and disables the engine. Moreover, it cannot be eliminated — it is necessary to completely change the motor. But Ford is not in a hurry with the recall campaign.
At the Bronco6G forum, at least 50 Bronco owners have already faced an unexpected engine failure, and it does not depend on mileage — the engine “dies” both on brand-new cars that have just left the salon, and on cars that have traveled more than 10 thousand kilometers.
The decision to withdraw depends on the results of the NHTSA investigation. If the agency obliges the automaker to repair all uncorrected cars, up to 25 thousand copies of Bronco can get under engine replacement.
Source: Carscoops, NHTSA