Ford Super Duty Being Recalled Due to Potentially Catastrophic Transmission Issue
If you’re the proud owner of a 2020 Ford Super Duty pickup truck, we might have some bad news for you. Ford is recalling a variety of trucks that fall into this category due to a transmission issue that could cause the truck’s transmission to pretty much implode.
Via Ford’s recall release, “In all of the affected vehicles, a distressed No. 1 planetary needle bearing inside the ring gear assembly will generate contamination that may produce rough shifts. A wrench light is likely to come on, and the transmission may go into safe mode and only operate in seventh gear. As damage progresses, the transmission may only be capable of limited vehicle speed or may not engage in forward or reverse.”
The trucks impacted are the Super Duty F250-600 from the model year 2020. Furthermore, owners should head to the truck’s build sheet as only specific production dates are suspected to have the issue. The first batch of trucks was created at the Kentucky Truck Plant between February 28, 2019, and August 10, 2020. The second batch comes from the Ohio Assembly Plant between April 3, 2019, and July 31, 2020.
Owners are urged to take their trucks in for servicing as soon as possible. At a Ford dealership, the impacted items will be replaced at no charge to the vehicle owner.
Mailing of recall letters has already started and Ford says that it will be sending them in several batches. This will start with emergency vehicles. However, even if you didn’t get a letter and show up to the dealer with a truck that falls into the affected vehicle criteria, the dealership will still do the service.
In terms of recalls, there is a spectrum where some items seem to be less serious than others. While we would recommend always getting the recommended recall service, this item certainly falls into the “urgent” category.
The full recall letter can be found here.