We recently posted a recall involving Ford F-150 pick-ups for a transmission software issue. Now, we find that the manufacturer has also received 235 reports of the Explorer’s drive shaft disconnecting. This piece of equipment transfers power from the transmission to the differential in the axle. When the drive shaft detaches, the vehicle is essentially in neutral.
While lack of power would seem to be a concern, the complaints indicate that the issue also could be a problem when the vehicle shifter is placed in Park, which is supposed to lock the transmission. So, an empty vehicle may roll away if the parking brake is not engaged. According to Ford, there are no reports of injury or crashes.
The recall involves:
- 2020-2021 Ford Explorer Police Hybrid and gas-only SUVs
- 2020-2022 Ford Explorer SUVs with rear-wheel drive and a 2.3-liter engine
- 2020-2022 Ford Explorer ST SUVs
- 2020-2022 Ford Explorer Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs
In papers filed with regulators, Ford stated that the rear axle horizontal mounting bolt might fracture, causing axle housing to shift out of position and the driveshaft to disconnect. This fracture could happen after numerous peak torquing or heavy acceleration events. The fix involves either the dealers replacing the bushing and axel cover or updating the electronic parking brake software to automatically engage when the shifter is in Park. The manufacturer will start sending out recall letters on June 6, 2022.