Ford Transit Chassis Recall

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  1. Wombles

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    If anyone has a newish coachbuilt motorhome on a Ford Transit chassis it might be an idea to check with Ford if an "upgrade of the engine management software" is needed for your vehicle as if not done you could end up with cracked pistons! We have had a letter from Chausson saying that the upgrade "optimizes engine operation & improves driving comfort" but when checking online the upgrade code 3S548 there are reports saying "the dealer showed me their notification. At low engine temperature, below 20°c excess cylinder pressure can cause piston cracks or failure." :thumbdown: We were going to have this done at its first service but booked in now after reading that! On the positive side once done it sounds as if it will make it run smoother, quieter, less likely to stall & possibly an increase in mpg.:BigGrin: Our letter says it takes less than 30 minutes but local Ford garage allows a couple of hours. If you do receive a letter & don't have it done in reasonable time apparently it can invalidate your Ford warranty.Not impressed that this problem was known about in December & the software update was available then but took until now for us to be contacted...
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. How will we know if it affects us? We have a 2010 . Can you provide a link please.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I had a search for Transit recalls but it doesn't look like it's been treated as being serious enough to warrant a recall.

    Is there a site where you can check which Transits are affected? I'll probably give Ford a ring tomorrow anyway.

    Tim
     
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    Had a letter for ours booked in in 2 weeks time nearly did't bother it goes so well and I thought might be worse after..........didn't know it was so serious.

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    No info on Ford websites or extra info. from dealership but this is the site that we found which relates to the 3S548 code http://fordtransit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=139232
    The letter we had from Chausson says it should be done asap - presume they are gradually sending out notifications to all new Chausson owners (with Ford Transit chassis) but as it looks like this started in December last year it's not a quick response! Don't know if it affects all mark 7 transits but definitely worth a call to Ford dealership with your VIN number to check. When we contacted our local one it was on their system for our motorhome.
     
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    There is etis.ford.com but need a login - if you ring Ford dealership with your VIN they can check - could save a lot of grief in the future!
     
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    Can't be positive that it is as serious as it sounds but the info. we found put enough doubt in our minds & we might get more mpg as well as peace of mind!
     
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    No Ford link that we could access but if you ring Ford dealership with your VIN they can check. On our letter it says it is a free upgrade so if applicable to your engine then hopefully it will be for yours too.
     
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    There was a problem with software back in 2008-2010ish where the engine on most models was easy to stall. An update was available if you complained enough!
     
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    We got to this point on etis too & shows lots of our vehicle details but nothing about the software needing upgrading but that definitely flagged up on Ford dealerships access so still necessary to check with Ford to be sure.
     
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    Bump - probably lots of motorhomers this could affect that haven't had any notification yet.
     
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    my van is a 2008 and as jonandshell mentioned above the original ecu software had to be updated to include an anti stall feature.. easy enough to check. just let your foot off clutch gently. the revs increase and the van will move off without touching throttle.
    I know this is different, but it does seem to effect tick over speed and the lads on the transit forum all noticed the difference.
    ta andy
     
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    Our 2009 2.2 140bhp Durotec engined Transit doesn't need any upgrade according to Ford. Of course, we've only just bought it so it may have had the upgrade (if applicable) already.

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    the trouble with the earlier vehicle problem was that when new and in for service some dealers were just doing the software update and the owners were none the wiser. some vans slipped through the net and had the problem after the warranty period.. there didn't seem to be any clear strategy from ford to sort the problem.. I never got a letter telling me about the problem. it was the transit forum which alerted me that an update was available. again I think this issue sounds a bit more serious and ford may be notifying the relevant owners

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    Our letter from Chausson/Ford said to take to dealer "as soon as possible" & with the potential risk of pistons cracking mentioned on the Transit forum (if correct) it does sound more serious as if just an enhancement it could just be done when serviced. Chausson sold a record number of Best Of models designed for the UK market at the end of last year/early this year on the last production run of Transit Chassis before moving to Fiat so this could affect a lot of Chausson owners & also other makes using Ford. Our motorhome had its predelivery check with a Ford dealership in November & went into another Ford dealership for an electrical fault shortly after but this software upgrade was not done - looks like it came to light in December last year. Will keep bumping this to make sure as many people are aware as possible so at least they can check with Ford.
     
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    It would helpful if you could tell folk just which engine (and years) are affected. Could save folk needlessly worrying or troubling their Ford dealer.
     
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    All we have managed to find out so far is detailed here so don't know which engine/years are affected. We might know more at the weekend after ours has been done. It's only a phone call to find out & our garage were very happy to check for us as it's extra income for them during what is normally a quiet time of the year.
     
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    Um, unless I've missed it you've not said what year your van is or which engine it has.

    Tim
     
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    Ours is a Chausson with Ford Transit 2.2TDCi Duratorq diesel engine 140 bhp first registered in November 2013 but as it was the NEC show demonstrator of the Best Of 04 model so it is the same as the new ones delivered earlier this year. As we don't yet know which Ford models & engines this essential upgrade applies to I would still suggest that anyone with a newish Ford Transit Mark 7 chassis motorhome rings their local Ford Dealer with their VIN to check even if they don't have the 2.2 Duratorq.
     
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