Ford says it has fix for Escape, Fusion engines
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Ford announced that it has determined the problem and has a fix for engine fires that have resulted in recalls for 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion models equipped with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, Autoblog reports.
Ford says the fires are being caused by an issue with the cooling system software that fails to properly manage engine temperatures during “unique overheating conditions,” which allows the engines to get hot enough to start a fire while running. This is the third explanation for engine fires, with faulty fuel lines being the culprit back in July and leaking coolant in September – both of which could potentially be caused by extreme engine overheating.
To prevent overheating, Ford will be updating the software for the cooling system, but until then, the automaker says that owners of affected vehicles should not drive their vehicles and contact the dealer to arrange alternative transportation.