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Ford recalls 40,995 Lincoln Aviator vehicles over unsecured battery cable wire harnesses

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 40,995 model year 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator vehicles with 3.0-liter gas engines.

The battery cable wire harnesses is not secured properly, allowing contact with the A/C compressor pulley.

The automaker noted that over time, the A/C pulley may rub through the wire harness insulation, and contact the unfused battery positive (B+) circuit, thereby resulting in a short circuit and potential fire.

In connection with what to do in correcting the defect, the company said that dealers would inspect the affected vehicle, and if there is no evidence that the battery cable has contacted the A/C compressor pulley, they will add a tie strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness.

“If any of the small gauge circuits are damaged, dealers will add a tie strap near the frame rail between battery cable and engine compartment harnesses and replace the A/C compressor belt,” agency report said.

It noted if any of the four large gauge circuits are damaged, dealers will inspect the wire harness and replace the battery cable harness, and will also add a tie strap near frame rail between battery cable harness and engine compartment harnesses and replace the A/C compressor belt.

Affected vehicle owners may contact Ford Customer Service on (866) 436-7332, and Ford’s number for this recall is 21S34.

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