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Block heater recall

Took my truck in for this recall today after getting off nights. To find out the current fix is , they just cut the damn plug off. What a waste of a day and loss of sleep. I haven’t used the damn thing yet and now I will have to go sometime for a real fix. Anyone else deal with this BS?


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Took mine in for an oil change about a month ago. Dealer told me they had to “disable” it for the recall. Imagine my surprise when I saw that disable meant cutting the prongs in the plug.
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I’m sure happy that mine wasn’t recalled. I used my block heater everyday last winter and if it failed, I would of been screwed. -40C nights and mornings. I’m not sure why my 18 F350 SRW Limited wasn’t affected by the recall.
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Iím sure happy that mine wasnít recalled. I used my block heater everyday last winter and if it failed, I would of been screwed. -40C nights and mornings. Iím not sure why my 18 F350 SRW Limited wasnít affected by the recall.
Could always just go with an aftermarket unit if needed.

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I believe the updated cords are being shipped out now

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I’ve been sitting on the recall until the new plug is available and at my dealer.
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I'm sure it is a liability thing. It is summer in the north, so no one needs their heater. They cut it to make sure you don't use it and burn to the ground in a fire.They won't tell you all they will do is cut it because then no one would come until a replacement is ready.
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Took my truck in for this recall today after getting off nights. To find out the current fix is , they just cut the damn plug off. What a waste of a day and loss of sleep. I havenít used the damn thing yet and now I will have to go sometime for a real fix. Anyone else deal with this BS?
Yes. Used the block heater most days for 2 winters and got the recall. While having other warranty work done, I believe back in March, they said they tested the cord and it failed so they ordered the new one. Made another appointment to get the new one put on. While I was in the waiting room, service advisor comes in and said they got a call from Ford and were told not to install the new one because it is being replaced with yet another one. SA told me the tech didn't understand when he started putting the new one on because he said it looks exactly like the original one. Should be available the first week in April per Ford. So they cut it and it's the middle of July and still no cord.

They told me the cord is 2 pieces and where they connect is the issue. Allows moisture or corrosion or the connection is not good there and that is what can cause a short and a fire. Seems like an easy fix, don't make it a two piece cord.

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I'm sure it is a liability thing. It is summer in the north, so no one needs their heater. They cut it to make sure you don't use it and burn to the ground in a fire.They won't tell you all they will do is cut it because then no one would come until a replacement is ready.
The news in Canada had no issue reporting the recall ďfix.Ē


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I'm sure it is a liability thing. It is summer in the north, so no one needs their heater. They cut it to make sure you don't use it and burn to the ground in a fire.They won't tell you all they will do is cut it because then no one would come until a replacement is ready.
The news in Canada had no issue reporting the recall “fix.”

I guess in Canada they don't give the whole story. I just looked and it is not claimed to be a fix of any sort by Ford. The replacement cord is the fix. Cutting the existing one is to disable a defective part.


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