Ford will be contacting the owners of certain 2016 Ford Explorer and 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles equipped with 2.3L GTDI engines and block heaters, about a problem that could result in an engine fire. According to the defect report, the design of the block heater area, coupled with the engine installation angle and the length of the block heater element, could result in overheating. Drivers may notice engine coolant leaks, an illuminated check engine light, poor vehicle heater performance and /or heat damage to the electrical connector on the engine block heater.
Dealers will replace the engine block heater as well as inspect and replace the electrical cord as necessary. Owners wanting more information about the problem are asked to contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 16S14 and the NHTSA campaign number is 16V-183. (Note: Owners should not use the engine block heater until the vehicle has been repaired.)