Here’s the thing,
Owing to the fact that I have a Fiesta ST, I am a member of my local ST club. It’s made up of a few hundred members, most of which own a Focus ST. So, being that the majority of people own a FoST, every now and then I heard about that dreaded stalling issue with these cars.
As reported by Jalopnik last Friday, people have been complaining about a stalling issue on some Focus ST forums, I even read how one of the members of my ST club had taken it to a Ford dealership repeatedly, but they couldn’t replicate the problem. So, seeing as how he wasn’t able to get it fixed, because it was still just a TSB at the time, he went and traded in his FoST. It was a problem that was continually getting bigger as these cars started getting a few miles on them. The cause of the whole issue, is with the wiring harness, or more specifically, a wiring splice within that crazy wiring maze. It seems that if the splice wasn’t crimped down hard enough, then it doesn’t operate as intended. Here is an excerpt from Ford about the effected vehicles:
Affected vehicles include certain 2013-2014 Ford Focus ST vehicles with the 2.0L engine built at Michigan Assembly Plant February 14, 2012 – October 14, 2013 and certain 2013-2014 Escape vehicles with the 2.0L engine built October 5, 2011 – April 1, 2013 at the Louisville Assembly Plant. As of July 31, 2014, approximately 133,000 of the potentially affected vehicles are in the U.S. (actual 132,868) with an additional 359 in the federalized territories. Approximately 25,400 are in Canada (actual 25,382) and 789 are in Mexico.
The total number of potentially affected vehicles is 159,395, all 2013 and 2014 models, so it isn’t a number to laugh at. I do commend Ford though, even though people were seeing these problems for a while, early as February 2013 from what it seems, Ford did issue a TSB, and a recall fairly quickly. I like this new recall climate we are in, it’s the climate we should be in, and that’s, if it has a potential to hurt someone, or their property, doing things it isn’t supposed to, it should be fixed for free by the manufacturer, quickly.
The good news is that, everyone I’ve seen that has got the splicing problem fixed, it doesn’t seem to pop up again. So hopefully this is just a one off problem at two plants (maybe they had defective equipment/parts?), even though it affects a huge number of Focus ST’s and Explorers, let’s hope nothing more comes of it.
I managed to find a recall letter, that was sent out to Ford/Lincoln dealerships, so check it out. And as always, please go check your vehicle’s VIN to see if it has a recall, right here, Ford Recall Website, or alternatively, call Ford at 866-436-7332. If your vehicle is a 13/14 Explorer or Focus ST and it doesn’t pop up, I would still call to confirm. As I’ve seen before, these websites aren’t entirely 100% correct some of the time.