DEARBORN, MI – Ford has developed a fix to address the potential engine overheating in the 2013 Ford Escape and Fusion SE and SEL models equipped with 1.6L engines. The automaker said it will make software updates to the cooling system of the 1.6L engine that will better manage engine temperatures. Ford said the original cooling system wasn’t able to address a loss of coolant system pressure under certain operating conditions.
Until Ford updates its cooling system software, the company suggested that drivers contact a dealer to arrange for alternative transportation. Ford said it plans to release the update to dealers early next week and that the repair time is less than half a day (though a dealer may need a vehicle for longer due to scheduling requirements).
Fleets should notify their drivers to look for the following signs if they are driving one of the affected models: a message that appears that says “Engine Power Reduced to Lower Temps” or “Engine over temp, stop safely.” The automaker added that some drivers who originally reported this problem indicated that the instrument cluster sounded a chime and illuminated a red light.
Drivers can also check their 17-digit VIN (located on a label on the driver door opening, at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side of their vehicle, or on their vehicle registration). In vehicles with 1.6L engines, the eighth character in the VIN will be “X” on Escapes or “R” on Fusions.
The automaker reiterated that 2013 Escapes equipped with 2.0L and the 2.5L engines are not affected by this issue. 2013 Fusions equipped with the 2.5L and hybrid engines are also unaffected. Also, no Titanium-grade models are affected.