One of the trims of Ford's E-Series, the Ford E-450 has come a long way from its first generation that began in the 1960s. Five decades and three generations later, the E-450 is still as strong and popular as it was before, and it has already established itself as the best-selling American full-sized van. Despite of the vehicle's success over the years, there are some problems that came along with its production. Here are some issues of the Ford E-450 that car owners should be aware of:
The defective vehicle speed control was a common problem not only for the Ford E-450 but among other Ford vehicles like the Explorer, Excursion, and Ranger. The root cause was traced to the speed control deactivation switch which had the potential to leak internally, overheat, and then smoke or burn afterwards. As a result, a vehicle fire may happen even when it's not turned on.
In 2009, Ford made a safety recall for the vehicles affected by this issue. The company informed the car owners that the dealers will inspect the vehicles and install a fused wiring harness for the deactivation switch. Ford also mentioned that the dealers will also repair the ABS control module.
Another problem that was experienced with the Ford E-450 was a malfunctioning engine cooling system. The air filter element used in the engine cooling system of certain vans was prone to burning particularly on hot driving conditions. This happens when hot carbon particles make contact with the air filter element causing the element to ignite. The result can be damage in the vehicle's air induction system or worse, it can set fire under the hood.
Ford issued a recall of E-450 models in 2004 and the dealers replaced the air filter element of the vehicles. The warranty of the ABS module was also extended to three months.
This problem with the Ford E-450's electrical wiring has only affected a little over 180,000 units. However, it is a critical issue because drivers may experience stalling without warning while driving on the road. The affected vehicles were recalled in July 2005 and the fuel injection control module wire harness were either upgraded or replaced. A new injection control pressure sensor connector was installed in the vehicles free of charge.