6 Fascinating Facts about the Ford Edge and its Manufacturer
- A prototype version of the Ford Edge was used by Ford to test its HySeries Drive, a hybrid hydrogen-fueled automotive drivetrain with rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. This powerplant system was partially funded by the United States Department of Energy.
- The Ford Edge appeared in several famous movies. In 2008, it was featured in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig as Bond. It can also be seen in the 2002 movie Die Another Day, which stars Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Ford and Eon Productions had an agreement to have their vehicles used or displayed in three Bond movies. Such contract expired after the Quantum of Solace.
- Since its early years in the industry, the Ford Edge received lots of accolades. These include a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS, as well as 2007 finalist for the North American Car and Truck of the Year award. This model was also recognized by AAA and Parents Magazine as one of the Best Cars for Families in 2007. It was also named by J.D. Power as “Among the Best” in Overall Quality-Mechanical and Powertrain Quality.
- Ford was established in 1902 by Henry Ford with $28,000 in cash and along with 12 investors. Among the investors were John and Horace Dodge, who later founded the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company. Henry Ford was at the age of 40 when he started the company's first assembly plant on Bagley Street, Detroit.
- The Edge is the first Ford vehicle to be fitted with a standard EcoBoost engine. This all-new 2.0-liter powertrain receives a new twin-scroll turbo to beef up the low end of the torque curve. Its difference from the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost is that it will be capable of towing 3500 pounds and will be offered with all-wheel-drive. The only carry over of this engine from the present 2.0-liter Ecoboost is the displacement and bore-center spacing.
- There’s another first for the Ford Edge—the upper ends of the connecting rods do not use bushings. Instead, the rod ends are machined and contoured to expect maximum amount of piston-pin flex. These rod ends are then dipped and coated in a molybdenum material to fill the space. This simplified assembly helps big time in lowering the engine height.
Common Problems You Are Likely to Experience with Your Ford Edge
Already a darling in the mid-size crossover SUV segment before its release, the Ford Edge was well received by consumers when it finally hit the market in 2007. It was introduced in January 2006 at the North American Auto Show, but it wasn’t until December 2006 when Ford Edge models got into dealer showrooms as 2007 model. If you’re one of those people who got a Ford Edge, here are some common problems you might encounter with your ride:
Transmission and Wheels
Some owners of Ford Edge complain about a leaking seal on the axle shaft and/or Power Transfer Unit PTU cover, which can cause either transmission fluid leaks red fluid or PTU fluid leaks brown fluid at the axle area. Such problem can be fixed by replacing and reinforcing the seal on the affected area.
There are also Ford Edge owners who are bothered by clicking noise coming from the wheel area as the car runs. This is caused by too much clearance between the wheel can and the plastic wheel cladding. If during troubleshooting you find out that the plastic cladding is already loose, the problem can be solved by replacing the wheel.
A recall was issued by Ford affecting 2012 and 2013 Edge models equipped with a 2.0L engine due to potential gasoline leak. According to the recall notification, “a crack may develop in the fuel line pulse damper housing and could result in a fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized.” Fuel leak in any automobile can result in fire or explosion. Ford dealers are asked to replace the affected fuel line with a unit that isn’t fitted with a damper.
Adhesive and seal problems
There were also reported problems with bad or substandard adhesive that can cause the foam seal in between the windshield and the dash to slide out. Correcting this problem can be kind of difficult as you may need to have the windshield removed and the foam replaced with a new one.
Some Ford Edge owners also have issues with the adhesive for the foam blocks in the headliner. Such adhesive can fail, causing poor fitment of the headliner as well as possible rattle around the sunroof area. This can be remedied by accessing the headliner and, with the help of zip ties or cable ties, re-securing the foam blocks to the brackets.
Simple Tips to keep your Ford Edge in Excellent Shape
Ford is one of the top vehicle manufacturers in the world. The Ford Edge is among the top mid-sized crossover SUVs in the market today. That's probably one of the reasons why you drive one today. However, it will not stay in top shape if you don't know how to properly take care of it. Maintaining your Ford Edge isn't that hard so long as you know where to start.
Here are some tips:
- Have your battery charged regularly (at least once a year)
The battery is the heart of your Ford Edge. It stores electrical energy that is needed for the car's operation including starting your engine to charging your phone. Normally, a car battery lasts up to 5 years, but it can drain more quickly in places with hotter weather. As preventive maintenance, it is recommended that you replace it once every 4 years. Have it charged at least once a year or more depending on where and how you use your car. Make sure that you clean the ports and rid it of rust. Also make sure that the terminal ends are tightly connected.
- Don't allow your engine to overheat.
The engine is undoubtedly the most important part of your vehicle so always keep an eye on it. Engine maintenance includes checking the engine oil. Make sure that there's always enough engine oil to lubricate the whole engine. Letting your engine run without engine oil can lead to very costly engine damage. Replace the engine oil according to the recommended replacement interval stated in the car manual. Change the oil filter too together with the engine oil. Also, make sure that the engine is kept at the allowable temperature. It might overheat so make sure that the engine cooling system is doing its job.
As for the cooling system, make sure that it is well maintained as well. Ensure that the coolant level is just right. Change the coolant regularly. It becomes too acidic when left for an extended period of time. In replacing the coolant, make sure you mix the right amount of antifreeze and distilled water, about a 50/50 mix. Check the radiator for corrosion and leaks and the radiator hoses for cracks. If it is already brittle, you have to change it immediately.
- Keep your tires properly inflated and your wheels correctly aligned.
The tires usually wear out faster than any other part of the vehicle. However, when it is well-maintained, it can last longer than usual. Tire maintenance includes checking the air pressure on the tires. Over-inflated and under-inflated tires wear out faster and affect the fuel economy of the vehicle. Also, check the treads of the tires. Make sure that it is deep enough to maintain grip on the road. Do not forget to rotate the wheels. Interchange the front and back tires so they will wear out evenly. Bring your Edge to your local service station and have the wheels balanced and aligned every year. Properly aligned wheels maintain excellent handling of your vehicle. It also avoids premature wear on the tires. Most importantly, make sure that the tires are tightly attached to the body of the vehicle for safety purposes.
Ford Edge: The Best of Both Worlds
Which is better—a car or an SUV? That question is still being asked every time an automotive consumer sets his sights on purchasing a vehicle. And up to this day, the answer to that question still varies. Although in recent years, fewer and fewer consumers have asked that question. It’s not because the inquiry has been finally resolved, but rather because of the rise of another type of vehicle—the crossover. Crossovers possess the drivability and comfort of a regular car and the size, space, and rugged good looks of an SUV. Basically, they have the best of both worlds. The Ford Edge is one such vehicle.
2006-2010: The Early Years
The world got its first glimpse of the Ford Edge in Detroit’s 2006 North American International Auto Show. And right from the onset, the Edge already created a major buzz because of its sleek and sporty exterior. It didn’t take too long before the production of the vehicle began in the same year.
The Ford Edge was based on the Ford CD3 platform, the same one used by several Mazda cars and Lincoln crossovers. It was offered in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Plus. The SE, which was the most basic trim level, included standard automotive features such as air-conditioning, cloth seats, and an AM/FM stereo that featured a CD and an MP3 player. The SEL took the Edge up a notch as it boasted of a power driver’s seat, premium cloth seats, a deluxe sound system, and bigger aluminum wheels. Of course, the SEL Plus tops the previously mentioned trims as it added dual automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a power passenger seat. All trim levels were powered with a 2.0-L Ecoboost inline-four engine that was paired to six-speed automatic transmission. They were also all available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
2011: The Revamp
While the Ford Edge did remarkably well during its early years, the growing number of crossovers in the market has made the Edge less of a standout in the succeeding years. For that reason, Ford decided that an overhaul is necessary in order to maintain—and improve—the Edge’s standing in the crossover market.
The face-lifted Edge was officially launched in 2011. Its latest incarnation featured a new front fascia, bumper, and wheels. The interior received the same treatment as better materials were used for its components. Aside from aesthetic modifications, the Edge also had a new set of engines, upgraded brakes, and an improved suspension system. With those, the Edge reclaimed, well, its edge in the crossover market.