Ford GT Hydraulic Fluid Leak From Rear Wing Could Start a Fire

Donna Miller
October 11, 2018

If you're a Ford GT owner, Ford will probably call you, send you a note and make sure you're aware of the problem - but, on the off chance that they don't: Here's what will happen.

It seems no vehicle, no matter how high-performing or exclusive in volume, is immune to recalls. At the time, we weren't exactly sure what caused the fire, but Ford says the leaking hydraulic system was responsible.

Ford says the models being recalled may be affected by hydraulic fluid of the rear wing leaking and ending up on the exhaust, due to excessive pressure in the valve block assembly, Once there, the fluid can ignite, taking most of the auto with it. The fluid would leak onto the exhaust, which could cause a fire if the exhaust is hot.

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According to Ford, one GT has caught fire, in Germany.

A statement released by the company claims that "dealers will perform a software update to the fully integrated vehicle controller, which eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly". For the few models that lack a hydraulic check valve and filter, these will be fitted, as will hydraulic pump o-rings as an extra precaution. That's nearly every US-market auto, as Ford says it delivered 89 GTs in 2017 and has delivered 102 in the United States so far this year.

The recall affects 2017-2018 model year vehicles built between December 20, 2016 through July 31, 2018.

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