The campaign affects nearly 8,000 examples of the high-powered pony car.
UPDATE: A source at Ford contacted us with updated numbers for the recall. Michelle Lee-Gracey of Ford Canada tells us, "There are approximately 8,026 vehicles affected, including 6,523 in the United States, 957 in Canada 346 in Mexico and 59 in federalized territories.” The text below has been updated to reflect this. The press release is also updated to reflect the new information.
Some owners of the 2015-2017 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs will have to take a break from enjoying the sound the pony cars’ sonorous V8 for a trip to the dealer for a potentially dangerous recall. A stop sale is also in effect for any examples still at showrooms.
According to a document posted on the Mustang 6G forum, Ford found that insufficient crimps on a tube to the engine oil cooler could allow it to leak. If owners don’t notice the problem, a lack of oil could cause the engine to seize. The fluid could also potentially catch fire.
The campaign affects "7,885 vehicles (See Update) located within the U.S., Canada, Mexico and EMS federalized territories," Ford Safety Communications Manager Elizabeth Weigandt told Motor1 via email. The population has production dates from February 24, 2015, to August 30, 2016. The stop sale also means that Ford dealers can’t demonstrate or deliver any of the vehicles requiring repairs. There are no reports of accidents, injuries, or fires from this issue.
Dealers will replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly.
The latest Shelby GT350 Mustangs pack a 5.2-liter V8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, and the powerplant pumps out a very impressive 526 horsepower (392 kilowatts) and 429 pound-feet (580 Newton-meters) of torque. The redline at 8,250 rpm means that the big engine can really sing, too.
The range-topping Mustangs are quite nimble, too. From the 2017 model year, they are available with a MagneRide suspension, aluminum strut tower brace, and extra cooling for the gearbox and differential.
For now, the only gearbox option is a six-speed manual, but that could change soon. According to a recent rumor, Ford is considering adding a dual-clutch transmission to the options list. We don’t yet know how many gears it might have, but remember that the Ford GT has a seven-speed DCT. It’s not a huge leap of logic to consider the Blue Oval’s engineers taking it out of the supercar and slotting the part into the muscular pony car.
Source: Mustang 6G, Ford