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1977 FORD F150 STEERING:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION) (Change Vehicle)

The following STEERING:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION) recall/defect on 1977 FORD F150 vehicles was reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety administration on 1977-12-14. For more information contact the National Highway Traffic Safety administration or the US Department of Transportation. See recall summary below.


Build Years/Makes/Models: 1977 FORD F250
1977 FORD F100
1977 FORD F150
1977 FORD F350
1977 FORD GRANADA
1977 FORD MAVERICK
1977 MERCURY MONARCH
1977 MERCURY COMET
UNits affected: 40000
Recall Number: 77V218000
Summary: ON THE INVOLVED VEHICLES, THE MANUAL STEERING GEARS MAY CONTAIN STEERING GEAR RECIRCULATORY BALLS THAT COULD FRACTURE. THIS FRACTURING IS A RESULT OF IMPROPER HEAT-TREATMENT DURING MANUFACTURE AND CAN EVENTUALLY CAUSE INCREASED STEERING EFFORT.
Consequence:
Remedy: THE DEALER WILL INSPECT AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE BALL BEARINGS OF THE STEERING GEAR, WITHOUT CHARGE TO OWNER.
Notes: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS.SYSTEM: STEERING; STEERING GEAR RECIRCULATORY BALLS.CONSEQUENCES OF DEFECT: UNDER CONTINUED OPERATION, LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL,LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, AND AN ACCIDENT COULD OCCUR.NOTE: INCREASED STEERING EFFORTS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN AUDIBLE POPPING ORGRINDING NOISE AND MOMENTARY STEERING HANG-UP. IF ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS AREEXPERIENCED, THE VEHICLE SHOULD NOT BE OPERATED.
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