Ford India is apparently recalling the Ford EcoSport diesel to relocate the glow plug module in the engine because the company foresees a potential problem with the module. This is a voluntary recall by Ford and not really a problem that customers have faced yet.
A statement apparently released by Ford India has been quoted on multiple media saying “As a part of routine checks, we discovered a potential concern with Ford EcoSport diesel variants related to the glow plug module which requires relocating the module. We are contacting customers to take their vehicle to their Ford dealership to have the work carried out.” Also read: Ford launches EcoSport at a starting price of Rs. 5.59 lakh
Ford has so far sold just over 4,000 units of the EcoSport after its launch on June 26, going by the dispatch numbers. Unconfirmed reports put the number of bookings of the Ford EcoSport at 20,000 units so far and climbing, with some dealerships registering upto 40 bookings a day. A Delhi dealer said that the waiting period for the diesel Ford EcoSport is now close to six months for a few colours.
What exactly is the issue?
The diesel Ford EcoSport shares the same engine as the new Fiesta diesel. It is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that puts out 90PS (89 bhp) of power and 204 Nm of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The diesel Ford EcoSport has a rated mileage of 22.7 kmpl. Also Read: Ford EcoSport variants and features: fully loaded!
A glow-plug helps in cold-weather starting of the engine, by pre-warming the air that enters the cylinders and allows for easier firing of the engine when diesel is squirted in. Diesel engines, unlike petrol engines, do not have spark plugs and rely on the heat generated by compressing air in the cylinders for combustion to happen. In extreme cold weather, it takes longer for heat to build up, and would result in the engine having to be cranked longer. A glow plug takes care of that cold-start problem.
The module that controls this is linked to the ECU. Going by our understanding of the problem at hand, Ford is relocating the control module, possibly because of its location being vulnerable to future problems from either contact with hot engine parts, water spray or proximity to sensitive wiring. Read: Ford EcoSport road test and review: Sure-shot winner!
Whatever the issue is, it is good that Ford is taking this proactive step early. However, it does not bode well for the company, because any problems surfacing with the EcoSport, especially after the hype generated, can be a dampener on sales and it would need Ford to come out with convincing measures to regain customer trust in the brand.