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Investigating Ford 2.7L EcoBoost Engine Problems: Is Compensation on the Horizon?

Posted by Howard Gutman | Oct 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

A Ford 2.7L EcoBoost engine being examined by a technician

In the world of automotive engineering, the pursuit of performance and efficiency often leads to innovative technologies. Ford's 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine was no exception. However, recent developments have left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over this once-celebrated powerhouse.

Owners of Ford and Lincoln vehicles equipped with the 2.7L EcoBoost engine have voiced their concerns, alleging engine failures attributed to valve defects. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has heeded these concerns and launched an investigation into the matter. If you find yourself grappling with these engine problems, it's essential to understand the latest developments and how they might affect your journey to justice and compensation.

A Growing Concern

The NHTSA began receiving letters from concerned consumers in March 2022, highlighting issues with the 2.7L EcoBoost engine in their 2021 Ford Broncos. These astute vehicle owners pointed their fingers at the engine's valves as the culprits behind their woes. Recognizing the gravity of these claims, the NHTSA decided to delve deeper into the matter by considering a federal investigation.

A Formal Inquiry

The month of July 2022 marked a significant turning point. The NHTSA formalized an investigation into the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost engine issues, extending its scope to include various models equipped with this engine:

  • 2021-2022 Ford Bronco
  • 2021-2022 Ford Edge
  • 2021-2022 Ford Explorer
  • 2021-2022 Ford F-150
  • 2021-2022 Lincoln Aviator
  • 2021-2022 Lincoln Nautilus

During this investigative phase, Ford supplied the NHTSA with a trove of data that underscored the magnitude of the issue. In this information, they disclosed a staggering 328 customer complaints, 487 warranty claims, and 809 engine exchanges. These numbers painted a disconcerting picture.

A Fractured Reality

For many Ford and Lincoln owners, the distressing part was that their 2.7 EcoBoost engines failed while their vehicles were in motion. Investigators zeroed in on the root cause: intake valve fractures within the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engines, resulting in complete engine failures. This dire situation necessitated the replacement of entire engines.

According to the NHTSA, these defective valves were originally manufactured from an alloy known as “Silchrome Lite,” which could become excessively hard and brittle if subjected to over-temperature conditions during machining. However, a design modification was implemented in October 2021, introducing a different alloy known as “Silchrome 1,” which was less susceptible to over-temperature issues during machining.

Expanding Horizons

As the investigation progressed, it became evident that the problem was not confined to the 2.7L EcoBoost engine alone. The inquiry was upgraded to an engineering analysis, casting a wider net to encompass 3.0L EcoBoost engines. The ripple effect extended to more than 708,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles, leaving owners to grapple with concerns about the reliability and safety of their prized possessions.


For owners of Ford and Lincoln vehicles powered by the 2.7L EcoBoost and 3.0L EcoBoost engines, these developments are of utmost significance. As the NHTSA's investigation evolves, the possibility of compensation for those who have endured engine failures looms on the horizon. If you find yourself entangled in this predicament, it's crucial to stay informed about the latest updates and seek legal counsel if needed. Your journey to justice and restitution may have just begun.

Remember, you don't have to navigate this path alone. If you experience vehicle troubles, consider potential claims, including:

  • Deceptive Practices Claim: If you've been misled or deceived during the purchase or repair process, you may have grounds for this claim.
  • Magnuson-Moss Act Claim: Federal law safeguards consumers who purchase products with warranties, ensuring fairness and remedies for defects.
  • Breach of Implied Warranty Claim: Your vehicle should meet certain expectations of quality and performance, and if it doesn't, you may have a case under this claim.
  • Lemon Law Claim: Is your vehicle a constant source of frustration due to defects? Lemon laws provide recourse for consumers in such situations.
  • Breach of Express Warranty Claim: Manufacturers must uphold the promises made in their warranties. If they fail to do so, you may have grounds for this claim.

We are here to provide the guidance and support you need to assert your rights and seek compensation for the distress and inconvenience you've experienced due to these engine problems. Contact us at (973) 598-1980 today, and let us be your advocate in the pursuit of justice.

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