FORD 6.4 LITER DIESEL ENGINE – WHERE THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S REGENERATION

 

FORD 6.4 LITER DIESEL ENGINE – WHERE THERE’S SMOKE THERE’S REGENERATION

In a previous article I explained many of the problems with Ford Motor Company’s 6.4 liter diesel engine found in Ford’s F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.  A new problem has recently arisen concerning these engines which is dangerous and expensive.  Specifically, the 6.4 liter diesel engine frequently goes into regeneration mode.  When the engine goes into this mode it frequently spews out excessive amounts of exhaust smoke.  This smoke creates extremely dangerous driving conditions for those drivers following these defective trucks.  It’s hard to see if your vehicle is engulfed in thick exhaust smoke.

The second issue related to this regeneration mode is that when the vehicle is in this mode, fuel mileage drops dramatically.  With diesel prices what they are these days, this drop in fuel mileage can get very expensive, very fast.  Ford is aware of these regeneration issues, but is either unable or unwilling to fix these problems.

If you purchased your Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 or F-550 in California and you are having problems with the 6.4 liter Diesel engine, you could have a valid California Lemon Law claim that may entitle you to compensation.  Give me a call and I will be happy to speak with you. 

For a free personal consultation concerning the California Lemon Law, you may contact David Farrell via phone toll free (866) 360-6886, form or e-mail.

 

 

 

WHEN GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT MEANS GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT

When Gross Vehicle Weight Means Gross Vehicle Weight

As a practicing California Lemon Law attorney for over 20 years, I have heard a lot of legal and factual arguments.  After all, argument is the business of a litigation attorney.  But sometimes a side takes a legal position that, well, doesn’t make much sense.  Of course I have never done so (sarcasm).

One such nonsensical legal position was taken by Ford Motor Company regarding vehicle weight.  The weight of a vehicle is significant under the California Lemon Law when applying the Lemon Law to a business use vehicle.  The Ca Lemon Law will apply to a business use vehicle if, among other things, its gross vehicle weight (GVW) is less than 10,000 pounds.

Now for vehicles there are typically two weight categories – GVW and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).  GVW means the actual weight of the vehicle and GVWR means the entire weight the vehicle may haul or tow including the weight of the vehicle.  So, obviously, these two terms are different.  A vehicle may actually weigh less than 10,000 pounds (GVW) but be capable of towing or hauling, plus adding the weight of the vehicle, well in excess of 10,000 pounds (GVWR).

For several years Ford argued that GVW actually meant GVWR.  So, according to Ford, if a business use vehicle’s GVWR was in excess of 10,000 pounds the California Lemon Law would not apply regardless of the vehicle’s actual GVW.  Ford took this position due to the fact that its F-Series (F250, F350, F450, F550) 6.0 and 6.4 liter diesel engine trucks were, and are, extremely problematic.  Many of these F-Series diesel engine trucks are used for business purposes.  So Ford’s weight approach was designed to eliminate these business use vehicle Lemon Law claims because the GVWR of all of these vehicles is well in excess of 10,000 pounds.

Fortunately, Ford’s weight approach was shot down in Joyce v. Ford Motor Company (2011)  198 Cal.App.4th 1478.  In Joyce, the court held that GVW and GVWR do not mean the same thing.  (What a shock!)  The court also held that GVW means the total overall weight that the vehicle weighs.

So now that this issue is resolved, I’ll have to wait for the next nonsensical legal or factual argument, unless I make one myself first.

For a free personal consultation concerning the California Lemon Law, you may contact David Farrell via phone toll free (866) 360-6886, form or e-mail.  

 

FORD F250, F350, F450, F550 SERIES DIESEL TRUCKS WITH 6.0 AND 6.4 LITER DIESEL ENGINES

FORD F250, F350, F450, F550 SERIES DIESEL TRUCKS WITH 6.0 AND 6.4 LITER DIESEL ENGINES

Usually, diesel engines are extremely reliable and last much longer than gas engines. Not so with the Ford F250, Ford F350, Ford F450 and Ford F550 trucks equipped with 6.0 liter and 6.4 liter diesel engines. Continue reading