Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty “Death Wobble”

Ford Motor Company has a major problem with its later year model Super Duty (F-250, F-350, etc.) trucks.  Specifically, some of these vehicles have what is known as the “Death Wobble.”  In the cases that I have handled, the “Death Wobble” occurs at freeway speeds after the vehicle hits a bump, groove or dip in… Read more »

RVs, Motorhomes, Trailers, 5th Wheels, Toy Haulers and the California Lemon Law

The California Lemon Law covers RVs, motorhomes, trailers, 5th wheels and toy haulers. The Lemon Law’s applicability regarding these products can be confusing, challenging and interesting. Without getting too much into the legal weeds let me explain. The California Lemon Law covers all “consumer goods” sold in the State of California. The Lemon Law also… Read more »

Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge TIPM Problems

If you own a Jeep, Chrysler, or Dodge vehicle you may have experienced the following problems including, but not limited to – vehicle stalling/shutting off; vehicle not starting; displays not working; blank displays; accessories not working; etc.  These problems may be related to the vehicle having a defective totally integrated power module aka TIPM.  The… Read more »

Jeep Transmission and Engine Problems

Jeep model vehicles (Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass) are having an array of transmission and engine problems.  The transmission problems include, but are not limited to – lack of power, poor shift quality, complete transmission failure, etc.  The engine problems include, but are not limited to – oil leaks; poor engine performance; lack of power; etc.  FCA… Read more »

Nissan CVT Transmission Problems

For several years now Nissan North America, Inc. has placed CVT transmissions in many of their model vehicles (Altima, Sentra, etc.).  CVT stands for “continuously variable transmission.”  The purpose of the CVT transmission design, according to Nissan, is to, among other things, provide smooth shifts between gears and be more fuel efficient than a regular… Read more »

Volvo XC90 Brake Problems

Later year model (2016, 2017, 2018) Volvo XC90 vehicles are plagued with brake problems.  Specifically, the brakes squeal when applied.  Volvo Car USA, LLC is aware of this issue and has issued technical service bulletins (TSB) to address these brake problems.  However, it appears that the suggested repairs in the TSB’s do not fix the… Read more »

Military Members and the California Lemon Law

One of the most unknown aspects of the California Lemon Law is it applicability to members of the United States Armed Forces.  Generally, in order to have a valid California Lemon Law claim, the lemon vehicle must be purchased in the State of California.  Not so if you are a member of the United States… Read more »

Ford Explorer Cab Exhaust Leaks

Back in February of this year, I wrote an article concerning certain model year Ford Explorers and exhaust fumes leaking into the vehicles’ cabs. Ford Motor Company is keenly aware of this dangerous problem and is unable to fix this exhaust leak issue. The national media has recently reported on the Ford Explorer exhaust leak… Read more »

Motorhomes Equipped with Ford V10 Engines Squeal/Screech Under Load

My office has received several inquiries recently concerning later model year motorhomes (Tiffin, Fleetwood, etc.) equipped with Ford Motor Company V10 gas engines. The main complaint with the V10 gas engines is that they loudly squeal/screech under load.  It appears this noise may be the result of the engines having, among other things, defective fan… Read more »

Ford Focus/Fiesta Transmission Class Action Settlement

Ford Motor Company has agreed to a class action settlement concerning its 2012-2016 model year Ford Focus vehicles and its 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta vehicles which contain PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions – aka DPS6 transmissions. (See www.FordTransmissionSettlement.com for specific details regarding the proposed class action settlement.)  These transmission are defective as, among other things, they require… Read more »