A pair of Ford F350 Super Duty owners have filed suit against the manufacturer over aluminum wheels that always lose air pressure due to issues with valve stem leaks. The owners claim that the low-air pressure affects fuel economy, handling, tire condition, and safety.
Lawsuit Claims Tires May Blow Out
Further, the lawsuit claims that the tires may blow out; and, the action claims that there is added danger if the trucks are hauling heavy loads. The suit says the issue involves the 2017-18 Ford F350 trucks.
The lawsuit was filed by a pair of truck owners. It also includes all F350 variants such as the:
- King Ranch
Tires Sometimes Filled Up Daily
One of the plaintiffs in the suit, James Collins, owner of a 2018 Ford F350 Lariat DRW, claims he has to refill the tires sometimes daily due to the leakage. He claimed in the suit that he had taken his truck to a Ford dealership many times for repair. The repairs included replacement of the TMPS (tire monitoring pressure sensors), wheel replacement, and valve stem replacement.
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He further stated that none of the fixes did any good. He also said that he eventually hired a mechanic to replace the factory steel valve stems with rubber units. Collins claims that the aluminum wheels on his F350 truck have become discolored and corroded from the original and replacement valve stems.
Second Owner Makes His Claims
The second plaintiff in the suit, Ken Newman, owner of a 2018 Ford F350 DRW XL, also complained that the tires on his truck have to be refilled frequently due to the valve stem leaks.
Newman claims that he had to return to the dealership many times. According to the suit, the owner claimed the dealership informed him the warranty would not cover the truck’s wheels.
The central issue, the lawsuit claims, is the contact between the aluminum wheels and steel valve stems, which, the action alleges, has caused the corrosion at the contact site.
Suit Brought In U.S. District Court
The pair of claimants brought suit in the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware.
The tire pressure suit is one of several actions that have been brought against Ford. One of the most significant lawsuits against Ford involves the DPS6 transmission that has been used on several car lines.
Sources: Author research; The Ford Authority which is one of the leading independent sources of news and information about the automaker.
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Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.