Ford is recalling certain 2022 F-150 Raptor units produced this year. In an announcement made through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the company Blue Oval said that the problem lay with the truck wheel nuts, which could come off due to defects in the manufacturing process.
In Remember NHTSA 22V-675, more than 1,500 Ford F-150 Raptors are potentially affected. These vehicles were built between April 19, 2022, and August 11, 2022. The VIN range is not specified in the recall documents, but one thing is certain – only those equipped with optional 37-inch tires are affected by the defect.
According to the chronology of events, the problem occurred when the automatic three-spindle DC lug nut tool replaced the manual process on April 18, 2022, for 37-inch tires. However, the new DC wheel nut tool “is incorrectly set to the nominal torque of 170 Nm instead of the intended 200 Nm.” After auditing 477 vehicles, it was found 236 units with low residual torque.
This, of course, can result in loosening of the wheel joints and potential separation of the wheels from the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident. The Ford Critical Concern Review Group (CCRG) has not identified any reports of loose or segregated road wheels.
Naturally, the cure for these defects is to tighten the lug nuts to specifications, free of charge. Owners have been notified but if you want to confirm that your F-150 Raptor is not part of the recall, you may want to contact your dealer just to double check.
For the record, it has adapted the previous F-150 Raptor production line due to the optional 37-inch tires. Given this rubber, the truck seemed too tall to fit in the factory. Ford took 15 months to find a solution to this problem.