DETROIT - By the end of the month, Ford Motor Co. expects to repair four-wheel-drive versions of five light-truck models being held at assembly plants because of a defect.
Ford is determining whether any affected units reached customers.
Ford will not give the number of affected units, which are being held at eight plants. The company is fixing a defect in the electric motor connected to the transfer case on 4wd versions of the 2002 Ford Explorer, Expedition, F series and Ranger, and the Lincoln Navigator.
The units were built with a defective part weeks ago, said Della DiPietro, Ford spokeswoman. Production was not halted because parts were available quickly, she said. Ford halted shipment of the defective units to complete repairs at the assembly plants.