A bad batch of transmission fluid could end up costing Ford Motor Co. a lot of money and more unwanted negative publicity concerning vehicle quality. The auto maker will notify some 740,000 Ford Explorer SUV, Ranger pickup, Mercury Mountaineer SUV and Lincoln LS sedan owners there is a potential problem with the vehicle’s 5-speed 5R55 or 5R44 automatic transmission. Explorer headlines Ford’s latest recall. Ford is terming the recall a “customer service program,” a spokeswoman says, ...

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