Ford Motor Co. currently is considering what action, if any, it needs to take on potentially defective rear axles that were fitted on ’04 Ford Explorer SUVs and its derivatives within the past month. A Ford spokesman tells Ward’s that rear axles for the Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer and Lincoln Aviator were given the wrong mix of lubricant and a friction additive between the build dates of March 29 and April 14 in St. Louis, which could lead to permanent axle damage, such as diminished ...

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