2021 Ford Bronco owner finds improperly installed alternator belt on 2.7L V6

Getting your hands on a brand new Bronco seems to be getting harder with each passing day, unless you’re willing to shell out an extra few thousand dollars for the infamous Market Adjustment on top of the MSRP. In addition to agonizing delays and eager salespeople, Ford doesn’t seem to care much about quality control at the Michigan assembly plant in Wayne.

So far, the 2021 model year Bronco has been the subject of an airbag-related recall affecting 553 units. But if you search the manufacturer’s communications page on the National Highway Traffic System Administration website, you’ll get a clearer picture of the number of issues rocking the Ranger twin utility vehicle. The MIC hardtop is arguably the best-known issue of the lot, with various hissing noises, too many electrical and software issues, and dropped valves for the V6 which is only available with a ten-speed car. .

Speaking of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, a gentleman by the name of David smith took delivery a few days ago of a superb two-door Outer Banks with this powertrain. His latest contribution to the Bronco6x community consists of a warning and four photos of the alternator belt resting on the hood.

Dave writes: “My alternator belt was installed backwards. The belt will last approximately 400 miles (644 kilometers) before destroying itself. The bad news is that the part is not stocked by most dealers. My handsome Bronco died in the water and I have no idea how long it will take before the dealer can get a belt.

As if that weren’t enough for a new vehicle and God knows how much waiting for delivery, “the rental car is on the owner.” That says a lot about customer service, but more importantly, how could an employee at the Michigan Assembly Plant mistake the grooved side of the belt shown for the flat side?

With any luck, the Ford Motor Company will fix this problem – and many others – by improving the quality control of the MY 2022.

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