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Ford recalling 1,000 trucks

DEARBORN -- Ford Motor Co. is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 trucks from the 1987 Bigfoot Cruiser, the 1988 Ranger and the 1986 Cargo models, the No. 2 automaker announced.

John P. King of Ford Parts and Service Division said Wednesday the first of three recalls involves about 560 1987-model Bigfoot Cruisers, a promotional light truck equipped with 4-wheel drive, to rework certain design alterations.

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The affected trucks, which include 360 of the F-150 and F-250 pickups and 200 Ranger Super Cab trucks, were manufactured by Ford and altered as Bigfoot Cruisers by an independent company as part of a special Ford sales promotion program, King said in a statement.

He said an additional 660 Bigfoot units are in dealer inventores and dealers are being requested to remove or replace affected parts and accessories before selling them.

The recall includes the replacement of tires that are too large and may rub against front fenders and front wheel brake hoses, replacement of aluminum wheels and rerouting of the rear power window circuit wiring into the ignition switch.

The second recall is for 167 of the 1988-model Ranger light trucks. Ford will replace the rear brakes, which are too large and could cause the rear wheels to skid or lock upon heavy braking.

The third recall is for 270 of the 1986-model Cargo medium-duty trucks equipped with automatic transmissions. The carmaker want to install a transmission oil cooler and replace the fan assembly. Operation in extremely hot weather or with heavy loads could cause eventual transmission damage.

Owners are being asked to return their truck to Ford dealers, where the company said the work will be performed at no cost to the owner. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by these conditions.

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