The Ford Ranger is a compact pick-up truck that’s served as the basis for many Ford vehicles, including the Explorer and the Bronco II. As one of North America’s most popular mid-size pickup trucks, people expect their Ford Rangers to be solid, dependable cars that they will have for many years. But what if your car has a serious defect that makes you feel unsafe every time you are out on the road? This is a common issue for owners who are dealing with the “Ford Shake.”
Are you the owner of a Ford truck that shakes or vibrates non-stop when you reach highway speeds? If so, you are probably scared about the possibility of getting into an accident, as constant shaking can indicate a multitude of serious problems with your car.
If my Ford Ranger keeps shaking and they can’t fix the problem, can I return my truck? Can I lemon my can and get a new truck or a refund?
If you can identify with other consumers that are asking these questions, please consider a free case review with the attorneys of Guardian Lemon Law Group. Based on the circumstances, you may be entitled to a refund or a new vehicle from the manufacturer, plus out of pocket expenses that are associated with your car’s defects.
Does your Ford Shake at Highway Speeds?
If this question resonates with you, it’s more than likely that your car is afflicted with the “Ford Shake.” This is a problem that’s been reported by countless Ford truck owners, whose vehicles start to shake or vibrate uncontrollably at high speeds – usually at around 65 to 75 miles per hour. For some drivers, the problem affects the seat, steering wheel, or another part of their truck. But others can feel the entire car shaking non-stop, which is terrifying when you are out on the highway.
The exact cause for the Ford Shake has not been identified, but a number of factors may be at play, including:
- Damaged / bent wheels, or wheels that have not been balanced properly.
- Imbalance caused by uneven tire wear.
- Defective ball joints, shock absorbers, and other suspension components.
- Defects with the engine or transmission
It’s essential to have your car diagnosed right away by a certified Ford mechanic. Going back to the dealership is the best option, but you can also contact the manufacturer for an authorized repair center in your area. If the shaking issues persist after you’ve taken it in for repairs, contact us so that we can help you obtain the damages you are entitled to.
If my Truck Shakes at High Speeds, can I Replace my Truck or Get my Money Back?
We know how unnerving it can be to have a car that’s constantly shaking and vibrating, even though it’s been checked by the dealership multiple times. As someone that’s dealing with a case of the Ford Shake, you most likely have questions about the remedies that are available to you. Under the Song-Beverly Warranty Act, aka the California lemon law, you may have the right to return your truck and get a replacement vehicle or a full refund, minus the mileage offset and any other applicable deductions.
But there are several important steps that you will need to take in order to be eligible for compensation. First and foremost, take your car to an authorized repair center as soon as you notice the problem. Never attempt any repairs on your own, as this can invalidate your right to sue the manufacturer. You must also give the dealership a reasonable number of repair attempts before you can ask for your money back or for a new replacement truck.
These are the two most important requirements you will need to meet, but there are plenty of other considerations that you should be aware of. To make sure that you are following the correct procedures, call us for a free consultation as soon as possible.
What are These Cases Worth on Average?
There is frankly no way to figure out the average settlement value for a California lemon law claim, as there are so many factors that are unique to each consumer. Your experience with a defective Ford Ranger and the losses you’ve suffered will not be the same as anyone else’s. As a result, most of the settlements we’ve recovered fall somewhere between $5,000 to over $100,000. We know that this is a wide range, so the best thing to do is reach out to us directly if you’re interested in learning the value of your lemon case against Ford.
How long is the Process to Settle One of these Cases?
There is no universal timeline that works for every Ford lemon law case, since there are various complications that can come up throughout the legal process. Many of our cases are resolved within 6 months, with some cases taking just a few weeks. But recovering the payment you deserve can take longer depending on the legal actions we will need to take. If a trial is required, for example, which is not uncommon with higher values claims or ones involving accidents, securing a settlement can take 12 months or longer.
What is the Deadline to File a Lawsuit for a Lemon Car?
In California, the statute of limitations for a lemon law case is 4 years, which is a strict deadline that’s imposed by the court. If you exceed the 4-year window, you will lose the right to seek monetary compensation from the auto maker. However, there are many considerations that may be involved in order to determine exactly when the 4-year period begins and ends. Because this is a complicated matter, you should not make any assumptions on how much time you have to pursue a lemon lawsuit. Instead, call us right away to verify the deadline that applies to your situation.
All Legal Fees are Paid by the Manufacturer
Obviously, the cost of retaining a lawyer is a huge concern to many consumers who believe that their vehicle is a lemon. Fortunately, California’s lemon law contains an attorney’s fees provision, which requires the manufacturer to pay your lawyer directly for the cost of representing you. This will allow you to do the following:
- Hire a qualified lemon law lawyer at no upfront cost.
- Pay nothing for any court costs that are associated with your case, which are also billed to the manufacturer.
Now that you are aware of who is footing the bill for legal fees, we hope you’ll give us a call to learn more about the legal process for a California lemon law claim. During a free case evaluation, we can go over the strategies we will use to build your case against the manufacturer. Please give us a call to get started on a Ford lemon law complaint with one of our attorneys.
Call us for a Free Second Opinion
If you have a case that’s pending with another attorney, you may benefit from a second opinion with a lemon lawyer at our law firm. Many people have questions about their case that they would like to discuss with another lawyer, which may be the position you are in. You may also be having problems with your lawyer due to a lack of communication, which leaves you with no answers are to what’s going on with your case. A free, no-obligation meeting with one of our experts can provide you with solutions to these and many other problems you are currently experiencing. Simply contact us at our office to schedule a free second opinion.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a California Lemon Law Lawyer
Dealing with a car that feels unsafe to drive isn’t something you should have to put up with if your car is backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. Though laws exist to protect consumers in these situations, getting the compensation you deserve can be challenging when you are going up against a major corporation, like Ford Motor Company. That’s why the California lemon law requires auto manufacturers to pay for the consumer’s legal fees as a part of their settlement award.
Our lemon law attorneys have decades of experience in the recovery of lemon law settlements. That means you can be confident in our ability to bring you every penny you deserve for the aggravation you’ve gone through. Along with experience and dedication to our clients, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee, so that you won’t be responsible for any legal fees in the event we don’t win your case.
The lawyers of Guardian Lemon Law are ready to advise you of your rights and legal options. Contact us right away if you were sold a lemon Ford ranger of any other defective Ford / Lincoln model, including:
- Ford F-350
- Ford Bronco
- Ford Bronco Sport
- Ford Ecosport
- Ford Escape
- Ford Edge
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Expedition
- Ford Maverick
- Ford Transit
- Lincoln Aviator
- Lincoln Corsair
- Lincoln Navigator
- Lincoln Nautilus