Originally Posted by Alfaduetto
This is a safety related issue, you need to talk to Ford directly about the weld. Most emissions and safety related items go 10 years and 100, 000 miles. If Ford claims it is not a structural weld then it should be just seam sealed again and not at $1K.
I was wrong in my original post. The photos show it is not a weld. it is a seam filled with a seam sealer. And the price comes from them taking off the right and left fenders(the fenders are the large sides of the cars sheet metal including wheel arches), and hood. There is alot of labor involved. And the dealer is never cheap. I chose this dealer as they have done 2 or 3 fixes like this.
I talked to Ford already several times and they will not fix it under the ESP warranty. I still say it is defective materials and indirectly is a safety issue as the smart junction box getting wet could cause alot of hypothetical safety issues. They dont care. The selling dealer could of done the fix but his tech said the fenders dont need to come off and they failed to fix it the first time I brought it to them. The selling dealer would of worked with me for a better price but I lost faith in them. They dont have a body shop so the car would of been in another body shop. I am just paying for it and if its fixed I will consider it worth the money. I jsut trust them since they have done this before.
As you said STLwagon if this helps someone else fix thier leak thats always a good thing. I just cant get over how flimsy the sealer is and how you can easily pull it out. Also like the picture of the pocket/scoop it made to catch water and funnel it right in??? LOL thats crazy!!!