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2004 Ford Escape Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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08/01/17 NHTSA ID: 10109070
TSB ID: SSM 46085

The powertrain control/emissions diagnosis (pc/ed) manual has been revised for diagnosing electronic throttle bodies (etbs). the etc_act and etc_dsd pids should not used to diagnose possible etb concerns. the ids has a limited refresh rate
12/02/14 NHTSA ID: 10056443
TSB ID: TSB-14-0143

Ford: the lower control arm (lca) forward attachment will separate from subframe, causing diminishing directional control, due to operating in high corrosion areas for extended period of time. model 2001-2004 escape.
08/03/06 NHTSA ID: 10020173
TSB ID: 06116

Possible engine damage - install special service tools prior to removing crankshaft pulley bolt - service tip.
03/13/06 NHTSA ID: 10019382
TSB ID: 04208

Camshaft tick noise - 3.0l 4v engine only.
02/10/06 NHTSA ID: 10019076
TSB ID: 19016

Replace timing belt idler pulley during 2.0l zetec engine cylinder head replacement - service tip.
01/12/06 NHTSA ID: 10018745
TSB ID: 041601

Wds cop kit diagnostic tip - coil on plug (cop) ignition systems - engine misfire or rough running.
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04/15/05 NHTSA ID: 10013366
TSB ID: 04214

Steering drift/pull - improved diagnostic and repair procedure - service tip.
01/06/05 NHTSA ID: 10011162
TSB ID: 031404

Engine misfire or running - coil on plug (cop) ignition systems - wds cop kit diagnostic tips. to include various 2005 models. * ar this article 04161 supersedes tsb 03-14-04.
12/07/04 NHTSA ID: 10010731
TSB ID: 18217

Multiple vehicles - fuel level indication concerns - service tip. various models including 2005 super duty f-series, excursion, expedition, explorer, mountaineer and aviator.
07/26/04 NHTSA ID: 10008284
TSB ID: 03L17

Demonstration/delivery hold - special field action 03l17. revised smog emissions information.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008166
TSB ID: 17316

Fuel signal to instrument cluster service tip.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008104
TSB ID: 17532

Low pressure power steering line leak after cold soak in temperatures of -23c (-10) or lower. *mj
06/10/04 NHTSA ID: 10007315
TSB ID: 17457

Excessive front rotor wear and/or brake dust.
11/04/03 NHTSA ID: 10003841
TSB ID: 16964

Excessive brake pad/lining dust and wear.
10/29/03 NHTSA ID: 10003744
TSB ID: 03144

Engine misfire or rough running condition with coil on plug (cop) ignition systems may be more accurately diagnosed using the optional worldwide diagnostic system (wds) coil on plug (cop) kit. 2003 super duty f series included.
10/10/03 NHTSA ID: 10003192
TSB ID: 031513

Tie rod end inspection procedure.
05/17/06 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10019947
TSB ID: 0645

Neutral tow capability - service kit requirements.
04/28/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014086
TSB ID: 042107

General (pcm) power train control module programming procedures.
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04/18/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10013406
TSB ID: 04232

Wheel speed sensor removal tip. *eh
04/15/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10013369
TSB ID: 04217

General power train control module (pcm) programming procedures.
01/18/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10011344
TSB ID: 18173

A final drive whine at 25-45 mph (40-72 km/h).
09/23/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10009323
TSB ID: 04141

Transmission control indicator lamp (tcil) on with diagnostic trouble code p1783 and/or p0733 cold climate shift/engagement concerns with a cd4e transaxle.
07/22/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008185
TSB ID: 17366

Final drive whine most noticeable at 25-45 mph during light acceleration or deceleration.
06/22/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10007421
TSB ID: 17657

Clutch chatter when cold.
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06/10/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10007326
TSB ID: 17482

Harsh shifts and engagements with only diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p1502.
07/18/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10020067
TSB ID: 0693

Pcm failure - electrical accessories intermittent - inoperative.
12/14/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10018063
TSB ID: 04244

Restraint system - safety belt buckle and pretensioner diagnostic trouble code (dtc) b1877 and/or b1881.
12/07/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10017904
TSB ID: 05419

False parking aid warnings.
05/05/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014671
TSB ID: 04262

False parking aid warnings. update.
04/29/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014302
TSB ID: 042612

Side air bag diagnostic trouble code (dtc) b1994 or b1998.
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04/27/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014062
TSB ID: 04189

Rear window defroster grid/integral antenna diagnosis and repair - terminal tab repair.
04/18/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013423
TSB ID: 18281

Condensation inside the foglamps. *eh
04/18/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013426
TSB ID: 18284

High airflow from defroster vents when in floor or floor defrost modes. *eh
04/18/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013422
TSB ID: 18280

Air bag warning lamp on . *eh
04/08/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013116
TSB ID: 04174

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) illuminated - system lean diagnostic trouble codes (dtc's) - service tips. various models including 2004 f-series.
01/04/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10011159
TSB ID: 041514

Rear window defroster grid/integral antenna diagnosis and repair - terminal tab repair.
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09/23/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009321
TSB ID: 031501

Inoperative electric rear window defroster (heated backlite) grid lines, integral antenna concerns.
07/23/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008201
TSB ID: 0471

Warning indicators-parking aid-reverse sensing system (rss) and forward sensing system (fss)-false activation of warning tone-service tips. *mj update.
01/14/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004894
TSB ID: 032011

Airbag lamp illuminated and diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) b1877 (driver pretensioner circuit open) or b1881 (passenger pretensioner circuit open). this bulletin supersedes tsb 03-20-11 dated 2003.
11/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004027
TSB ID: 03181

Remote keyless entry (rke) - service tips.
01/25/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10018934
TSB ID: 05252

Neutral tow capability -- service kit requirements.
01/25/06 Other NHTSA ID: 10018938
TSB ID: 052624

Vibration diagnosis - tire/wheel runout.
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04/29/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014265
TSB ID: 042513

Serviceability of instrument panel register vents.
04/28/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014138
TSB ID: 042421

Safety belt retraction speed.
04/27/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014052
TSB ID: 04191

Safety belt buckle and pretensioner diagnostic trouble code (dtc) b1877, b1881, b1885 or b1886.
04/05/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10012954
TSB ID: 05310

Safety belt web stop button service. *eh
07/22/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008176
TSB ID: 17343

Front safety belt slow to retract and/or missing web stop button.

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Ford Escape TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.