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2003 Ford Explorer Sport (2-door) Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
12/14/05 NHTSA ID: 10018061
TSB ID: 0427

Steering shudder during low speed maneuvers - 4.0l engine.
12/05/05 NHTSA ID: 10017860
TSB ID: 18719

Malfunction indicator lamp coming on with diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0171, p0172, p0174 and/or p0175 (fuel system too rich or lean).
04/28/05 NHTSA ID: 10014096
TSB ID: 042419

Revised procedure for adjusting alignment on all suspensions - new right hand upper control arm design for torsion bar front suspensions.
04/07/05 NHTSA ID: 10013084
TSB ID: 16339

Fast idle strategy to prevent spark plug fouling.
12/07/04 NHTSA ID: 10010719
TSB ID: 041910

Oil leak from oil filter adapter - 4.0l sohc engine built before 4/1/2004.
08/05/04 NHTSA ID: 10008580
TSB ID: 02176

Lamp-brake-invadvertent disabling of brake shift interlock. *mj
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07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008115
TSB ID: 17544

Generator noise in cold ambient temperatures. *mj
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008191
TSB ID: 17379

Rough idle, hesitation on cold engine tip-in and/or hesitation during a 5-3 downshift.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008189
TSB ID: 17376

Lacks power/runs rough/black smoke condition.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008190
TSB ID: 17378

Intermittent engine driveability issues. vehcles with automatic transmission built between 03/04/2002 and 12/01/2002.
06/16/04 NHTSA ID: 10007369
TSB ID: 031912

Steering shudder felt when turning, driving at slow speeds or at stop.
01/14/04 NHTSA ID: 10004908
TSB ID: 17254

Clicking/popping noise from upper steering column area when turning. 2004 e series and explorer sport trac also included.
11/18/03 NHTSA ID: 10004087
TSB ID: 17231

Anti-lock brake system (abs) light flashing with diagnostic trouble code (dtc) b2477 after replacement of the abs module.
11/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10004059
TSB ID: 17166

Squealing noise from the front brakes when applied. 2004 sport trac included.
11/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10004070
TSB ID: 17200

Vibration when driving 35-75 mph. 2004 explorer sport trac included.
11/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10004069
TSB ID: 17198

Wear-through condition on the abrasion sleeve of the upper radiator hose near the air conditioning accumulator or transmission fluid dipstick.
11/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10004060
TSB ID: 17167

Multiple vehicles with 3.0l or 4.0l engines lacks power/runs rough/black smoke. 2004 sport trac included.
11/14/03 NHTSA ID: 10004041
TSB ID: 031912

Steering wheel shudder during low speed turning maneuvers. 2004 explorer sport trac included.
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10/09/03 NHTSA ID: 10003165
TSB ID: 17055

Lacks power / black smoke / runs rough, usually with no malfunction indicator lamp on or diagnostic trouble codes.
09/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10002780
TSB ID: 0398

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) illumination with diagnostic trouble codes p0442, p0455, p0456, p0457, p1442 or check fuel cap lamp illuminated with diagnostic trouble code p0457.
09/10/03 NHTSA ID: 10002675
TSB ID: 16810

Rough idle and/or check engine lamp due to closure hose which becomes loose or disconnected at the right hand cam cover.
09/09/03 NHTSA ID: 10002643
TSB ID: 16735

Various noise issues from the rear leaf springs while driving.
09/08/03 NHTSA ID: 10002597
TSB ID: 16879

Squealing noise from the front brakes when the brakes are applied. the noise usually occurs with light brake pedal pressure and goes away with more pressure. 2004 explorer sport trac included.
09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002495
TSB ID: 16610

No start, no communication with power train control module (pcm) using wds/ngs or a miss/buck/jerk while driving.
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09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002482
TSB ID: 0335

Idle air control (iac) valve diagnostic service tips.
09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002502
TSB ID: 16624

Slow fuel fill condition.
09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002501
TSB ID: 16623

Excessive fuel gauge fluctuation while driving (qsf).
03/25/03 NHTSA ID: 10000592
TSB ID: 870197

Incorrectly installed gear driven camshaft position (cmp) sensor synchronizer assemblies causing surge, lost of power, malfunction indicator lamp on and diagnostic trouble codes p1336, p1309 and p0340.
12/06/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10017891
TSB ID: 030508

Front axle leaks fluid from vent tube - vehicles equipped with 4x4 or awd.
04/28/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014086
TSB ID: 042107

General (pcm) power train control module programming procedures.
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04/15/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10013369
TSB ID: 04217

General power train control module (pcm) programming procedures.
07/27/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008305
TSB ID: 02222

Noise-gear whine noise in 1st and 2nd gear only-vehicles equipped with 5r55e transmission and 4.0l engine only. *mj
10/29/03 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10003748
TSB ID: 03148

New transmission cooler flusher - service tips. 2003 escort and super duty f series included.
07/25/03 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10001922
TSB ID: 0358

Fluid may leak out of the front axle vent tube. *jb
05/22/01 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 619276
TSB ID: 0186

On some vehicles, including sport and sport trac, the front axle leaks fluid from the vent tube.
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.
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01/06/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10011166
TSB ID: 04166

Power lumbar bladder expanding through back of seat. *ar
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.
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.
09/22/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009317
TSB ID: 04133

Moisture in headlamp.
07/28/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008359
TSB ID: 16437

Diagnostic trouble code (dtc) c1233 & c1234 - replace anti-lock brake system euc. *mj
01/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004924
TSB ID: 17280

Generator whistle/hoot noise in cold ambient temperatures.
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01/14/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004886
TSB ID: 03203

Malfunction indicator lamp illuminated with diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0442, p0455, p0456, p0457 or p1442 or a check fuel cap lamp illuminated with dtc p0457 for the evaporative emission system.
11/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004027
TSB ID: 03181

Remote keyless entry (rke) - service tips.
10/09/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003180
TSB ID: 17085

Lack of air conditioner cooling. 2004 explorer sport trac included.
04/28/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014138
TSB ID: 042421

Safety belt retraction speed.
04/05/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10012954
TSB ID: 05310

Safety belt web stop button service. *eh
07/22/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008139
TSB ID: 17579

Seat material ripping and/or separating at the seams.
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06/22/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10007416
TSB ID: 17647

Paint peeling and/or bubbling on the center finish panel of the instrument panel.
01/14/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10004907
TSB ID: 17253

Water leak near the roof opening panel. 2004 explorer sport trac included.

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Ford Explorer Sport (2-door) 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.

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