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2016 Ford Explorer Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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12/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10125095
TSB ID: 17N03-S1

Certain 2011-2017 model year explorer vehicles - carbon monoxide concerns
12/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10125093
TSB ID: 17N03-AW

Certain 2011-2017 model year explorer retail vehicles - carbon monoxide complaints
08/25/17 NHTSA ID: 10115945
TSB ID: TSB17-2124

Some 2015-2017 explorer and 2015-2016 f-150 vehicles, equipped with 3.5l gasoline turbocharged direct injection (gtdi) engines may exhibit an illuminated mil with diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p2195, p2197, p2626, and/or p2629 stored in p
08/01/17 NHTSA ID: 10109040
TSB ID: TSB 16-0122

Some 2016 explorer vehicles equipped with a 2.3l gtdi engine may exhibit an illuminated mil with a lack of power and diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p0299. this may be due to the turbocharger wastegate actuator rod coming disconnected from th
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
05/15/17 NHTSA ID: 10099086
TSB ID: TSB 17-0033

Some 2016-2017 explorer vehicles equipped with a 2.3l engine and built on or before 28-feb-2017 may exhibit the idle speed dropping below specification after repeated light pedal tip-in/tip-out events at low vehicle speeds, such as in heavy
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03/20/17 NHTSA ID: 10095995
TSB ID: SSM 46210

Some 2010-2016 epas equipped vehicles may exhibit steering related noises. the workshop manual (wsm) diagnostic procedures have been updated in section 211-02. when diagnosing and repairing epas steering noises use the updated procedures.
03/15/17 NHTSA ID: 10095154
TSB ID: SSM 46295

To help differentiate engine oil leaks from other possible sources, a new white-colored fluorescent engine oil dye is available. workshop manual (wsm), section 303-00 has been revised to reference the new white-colored dye. the new white fl
03/10/17 NHTSA ID: 10094643
TSB ID: SSM 46281

Some 2015-2017 edge/mkx, escape/mkc, fusion/mkz and explorer vehicles equipped with a 2.0l or 2.3l may exhibit damage to the engine appearance cover, valve cover and/or intake manifold when attempting to remove the appearance cover. to redu
03/10/17 NHTSA ID: 10094612
TSB ID: SSM 46253

Some 2015-2016 edge with 2.0l gasoline turbocharged direct injection (gtdi), 2015-2016 mustang and f-150 with 5.0l engine and 2016 explorer equipped with 2.3l gtdi engine may exhibit oil leak at engine oil pressure (eop) sensor threads. it
02/10/17 NHTSA ID: 10091275
TSB ID: SSM 45932

Some 2016 explorer vehicles built on or before 5/8/2016 may exhibit a noise from the electric cooling fans, most noticeable right after the engine is turned off as they spin down to a stop. if the noise can be pinpointed to the cooling fan
02/09/17 NHTSA ID: 10091151
TSB ID: SSM 46132

Some 2008-2017 ford/mercury/lincoln vehicles equipped with sync may generate a vhr that identifies a concern with the brakes and suspension category indicating service is required due to a brake system warning lamp being illuminated. if the
02/09/17 NHTSA ID: 10091140
TSB ID: SSM 45880

2013-2017 explorer, taurus, mks exhaust studs not missing
02/09/17 NHTSA ID: 10091127
TSB ID: SSM 46159

Some 2016 explorer, flex, mkt, taurus, mks and transit vehicles equipped with a 3.5l gtdi engine may exhibit an illuminated malfunction indicator lamp (mil) with diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p2096, p2097, p2098 and/or p2099 in the powertra
02/06/17 NHTSA ID: 10090662
TSB ID: SSM 46118

When hooking up the vehicle communication module (vcm) and integrated diagnostic system (ids) to the dlc located on the driver side under the steering column at the gwm, make sure that the ignition is off before connecting to ids. if the ig
02/06/17 NHTSA ID: 10090681
TSB ID: SSM 46132

Some 2008-2017 ford/mercury/lincoln vehicles equipped with sync may generate a vhr that identifies a concern with the brakes and suspension category indicating service is required due to a brake system warning lamp being illuminated. if the
02/03/17 NHTSA ID: 10090505
TSB ID: TSB 16-0139

Some 2015-2016 f-150, c-max, edge, mks, taurus, and flex and 2016 expedition, explorer, escape, fusion, mustang, mkz, mkx, navigator, transit and transit connect vehicles equipped with a 2.0l, 2.5l, 3.5l or 3.7l gasoline engine and built on
08/31/16 NHTSA ID: 10079008
TSB ID: SSM-45853

3.5l gasoline turbocharged direct injection (gtdi) engine may exhibit a malfunction indicator lamp (mil) with diagnostic trouble codes (dtc) p0327/p0332.
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08/01/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10109063
TSB ID: SSM 46069

Some 2015-2016 vehicles equipped with 6f50/6f55 transmission built on 11/2/2015 and through 2/1/2016 may exhibit no reverse, 3rd and 5th gear and/or dtcs p0715, p0717, p0756 and/or p2701. this may be caused by the direct clutch snap ring ou
03/17/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10095624
TSB ID: SSM 46355

Multiple 2014-2016 vehicles equipped with 6f35 transmission and built on 1-jan-2014 and through 31-dec-2015 may exhibit harsh reverse engagement and harsh/delayed 3rd and 5th gear up/down shifts with no dtcs present. this may be due to a me
02/10/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10091272
TSB ID: SSM 45926

2013-2017 fusion/escape/mkz (excluding 3.7l), 2015-2016 edge/explorer (excluding 3.5l/3.7l), 2015-2016 mkc, and 2016 mkx vehicles (excluding 3.7l) equipped with all wheel drive (awd) may exhibit a leaking passenger side power transfer unit
10/22/15 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10058625
TSB ID: ASI-45239

Ford: some vehicles transmission will experience, after a cold soak or an extended period with engine off, a 2-3 shift hesitation due to possible hydraulic circuit drain. model 2013-16 various vehicles.
10/21/15 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10058616
TSB ID: SB45277

Ford: transmission fluid leak from converter housing area on police utility equipped with 6f50/6f55 transmission
05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137089
TSB ID: SSM 47143

2016-2018 explorer signature lighting is standard equipment on xlt and higher level vehicles. base model vehicles are not equipped with signature lighting and it is not an option. base level vehicles without the led lighting surrounding the
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05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137098
TSB ID: SSM 47163

Some 2016-2018 explorer vehicles equipped with automatic temperature control and premium am/fm/cd may exhibit a broken or missing temperature control switch. the driver and passenger switches are now available separately from the control he
05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137100
TSB ID: SSM 47167

Various 2016-2017 vehicles with sync 3 may experience a touch screen that does not respond to any input. using the professional technician society (pts) website > oasis tab > sync version, verify the vehicle sync software version. if the ve
05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137126
TSB ID: SSM 47211

Some 2016-2017 ford and lincoln vehicles equipped with sync 3 version 2.2 software may exhibit a blank screen after attempting to exit valet mode. sync software updates are now available under the oasis tab sync selection. if update is avai
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136597
TSB ID: SSM 47080

2010-2018 various vehicles equipped with sync or sync 3 may not function when attempting to find or use the spotify app via applink. as of an update released on 1/15/2018 spotify will no longer be supporting their applink integration. no re
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136586
TSB ID: SSM 47058

Some 2016-2018 police interceptor utility vehicles may exhibit flickering front amber marker lamps (inboard amber lights under the headlamps) when the engine is running. before attempting repairs, verify the frequency type using the integra
05/14/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10136592
TSB ID: SSM 47070

When connecting the vehicle communication module (vcm) and integrated diagnostic system (ids) or ford diagnosis and repair system (fdrs) to the dlc located on the driver side under the steering column at the gwm, make sure that the ignition
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01/29/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10127405
TSB ID: SSM 46900

Some vehicles may exhibit a no start condition with an illuminated malfunction indicator lamp (mil) and a dtc p161a after pcm replacement. this may be due to the parameter reset procedure not being properly completed. to clear this dtc, use
12/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10125077
TSB ID: SSM 46858

Some 2016-2017 police interceptor utility vehicles may exhibit flickering front amber marker lamps (inboard amber lights under the headlamps) when the engine is running. before attempting repairs, verify the frequency type using the integra
08/01/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109085
TSB ID: 16B32

Certain 2015 model year edge, 2015-2016 model year f-150, mkt, and police interceptor sedan, and 2016 model year escape, explorer, flex, fusion, mkx, mustang, police interceptor utility, taurus, and transit vehicles - electronic throttle bo
08/01/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109004
TSB ID: SSM 46465

Some 2016 edge/explorer/f-150/mustang built on or before 01-nov-2016 and equipped with a 4.2-inch fcdim may exhibit a blank screen. to correct the concern, reprogram the fcdim to the latest level using ids release 104.02 or higher. make sur
03/20/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10095985
TSB ID: SSM 46194

2016-2017 explorer signature lighting is standard equipment on xlt and higher level vehicles. base model vehicles are not equipped with signature lighting and it is not an option. base level vehicles without the led lighting surrounding the
03/17/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10095648
TSB ID: SSM 46367

Some 2016 edge, f150, explorer, and mustang vehicles equipped with a myford display 4 inch screen may exhibit a blank screen and no audio. reprogram the front control display interface module (fcdim) to the latest calibration using integrat
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03/15/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10095208
TSB ID: SSM 46338

Some 2016-2017 explorer police utility vehicles may have an illuminated mil with ambient air temperature sensor dtc p0073. during the installation of certain police accessories by non-ford vehicle upfitters, wiring connector c134 may have b
02/22/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10092562
TSB ID: SSM 46022

When hooking up the vehicle communication module (vcm) and integrated diagnostic system (ids) to the dlc located on the driver side under the steering column at the gwm, make sure that the ignition is off before connecting to ids. if the ig
02/10/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10091203
TSB ID: TSB16-0096

Some 2016 explorer vehicles equipped with front parking aid and built on or before 5/10/2016 may exhibit an intermittent front parking aid fault in the message center that may or may not include dtcs in the parking aid module (pam). this ma
09/23/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10081001
TSB ID: TSB-16-0090

Some 2016 explorer and mkx vehicles built on or before 3/11/2016 may exhibit a memory seat that does not return to the programmed position when pressing the memory seat switch or programmed intelligent access (ia) key; and/or easy entry/exi
08/29/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10078962
TSB ID: TSB-16-0080

Some 2015-2016 edge and 2016 explorer vehicles built on or before 2/12/2016 equipped with climate controlled seats may exhibit a lack of cooling performace from the front seat backrests.
06/22/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10074717
TSB ID: APU-15-A-01

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06/22/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10074795
TSB ID: ASI-45179

Summary to be provided on a future date.
08/17/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10058235
TSB ID: 15-0113

Ford explorer 2014-2016: bulletin information involving vehicles equipped with second row inflatable seat belts may exhibit an airbag warning light illuminated with dtc b141b and b141c. *lj
05/21/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10137109
TSB ID: SSM 47195

Some 2015-2018 explorer vehicles equipped with hankook brand tires may exhibit tread wear that is not the result of vehicle alignment concerns. for customer satisfaction, hankook is offering pro-rated tire replacement for vehicles with less
05/21/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10137072
TSB ID: TSB18-2091

Some 2016-2017 explorer vehicles may exhibit front window glass that jumps/chatters during up/down movement. follow the service procedure steps to correct the condition.
05/21/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10137131
TSB ID: SSM 47230

Some 2007-2016 edge/mkx/flex/mkt/mkz/mks/taurus/police interceptor sedan/explorer/police interceptor utility vehicles equipped with awd and built on or before 30-jun-2016 may exhibit a propane or natural gas odor during idle or low speed dr
01/29/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10127396
TSB ID: 17-2222

Some 2013-2016 explorer/police interceptor utility vehicles may exhibit delamination of the top edge of the front door trim panels. follow the service procedure steps to correct the condition.
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01/29/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10127409
TSB ID: SSM 46905

Some 2015-2018 explorer vehicles equipped with hankook brand tires may exhibit chipping, cutting and/or unusual or even accelerated tread wear. if the tire side wall is marked as: 255/50r20 105h ventus s1 noble 2 contact hankook technical s
01/29/18 Other NHTSA ID: 10127397
TSB ID: 17-2223

Some 2016-2017 explorer vehicles equipped with a manual front passenger seat may exhibit a stuck condition in the full forward position. this may be caused by the seat being moved firmly from the rearward position to the forward position ca
08/25/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10115954
TSB ID: SSM 46704

2016-2017 explorer roof rack cap clips are now available as a separate part. it is no longer necessary to order a complete roof rack rail to obtain the cap retainer clips. to correct loose roof rack caps or broken or missing clips, order pa
08/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109012
TSB ID: SSM 46522

2013-2017 edge/mkx/flex/mkt/mkz/mks/taurus/taurus police/explorer/explorer police/continental vehicles equipped with a 3.5l or 3.7l engine, all wheel drive (awd) and a power transfer unit (ptu) that is being repaired or replaced for an inte
08/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109079
TSB ID: SSM 46102

Some vehicles may have a concern where the safety belt retractor webbing does not extract from the stowed position or exhibits excessive pressure on the occupant during use. this may be due to a normal condition which happens when the seatb
05/22/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10100067
TSB ID: SSM 46465

Some 2016 edge/explorer/f-150/mustang built on or before 01-nov-2016 and equipped with a 4.2-inch fcdim may exhibit a blank screen. to correct the concern, reprogram the fcdim to the latest level using ids release 104.02 or higher. make sur
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03/20/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10095858
TSB ID: SSM 46412

Some 2007-2016 edge/mkx/flex/mkt/mkz/mks/taurus/taurus police/explorer/explorer police equipped with all wheel drive (awd) and built on or before 30-jun-2016 may exhibit a ticking and/or knocking noise coming from the driveline area. to ide
02/21/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10092362
TSB ID: TSB16-0102

Some 2016 explorer vehicles equipped with the hands-free power liftgate and without trailer tow package may exhibit a liftgate that opens while walking next to the rear bumper. this may be due to the software sensitivity in the hands-free l
02/13/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10091432
TSB ID: SSM 45945

Some 2016 f150, mustang and explorer vehicles equipped with a 3.5l gtdi, 2.3l gtdi or 2.7l gtdi engine built on or before 4/15/2016, and equipped with active noise cancellation (anc) or engine sound enhancement (ese), may exhibit no audio a
02/10/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10091204
TSB ID: TSB16-0097

Some 2009-2010 f-150 and 2011-2016 explorer vehicles may have a seat cushion cover that appears loose near the front of the seat. this may be caused by the seat cushion cover j-retainer becoming disengaged from the seat cushion pan flange.
02/09/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10091139
TSB ID: 16B32-S1

Certain 2015 model year edge, 2015-2016 model year f-150, mkt, and police interceptor sedan, and 2016 model year escape, explorer, flex, fusion, mkx, mustang, police interceptor utility, taurus, and transit vehicles - electronic throttle bo
02/08/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10091003
TSB ID: SSM 46153

Setting the correct tire inflation pressure is an important step in the pre-delivery process and during routine maintenance intervals. recent customer clinics revealed that most every vehicle in the clinics had the tire pressures set incorr
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02/03/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10090506
TSB ID: TSB 16-0141

Some 2016 explorer vehicles equipped with front parking aid and built on or before 10-may-2016 may exhibit an intermittent front parking aid fault in the message center that may or may not include dtcs in the parking aid module (pam). this
09/23/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10081004
TSB ID: TSB-16-0093

Some 2016 f-150, expedition, navigator, transit, edge, flex and explorer vehicles equipped with a 3.5l twin independent variable cam timing (ti-vct) or a 3.5l gasoline turbocharged direct injection (gtdi) engine with less than 3200 km (2000
06/22/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10074660
TSB ID: 15-0156

Summary to be provided on a future date.
11/06/15 Other NHTSA ID: 10058720
TSB ID: SB-15A01

2016 ford explorer: tsb contains an owner's notification letter. select document search button below. the sync 911 assist feature can't be activated using the procedure listed in the owner's manual due to improper configuration at the pl

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Ford Explorer 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.