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2018 Ford Explorer Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
05/21/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10137143
TSB ID: SSM 47257

Some 2018 f-150, expedition, navigator, transit and explorer vehicles may exhibit an illuminated mil with dtc p025a stored in the powertrain control module (pcm). this may be due to an intermittent or partial disconnect of the harness to th
05/21/18 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10137101
TSB ID: SSM 47170

Some vehicles may exhibit an illuminated mil with diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) p0011, p0012, p0014, p0015, p0016, p0017, p0018, p0019, p0021, p0022, p0024 and/or p0025. this may be due to small debris causing the vct solenoid to stick. b
05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137102
TSB ID: SSM 47171

Some 2016-2018 ford and lincoln vehicles equipped with sync 3 and connected to an iphone recently upgraded to ios 11.2.5 may exhibit functional concerns where usb audio playback and app link will not operate. this may also include, under ce
05/21/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10137127
TSB ID: SSM 47219

Various 2018 vehicles equipped with sync or sync 3 automatic system updates via wi-fi are unable to connect to the vehicles 4g wi-fi hotspot. sync/sync3 with automatic system updates do not support connecting sync to the vehicles internal 4
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: 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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05/14/18 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
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: 10136611
TSB ID: SSM 47100

Some 2016-2018 ford and lincoln vehicle equipped with sync 3 and connected to an iphone recently upgraded to ios 11.2.5 may exhibit a concern where usb audio playback and app link applications will not function properly. this may also inclu
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: 10125078
TSB ID: SSM 46860

Some 2016-2018 ford or lincoln vehicles equipped with sync 3 may exhibit a blank screen or other various sync symptoms only when the vehicle is in transport mode. this is due to the power saving features enabled while in transport mode and
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: 10137130
TSB ID: SSM 47229

Some 2018 ford and lincoln vehicles equipped with a tcu may exhibit inoperative remote features via ford pass/lincoln way mobile app, incomplete user authorization and/or accessory protocol interface module (apim) dtc u0198 or no modem elec
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

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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.