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2003 Ford F-150 Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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03/13/18 NHTSA ID: 10130290
TSB ID: IB10X001E

This bulletin is being issued to inform dealers of diesel particulate filter (dpf) cleaning recommendations, inspection practices, and recommended r&r procedures for service and cleaning system availability.
01/16/15 NHTSA ID: 10056624
TSB ID: TSB-14-0147

Ford/lincoln: safety recall issued due to one or both fuel tank straps fracturing due to being in high corrosion areas for an extended period and dislodging fuel tank. model 1997-99 f250, 1997-03 f150, 2004 f150 heritage, 2002-2003 blackw
04/30/14 NHTSA ID: 10055254
TSB ID: IB-12-J-003-B

Isuzu: information concerning the installation of the fuel injector pipes into a long block assembly. 1999 - 2002 isuzu fsr/ftr/fvr, 1999 - 2009 chevrolet or gmc t6500/t7500/t8500, 2000 - 2004 chevrolet or gmc wt5500, 2000 - 2004 isuzu frr,
06/03/08 NHTSA ID: 10024865
TSB ID: 20228

1999-2008 7.3l/6.0l/6.4l/4.5l diesel f-super duty - clean the charge air cooler (cac) system after certain turbo or engine failures - service tip. *nj
02/20/08 NHTSA ID: 10023943
TSB ID: 07212

Some 1997-2008 vehicles equipped with a 4.6l 2v, 5.4l 2v, or 6.8l 2v engine--spark plug thread repair procedure--not covered under new vehicle limited warranty. *nj this includes f-53 motorhome chassis. updated 2/23/10.
01/12/06 NHTSA ID: 10018741
TSB ID: 05173

Malfunction indicator lamp on with diagnostic trouble code p1131 and/or p1151 - 4.2l engine.
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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.
12/14/05 NHTSA ID: 10018062
TSB ID: 051713

Coolant degas bottle overflow.
10/07/05 NHTSA ID: 10016789
TSB ID: 050618

Rear axle noise repair. *sc
05/05/05 NHTSA ID: 10014666
TSB ID: 05417

Intermittent rough idle - non-commanded egr (exhaust gas recirculation valve) flow.
05/05/05 NHTSA ID: 10014685
TSB ID: 0554

Use of stainless steel exhaust studs in service for 5.4l 2v engine.
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.
08/09/04 NHTSA ID: 10008589
TSB ID: 02194

Driveability-no start/repeat starter failure-repeat starter replacement. electrical-sticking or binding ignition lock cylinder between start and run. engine-starting-starter staying engaged at start up. *mj
08/05/04 NHTSA ID: 10008581
TSB ID: 02177

Cooling system-motorcraft premium gold engine coolant-serivce tips. *mj
08/05/04 NHTSA ID: 10008572
TSB ID: 17823

Power steering leak - service tip.
08/05/04 NHTSA ID: 10008580
TSB ID: 02176

Lamp-brake-invadvertent disabling of brake shift interlock. *mj
08/04/04 NHTSA ID: 10008552
TSB ID: 17777

Rear leaf spring noise.
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07/28/04 NHTSA ID: 10008345
TSB ID: 16416

No/hard start in cold ambients / new two-piece block heater cord released. *mj
07/27/04 NHTSA ID: 10008304
TSB ID: 02221

Engine-gear driven synchronizers-incorrect installation-camshaft position synchronizer (cmp) installation tool correct application. *mj
07/27/04 NHTSA ID: 10008310
TSB ID: 02227

Engine-cylinder head deck leak-4.6 and 5.4l engines-new service-only gasket and cylinder head kits availability. *mj
07/26/04 NHTSA ID: 10008278
TSB ID: 03256

Engine-romeo built 4.6l 2v-tick noise from engine-engines built before 9/17/2003. *mj
07/23/04 NHTSA ID: 10008232
TSB ID: 17731

Whine from power steering.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008166
TSB ID: 17316

Fuel signal to instrument cluster service tip.
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07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008169
TSB ID: 17320

Broken exhaust manifold studs.
07/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10008177
TSB ID: 17346

Steering idler arm noise.
06/22/04 NHTSA ID: 10007419
TSB ID: 17655

Evidence of oil in the air intake system.
01/20/04 NHTSA ID: 10004913
TSB ID: 17259

Rough idle and/or misfire with diagnostic trouble code p0316 after an overnight soak in extreme cold and high humidity conditions.
01/14/04 NHTSA ID: 10004889
TSB ID: 03206

Some dedicated cng vehicles may exhibit various driveability conditions due to a loss of injector performance, resulting from fuel quality. loss of power at heavy load, diagnostic trouble codes (dtcs) for lean fuel, rough idle, hard start,
11/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10004045
TSB ID: 17104

Ticking/tapping noise with the engine warmed up and the transmission in gear at idle. 2003 e150 included.
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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.
10/21/03 NHTSA ID: 10003473
TSB ID: 03B08

The pitman arm retaining nub may not be tightened to specifications. this could result in customer complaints of a noise or vibration. ford is providing a no-charge customer satisfaction program , #03b08, to tighten the pitman arm nut to
10/10/03 NHTSA ID: 10003192
TSB ID: 031513

Tie rod end inspection procedure.
10/09/03 NHTSA ID: 10003181
TSB ID: 17086

Noise from the front end of the vehicle which appears to be coming from the steering idler arm.
10/08/03 NHTSA ID: 10003118
TSB ID: 03164

Some vehicles, equipped with the 4.6l 2v engine, with an engine build date prior to 8/29/03 may exhibit an engine tick noise that is present at all temperatures during idle. 2004 models included.
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.
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09/17/03 NHTSA ID: 10002781
TSB ID: 0399

Tie rod end inspection procedure.
09/16/03 NHTSA ID: 10002767
TSB ID: 03103

Vehicles without the coolant lock-off may exhibit a no start condition.
09/08/03 NHTSA ID: 10002606
TSB ID: 16891

Clear gel-like substance in the hydraulic brake master cylinder reservoir. this substance is a silicone base lubricant used during assembly of the master cylinder.
09/08/03 NHTSA ID: 10002610
TSB ID: 16899

Rolling idle after shifting to park or neutral, from drive or reverse, when the engine temperature is 100 - 140 degrees f.
09/04/03 NHTSA ID: 10002517
TSB ID: 030402

On some dedicated cng vehicles, a possible fuel leak may occur at the fuel fill valve. revised service parts.
09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002490
TSB ID: 16605

Reduced power steering assist and/or power steering leaks when driven in temperatures equal to or less than -25 degrees celcius.
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07/28/03 NHTSA ID: 10001937
TSB ID: 16683

False failure of the vapor management valve (vmv). *jb
07/25/03 NHTSA ID: 10001918
TSB ID: 031703

Whine noise from the power steering pump most noticeable while turning at slow speeds. *jb
07/24/03 NHTSA ID: 10001895
TSB ID: 0342

Possible fuel leak may occur at the fuel fill valve, on some dedicated cng vehicles. *jb
07/24/03 NHTSA ID: 10001896
TSB ID: 0343

Crank no start when the cht (cylinder head temperature) at ambient temperature. *jb
07/23/03 NHTSA ID: 10001861
TSB ID: 03610

Tie rod end inspection procedure. canada vehicles only. *jb
04/30/03 NHTSA ID: 10001349
TSB ID: 03B04

Customer satisfaction program - cold start calibration product enhancement.
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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.
11/08/02 NHTSA ID: 636417
TSB ID: 020503

Guidance for cng tank inspection for vehicles produced after december 2, 1996. update.
11/06/02 NHTSA ID: 636180
TSB ID: 16172

Some vehicles with 4-wheel disc brakes may exhibit a moan from the rear brakes on light brake applications.
12/03/01 NHTSA ID: 625804
TSB ID: 15271

Dedicated cng regulator bowl kit available. *jg
07/28/03 Engine NHTSA ID: 10001930
TSB ID: 16669

Revised spark plug for service. *jb
12/06/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10017892
TSB ID: 05618

Rear axle noise repair.
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05/05/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014659
TSB ID: 18466

Axle whine howl. this includes 1997-05 ford vehicles. *eh
04/29/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014275
TSB ID: 04266

A driveline clunk or bump when starting from a stop.
04/28/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014086
TSB ID: 042107

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

General power train control module (pcm) programming procedures.
12/07/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10010743
TSB ID: 18250

Intermittent clunk on 3-2 downshift during coastdown/tip-in. oasis. to include 2005 f-150, e-series and expedition.
09/23/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10009332
TSB ID: 17905

Multiple vehicles using fehp rear axle fluid. fluid usage change.
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07/27/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008331
TSB ID: 16400

Rear axle seal leak - contact request. *mj
07/26/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008279
TSB ID: 03261

New service part - number 5 needle bearing and race kit - 4r70w transmission - service tip.
07/26/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008285
TSB ID: 17372

Heritage f-150 4x2 with 8.8 inch rear axle - whine/howl noise from rear axle. *mj
07/23/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008216
TSB ID: 17702

Axle whine 40-60 mph.
06/16/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10007359
TSB ID: 0416

Driveline clunking/grunting noise or shudder sensation during light to moderate accelreation and/or braking.
06/10/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10007329
TSB ID: 17486

Rear axle pinion seal leak.
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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.
10/09/03 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10003172
TSB ID: 17064

Whine / howl from rear axle.
10/09/03 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10003182
TSB ID: 17087

Whine/howl from rear axle 40 to 60 mph.
06/12/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10029029
TSB ID: TB-08-258

Jerr-dan: anti stall feature for ford f series light duty chassis with v10 gas engine and an engine drive clutch pump. model years unknown.
05/17/06 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10019949
TSB ID: 06310

Water-in-fuel (wif) lamp on.
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.
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04/07/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013077
TSB ID: 16308

Various 2003 vehicles equipped with premium cd-6 radios - cd-6 shuffle feature between discs not available.
08/09/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008594
TSB ID: 16185

Equipped with 100i dual media radio - speed adjust volume function not supported. *mj owner guide update.
08/04/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008544
TSB ID: 0483

Splicing new wire(s) into existing electrical harness. service procedure.
07/22/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008147
TSB ID: 16462

Some vehicles equipped with kenwood radio, will not have the radio faceplate when delivered from the plant.
07/22/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008148
TSB ID: 16477

Glove box or ash-cup lamps no longer included.
06/22/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10007420
TSB ID: 17656

Cd or cd6 radio overheating.
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01/21/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004947
TSB ID: 17306

Air conditioner condensate leak on passenger floor.
01/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004911
TSB ID: 17257

Unsatisfactory remote keyless entry range performance.
11/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004029
TSB ID: 03183

Dedicated compressed natural gas (cng) rough idle or no start when cold vehicles equipped with dedicated 4.6l or 5.4l cng engine only.
11/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004027
TSB ID: 03181

Remote keyless entry (rke) - service tips.
11/04/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003845
TSB ID: 16969

Damaged rear license plate lamps due to rocks and/or gravel hitting the lamp assemblies.
10/09/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003149
TSB ID: 17009

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) illumination with no hard fault.
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10/09/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003171
TSB ID: 17063

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) on with diagnostic trouble codes (dtc) p0171, or p0174. f150 lighting and f150 harley davidson supercrew.
09/16/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002754
TSB ID: 16818

Throttle control splash shield installation requirements.
09/10/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002660
TSB ID: 16776

Servicing multifunction switch wiring interference.
09/09/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002639
TSB ID: 16928

Various intermittent electrical concerns including but not limited to some accessories remaining powered up with the key out of the ignition, multiple system warning lights with short to power or low battery voltage diagnostic trouble codes
09/08/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002625
TSB ID: 16914

5.4l b-fuel engine may exhibit a no start condition when programming passive anti-theft system (pats) keys. this oasis updates oasis 16914 dated 06/01/2003.
07/31/15 Other NHTSA ID: 10058101
TSB ID: TSB-14-0164

Ford/lincoln: safety recall regarding high corrosion areas for operating, for an extended time, vehicles where both or one strap of fuel tank can fracture, after contacting ground. model 1997-99 f250 ld, 1997-03 f150, 2004 f150 heritage,
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04/28/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014138
TSB ID: 042421

Safety belt retraction speed.
04/28/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014165
TSB ID: 04251

Aluminum corrosion - service tip.
04/07/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013073
TSB ID: 16299

The interior lock rod cap color changed to ebony regardless of interior trim panel color.
04/07/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013082
TSB ID: 16318

Running change - door trim panel white puddle lamp discontinued.
08/04/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008542
TSB ID: 0457

Pop/thump noise at end of window movement and/or driver's window bounce back and reverse to mid-position.
07/22/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008154
TSB ID: 03235

Bed extender component replacement service tip.
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07/22/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008157
TSB ID: 99263

Correct lug nut torque specifications - increase wheel nut and stud size - service tip.
06/16/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10007364
TSB ID: 0422

Windnoise and/or a water leak from the sliding back glass area.
09/16/03 Other NHTSA ID: 10002759
TSB ID: 16835

Tailgate locking by itself when slammed shut or when the vehicle is being driven over rough roads.
09/03/03 Other NHTSA ID: 10002488
TSB ID: 16602

Locking tailgate locks itself.

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Ford F-150 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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