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2002 Ford Thunderbird Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
12/07/05 NHTSA ID: 10017917
TSB ID: 18615

Unusual engine noise or engine knock concerns due to regular fuel.
05/04/05 NHTSA ID: 10014594
TSB ID: 18320

Vibration felt for a few miles of driving after parking. *eh
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.
08/05/04 NHTSA ID: 10008580
TSB ID: 02176

Lamp-brake-invadvertent disabling of brake shift interlock. *mj
01/29/04 NHTSA ID: 10005092
TSB ID: 16581

Intermittent engine quit on decel/stops/turns. oasis.
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.
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10/09/03 NHTSA ID: 10003169
TSB ID: 17061

Intermittent drivability symptoms - reduced power on deceleration.
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: 10002682
TSB ID: 0373

Engine flood during cold start, extended cranking time, or hard to start engine when cold.
09/03/03 NHTSA ID: 10002482
TSB ID: 0335

Idle air control (iac) valve diagnostic service tips.
11/26/02 NHTSA ID: 637466
TSB ID: 15772

Some vehicles may exhibit a engine missing or rough running condition.
11/07/02 NHTSA ID: 636378
TSB ID: 15741

Vehicles equipped with the 3.9l 4v may exhibit an oil leak from the engine oil filter.
11/06/02 NHTSA ID: 636176
TSB ID: 16168

Some vehicles may exhibit a squeak or rubbing noise while turning the steering wheel.
11/04/02 NHTSA ID: 635972
TSB ID: 02161

Engine flooding, extended engine cranking time required to start, or hard start condition.
09/23/02 NHTSA ID: 633571
TSB ID: 02E21

Subject regarding catalyst monitor sensor connector inspection. *jg
04/18/02 NHTSA ID: 630572
TSB ID: 15466

Some vehicles may exhibit inaccurate fuel level condition with approximately 1/4 tank reading on the fuel gauge.
04/18/02 NHTSA ID: 630515
TSB ID: 01246

Engine oil system priming procedures, service tips for reports of premature engine failure.
04/15/02 NHTSA ID: 630144
TSB ID: 15588

Some vehicles equipped with 3.9l v8 engine only, may exhibit a rattling noise from the hydraulic cooling fan pump.
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02/26/02 NHTSA ID: 627927
TSB ID: 01205

Some vehicles may exhibit vacuum or air leaks in the intake manifold and / or engine system causing diagnostic trouble codes p0171 and or p0174.
02/22/02 NHTSA ID: 627770
TSB ID: 012111

Some vehicles may exhibit an engine overheating condition and / or the malfunction indicator lamp (mil) may also be illuminated with codes p1285 and p1299 stored in memory.
12/04/01 NHTSA ID: 625831
TSB ID: 15265

Some vehicles may exhibit an engine overheat condition due to concerns with inoperative hydraulic cooling fan.
11/30/01 NHTSA ID: 625730
TSB ID: 15203

Some vehicles equipped with the 3.9l 4v may exhibit an oil leak from the engine oil filter.
12/04/02 Engine NHTSA ID: 637739
TSB ID: 15876

Subject regarding diagnostic trouble code p1129 during key on engine running (koer) - no malfunction indicator lamp.
07/25/07 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10022290
TSB ID: 0708

Automatic transmission solenoid emissions warranty extension. sample consumer letter attached.
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04/28/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014086
TSB ID: 042107

General (pcm) power train control module programming procedures.
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.
12/03/02 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 637567
TSB ID: 15826

Some vehicles, built between 10/1/01 and 1/31/02, with a 5r55n transmission may exhibit a transmission fluid leak at the converter housing.
11/04/02 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 636035
TSB ID: 0266

Some vehicles equipped with automatic transmission may exhibit a fluid leak around the fluid pan drain plug.
04/19/02 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 630661
TSB ID: 15616

Concerns with driveline vibration.
11/30/01 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 625704
TSB ID: 15250

Information regarding misdiagnosis of main controls - incorrect pressures.
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06/07/00 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 612260
TSB ID: 7867

Driveline vibration (a high frequency buzz) that is felt through the seat and floorpan at highway speeds.
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.
04/07/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10013060
TSB ID: 02208

Climate control a/c service tech tips. *eh
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.
07/22/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008188
TSB ID: 17375

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) on and hard start/long crank.
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01/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004912
TSB ID: 17258

Squeaking noise when switching climate control between panel, floor and panel/floor modes.
11/17/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004063
TSB ID: 17170

Malfunction indicator lamp on with diagnostic trouble code p0133 and/or p0153.
11/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004027
TSB ID: 03181

Remote keyless entry (rke) - service tips.
09/03/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002481
TSB ID: 0334

Lack of cooling from driver and/or passenger side vents on vehicles equipped with dual automatic temperature control (datc) only.
07/28/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10001941
TSB ID: 16694

Power seat function - contact request / detroit region. *jb
12/06/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 637842
TSB ID: 15935

Subject regarding supplemental parking lamps installation for vehicles not originally equipped.
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12/06/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 637785
TSB ID: 15900

Some vehicles may exhibit a whistling or buzzing noise originating from the climate control system when the blower motor is running at 2 or 3 bar speed.
11/05/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 636096
TSB ID: 0295

Excessive electrical system current draw which could result in a discharged battery and a no crank condition. service tips.
11/04/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 636051
TSB ID: 0257

Some vehicles may exhibit calibration loss of erratic operation of the power window short drop glass function.
04/19/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 630659
TSB ID: 15615

Some vehicle owners may question the operation and/or function of the supplemental parking lamps.
04/17/02 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 630405
TSB ID: 15387

Some vehicles may exhibit a condition of dual automatic temperature control (datc) operating at full heat in all modes, and/or no temperature control from side to side.
12/04/01 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 625857
TSB ID: 15276

Information regarding drop glass function.
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11/30/01 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 625724
TSB ID: 15272

Information on battery access.
10/31/01 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 623944
TSB ID: 01156

Some vehicles may exhibit heater core leaks. *slc
05/22/01 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 619266
TSB ID: 0162

Vehicles equipped with passive anti-theft system (pats) may not start or crank.
12/07/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10017925
TSB ID: 02162

Water/moisture in cop wells - dtc p0301-p0308 - 3.9l engine - vehicles built through 5/1/2004.
05/05/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10014703
TSB ID: 18515

Moisture in storage compartment. *eh
04/07/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013089
TSB ID: 022114

Water leak diagnosis - removable roof and convertible top - service tip.
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04/07/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013065
TSB ID: 22114

Removble roof and convertible top. *eh
12/06/02 Other NHTSA ID: 637828
TSB ID: 15924

Concerns regarding paint protection from removable top.
12/02/02 Other NHTSA ID: 637532
TSB ID: 15806

Some vehicles may exhibit small amounts of moisture entering the convertible top stowage compartment even though the removable hard top roof is installed.
11/07/02 Other NHTSA ID: 636283
TSB ID: 16084

Information on passenger seat belts not equipped with a plastic button.
11/07/02 Other NHTSA ID: 636243
TSB ID: 16045

Some 3.9l v8 engines may exhibit a malfunction indicator lamp with diagnostic trouble code p0340 (camshaft position sensor) stored.
11/04/02 Other NHTSA ID: 636049
TSB ID: 0256

This bulletin involves proper procedures for preparation of service sheet metal parts coated with electro deposition primer (e-coat).
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04/15/02 Other NHTSA ID: 630174
TSB ID: 15332

Some vehicles may exhibit a difficult to pull down, and latch convertible top.
11/15/01 Other NHTSA ID: 624894
TSB ID: 15149

Some vehicles tire pressure information and wrap guard removal tips.
10/31/01 Other NHTSA ID: 623988
TSB ID: 01157

Information regarding transmission fluid usage charts. *slc

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Ford Thunderbird 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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