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My coolant light is on but not low on coolant

Fix problem with low coolant light on but not low on coolant – Ford Escape Ford has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 03-25-2 to address the problem of low coolant light on but not low on coolant. Coolant is at proper level in reservoir. The TSB applies to all 2001-03 Ford Escapes. Ford advises that there are 4 different cells in the reservoir (Ford calls it a degas bottle because it’s also used to bleed air out of the engine). The front cells of the bottle should NOT be … Read More

No crank no start Ford Escape

Ford Escape won’t start, electrical accessories don’t work Ford has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 06-9-3 to cover problems with intermittent power windows, door locks, keyless entry, lighting, speed control, radio, instrument cluster warning lamps. The problem affects 2001-04 Ford Escape vehicles and occurs more in cold weather. Ford directs you to examine connectors C134 and C263 for signs of corrosion. A water leak in the left pillar may be the original cause of the problem. Remove the driver’s side kick panel to access the connector C263. It’s the one … Read More

Can’t shift out of park Mazda, Ford

Can’t shift out of park, Mazda, Ford Diagnose and fix a can’t shift out of park condition Ford and Mazda have issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) #07-6-11 for a can’t shift out of park condition on 2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute vehicles built between 1.19.07 and 2.12.07. The shift interlock may prevent the user from shifting out of park and it may also set a B2572 trouble code. Ford advises that you start by checking the condition of fuse #5 (10A). Then apply the brake … Read More

Slow filling fuel tank Ford Escape Mariner

Why does it take so long to fill gas tank Ford Escape Mariner Some Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner may experience Slow filling fuel tank when the weather is cold. The symptoms and cause are different than the other slow fuel filling problem mentioned here. You may or may not also have a trouble code P0451 when experiencing this problem. A frozen fuel filler vent line is usually the cause. To fix the problem shorten and re-route the vent line. Remove the gas cap. Jack up the vehicle and remove the … Read More

P0351 P0352 P0353 P0354 P0355 P0356

Fix code P0351 P0352 P0353 P0354 P0355 P0356 Ford has issued a TSB (TSB 09-2-6) for owners of 2005-06 Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners with the 3.0-liter engine may find a Check Engine light with the P0351 P0352 P0353 P0354 P0355 P0356 trouble codes. Ford has discovered problems with factory installed spark plugs that have poor insulating properties. These plugs can allow radio frequency (RF) interference that can damage ignition coils and even modules. If you see just one of the above trouble codes, immediately remove the spark plug for … Read More

Ford Escape EGR valve problems

Fix Ford Escape EGR valve problems An engine backfire can produce enough pressure to make an EGR valve explode. However, if the engine is running rough and lacks power, suspect a plugged exhaust system or destroyed catalytic converter. When those exhaust and emissions system components fail, the increased back pressure can force additional exhaust through the EGR valve. That can burn a hole through the EGR valve which eventually weakens the valve and then it’s Ka-Boom!This is a common problem on these Ford V-6 vehicles. Unscrew the oxygens sensor and … Read More

Ford Escape Misfire Codes

Fix Ford Escape Misfire Codes If you have Ford Escape Misfire Codes read this. At first glance this would appear to be a coil problem—coils are under the most stress under load. P0351 means a misfire on cylinder #1. Power is provided to the coils on the white/violet wire. The PCM provides ground to each coil on a different color wire . Start your diagnostics by checking for 12 volts (key in RUN position, but engine off) on the white/violet wire to the coil shown in the trouble code. If you … Read More

Gas nozzle shuts off before tank is full

Gas nozzle shuts off before tank is full Gas nozzle shuts off – Escape/Mercury If the Gas nozzle shuts off before your tank is full on a Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner, Ford has issued a TSB #05-18-4 with a fix for slow fuel filling. If the fuel nozzle shuts off frequently while filling, you may have to perform this fix. Ford has identified the fuel tank filler pipe as the problem. The revis ed pipe has a better curvature to speed the fill rate and prevent the automatic nozzle … Read More

Leaking antifreeze – Ford Escape

Fix Leaking antifreeze – Ford Escape Ford has issued a TSB (06-7-2) for Leaking antifreeze on the 2006 Escape V-6 3.0L. The bulletin contains a fix for a leaking antifreeze degas bottle. The degas bottle is an updated version of the older “antifreeze reservoir.” The main difference between the two is that a degas bottle is pressurized by the cooling system. Any air pockets in the engine vent into the degas bottle (theoretically). Ford is known to have a problem with degas bottles on several of its vehicles. The coolant leaks from … Read More

Ticking Noise – Ford 3.0 Duratec Engine

Fix a Ticking Noise – Ford 3.0 Duratec Engine Some Ford 3.0 Duratec engines are exhibiting a Ticking Noise – Ford 3.0 Duratec Engine. The ticking noise is coming from the left cylinder bank after engine warm-up. Ford has isolated the problem to 2005-07 vehicles with cam driven water pumps. The ticking noise is caused by an improperly torqued exhaust camshaft. The fix involves removing the valve cover and re-tightening the exhaust cam bolts while pre-loading the #4 cam cap. Here’s the procedure. Run the engine up to operating temperature … Read More


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