TSB List for the 2003 Ford Escape

Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for the 2003 Escape are official communications between Ford & their dealerships that describe processes for troubleshooting or fixing certain common problems. All vehicle manufacturers are required by U.S. law to make their TSBs available to the public.

  • STEERING
  • STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
  • STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
  • STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
  • SUSPENSION
  • SUSPENSION:FRONT
  • SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:ROTOR
  • PARKING BRAKE
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
  • FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
  • POWER TRAIN
  • POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
  • POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
  • EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS
  • EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
  • VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:ELECTRICAL HEATING ELEMENT
  • VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:REAR WINDOW
  • AIR BAGS
  • SEAT BELTS
  • SEAT BELTS:FRONT
  • SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR
  • STRUCTURE
  • STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
  • STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE
  • BACK OVER PREVENTION:WARNINGS:EXTERNAL
  • EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:ANTI-THEFT DEVICES
  • EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
  • EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER
  • STEERING

    • TSB #042210

      Date Announced:
      NOV 15, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013396

      STEERING GEAR SQUEAK - WHEN TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL DURING LOW SPEED PARKING MANEUVERS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #04214

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013366

      STEERING DRIFT/PULL - IMPROVED DIAGNOSTIC AND REPAIR PROCEDURE - SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM

    • TSB #16908

      Date Announced:
      JUN 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002619

      SQUEAKING NOISE FROM THE POWER STEERING RACK WHEN TURNING. *TT Read More »

    STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS

    • TSB #17532

      Date Announced:
      FEB 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008104

      LOW PRESSURE POWER STEERING LINE LEAK AFTER COLD SOAK IN TEMPERATURES OF -23C (-10) OR LOWER. *MJ Read More »

    STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY

    SUSPENSION

    • TSB #16-0071

      Date Announced:
      APR 21, 2016
      NHTSA ID:
      #10183772

      2001-2004 Escape vehicles Safety Recall 14S02 has been issued for vehicles that are operated in high corrosion areas for an extended period, where a corrosion-related separation of the forward attachment of the lower control arm (LCA) ... Read More »

    • TSB #16154

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636171

      SOME VEHICLES WITH ALUMINUM WHEELS MAY EXHIBIT A CLICKING NOISE HEARD COMING FROM THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE DURING LEFT OR RIGHT HAND TURNS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16046

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636245

      SOME VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT A REAR SHOCK LEAK AND / OR NOISE CONDITION. *TT Read More »

    SUSPENSION:FRONT

    • TSB #16696

      Date Announced:
      MAR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10001942

      WHINING / PROPELLER / HELICOPTER TYPE NOISE FROM FRONT WHEEL / KNUCKLE BEARING AREA. *TT *JB Read More »

    SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM

    • TSB #TSB-14-0143

      Date Announced:
      AUG 11, 2014
      NHTSA ID:
      #10056443

      FORD: THE LOWER CONTROL ARM (LCA) FORWARD ATTACHMENT WILL SEPARATE FROM SUBFRAME, CAUSING DIMINISHING DIRECTIONAL CONTROL, DUE TO OPERATING IN HIGH CORROSION AREAS FOR EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. MODEL 2001-2004 ESCAPE. Read More »

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

    • TSB #17457

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007315

      EXCESSIVE FRONT ROTOR WEAR AND/OR BRAKE DUST. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16964

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003841

      EXCESSIVE BRAKE PAD/LINING DUST AND WEAR. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16405

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008336

      BRAKE SQUEAL / ENGINEERING CONTRACT REQUEST. *MJ Read More »

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:ROTOR

    PARKING BRAKE

    • TSB #16413

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008343

      PARK BRAKE ADJUSTMENT / CONTACT REQUEST. *MJ Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

    • TSB #041601

      Date Announced:
      NOV 14, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10018745

      WDS COP KIT DIAGNOSTIC TIP - COIL ON PLUG (COP) IGNITION SYSTEMS - ENGINE MISFIRE OR ROUGH RUNNING. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #03252

      Date Announced:
      DEC 22, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008277

      ENGINE-COOLING SYSTEM-LOW COOLANT WARNING INDICATOR LAMP ILLUMINAION-COOLANT DEGAS BOTTLE INSPECTION-SERICE TIP. *MJ Read More »

    • TSB #16809

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002642

      THE NEW HIGH FLOW WATER PUMP IS NOT YET LISTED IN THE PARTS CATALOG BUT WILL BE SOON. THE SERVICE CAN BE ORDERED THROUGH NORMAL PART ORDERING SYSTEM. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

    • TSB #04208

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2006
      NHTSA ID:
      #10019382

      CAMSHAFT TICK NOISE - 3.0L 4V ENGINE ONLY. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #031404

      Date Announced:
      AUG 23, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10011162

      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. Read More »

    • TSB #17703

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008217

      TICKING NOISE FROM LEFT CYLINDER HEAD WITH WARM ENGINE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #02231

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008205

      DRIVEABILITY-INTERMITTENT ENGINE QUIT OR IDLE DIP-NO DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCS) PRESENT-VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L DURATEC ENGINE ONLY. *MJ Read More »

    • TSB #03252

      Date Announced:
      DEC 22, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008277

      ENGINE-COOLING SYSTEM-LOW COOLANT WARNING INDICATOR LAMP ILLUMINAION-COOLANT DEGAS BOTTLE INSPECTION-SERICE TIP. *MJ Read More »

    • TSB #03144

      Date Announced:
      JUL 21, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003744

      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. Read More »

    • TSB #16200

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008598

      V-6 BADGE DISCONTINUED. *MJ Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS

    • TSB #19016

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2006
      NHTSA ID:
      #10019076

      REPLACE TIMING BELT IDLER PULLEY DURING 2.0L ZETEC ENGINE CYLINDER HEAD REPLACEMENT - SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER

    • TSB #18217

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10010731

      MULTIPLE VEHICLES - FUEL LEVEL INDICATION CONCERNS - SERVICE TIP. VARIOUS MODELS INCLUDING 2005 SUPER DUTY F-SERIES, EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, EXPLORER, MOUNTAINEER AND AVIATOR. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17316

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008166

      FUEL SIGNAL TO INSTRUMENT CLUSTER SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17380

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008192

      A CHECK FUEL CAP INDICATOR ILLUMINATED WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P0457 OR A MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP ILLUMINATED WITH DTC P0455 OR P0457. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0398

      Date Announced:
      MAY 12, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002780

      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. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN

    • TSB #18173

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10011344

      A FINAL DRIVE WHINE AT 25-45 MPH (40-72 KM/H). *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17366

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008185

      FINAL DRIVE WHINE MOST NOTICEABLE AT 25-45 MPH DURING LIGHT ACCELERATION OR DECELERATION. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16116

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636139

      SUBJECT REGARDING THROTTLE BODY SERVICE REPLACEMENT / TRANSMISSION VENT HOSE BRACKET INSTRUCTIONS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16056

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636254

      CD4E TRANSAXLE MAY EXHIBIT A FINAL DRIVE WHINE / WARBLE TYPE NOISE MOSTLY IN THE 25-45 MPH SPEED RANGE ON LIGHT THROTTLE ACCELERATION OR DECELERATION. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION

    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

    • TSB #04141

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10009323

      TRANSMISSION CONTROL INDICATOR LAMP (TCIL) ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE P1783 AND/OR P0733 COLD CLIMATE SHIFT/ENGAGEMENT CONCERNS WITH A CD4E TRANSAXLE. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)

    • TSB #042107

      Date Announced:
      DEC 13, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014086

      GENERAL (PCM) POWER TRAIN CONTROL MODULE PROGRAMMING PROCEDURES. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #04232

      Date Announced:
      NOV 29, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013406

      WHEEL SPEED SENSOR REMOVAL TIP. *EH Read More »

    • TSB #04217

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013369

      GENERAL POWER TRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) PROGRAMMING PROCEDURES. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES

    • TSB #03148

      Date Announced:
      JUL 21, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003748

      NEW TRANSMISSION COOLER FLUSHER - SERVICE TIPS. 2003 ESCORT AND SUPER DUTY F SERIES INCLUDED. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    • TSB #0693

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2006
      NHTSA ID:
      #10020067

      PCM FAILURE - ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES INTERMITTENT - INOPERATIVE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #04244

      Date Announced:
      OCT 07, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10018063

      RESTRAINT SYSTEM - SAFETY BELT BUCKLE AND PRETENSIONER DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) B1877 AND/OR B1881. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0471

      Date Announced:
      DEC 31, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008201

      WARNING INDICATORS-PARKING AID-REVERSE SENSING SYSTEM (RSS) AND FORWARD SENSING SYSTEM (FSS)-FALSE ACTIVATION OF WARNING TONE-SERVICE TIPS. *MJ UPDATE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #032011

      Date Announced:
      OCT 04, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004894

      AIRBAG LAMP ILLUMINATED AND DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCS) B1877 (DRIVER PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT OPEN) OR B1881 (PASSENGER PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT OPEN). *TT THIS BULLETIN SUPERSEDES TSB 03-20-11 DATED 2003. Read More »

    • TSB #04174

      Date Announced:
      SEP 06, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013116

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ILLUMINATED - SYSTEM LEAN DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTC'S) - SERVICE TIPS. VARIOUS MODELS INCLUDING 2004 F-SERIES. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #03203

      Date Announced:
      OCT 13, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004886

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP ILLUMINATED WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCS) P0442, P0455, P0456, P0457 OR P1442 OR A CHECK FUEL CAP LAMP ILLUMINATED WITH DTC P0457 FOR THE EVAPORATIVE EMISSION SYSTEM. Read More »

    • TSB #03181

      Date Announced:
      SEP 15, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004027

      REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY (RKE) - SERVICE TIPS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16779

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002663

      PERCEIVED CONDITION OF NO ENTRY OR UNABLE TO MANUALLY UNLOCK THE DOOR. THIS MAY OCCUR WHEN THE BATTERY IS ALLOWED TO BECOME DISCHARGED OR COMPLETELY DEAD AND THE REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY (KEYFOB) IS USED WHILE THE BATTERY IS IN THIS STATE. Read More »

    • TSB #16811

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002676

      INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL CONDITIONS WITH POWER WINDOWS, LOCKS, FOBS, RADIO, LIGHTING, CRUISE CONTROL OR OTHER ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES. *TT Read More »

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING

    • TSB #16410

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008340

      TRAILER TOW HARNESS INSTALLATION / SERVICE TIP. *MJ Read More »

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS

    • TSB #18281

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013423

      CONDENSATION INSIDE THE FOGLAMPS. *EH Read More »

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH

    • TSB #02176

      Date Announced:
      SEP 02, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008580

      LAMP-BRAKE-INVADVERTENT DISABLING OF BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK. *MJ Read More »

    VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:ELECTRICAL HEATING ELEMENT

    • TSB #041514

      Date Announced:
      AUG 09, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10011159

      REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER GRID/INTEGRAL ANTENNA DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR - TERMINAL TAB REPAIR. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #031501

      Date Announced:
      JUL 12, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10009321

      INOPERATIVE ELECTRIC REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER (HEATED BACKLITE) GRID LINES, INTEGRAL ANTENNA CONCERNS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16447

      Date Announced:
      DEC 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008144

      MUSTY ODOR FROM CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM. *TT Read More »

    VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:REAR WINDOW

    • TSB #04189

      Date Announced:
      DEC 13, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014062

      REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER GRID/INTEGRAL ANTENNA DIAGNOSIS AND REPAIR - TERMINAL TAB REPAIR. *TT Read More »

    AIR BAGS

    • TSB #042612

      Date Announced:
      DEC 31, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014302

      SIDE AIR BAG DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) B1994 OR B1998. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #18280

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013422

      AIR BAG WARNING LAMP ON . *EH Read More »

    • TSB #18284

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013426

      HIGH AIRFLOW FROM DEFROSTER VENTS WHEN IN FLOOR OR FLOOR DEFROST MODES. *EH Read More »

    SEAT BELTS

    • TSB #05310

      Date Announced:
      FEB 21, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10012954

      SAFETY BELT WEB STOP BUTTON SERVICE. *EH Read More »

    • TSB #04191

      Date Announced:
      DEC 13, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014052

      SAFETY BELT BUCKLE AND PRETENSIONER DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) B1877, B1881, B1885 OR B1886. *TT Read More »

    SEAT BELTS:FRONT

    • TSB #17343

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008176

      FRONT SAFETY BELT SLOW TO RETRACT AND/OR MISSING WEB STOP BUTTON. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17067

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003175

      FRONT SEATBELT SLOW TO RETRACT. *TT Read More »

    SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR

    STRUCTURE

    • TSB #16-0071

      Date Announced:
      APR 21, 2016
      NHTSA ID:
      #10183772

      2001-2004 Escape vehicles Safety Recall 14S02 has been issued for vehicles that are operated in high corrosion areas for an extended period, where a corrosion-related separation of the forward attachment of the lower control arm (LCA) ... Read More »

    • TSB #042513

      Date Announced:
      DEC 27, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014265

      SERVICEABILITY OF INSTRUMENT PANEL REGISTER VENTS. *TT Read More »

    STRUCTURE:FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS

    • TSB #16103

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636122

      THIS BULLETIN STATES THAT THE REAR UNDERBODY HEAT SHIELD IS DISCONTINUED. *TT Read More »

    STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE

    • TSB #16420

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008347

      SQUEAK, CREAK OR RATTLE TYPE NOISE FROM REAR LIFTGATE AREA. *TT Read More »

    BACK OVER PREVENTION:WARNINGS:EXTERNAL

    EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:ANTI-THEFT DEVICES

    EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.

    • TSB #16308

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013077

      VARIOUS 2003 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH PREMIUM CD-6 RADIOS - CD-6 SHUFFLE FEATURE BETWEEN DISCS NOT AVAILABLE. *TT Read More »

    EQUIPMENT:APPLIANCE:AIR CONDITIONER

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