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TSB List for the 2003 Ford Ranger

Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for the 2003 Ranger 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
  • SUSPENSION:FRONT
  • SUSPENSION:REAR:SPRINGS:LEAF SPRING ASSEMBLY
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSES/LINES/PIPING/FITTINGS
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL
  • FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
  • 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:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
  • POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
  • SEAT BELTS
  • SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR
  • STRUCTURE
  • STRUCTURE:BODY
  • STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS
  • VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
  • TIRES
  • EQUIPMENT
  • EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL
  • EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL:RADIO/TAPE DECK/CD ETC.
  • STEERING

    • TSB #17254

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004908

      CLICKING/POPPING NOISE FROM UPPER STEERING COLUMN AREA WHEN TURNING. 2004 E SERIES AND EXPLORER SPORT TRAC ALSO INCLUDED. *TT Read More »

    SUSPENSION:FRONT

    • TSB #042419

      Date Announced:
      DEC 13, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014096

      REVISED PROCEDURE FOR ADJUSTING ALIGNMENT ON ALL SUSPENSIONS - NEW RIGHT HAND UPPER CONTROL ARM DESIGN FOR TORSION BAR FRONT SUSPENSIONS. *TT Read More »

    SUSPENSION:REAR:SPRINGS:LEAF SPRING ASSEMBLY

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

    • TSB #041610

      Date Announced:
      SEP 06, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10011169

      GRABBING CONDITION FROM REAR DRUM BRAKES. *AR *TT Read More »

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT

    • TSB #02176

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

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

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE

    • TSB #16437

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008359

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) C1233 & C1234 - REPLACE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM EUC. *MJ Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

    • TSB #052212

      Date Announced:
      NOV 14, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10018746

      BUCK/JERK AND MISS DURING DRIVE CYCLE ABOVE 3000 RPM - NO DTC - 3.0L 2V GAS AND FFV ENGINE. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

    • TSB #06116

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2006
      NHTSA ID:
      #10020173

      POSSIBLE ENGINE DAMAGE - INSTALL SPECIAL SERVICE TOOLS PRIOR TO REMOVING CRANKSHAFT PULLEY BOLT - SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #18375

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013315

      HIGH IDLE AT COLD START. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #041910

      Date Announced:
      OCT 04, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10010719

      OIL LEAK FROM OIL FILTER ADAPTER - 4.0L SOHC ENGINE BUILT BEFORE 4/1/2004. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17928

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10009338

      ROUGH RUNNING, MISFIRE AND A LACK OF POWER DUE TO A LOSS OF COMPRESSION. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0486

      Date Announced:
      MAY 03, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008547

      BOOM/VIBRATION AT 1800-2200 RPM, ROUGH IDLE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0415

      Date Announced:
      JAN 26, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007358

      LOWER ENGINE OIL LEAKS 3.0L 2V VULCAN ENGINE. DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE TIPS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17255

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004909

      HARD START/LONG CRANK WHEN COLD OR STUMBLES/SURGES DURING DRIVE-AWAY. POSSIBLE DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES P0171, AND P0174 OR P0172 AND P0175. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17221

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004080

      SPARK KNOCK, DETONATION, OR PING CONDITION ON TIP-IN OR DURING STEADY STATE OPERATION AT OR NEAR WIDE OPEN THROTTLE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17234

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004089

      ENGINE OIL LEAKS FROM THE FILTER AREA ON VEHICLES WITH A 3.0L 2-VALVE ENGINE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16974

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003848

      ENGINE OIL LEAK NEAR THE OIL PAN OR OIL FILTER ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 3.0L 2-VALVE (VULCAN) ENGINE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0335

      Date Announced:
      FEB 17, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002482

      IDLE AIR CONTROL (IAC) VALVE DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE TIPS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16610

      Date Announced:
      FEB 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002495

      NO START, NO COMMUNICATION WITH POWER TRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) USING WDS/NGS OR A MISS/BUCK/JERK WHILE DRIVING. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16626

      Date Announced:
      FEB 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002504

      HESITATION OR SURGE CONDITION DURING CRUISE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER ON. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16461

      Date Announced:
      DEC 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008146

      TOOL KIT CONTAINS THE TIMING PEG USED TO LOCK THE CRANKSHAFT IN PLACE WHEN PERFORMING CRANKSHAFT PULLEY OR ENGINE TIMING SERVICE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #02221

      Date Announced:
      NOV 11, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008304

      ENGINE-GEAR DRIVEN SYNCHRONIZERS-INCORRECT INSTALLATION-CAMSHAFT POSITION SYNCHRONIZER (CMP) INSTALLATION TOOL CORRECT APPLICATION. *MJ Read More »

    • TSB #870197

      Date Announced:
      OCT 22, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10000592

      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. Read More »

    • TSB #16305

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013075

      ENGINE TIMING SERVICE TOOLS / SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #06166

      Date Announced:
      NONE PROVIDED
      NHTSA ID:
      #10021051

      POSSIBLE ENGINE DAMAGE - INSTALL SPECIAL SERVICE TOOLS PRIOR TO REMOVING CRANKSHAFT PULLEY BOLT. *KB Read More »

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

    • TSB #17227

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004083

      ACCESSORY DRIVE BELT NOISE ON 3.0L VEHICLES BUILT PRIOR TO 9/18/2003. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17025

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003154

      ENGINE ACCESSORY DRIVE BELT NOISE. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:RADIATOR ASSEMBLY

    • TSB #16743

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002647

      COOLANT LEAK DUE TO A BROKEN RADIATOR HOSE CLAMP(S). *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:FAN

    • TSB #17604

      Date Announced:
      MAR 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007396

      COOLING SYSTEM FAN NOISE WHEN COLD. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSES/LINES/PIPING/FITTINGS

    • TSB #17198

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004069

      WEAR-THROUGH CONDITION ON THE ABRASION SLEEVE OF THE UPPER RADIATOR HOSE NEAR THE AIR CONDITIONING ACCUMULATOR OR TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL

    • TSB #17352

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008180

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P0442 (EVAPORATIVE EMISSION SYSTEM LEAK DETECTED). *TT Read More »

    FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER

    • 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:MANUAL TRANSMISSION

    • TSB #17127

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004048

      TRANSMISSION WHINE IN 5TH GEAR. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0393

      Date Announced:
      MAY 12, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002776

      BUZZ/HOWL IN THE TRANSFER CASE SHIFT LEVER WHILE DRIVING, AND/OR SHIFT LEVER BOOT DETACHMENT DUE TO INSUFFICIENT RETENTION OF THE BOOT(S). *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

    • TSB #02222

      Date Announced:
      NOV 11, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008305

      NOISE-GEAR WHINE NOISE IN 1ST AND 2ND GEAR ONLY-VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 5R55E TRANSMISSION AND 4.0L ENGINE ONLY. *MJ 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 #04217

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

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

    • TSB #16396

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008329

      NO START/NO COMMUNICATION-CONTACT REQUEST. *MJ 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:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT

    • TSB #04237

      Date Announced:
      NOV 29, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013414

      DRIVESHAFT THUMP CLUNK ON LIGHT ACCELERATION FROM STOP OR WHEN BRAKING AND COMING TO A STOP. *EH Read More »

    • TSB #03048

      Date Announced:
      JAN 05, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008280

      THUMP/CLUNK ON LIGHT ACCELERATION FROM STOP OR WHEN BRAKING AND COMING TO A STOP ON CERTAIN 4X4 SUPER CAB EQUIPPED WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND STEEL DRIVESHAFT. *TT Read More »

    POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY

    • TSB #030508

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10017891

      FRONT AXLE LEAKS FLUID FROM VENT TUBE - VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4X4 OR AWD. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0358

      Date Announced:
      MAR 17, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10001922

      FLUID MAY LEAK OUT OF THE FRONT AXLE VENT TUBE. *TT *JB Read More »

    • TSB #0186

      Date Announced:
      APR 30, 2001
      NHTSA ID:
      #619276

      ON SOME VEHICLES, INCLUDING SPORT AND SPORT TRAC, THE FRONT AXLE LEAKS FLUID FROM THE VENT TUBE. *TT Read More »

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    • 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 #17718

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008223

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P0171, P0172, P0174 OR P0175. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0369

      Date Announced:
      FEB 09, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007366

      SAFETY BELT PRETENSIONER DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTC) B1877 AND/OR B1881. *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 #16889

      Date Announced:
      JUN 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002605

      AN RCM DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE B1881, B1882, OR B1883. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #0327

      Date Announced:
      FEB 03, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002477

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTC) B1877 (DRIVER PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT RESISTANCE HIGH) AND/OR B1881 (PASSENGER PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT RESISTANCE HIGH), INDICATING A HIGH RESISTANCE IN THE SAFETY BELT PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT. Read More »

    • TSB #16437

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008359

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) C1233 & C1234 - REPLACE ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM EUC. *MJ Read More »

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS

    SEAT BELTS

    • TSB #0369

      Date Announced:
      MAR 31, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10001860

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE B1877 AND/OR B1881 INDICATING A HIGH RESISTANCE IN THE SAFETY BELT PRETENSIONER CIRCUIT. *TT *JB Read More »

    SEAT BELTS:FRONT:RETRACTOR

    STRUCTURE

    • TSB #TSB 20-2233

      Date Announced:
      JUL 13, 2020
      NHTSA ID:
      #10177863

      This article supersedes TSB 19-2026 to update the vehicle model years affected. Some 2000 and newer Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicles equipped with aluminum body panels may exhibit corrosion concerns appearing as bubbled and/or peeling paint ... Read More »

    • TSB #TSB 19-2026

      Date Announced:
      FEB 07, 2019
      NHTSA ID:
      #10156863

      Some 2000 and newer Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles equipped with aluminum body panels may exhibit corrosion concerns appearing as bubbled and/or peeling paint with or without accompanying white dust. Panel replacement is recommended. Read More »

    • TSB #TSB 19-2026

      Date Announced:
      FEB 07, 2019
      NHTSA ID:
      #10155551

      Some 2000 and newer Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles equipped with aluminum body panels may exhibit corrosion concerns appearing as bubbled and/or peeling paint with or without accompanying white dust. Panel replacement is recommended. Read More »

    STRUCTURE:BODY

    • TSB #04251

      Date Announced:
      DEC 27, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014165

      ALUMINUM CORROSION - SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #03235

      Date Announced:
      NOV 24, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008154

      BED EXTENDER COMPONENT REPLACEMENT SERVICE TIP. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16424

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008351

      NEW TONNEAU COVER LOCK CYLINDER RETAINER CLIPS RELEASED FOR SERVICE. *MJ Read More »

    STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS

    • TSB #03231

      Date Announced:
      NOV 24, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008153

      INOPERABLE LATCHES, LOCKS AND/OR LIFT STRUTS ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A HARD TONNEAU COVER. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16253

      Date Announced:
      SEP 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008608

      EQUIPPED WITH A HARD TONNEAU COVER. * MJ Read More »

    VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL

    • TSB #16017

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #636206

      SUBJECT REGARDING ACCELERATOR PEDAL BUZZ. *TT Read More »

    TIRES

    • TSB #17490

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007331

      EXCESSIVE FRONT TIRE HEAL AND TOE WEAR AT LOW MILEAGE. ON GOODYEAR P245/75R16 TIRES. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17429

      Date Announced:
      DEC 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008295

      UNEVEN TIRE WEAR ON 4X4S EQUIPPED WITH GOODYEAR P245/75R15 TIRES. *TT Read More »

    EQUIPMENT

    • TSB #TSB 19-2026

      Date Announced:
      FEB 07, 2019
      NHTSA ID:
      #10156863

      Some 2000 and newer Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles equipped with aluminum body panels may exhibit corrosion concerns appearing as bubbled and/or peeling paint with or without accompanying white dust. Panel replacement is recommended. Read More »

    EQUIPMENT:ELECTRICAL

    • TSB #0513

      Date Announced:
      JAN 24, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013300

      INSIDE DOOR PULL HANDLE LOOSE - VEHICLES BUILT BEFORE 11/15/2002 AND EQUIPPED WITH POWER WINDOWS/DOOR LOCKS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16431

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008356

      PASSENGER SIDE POWER DOOR LOCK INOPERATIVE OR INTERMITTENT OPERATION. *TT Read More »

    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 »

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