TSB List for the 2003 Ford Thunderbird

Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for the 2003 Thunderbird 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:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
  • SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:ABS WARNING LIGHT
  • ENGINE (PWS)
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
  • ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE
  • FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
  • POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
  • POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY
  • ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
  • VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:CONTROLS/WIRING
  • STRUCTURE:BODY
  • SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST
  • EQUIPMENT:AIR CONDITIONER
  • STEERING

    • TSB #18320

      Date Announced:
      DEC 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014594

      VIBRATION FELT FOR A FEW MILES OF DRIVING AFTER PARKING. *EH Read More »

    • TSB #04101

      Date Announced:
      MAY 31, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008991

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

    STEERING:GEAR BOX (OTHER THAN RACK AND PINION)

    SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

    • TSB #16892

      Date Announced:
      JUN 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002607

      SQUEAL NOISE FROM THE REAR BRAKES ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BEFORE 5/15/2003. *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:ABS WARNING LIGHT

    • TSB #042213

      Date Announced:
      NOV 15, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013401

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) C1145 AND/OR C1155 STORED IN ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) MODULE. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17946

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10009344

      ABS WARNING INDICATOR ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE C1145 AND/OR C1155. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE (PWS)

    • TSB #TSB-12-8-1

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2012
      NHTSA ID:
      #10048099

      FORD/LINCOLN/MERCURY: MAY HAVE SLUDGE BUILDUP IN THROTTLE BODY LEADING TO LESS AIRFLOW OR ENGINE IDLING RPM FLUCTUATION AND HARD STARTS OR BATTERY DISCONNECT OR DEAD BATTERY AFTER KEEP ALIVE MEMORY (KAM) CLEAR. Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

    • TSB #18615

      Date Announced:
      MAY 01, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10017917

      UNUSUAL ENGINE NOISE OR ENGINE KNOCK CONCERNS DUE TO REGULAR FUEL. *TT Read More »

    ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

    • TSB #CSP 07M07

      Date Announced:
      MAY 20, 2008
      NHTSA ID:
      #10026402

      FORD/LINCOLN MERCURY: CERTAIN 2003-2005 MODEL YEAR LINCOLN LS AND FORD THUNDERBIRD VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.9L ENGINE WITH EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE ON IGNITION COIL ASSEMBLIES AND ON 2003 MY VEHICLES ONLY , ENGINE VALVE COVER GASKETS. Read More »

    • TSB #0707

      Date Announced:
      JUL 03, 2007
      NHTSA ID:
      #10023293

      CERTAIN 2003 MODEL YEAR LINCOLN LS AND FORD THUNDERBIRD VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.9L ENGINE - EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE ON IGNITION COIL ASSEMBLIES AND ENGINE VALVE COVER GASKETS. ALSO HAVE AN OWNER'S LETTER. 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 #17666

      Date Announced:
      MAR 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007423

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) U0300 (INTERNAL CONTROL MODULE SOFTWARE INCOMPATIBILITY) STORED IN THE PCM WITH NO OTHER DTC'S PRESENT. *TT 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 »

    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:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

    • TSB #0708

      Date Announced:
      APR 19, 2007
      NHTSA ID:
      #10022290

      AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SOLENOID EMISSIONS WARRANTY EXTENSION. SAMPLE CONSUMER LETTER ATTACHED. *KB Read More »

    • TSB #03158

      Date Announced:
      AUG 04, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003188

      VEHICLES BUILT BETWEEN 11/18/2002 AND 05/17/2003 WITH THE 5R55S TRANSMISSION MAY EXHIBIT HARSH SHIFTS. *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 #16788

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002641

      VEHICLES WITH THE CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK (CAN) MAY EXHIBIT A POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) NON-COMMUNICATION EVENT, WHICH COULD LEAD TO AN UNNECESSARY PCM REPLACEMENT USING NORMAL DIAGNOSTICS. 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

    • TSB #7867

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2000
      NHTSA ID:
      #612260

      DRIVELINE VIBRATION (A HIGH FREQUENCY BUZZ) THAT IS FELT THROUGH THE SEAT AND FLOORPAN AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. *TT Read More »

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

    • TSB #04219

      Date Announced:
      JUN 07, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013371

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) AND ELECTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL (ETC) LAMPS ON WITH BOTH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P2106 AND P2135. *TT 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 #17942

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10009342

      KEY-IN-IGNITION WARNING CHIME SOUND WHENEVER THE DRIVER'S DOOR IS OPEN (EVEN WITH NO KEY IN THE IGNITION), THE EASY EXIT FEATURE INOPERATIVE WHEN THE KEY IS REMOVED FROM THE IGNITION, OR THE STEERING COLUMN (AND SEAT IF APPLICABLE) MOVING ... Read More »

    • TSB #17740

      Date Announced:
      APR 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008239

      ELECTTRONIC THROTTLE CONTROL WARNING MESSAGE OR LAMP ON - MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P2106 - POSSIBLE DRIVEABILITY SYMPTOMS. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17479

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007323

      MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ON WITH IGNITION COIL RELATED DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (P035X). *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17512

      Date Announced:
      JAN 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10007344

      AN INTERMITTENT MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) ON WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P0462 (FUEL LEVEL SENSOR A CIRCUIT LOW) OR P2067 (FUEL LEVEL SENSOR B CIRCUIT LOW) CAUSED BY AN IMPROPERLY INSTALLED REMOTE START SYSTEM. Read More »

    • TSB #17338

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008173

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P2106 STORED IN THE PCM (POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE). *TT Read More »

    • TSB #17382

      Date Announced:
      NOV 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10008194

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P0300-P0308 OR P0350-P0358. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #03181

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

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

    • TSB #03159

      Date Announced:
      AUG 04, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003189

      A NO-START CONDITION DUE TO A DISCHARGED BATTERY. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16940

      Date Announced:
      JUL 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10003833

      PASSIVE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM (PATS) PARAMETER RESET REQUIRED AFTER MODULE PROGRAMMING. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16893

      Date Announced:
      JUN 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002608

      ILLUMINATED TCIL E OR AN ERROR MESSAGE WITH DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE P1744 ONLY. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #16868

      Date Announced:
      MAY 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10002765

      DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE B2519 ( HGH MOUNT STOPLAMP CIRCUIT FAILURE). *TT Read More »

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY

    • TSB #TSB-12-8-1

      Date Announced:
      AUG 01, 2012
      NHTSA ID:
      #10048099

      FORD/LINCOLN/MERCURY: MAY HAVE SLUDGE BUILDUP IN THROTTLE BODY LEADING TO LESS AIRFLOW OR ENGINE IDLING RPM FLUCTUATION AND HARD STARTS OR BATTERY DISCONNECT OR DEAD BATTERY AFTER KEEP ALIVE MEMORY (KAM) CLEAR. Read More »

    • TSB #0295

      Date Announced:
      NOV 14, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #636096

      EXCESSIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CURRENT DRAW WHICH COULD RESULT IN A DISCHARGED BATTERY AND A NO CRANK CONDITION. *TT SERVICE TIPS. *TT Read More »

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION

    • TSB #CSP 07M07

      Date Announced:
      MAY 20, 2008
      NHTSA ID:
      #10026402

      FORD/LINCOLN MERCURY: CERTAIN 2003-2005 MODEL YEAR LINCOLN LS AND FORD THUNDERBIRD VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 3.9L ENGINE WITH EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE ON IGNITION COIL ASSEMBLIES AND ON 2003 MY VEHICLES ONLY , ENGINE VALVE COVER GASKETS. Read More »

    VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:CONTROLS/WIRING

    • 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 »

    STRUCTURE:BODY

    • TSB #02162

      Date Announced:
      JUN 07, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10017925

      WATER/MOISTURE IN COP WELLS - DTC P0301-P0308 - 3.9L ENGINE - VEHICLES BUILT THROUGH 5/1/2004. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #18515

      Date Announced:
      MAR 01, 2005
      NHTSA ID:
      #10014703

      MOISTURE IN STORAGE COMPARTMENT. *EH Read More »

    SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:POWER ADJUST

    • TSB #16694

      Date Announced:
      MAR 01, 2003
      NHTSA ID:
      #10001941

      POWER SEAT FUNCTION - CONTACT REQUEST / DETROIT REGION. *TT *JB Read More »

    EQUIPMENT:AIR CONDITIONER

    • TSB #17258

      Date Announced:
      OCT 01, 2004
      NHTSA ID:
      #10004912

      SQUEAKING NOISE WHEN SWITCHING CLIMATE CONTROL BETWEEN PANEL, FLOOR AND PANEL/FLOOR MODES. *TT Read More »

    • TSB #02208

      Date Announced:
      OCT 14, 2002
      NHTSA ID:
      #10013060

      CLIMATE CONTROL A/C SERVICE TECH TIPS. *EH Read More »

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