Mercury Defect Investigation DP06005: ENGINE STALLING FFV

2003 Mercury Sable


Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery
Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump
Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings
Fuel System, Gasoline:Fuel Injection System
Fuel System, Gasoline:Fuel Injection System:Fuel Rail
Fuel System, Gasoline:Fuel Injection System:Injectors
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Auxillary Tank
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Auxillary Tank:Selector Devices
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap
Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Mounting
Fuel System, Other
Fuel System, Other:Delivery
Fuel System, Other:Delivery:Fuel Pump
Fuel System, Other:Delivery:Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings
Fuel System, Other:Fuel Injection System
Fuel System, Other:Storage
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Fuel Gauge System
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filling/Charging
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly:Mounting
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly:Pressure Relief Devices

On October 11, 2006, public citizen petitioned ODI to investigate reports of engine stalls caused by E85 fuel in certain model year (MY) 2003 - 2005 Ford Taurus flex-fuel vehicles (FFV). ODI's review of the petition and other available data found a low stall rate attributable to E-85 fueling and that the main concerns, prolonged engine start and rough idle during cold engine startup at winter temperatures, were resolved by an engine software ensure that all subject vehicles receive this update, Ford initiated a notification campaign to offer free engine computer recalibration.based on this information, this defect petition is denied. This denial should not be construed as a finding that no safety defect exists.ODI reserves the right to reconsider this issue if future data warrant.additional details can be found in the federal register notice posted in the DP06-005 public file.
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Date Opened
DEC 04, 2006
Date Closed
DEC 28, 2007
NHTSA Recall #
No recall issued
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