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03/01/02

STEERING - POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK DURING
EXTREME COLD AMBIENT TEMPERATURES -20 TO
-28C (-5 TO -20F) - VEHICLES PRODUCED
2/12/2002 ONLY

FORD:
2001-2002 ESCAPE

ISSUE
Some vehicles built before 2/12/2002 may exhibit a power steering fluid leak at the Return Hose and/or Cooler Hose at the Intermediate Tube Assembly during extreme cold ambient temperatures -20 to -28°C (-5 to -20 °F). This may be caused by hose blow out due to an increase in fluid viscosity during extreme cold temperatures.

ACTION
Replace the Intermediate Tube with a steel intermediate tube and replace spring type clamps on Return Hose and Cooler Hose with worm type clamps to increase hose retention.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
1. Perform procedure in Workshop Manual Section 211-02 to remove Return Hose and Cooler Hose from Intermediate Tube.

2. Replace Intermediate Tube with new part 2L8Z-3A713-AA.

3. Reinstall Cooler and Return Hoses using worm clamps 376240-S100.

4. Bleed all of the air from steering system using bleed procedure in Section 211-00 of the appropriate year Workshop Manual.

Parts Block
2L8Z-3A713-AA - Intermediate Tube - Power Steering
376240-S100 - Clamp - Worm Style

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE

WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage

OPERATION: 020502A
DESCRIPTION: Replace Metal Section Of Power Steering Return Hose (Includes Time To Bleed Air From System)
TIME: 1.0 Hr.

DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO.: 3A713
CONDITION CODE: 42

OASIS CODES: 303000
 

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Bulletin No: 06-002/02

Last Issued: 06/18/2002

Subject:
POWER STEERING FLUID LEAK IN COLD TEMPERATURES

APPLICABLE MODEL(S)/VINs
2001-2002 Tributes built before 2/12/2002.

DESCRIPTION
Some vehicles built before 2/12/2002 may exhibit a power steering leak at the Return Hose and/or Cooler Hose at the Intermediate Tube Assembly during extreme cold ambient temperatures -20 to -28°C (-5 to -20°F). This may be caused by hose blow out due to an increase in fluid viscosity during extreme cold temperatures.

To prevent this condition from happening:
^ Replace the Intermediate Tube with a steel Intermediate Tube.
^ Replace spring type clamps on Return Hose and Cooler Hose with worm type clamps to increase host retention.

Customers having this concern should have their vehicle repaired using the following procedure.

REPAIR PROCEDURE
1. Verify concern.

2. Remove Engine Coolant Reservoir with hoses attached and set it aside to gain access to the Intermediate Tube.


3. Replace Intermediate Tube with new part.


4. Reinstall Cooler and Return Hoses using worm clamps.

5. Bleed all of the air from steering system according to Workshop Manual (section 06-12 PURGING).

6. Verify repair.

PART(S) INFORMATION
EC01-32-410C - Intermediate Tube - Power Steering - Qty. 1
9X37-62-40A0 - Clamp - Worm style - Qty. 2

WARRANTY INFORMATION
Warranty Type: A
Symptom Code: 76
Damage Code: 9B
Part Number Main Cause: EC01-32-410C
Quantity: 1
Operation Number / Labor Hours: YY295XRX / 1.0

Note:
This information applies to verified customer complaints on vehicles covered under normal warranty. Refer to the SRT microfiche for warranty term information.
 
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