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TSB 06-16-14

08/21/06

SPARK KNOCK, HARD START AND/OR
HESITATION - VEHICLES BUILT AFTER 8/2/2004
WITH A 3.0L ENGINE

FORD:
2005-2006 Escape

MERCURY:
2005-2006 Mariner

ISSUE
Some 2005-2006 Escape/Mariner vehicles built after 8/2/2004, equipped with 3.0L engine, may exhibit a light spark knock (detonation) at 1,500-2,500 RPM when operating in hot ambient temperatures. Some vehicles may also exhibit a hard start condition with a cold or hot engine and/or a hesitation on acceleration immediately after the engine is first started (cold or hot).

ACTION
Reprogram the powertrain control module (PCM) to the latest calibration using IDS release B43.14 and higher or B44.4 and higher. This new calibration is not included in the B44 CD. Calibration files may also be obtained at the website.

WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage And Emissions Warranty Coverage

OPERATION
DESCRIPTION
TIME
061614A2005-2006 Escape/Mariner 3.0L: Check Diagnostic Trouble Codes And Reprogram The Powertrain Control Module (Do Not Use With 12650D, 12650D)
0.4 Hr.​
DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO.
CONDITION CODE
RECALEM
04​
 

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TSB: 01-035/06

2005 - 2006 TRIBUTE 3.0L - SPARK KNOCK, HARD START AND/OR HESITATION

APPLICABLE MODEL(S)/VINS
2005 - 2006 Tributes 3.0L vehicles built after August 2, 2004

DESCRIPTION
Some Tribute vehicles may exhibit a light spark knock (detonation) at 1,500 - 2,000 RPM when operating in hot ambient temperatures. Some vehicles may also exhibit a hard start condition with a cold or hot engine and/or hesitation on acceleration immediately after the engine is first started (cold or hot).

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

REPAIR PROCEDURE
1. Reboot the PDS/IDS to clear memory before reprogramming.

2. Using PDS/IDS 44.5 or later software, reprogram the PCM to the latest calibration (refer to "Calibration Information" table) by following the "Module Reprogramming" procedure.
NOTE:
^ Always update the PDS/IDS tool first, then follow on-screen instructions to download the needed calibration file for PCM reprogramming.
^ It is not necessary to remove any fuses or relays during PCM reprogramming when the PDS/IDS screen prompts you to do so. You may accidentally stop power to one of the PCM terminals and cause the PCM to be blanked, or you may receive error messages during the PDS/IDS reprogramming procedure.
^ PDS/IDS shows the calibration part numbers after programming the PCM.
^ Please be aware that PCM calibration part numbers and file names listed in any Service Bulletin may change due to future releases of PDS/IDS software, and additional revisions made to those calibrations for service related concerns.
^ When reprogramming a PCM, PDS/IDS will always display the "latest" calibration P/N available for that vehicle. If any calibration has been revised/updated to contain new information for a new service concern/issue, it will also contain all previously released calibrations.
^ When performing this procedure, we recommend that a battery charger be installed on the vehicle battery and turned ON to a maximum charge of no more than 20 AMPS to keep the vehicle battery up to capacity. If you exceed 20 AMPS, it could damage the VCM.

3. After performing the PCM reprogramming procedure, verify the repair by starting the engine and making sure there are no MIL illumination or abnormal warning lights present.
NOTE:
^ If any DTCs should remain after performing DTC erase, diagnose the DTCs according to the appropriate Troubleshooting section of the Workshop Manual.
^ After PCM reprogramming, it is no longer necessary to road test the vehicle to "relearn" KAM (Keep Alive Memory).

4. Fill out an "Authorized Modifications" label (P/N 9999-95-AMDC-97) with the new PCM calibration information, your dealer code, and today's date.

5. Place the "Authorized Modifications" label on the radiator support next to the Emission Control sticker. The "Authorized Modification" label will inform technicians of the PCM calibration change if future repairs are necessary.


CALIBRATION INFORMATION
Year
Transmission
Spec.
New PCM Calibration Part Number
File Name
2005​
A/T​
50 State​
6U7A-12A650-BTA​
MBDM1A3​
2005​
M/T​
50 State​
6U7A-12A650-BUA​
MBDM1AE​
2006​
A/T​
50 State​
6U7A-12A650-BVA​
MBDM1XE​
2006​
M/T​
50 State​
5U7A-12A650-FCA​
MBDM1D2​
NOTE: The PCM Calibration Part Numbers listed above are provided for PCM reprogramming purposes only. These are not necessarily the same Mazda part numbers used to order an actual PCM through Mazda Parts System. It is not necessary to order a PCM as part of this repair procedure.

WARRANTY INFORMATION
Warranty Type
A​
Symptom Code
99​
Damage Code
99​
Part Number Main Cause
5555-06-003A​
Quantity
0​
Operation Number / Labor Hours:
YY447XRX / 0.4 Hrs.​
NOTE:
^ This warranty information applies only to verified customer complaints on vehicles eligible for warranty repair. Refer to the Warranty Wizard for warranty term information.
^ Additional diagnostic time cannot be claimed for this repair.
 

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TSB 06-22-4

11/13/06

3.0L - SPARK KNOCK, HARD START AND/OR
HESITATION - BUILT BEFORE 9/19/2006

FORD:
2007 Escape

MERCURY:
2007 Mariner

ISSUE
Some 2007 Escape and Mariner vehicles equipped with a 3.0L engine and built before 9/19/2006 may exhibit a light spark knock (detonation) at 1500-2,500 RPM when operating in hot ambient temperatures. Some vehicles may also exhibit a hard start condition with a cold or hot engine and/or a hesitation on acceleration immediately after the engine is first started (cold or hot).

ACTION
Reprogram the powertrain control module (PCM) to the latest calibration using IDS release 45.8 and higher. This new calibration is not included in the 2006.9 DVD. Calibration files may also be obtained at the website.

WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage And Emissions Warranty Coverage

OPERATION
DESCRIPTION
TIME
062204A2007 Escape/Mariner 3.0L: Check Diagnostic Trouble Codes And Reprogram The Powertrain Control Module (Do Not Use With 12650D)
0.4 Hr.​
DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO.
CONDITION CODE
RECALEM
04​
 

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I just had this TSB performed on my 2005 V6.It fixed the persistent but slight ping/spark knock problem. The starting was never a problem but I noticed the engine fires even faster than it used to when I start a hot engine. I had recently got an XCal3 and had installed the towing tune. I had hoped that would have fixed the ping problem but it made no difference. So I returned the vehicle to stock and took it in to Ford for the reflash TSB. The Ford dealer could not produce the ping problem so the TSB cost me $95. It is supposed to be a free fix because it is Emissions related but only if the Tech can produce the spark knock. So, if you want the TSB for free, make sure you can produce the ping. In my case that would require an 80+F degree day, light load ,uphill grade, hot engine,trans in "D",between 1500 and 2500 rpm , regular 87 octane gas. Torrie sent me a new Tow tune to fix the knock.
I hope this helps others who have the same issues.
 
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