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TSB 07-8-5

04/30/07

WIND NOISE/WHISTLE - GRILLE

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2008 Escape Hybrid, Escape

ISSUE
Some 2008 Escape vehicles may exhibit a wind noise or whistle sound at highway speeds. This noise is noticeable at speeds from 45-65 MPH (72-105 Km/h).

ACTION
Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.

SERVICE PROCEDURE
To diagnose, use tape to seal the gap between the hood and the top of the grille. If the noise is eliminated, use the following service procedure to correct
the issue.

1. Acquire two (2) service bolts. These bolts do not have a shoulder like the ones being removed.

2. Open the hood, and remove the two (2) top grille attachment bolts.

3. Use a small round file to remove 3/32" (2 mm) from the front portion of the grille attachment holes, to allow grille to be pushed further rearwards.

4. After enlarging the holes, insert the new bolts and while pushing backwards on grille, torque the bolts in a two step sequence. Failure to use a torque wrench may result in damage to the grill.
a. Torque bolts to 53 lb-in (6 N.m).
b. After bolts are torqued to 53 lb-in (6 N.m), reset the torque wrench to 62 lb-in (7 N.m), and continue tightening the bolt until torque wrench clicks.

5. Ensure the grille corners are not touching the headlamps. If grille is touching the headlamp, move grille forward by a slight amount so that there is approximately 1/32" (1 mm) clearance between the grille and headlamp. Tighten using steps 4a and b.

6. Test drive the vehicle to verify the whistle has been eliminated. If the whistle is still present, repeat steps 3-7.

Parts Block
PART NUMBER
PART NAME
W710593-S439Service Bolt (2 Req)
WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage

IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB.

Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.

OPERATION
DESCRIPTION
TIME
070805A2008 Escape/Escape Hybrid: Follow Service Procedure To Adjust Grille Includes Time For Road Test To Diagnose (Do Not Use With 8200A)
0.6 Hr.​
DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO.
CONDITION CODE
8200
42​
 
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