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Manufacturer Recalls

99V194000 - Vehicle Speed Control

Model Years Affected  1999
Units Affected  159,565.00

Summary
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The acceleration cable may have been manufactured with a burr on or near the end of the cable sleeve interior. This burr could fray the core wire resulting in the accelerator not returning to idle when the accelerator is released.

Consequence
This condition can result in the throttle sticking, binding, or causing high engine RPM.

Remedy
Dealers will install a revised accelerator cable that has a flared conduit sleeve end and molded on end fitting.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 99S19

01V031000 - Electrical System:Battery:Cables

Model Years Affected  1999, 2000
Units Affected  120,000.00

Summary
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5L V6 engines. The battery cable was misrouted and its attachment to the alternator cable was under-torqued. If misrouted, the cable could contact the power steering line and the insulation could war, resulting in an electrical short.

Consequence
The short could potentially result in a fire, stalling, or a no-start condition.

Remedy
Dealers will inspect the battery cable to the alternator for damage and, if it is damaged, will replace the able. Additionally, the routing of the cable will be corrected, as necessary, and a routing clip will be added. Also the torque on the alternator attachment of the cable will be checked and, as required, will be tightened to specification. Owner notification began March 22, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 01S02

08E033000 - Suspension

Model Years Affected  1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Units Affected  6,903.00

Summary
Federal mogul is recalling 6,903 aftermarket ball joint assemblies shipped between November 9, 2007 and March 26, 2008, which may have been packaged with incorrect nuts. The part numbers packaged with incorrect nuts are: K7147, K7329, K8683, and 104353. These parts were made for use on the various vehicles listed above.

Consequence
The nuts included in the packaging for these ball joint assemblies are missing the intended prevailing torque (self-locking) feature. If the incorrect nut was to become loose, the joining members may loosen leading to a separation of the ball joint. This may result in loss of vehicle control, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

Remedy
Federal Mogul will notify owners and replace the parts free of charge. The recall began on May 22, 2008. Owners can contact Federal Mogul at 877-489-6659.

Additional Notes
Federal-Mogul Chassis Products

04V421000 - Fuel System, Gasoline

Model Years Affected  1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Units Affected  88,600.00

Summary
On certain passenger vehicles, contamination of the filter in the fuel delivery module (FDM) can reduce, and eventually block, the flow of fuel to the engine.

Consequence
This may cause engine hesitation, loss of power, surging, and other similar symptoms. overtime, the filter may become sufficiently blocked to cause the engine to stall, which could result in a crash.

Remedy
This action is deemed a safety improvement campaign and is not being conducted under the safety act. All owners will be notified of the problem, and dealers will replace the FDM with a new design at no charge if the owner reports that the vehicle exhibits any of the identified symptoms. The free replacement will be available for a period of 10 years following the original purchase of the vehicle, with no mileage limit. The campaign began on April 16, 2004. Owners should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 04N02

01V032000 - Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch

Model Years Affected  1999
Units Affected  33,000.00

Summary
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The brake lamp switch terminals could overheat.

Consequence
This could cause either a loss of brake lamp function or continuously illuminated brake lamps, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy
Dealers will install a new stop lamp extension harness with bronze terminals at the brake lamp switch connector, and also inspect the brake lamp switch for signs of overheating and replace, as required. Owner notification began March 22, 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 01S03

99V226000 - Latches/Locks/Linkages:Door:Latch

Model Years Affected  1999
Units Affected  10,011.00

Summary
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The door latch may have been manufactured with a latch pawl that has a coating which will swell in high humidity conditions. The latch pawl may then stick in the open or unlatched position.

Consequence
The door will not latch when closed. If the vehicle is driven in this condition, it could potentially result in the door opening while the vehicle is in motion.

Remedy
Dealers will install a revised side door latch.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 99S22

06E022000 - Service Brakes, Hydraulic

Model Years Affected  1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Units Affected  7,440.00

Summary
Certain aftermarket brake hydraulic master cylinders sold as a replacement brake cylinders for certain Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Jeep passenger vehicles. These brake cylinders were sold under the brand name of Napa, Raybestos, Aimco, AC Delco, Carquest, Bendix, and Wagner. Only products that were manufactured from July 27, 2005 through January 17, 2006 (Date codes 0529 through 0602) are subject to this recall. When subject to very cold temperatures, an internal seal in the master cylinder could lose flexibility and may cause brake fluid to leak.

Consequence
Loss of brake fluid can lead to a decrease in brake line pressure and an increase in stopping distance, which can result in a vehicle crash.

Remedy
Affinia (Brake Parts, Inc.) will replace the subject brake hydraulic master cylinders free of charge. The recall began on March 20, 2006. Owners can contact Affinia Group Customer Service at 1-800-323-0354.

Additional Notes
Brake Parts, Inc.

00V075000 - Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Foundation Components

Model Years Affected  1999, 2000
Units Affected  436,200.00

Summary
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles not equipped with the anti-locking braking systems (ABS). A pressure conscious reducing valve (PCRV) in the rear brakes may be subject to corrosion and result in malfunction, when operated in area that use salt compounds on the roadway for de-icing or dust control.

Consequence
If both PCRVs malfunction, vehicle handling could be adversely affected during braking as a result of the rear wheels locking, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy
Dealers will install improved PCRVs in the rear brake system. This recall was expanded in September 2000 to include 1999 and 2000 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique and Cougar vehicles.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 00S03

01V230000 - Electrial System

Model Years Affected  1999
Units Affected  342,962.00

Summary
On certain MY 1996-1998 passenger vehicles built at the Kansas City, Cuautitlan assembly plants or on MY 1999 passenger vehicles built at the Automotive Alliance International assembly plants, the rough surface of the heater blower resistor's stainless steel blades can damage the copper surface of the wiring harness connector. The damage could, over time, cause increased resistance in the connector and, due to subsequent terminal relaxation, result in an open circuit condition.

Consequence
The open circuit could lead to electrical arcing that could melt the connector housing material creasing the potential for a fire.

Remedy
Dealers will install a new heater blower resistor and a new wire jumper harness. Owner notification began August 29, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Additional Notes
Ford Motor Company 01S22

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FAQs

    How do I tell if I have a return style or returnless fuel system?
  • In an effort to save money and also meet stricter emissions standards, Ford decided to make all of it's vehicles with returnless fuel systems starting in May of 1999. These new fuel systems allow for greater control of fuel, thus allowing Ford to get better gas milage and lower emissions. So, any car producted before 5/3/1999 has a return style fuel system while those produced on and after 5/3/1999 have a returnless fuel system. To determine your car's production date, look for a sticker on either your passenger's or driver's side door jam that has the vehicle production date.
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  • I press my cabin trunk-release button, and the hatch won't open! Is it broken? The dealer keeps saying no!
  • Ensure that your doors are unlocked before you press the trunk-release button inside the cabin of the vehicle. The trunk does not seem to release (safety feature?) when the doors are locked. (Sorry, seen alot of people run into this problem.)
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  • What do the DTCs stand for?
  • Self Diagnostic Mode DTC OBD-II DTC Description

    9201   B1201   Fuel Sender Circuit Failure
    9204   B1204   Fuel Sender short to ground
    9257   B1257   Climate Control
    9317   B1317   Battery voltage high (greater than 16)
    9318   B1318   Battery voltage low (less than 10)
    9342   B1342   ECU defective
    9359   B1359   Ignition Run / ACC circuit failure
    0115   P0115   Engine coolant temperature (ECT) circuit malfunction
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  • Where can I run the power wire through the firewall? (ATX only)
  • Look right above and to the left of the brake pedal. There's a rubber grommet that you can push out and you can run the power wire through that hole.
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