I have heard of and read the infamous TSB 3-16-1 for the above mentioned
codes. How can my mechanic go about diagnosising whether or not the service
proceedure described in the TSB is necessary. I don't want to go on an 'odds
A little history on my van. Above mentioned codes so had a tune up, fuel
infection cleaning, tranny flush, coolant flush, MAF sensor cleaning about 3
weeks ago. (BTW O2 sensors replaced 2 years ago.) Cleared codes. A week
later CEL back on same codes. Recalibrated PCM CEL light off for 1 week and
3 days. I have an appointment to take the van back in on Monday. I want to
be armed with information. I don't want the mechanice to shot gun for a
solution. I want to go in with some ideas on how to go about diagnosising
One thing my mechanic thought may be causing the codes is bad gas or
condensation in the tank. Is that possible? If so how is that determined?
> those are lean codes (both banks). A good start would be a fuel filter.
The TSB has to do with the injectors, it involves changing the valve cover
on 99-00 models with the old baffle design, inspecting and replacing if
required the vacuum line from the intake manifold to the fuel pressure
regulator, removing the upper intake to clean everything including the EGR
orifices, replace the isolator bolts on the manifold and perform a PCM
update. The part numbers for the TSB are:
XF2Z-9H486-AA Port Seal-Package of 6(1 Pkg Req. Per Veh)
3F2Z-9S479-AA Isolator Bolt Assy. - Package of 8 (1 Pkg Req. Per Veh)
XF2Z-9E498-DD Vacuum Line
3F2Z-6582-BA Valve Cover - LH
Had the fuel filter replaced at the time of tune up. As mentioned in my
original post MAF was cleaned.
OK, so whats the TSB supposed to fix? I am assuming you researched it a bit
and it is for your problem(lean codes)? If so it must be a vacuum leak in
the intake somewhere...Anyway, I would check the O2 sensors with a scan tool
under load ect to see if they can reach about 900 mV and check the fuel
pressure too before doing the expensive TSB procedure...
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Yes the TSB fixes vacuum leaks in the intake manifold. Ford in their infinte
wisdom designed a faulty intake manifold gasket system that over time oil
breaks down the gaskets both upper and lower gaskets, the port seals, the
'washer' type gasket on the isolator bolts begin to loosen than all hell
breaks loose. The van will start to ping and have performance issues.
My van was beginning to have performance issues and pinging like crazy. O2
sensors were replaced 2 years ago so I knew that wasn't the problem. Further
testing confirmed that they were working as expected. MAF was cleaned up
too. Still 171/174 codes kept popping up.
My mechanic did the TSB Friday (after checking all other possible causes)
plus replaced the intake manifold as suggested by Ford (the origianl TSB
3-16-01 just recommended the gaskets, isolator bolts and port seals. There
is now and addendum to the TSB that the intake manifold should be replaced).
I didn't expect to notice much difference after the repairs but boy was I
wrong! My van runs like a new car. Smooth as glass with a load of get up and
No he didn't lie, I was mistaken (called to verify) only the gaskets, port
seals and isolator bolts were replaced per TSB. The lower intake manifold
was replaced after my mechanic consulted with ford about something he saw
with the manifold
My mechanic is a friend who owns his own garage, I trust him.
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