Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
97601111/01/1997605804Experiencing difficulty diagnosing vehicles with evaporative fuel system diagnostic trouble codes. *tt07/26/1999
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY - FILLER PIPE AND CAP
1254703/01/1999605284Complaints that fuel fill nozzle clicks off or difficulty adding fuel. *tt06/07/1999
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
039805/12/200310002780Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) illumination with diagnostic trouble codes p0442, p0455, p0456, p0457, p1442 or check fuel cap lamp illuminated with diagnostic trouble code p0457. *tt09/17/2003

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
09/01/1998305/09/1998
 The vehicles that are equipped with the refueling vapor recovery system malfunctioned, causing fuel spillage while fueling which may cause a fire. manufacturer is aware of the problem, but states it is the gas station filler which is too heavy. *ak.et.
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY
04/26/20067
 I have had near accidents relating to car fuel pump or transmission shops couldn't find any problems but the drivablity of my 98 escort zx2 cost me more money in problem solving, 1,500 plus in recent repairs including emergency and repeat repairs and faulty repairs. my fuel economy is 160 miles per tank to almost 200 miles. no one can seem to find the problem(s). large thunking in rear trunk (scary)when im taking off and reaching a steady speed. take the car to major ford dealerships, to no avail. car doesn't always go from a complete stop in traffic,this has caused quite a scare as well. thank you for helping and making note of my account. debbie
02/28/2004104/08/2003
 1998 escort not getting enough gas into the engine. changed fuel filter, had fuel injectors looked at, got premium gas, no luck. the car idles extremely roughly and shakes uncontrollably. it feels like it wants to stall and bucks when idling and even while driving. the idle is becoming worse and worse to the point where i feel uncomfortable driving the vehicle. this used to happen periodically, now shakes and bucks everytime i drive the car. i am a poor college student and can not afford to continue taking it to a mechanic. *jb
10/22/2002207/01/2098
 The fuel pump was replaced 20,000 miles ago; dealer will not honor warranty. dt
10/22/2002207/01/2098
 No summary. dt
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - FUEL PUMP
07/16/2001205/01/2098
 The fuel pump initially failed within 30 days of the expiration of the warranty on the car. the fuel pump was replaced by kip killmon's tysons ford in tysons corner, va in july 2001. in january 2002 the fuel pump again failed, and the same dealership replaced the fuel pump for a second time. fortunately, the failure did not occur while i was driving the car, but resulted in the car failing to start. had the pump failed while the vehicle was in operation, i might not have been so lucky. the fact that the same problem occurred within 6 months on the same well-maintained car with low mileage, indicates to me that this may be a manufacturing problem with the part and/or the car. ford had no interest in addressing my concerns when this problem was brought to their attention.*ak
05/01/2001
 When filling gas tank, fuel pump stops constantly and then spills fuel on the ground. *ak
05/17/2001104/01/1998
 Wires that power fuel pump short across each other. this pump and wiring is in the fuel tank. car is being repair outside of a ford dealership so ford does not seem to be concerned. dealer was shown the defective part and was concerned but regional service rep did not care to even see part. called customer assistance but they were not intrested. *ak
03/15/2001312/01/1997
 Fuel pump fails even after replacement but they say no problem know of other failures on at least 3 auto in our area alone. *ak
02/17/2001207/01/1998
 While driving, vehicle stopped running, consumer had a mechanic look at vehicle who found that the engine was not getting fuel, the problem was the fuel pump, also 2 wires, a positive and negative, had soldered together and had bare spots that were touching, consumer's vehicle could have blown up, ford will not assist consumer at all in this matter. *scl
09/12/1998406/01/1998
 Vehicle started, engine rattled upon acceleration at all speeds at 2300 miles. after numerous failed repair attempts by dealer,i sent complaint to fords dsb board.working throgh arbitration vehicle looked at by engineer.they replaced pcm.problem got worse,along with new problems,lack of power,hard start,transmission hesitaing.then they replaced fuel pump,didnt help, then ignition switch, didnt help,then mass air flow sensor and air filter, didnt help.finally vehicle started stalling while driving, during acc. towed back to shop, ford had it six weeks this time replaced pcm two more times.i have vehicle back,still problem with transmission hesitating.vehicle in shop eight times for same or related problems and totalling almost three months in shop. still in arbitration, consdering closing case and taking to dsb. personally. *ak
106/10/1998
 The fuel pump / fuel pressure regulator was replaced, due to poor mileage. *yc
11/01/1998104/01/1998
 Fuel pump failed. yh
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - DELIVERY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
02/24/2001
 Consumer was traveling approximately 45mph on dry roads another vehicle cut in front trying not to hit vehicle. consumer hit two parked cars instead. airbags in front didn't deploy. manufacturer referred consuemr to a ford dealer. vehicle has a fuel injection switch that cut vehicle off. vehicle started back up. *ak
07/24/1998805/01/1998
 Engine vibrates, and has a high idle. engine runs rough and shakes. engine surges and hesitates. car stalls. i have had the vehicle in for this same repair several times since the purchase of it. the mechanics have replaced spark plugs, fuel guage, fuel filter, valve idle air control, vapor management, motor mounts. the dearlership in hillsborough replaced a cable something (the service manger quit and a ticket was not found for this repair.) the vehicle continues to have same problem without being totally fixed. the last time i brought the car in for stalling, the repair was done, but the next morning the car continued to stall. as of this date, i am taking the car in for the same problem again. please note: in reviewing the information after submittting i noticed that in # of failures passenger air bag deployed 8 times with the date of 7/24/98. this is incorrect, car was not in an accident and air bags were not used.*ak
09/12/1998406/01/1998
 Vehicle started, engine rattled upon acceleration at all speeds at 2300 miles. after numerous failed repair attempts by dealer,i sent complaint to fords dsb board.working throgh arbitration vehicle looked at by engineer.they replaced pcm.problem got worse,along with new problems,lack of power,hard start,transmission hesitaing.then they replaced fuel pump,didnt help, then ignition switch, didnt help,then mass air flow sensor and air filter, didnt help.finally vehicle started stalling while driving, during acc. towed back to shop, ford had it six weeks this time replaced pcm two more times.i have vehicle back,still problem with transmission hesitating.vehicle in shop eight times for same or related problems and totalling almost three months in shop. still in arbitration, consdering closing case and taking to dsb. personally. *ak
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM
10/22/2002207/01/2098
 The fuel pump was replaced 20,000 miles ago; dealer will not honor warranty. dt
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY
 When attempting to fueltank gas will spew out of tank. dealer has been notified.*ak
07/24/1998805/01/1998
 Engine vibrates, and has a high idle. engine runs rough and shakes. engine surges and hesitates. car stalls. i have had the vehicle in for this same repair several times since the purchase of it. the mechanics have replaced spark plugs, fuel guage, fuel filter, valve idle air control, vapor management, motor mounts. the dearlership in hillsborough replaced a cable something (the service manger quit and a ticket was not found for this repair.) the vehicle continues to have same problem without being totally fixed. the last time i brought the car in for stalling, the repair was done, but the next morning the car continued to stall. as of this date, i am taking the car in for the same problem again. please note: in reviewing the information after submittting i noticed that in # of failures passenger air bag deployed 8 times with the date of 7/24/98. this is incorrect, car was not in an accident and air bags were not used.*ak
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 Fuel guage fails to register the correct amount of fuel. also, transmission would jump/jerk forward if placed into gear. whenever the brakes are applied, the transmission would jerk. rear passenger door cannot be open from the inside. took to dealer & had transmission replaced. mechanic indicated nothing was wrong.*ak
612/28/1997
 Fuel gauge failed.
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY - FILLER PIPE AND CAP
1
 The fuel nozzle turns off several times while pumping gas, when tank is full, gas keeps pumping and gas comes out on the car and on the ground. *slc
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER
08/05/20031020001
 On august 5, 2003, i was rearended while driving a 1998 ford escort. the auto kill swich never killed the engine. luckily the gas tank stayed intact. the damage to the car was so severe that the fire personell at the scene could not believe that the kill switch was not tripped. both back doors were jammed with my 6 year old traooed in the back.
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER - DELIVERY - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
11/19/19981
 No deployment of air bag, and shut off valve failed during accident resulting in headaches from hitting head on mirror, neckaches and upper back problems. nlm
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER - FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM
106/10/1998
 The fuel pump / fuel pressure regulator was replaced, due to poor mileage. *yc
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER - STORAGE - TANK ASSEMBLY - PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICES
09/01/1998211/20/1997
 Fuel tank pressure sensor failed.