Technical Service Bulletins
|Publication Date: AUGUST 12, 1996|
|1996 BRONCO, ECONOLINE, EXPLORER, F-150-350 SERIES|
Certain 1996 model year F-150-350 Series, Bronco, Explorer, Econoline and 1997 F-150 vehicles built from 8/1/95 through 2/11/96 may have been built with bumpers that contain sub-standard chrome. The chrome on the front bumpers may crack very prematurely. The cracks may look like scratches on the top of the bumpers or lines around the vent holes or fog lamp openings (Figure 1). These lines and other conditions will allow the bumper to rust. All bumpers with this condition will rust within 18 months of production.
Replace the front bumpers with revised bumpers. The revised bumpers have a more robust chrome coating and should prevent the bumper surface from premature rust. Refer to the following text for service details.
Replace any bumpers that exhibit hairline cracking on the flat surfaces as shown in the following Figures. Refer to the appropriate Service/Workshop Manual for bumper removal and replacement procedures.
Reference Figures for vehicle lines:
- 1997 F-150 4X4 XL, XLT and Lariat built through 2/11/96 – Figure 1
Figure 1 – Article 96-17-16
- 1997 F-150 4X2 XL, XLT and Lariat built through 2/11/96 – Figure 2
Figure 2 – Article 96-17-16
- 1996 Bronco, F-Series XL, XLT, Eddie Bauer and 7.3L Diesel built through 2/11/96 – Figure 3
Figure 3 – Article 96-17-16
- 1996 F-150-350 XL with optional chrome bumpers built through 2/11/96 – Figure 4
Figure 4 – Article 96-17-16
- 1996 Explorer XL, XLT, Eddie Bauer built through 2/11/96 – Figure 5
Figure 5 – Article 96-17-16
- 1996 Econoline Club Wagon XLT, RV and Chateau built through 2/11/96 – Figure 6
Figure 6 – Article 96-17-16
All vehicles require some amount of maintenance. The same is true for bright metal finish chrome bumpers. These components must be cleaned and polished to keep their bright appearance. The front and top surface of the bumper is chrome plated and the back of the bumper is sprayed with a rust deterrent compound. If the compound is thin or scraped off, the bumper back may rust. The compound may be removed by the clamping force of the bumper attaching bolts. This may result in oxidation that could bleed around to the front of the bumper when wet and possibly stain the bumper. Periodic maintenance to remove rust is required.
Ford Motor Company recommends the use of Ford Bright Metal Cleaner and Polish to maintain the appearance of these bumpers. There are other products that may also be used to maintain the bumper’s finish that may or may not have been tested by Ford Motor Company.
|PART NUMBER||PART NAME|
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:
Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage
|961716A||Replace Front Bumper – 1997 F-150 4X4||1.0 Hr.|
|961716B||Replace Front Bumper – 1997 F-150 4X2||0.9 Hr.|
|961716C||Replace Front Bumper – 1996 F-150, Bronco XLT, And Eddie Bauer Editions With Air Deflectors||1.1 Hr.|
|961716D||Replace Front Bumper – 1996 F-250-350 XLT, Eddie Bauer, And 7.3L DIT Editions Without Air Deflectors||0.7 Hr.|
|961716E||Replace Front Bumper – 1996 F-150 With Lo Series Trim (XL) With Air Deflectors||1.0 Hr.|
|961716F||Replace Front Bumper – 1996 F-250-350 With Lo Series Trim (XL) Without Air Deflectors||0.5 Hr.|
|961716G||Replace Front Bumper – Explorer||1.2 Hrs.|
|961716H||Replace Front Bumper – E-150 With Air Deflectors||0.9 Hr.|
|961716I||Replace Front Bumper – E-250-350 Without Air Deflectors||0.5 Hr.|
|BASIC PART NO.||CONDITION CODE|