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Technical Service Bulletins

TSB
98-1-13
  • BUMPER – RUST STAIN – EDGES OF CENTER VENT AND FOG LAMP OPENINGS
Publication Date: JANUARY 19, 1998

LIGHT TRUCK:
1990-1996 BRONCO
1990-1997 F-250 HD, F-350
1997 ECONOLINE, EXPLORER
1997-1998 EXPEDITION, F-150, F-250 LD

ISSUE:

Red rust stains on the edges of the bumper center vent and fog lamp openings may appear on some vehicles.

ACTION:

Apply Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound to the affected areas of the bumper. Refer to the following Service Procedures for details.

NOTE:USE A PROTECTIVE GLOVE FOR APPLYING BOTH THE CUSTOM BRIGHT METAL CLEANER (8A-19522-A) AND THE SUPER SEAL ANTI-CORROSION COMPOUND (F3AZ-19515-SA).

For each of the specific vehicle procedures found in this TSB article, be sure the following 3 steps are done:

  1. Clean the red rust stain from the inside and chrome surface of the bumper.
  2. Paint the edge of openings and at least 25mm (1″) area around the inside of the bumper vent and fog lamp openings.
  3. Spray around the top cover attachment holes/slots.

1997-98 EXPEDITION AND F-150/250 LD 4X4 FRONT BUMPER

  1. Turn off air suspension if applicable.
  2. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  3. Remove the fog lamps or fog lamp blanks.
  4. Mask the front face of the center at air opening and both fog lamp openings (Figure 1).


    Figure 1 – Article 98-1-13

  5. Disconnect fog lamp wiring and block heater wires from the bumper.
  6. Disconnect the three (3) push pins for the splash guard.
  7. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  8. Spray the edges of the three (3) openings with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  9. Remove the tape from the fog lamp openings so as not to get the Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound on the fog lamps during reinstallation.
  10. Reinstall the fog lamps/fog lamp blanks.
  11. Plug in fog lamp wiring and push pins for the block heater connector and lower valance push pins.
  12. Lower vehicle and turn on air suspension if so equipped.
  13. Clean vent and fog lamp openings as needed.

1997-98 F-150/250 LD 4X2 FRONT BUMPER

  1. Turn off air suspension if applicable.
  2. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  3. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  4. Remove the five (5) push pins to the radiator support.
  5. Spray the edges of the air intake opening and the bumper cover retainer openings and drain holes with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  6. Reinstall the push pins and remove the tape.
  7. Lower vehicle and turn on air suspension if so equipped.
  8. Clean off overspray as needed.

1997-98 F-150/250 LD REAR BUMPER (4X2 AND 4X4)

  1. Turn off air suspension if applicable.
  2. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  3. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  4. Spray the back of the bumper from underneath the vehicle. Make sure to spray the license plate lights, openings, and the bumper pad retaining holes with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  5. Lower vehicle and turn on air suspension if so equipped.
  6. Clean off overspray as needed.

1990-97 F-250 HD/F-350/BRONCO – FRONT BUMPER

  1. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  2. Remove the lower valance out of the way to allow access to inside of front bumper.
  3. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  4. Tape license plate bolt holes.
  5. Spray the edge of the opening and the bolt opening area including the license plate lights bracket holes with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  6. Reinstall lower valance.
  7. Remove protective tape.
  8. Lower vehicle.
  9. Clean off overspray as needed.

1990-97 F-250 HD/F-350/BRONCO – REAR BUMPER

  1. Install newspaper between the tailgate and the bumper top cover to prevent spray on the tailgate.
  2. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  3. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  4. Spray the back side of the bumper from underneath the vehicle. Make sure to spray the license plate light opening, and the bolt mounting areas above the bumper mounting bracket to prevent water from leaking to the front from the back side. Also spray the bumper pad retaining holes.
  5. Lower vehicle.
  6. Remove paper and clean off overspray as needed.

1997-98 EXPEDITION – REAR BUMPER

  1. Turn off air suspension, if equipped.
  2. Remove spare tire.
  3. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  4. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  5. Spray the back of the bumper from underneath the vehicle with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  6. Lower vehicle and turn on air suspension if so equipped.
  7. Reinstall spare tire.
  8. Clean off overspray as needed.

1997 EXPLORER XLT/EDDIE BAUER – FRONT BUMPER

  1. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  2. Remove the four (4) screws and two (2) push pins from the lower valance of the radiator and remove valance.
  3. Tape the air intake openings in the bumper (Figure 1). Removal of the license plate bracket is not required.
  4. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  5. Spray the edge of the air intake opening and the bumper cover retainer openings with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  6. Remove tape and reinstall the radiator lower valance.
  7. Lower vehicle.
  8. Clean off overspray as needed.

1997 EXPLORER – REAR BUMPER

  1. Remove spare tire.
  2. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  3. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper. A light amount will not affect the effectiveness of the Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  4. Spray the back of the bumper with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound paying close attention to the areas around the license plate lights and the top cover retaining tab openings in the bumper. These are the areas that let the back side rust bleed to the front of the bumper and cause stain.
  5. Lower vehicle.
  6. Reinstall spare tire.
  7. Clean off overspray as needed.

1997 ECONOLINE – FRONT BUMPER

  1. Hoist vehicle until bumper is at working level.
  2. Remove the two (2) lower valance push pins and remove valance.
  3. Tape the air intake opening.
  4. Clean excessive dirt from inside and outside the bumper.
  5. Spray the edge of the air intake opening and the bumper cover retainer openings with Super Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound.
  6. Remove tape and reinstall the lower valance push pins.
  7. Lower vehicle.
  8. Clean off overspray as needed.

PART NUMBERPART NAME
F3AZ-19515-SASuper Seal Anti-Corrosion Compound
8A-19522-ACustom Bright Metal Cleaner

OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES:

NONE

WARRANTY STATUS:

Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage

OPERATIONDESCRIPTIONTIME
980113AApply Sealer – Front Bumper – 1997-98 Expedition/F-150-250 LD 4X4 Under 8500 Lbs GVW0.8 Hr.
980113BApply Sealer – Front Bumper – 1997-98 F-150-250 LD 4X2 Under 8500 Lbs GVW0.5 Hr.
980113CApply Sealer – Rear Bumper – 1997-98 F-150-250 LD 4X2/4X4 Under 8500 Lbs GVW0.4 Hr.
980113DApply Sealer – Front Bumper – 1990-97 F-250 HD/F-350/Bronco0.5 Hr.
980113EApply Sealer – Rear Bumper – 1990-97 F-250 HD/F-350/Bronco0.4 Hr.
980113FApply Sealer – Rear Bumper – 1997-98 Expedition0.6 Hr.
980113GApply Sealer – Front Bumper – 1997 Explorer XLT/Eddie Bauer0.5 Hr.
980113HApply Sealer – Rear Bumper – 1997 Explorer0.5 Hr.
980113IApply Sealer – Front Bumper – 1997 Econoline0.5 Hr.

DEALER CODING

BASIC PART NO.CONDITION CODE
1775768

OASIS CODES:

106000


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