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TSB 14-0099 - 03/05/2014 - MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP


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#1 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 05:47 PM

TSB 14-0099

03/05/2014 - MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP - BUILT ON OR BEFORE 2/24/2014

 

FORD:
2013-2014 Fusion
LINCOLN:
2013-2014 MKZ

ISSUE
Some 2013-2014 Fusion and MKZ vehicles built on or before 2/24/2014 may exhibit a musty or organic-type odor from the
front vents when air conditioning (A/C) is activated.

ACTION
Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.
SERVICE PROCEDURE
1. Replace the Climate Control Housing. Refer to Workshop Manual (WSM), Section 412-00.
a. Transfer the components from the old housing to the new housing as needed.
PART NUMBER PART NAME
EG9Z-19B555-C Climate Control Housing - Manual Air Conditioning
EG9Z-19B555-D Climate Control Housing - Dual Zone Auto Temp Control
W714878-S439 Steering Column Shaft-To-Steering Column Pinch Bolt
OPERATION DESCRIPTION TIME
140099A 2013-2014 Fusion: Replace The Climate Control Housing (Do Not Use
With Any Other Labor Operations)
6.0 Hrs.
140099A 2013-2014 Fusion Hybrid: Replace The Climate Control Housing (Do
Not Use With Any Other Labor Operations)
6.6 Hrs.
140099A 2013-2014 Fusion Hybrid Plug In: Replace The Climate Control
Housing (Do Not Use With Any Other Labor Operations)
6.8 Hrs.
140099A 2013-2014 MKZ: Replace The Climate Control Housing (Do Not Use
With Any Other Labor Operations)
7.4 Hrs.
140099A 2013-2014 MKZ Hybrid: Replace The Climate Control Housing (Do Not
Use With Any Other Labor Operations)
7.7 Hrs.
WARRANTY STATUS:
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage
Warranty/ESP coverage limits/policies/prior approvals are not altered by a TSB. Warranty/ESP coverage limits are
determined by the identified causal part and verified using the OASIS part coverage tool.
DEALER CODING
BASIC PART NO. CONDITION CODE
19B555 42
MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP - BUILT ON OR
BEFORE 2/24/2014 TSB 14-0099
NOTE: The information contained in Technical Service Bulletins is intended for use by trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job
properly and safely. It informs these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or provides information that could assist in proper vehicle service.The
procedures should not be performed by "do-it-yourselfers". Do not assume that a condition described affects your car or truck. Contact a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership
to determine whether the bulletin applies to your vehicle. Warranty Policy and Extended Service Plan documentation determine Warranty and/or Extended Service Plan
coverage unless stated otherwise in the TSB article.The information in this Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) was current at the time of printing. Ford Motor Company reserves
the right to supercede this information with updates.The most recent information is available through Ford Motor Company's on-line technical resources.
Copyright © 2014 Ford Motor Company Online Publication Date May 5, 2014


Edited by GrySql, 19 June 2014 - 11:49 AM.

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:25 PM

Called Ford Canada about this issue MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP...relayed the TSB Bulletin info TSB 14-0099. They (Renata) claim to have no knowledge of this issue and that no TSB exist for this issue for my VIN. Was a class action initiated in Canada? If so count me in. Brutal service! Told  me to to take it in and trained ford staff will tell me how much it costs to fix it.

 

 

FYI: Model is not a hybrid but a regular Fusion 2013 SE


Edited by justwanttodownloadthesb, 24 September 2014 - 02:05 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:39 PM

Called Ford Canada about this issue MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP...relayed the TSB Bulletin info TSB 14-0099. They (Renata) claim to have no knowledge of this issue and that no TSB exist for this issue for my VIN. Was a class action initiated in Canada? If so count me in. Brutal service! Told  me to to take it in and trained ford staff will tell me how much it costs to fix it.

 

 

FYI: Model is not a hybrid but a regular Fusion 2013 SE

We have an enormous Thread dedicated to this subject, but as you are in Canada I'll point you to a another Canadian member here who took legal action on this.

Start reading at this point, then jump forward to follow his other comments, they are widely spaced.  He said he won a judgement and Ford Canada admitted the problem exists.

Happy reading!


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#4 OFFLINE   justwanttodownloadthesb

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 10:14 PM

We have an enormous Thread dedicated to this subject, but as you are in Canada I'll point you to a another Canadian member here who took legal action on this.

Start reading at this point, then jump forward to follow his other comments, they are widely spaced.  He said he won a judgement and Ford Canada admitted the problem exists.

Happy reading!

Thanks.



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 10:26 PM

Here's a .pdf file to download:

 

Attached File  tsb14-0099.pdf   66.45KB   26 downloads


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Posted 25 September 2014 - 11:12 AM

Called Ford Canada about this issue MUSTY ODOR FROM A/C VENT ON INITIAL START UP...relayed the TSB Bulletin info TSB 14-0099. They (Renata) claim to have no knowledge of this issue and that no TSB exist for this issue for my VIN. Was a class action initiated in Canada? If so count me in. Brutal service! Told  me to to take it in and trained ford staff will tell me how much it costs to fix it.

 

 

FYI: Model is not a hybrid but a regular Fusion 2013 SE

 

 

 

Allow me to assist, justwanttodownloadthesb. I suggest making an appointment for diagnosis at your earliest convenience. Please PM me your VIN, full name, telephone number, and dealer info; I will escalate the concern to your regional customer service manager.
 
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:34 PM

I have DMed you with pertinent info.  Car is in being checked as we speak and the dealer is claiming the dirty cabin filter is at fault at the same time saying there is no smell that they can reproduce.  So instead of finding a problem I am on the hook to buy a new cabin filter which in my opinion should be replaced along with the faulty AC parts. I am hoping for a  positive intervention from FordserviceCA.

 

 

 

Allow me to assist, justwanttodownloadthesb. I suggest making an appointment for diagnosis at your earliest convenience. Please PM me your VIN, full name, telephone number, and dealer info; I will escalate the concern to your regional customer service manager.
 
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Update 1 as of 2:pm 9/25/14: The service manager reversed earlier position and was now able to find the nasty smell after the car sat for awhile. He said the part has been ordered. Will further clarify when I pick up the vehicle later on today.


Edited by justwanttodownloadthesb, 25 September 2014 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 10:09 AM

Brought my HyTi in to the dealer I purchased my car from for an oil change, PCM update, navigation offset, remote start blows cold air, and the musty odor when A/C is activated.

Called on Tuesday Sept 16th for an appointment and was told they were booked until the following week. Made appointment for Thursday, Sept 25, dropped HyTi off at dealer at 5pm on Wednesday, Sept 24 with a specific list of the issues and associated TSB numbers.

No call from dealer on Thursday at the end of my work day, so I called them. "I was just about to call you", says Kirk at the service counter. Let me send a car to pick you up, which he did. When I arrived at the dealer, my HyTi was on the lift in the shop. Kirk tells me he wasn't going to be done with my HyTi today, so he will provide a loaner ('14 Fusion SE).

I have planned a trip this weekend and want to take my 41mpg HyTi, so I call Kirk at 10AM Friday morning to see when he will be done. Kirk says he will be done with everything except the musty odor A/C issue. When I ask why, he said he couldn't replicate the issue and would not perform the work. I told him that the smell happens on initial startup after sitting for a while. He said I never told him that and refuses to perform the work. I told Kirk that I was getting the feeling he didn't want to do the work because it would take about 7 hours to do. Kirk claims he could not replicate the smell, we proceed to get into a "discussion" on how I can smell it, I'm the customer, and I would like it fixed. Kirk refuses to perform the work and says I will have to leave my car there for a few days so he can replicate the smell. I told home that he has had the HyTi for two days now, he should have found the smell. He said I could pick up my car in an hour, without the "musty odor A/C" work completed.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 10:24 AM

Update 1 as of 2:pm 9/25/14: The service manager reversed earlier position and was now able to find the nasty smell after the car sat for awhile. He said the part has been ordered. Will further clarify when I pick up the vehicle later on today.

 

Thanks for the update, justwanttodownloadthesb. I've received your private message and have responded privately with a case number. If you have any further questions, you know where to find me! :)
 
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Posted 06 October 2014 - 10:32 AM

I received a call from Ford Customer Service Manager who explained that the dealer has to verify that I have musty odors coming from my cooling system. She offered to set up a service appointment to do so.

I explained that I have not run the A/C in some time, since it is now October here in Upstate NY and will likely not be running to A/C again until April 2015.

The CS Manager said to make an appointment in April when I am running the A/C regularly and leave the HyTi overnight so the Service Manager can smell the musty odor.

When I voiced a concern over my warranty going out of mileage by April 2015, the CS Manager said she would extend my warranty free of charge. She then quickly recanted when she remembered I was in NY and said she couldn't do that in NY state.

I'm still upset that they had my vehicle overnight twice during my last trip for service and couldn't verify the odor.

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 12:37 PM

I received a call from Ford Customer Service Manager who explained that the dealer has to verify that I have musty odors coming from my cooling system. She offered to set up a service appointment to do so.

I explained that I have not run the A/C in some time, since it is now October here in Upstate NY and will likely not be running to A/C again until April 2015.

The CS Manager said to make an appointment in April when I am running the A/C regularly and leave the HyTi overnight so the Service Manager can smell the musty odor.

When I voiced a concern over my warranty going out of mileage by April 2015, the CS Manager said she would extend my warranty free of charge. She then quickly recanted when she remembered I was in NY and said she couldn't do that in NY state.

I'm still upset that they had my vehicle overnight twice during my last trip for service and couldn't verify the odor.

In my case, our Forum Rep Ashley got the local CSR involved and I told him that I was not willing to have the Ford odor treatment done and I'd wait until they had a HVAC fix.  Months passed, GKinla had his dash removed (same Dealer as me), and I requested that my SA set up an appointment, he said I'd have to bring in my car for the sniff test.  I requested to have a CSR call me again, one did and waived the Dealer sniff rest.  I waited several weeks for a new Ford Plenum to show up at the Dealer and took my car in and the HVAC was changed out. 

No sniff test was done because of the sequence of events and the CSR was in touch with a SA who knew his customer. 

I have since lost that SA and am in the same boat as any new customer again, things don't go as well as they used to.


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Posted 06 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

I'm still upset that they had my vehicle overnight twice during my last trip for service and couldn't verify the odor.

 

Does that mean that it was not there.......or that they refused to ADMIT that it smelled rotten ??

 

There is a BIG difference.

 

If it really comes and goes, you probably do NOT have a model that qualifies under the recall........and instead just have one of several other conditions causing the bad smell.......some of which can be permanently fixed and some only partially.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 12:34 AM

Hooray!!! I had mine fixed and returned today. It is like having a new car again. The bonus is now don't need that strong air freshner to mask the odour—that was a double whammy. The real litmus/smell test was no allergic reaction after driving 3 times today. I am ecstatic.

 

Everything seems tight and right, all the buttons work and the trade-off for the invasiveness of the remedy is more than worth it. Thanks to this and the other forum linked in an above post for the assistance as well as Ford service canada.

 

Back to happy.


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Posted 21 April 2015 - 06:17 PM

Has anyone else had this fix? My dealer just did a deodorizing of the evaporator coil and the combo smell is worse than it was to start with. At least a/c smell went away after running a bit.

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 08:13 PM

There are a couple of threads on here about this.  Please look.

 

Bottom line is: The problem the TSB applies to is an odor that NEVER completely goes away not matter what you do and parts must be replaced.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 08:31 AM

Is this on just Fusions?  My wife has a 2013 C-MAX and it smells really bad.  They wanted to charge her $98 for some deodorizing stuff they were going to spray. 



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 09:25 AM

Apparently the air distribution duct behind the dash was improperly designed and moisture can collect in it. The solution is removing the dash and putting in a newer duct. I don't know if the C-Max used the same defective design.



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 11:16 AM

Has anyone else had this fix? My dealer just did a deodorizing of the evaporator coil and the combo smell is worse than it was to start with. At least a/c smell went away after running a bit.

Welcome to the forum!

 

I'll be happy to check out some additional assistance to get things smelling sweet again. What's your current mileage?

 

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 11:19 AM

Is this on just Fusions?  My wife has a 2013 C-MAX and it smells really bad.  They wanted to charge her $98 for some deodorizing stuff they were going to spray. 

Here is the TSB about this and the C-Max isn't mentioned:

http://fordfusionhyb...s-tsbs/?p=87994


Edited by GrySql, 22 April 2015 - 12:50 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2015 - 03:06 PM

It's April now and like I said in my previous post, I used the A/C for the first time since October 2014 when we had an 80 degree day last week.

 

That same musty odor came shooting out of my vents as soon as I turned the A/C on.

 

I'm not going to use the A/C again until I bring it into the dealer so they can get a whiff of that foul smell.

 

I'm due for an oil change soon and need some other warranty work done, so it won't be too long until I can report back if the dealer refuses to perform the TSB work again!


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