Ford reports that the fuel tanks on some 2005-06 Escape, Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner models may take a long time to refill, with the fuel nozzle at the fill-up pump often clicking repeatedly before the tank is completely full.
One likely cause is a design flaw in the fuel tank filler neck. Installing an upgraded filler neck with a different radius should help eliminate the problem.
Order part No. 6L8Z-9034-A for conventional Escapes and Mariners or part No. 6M6Z-9034-A for Escape Hybrids.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via email at [email protected].