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Windnoise at A Pillar TSB 96-14-1


96-14-1, Publication Date: JULY 1, 1996




1996 SABLE


A windnoise may be evident on some vehicles along the A-pillar and/or around the windshield. The noise may be caused by the cutline seals on the front doors not being fully seated or the seals not being stiff enough. There may also be a windnoise around the windshield due to wind traveling up the A-pillar between the windshield moulding and the A-pillars on both front sides, which may cause the moulding to vibrate.


Replace the cutline seals on both front doors and install foam under the windshield moulding along both A-pillars. This should reduce the possibility of windnoise at the windshield and/or A-pillar. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.





1. Replace the cutline seals and verify the seals are fully seated (Figure 1).

Figure 1 - Article 96-14-1

2. Firmly seat seal under the door top moulding using your hands. When the door is closed, the seal should contact the body side (Figure 1).

3. Starting at the top corner of the windshield, fully insert Foam (F6DZ-5403204-AA) underneath the windshield moulding along the A-pillar using a wooden shim or nylon squeegee. The foam must be fully installed to contact the urethane bead (Figure 2).

Figure 2 - Article 96-14-1

4. Install foam the full length of the A-pillar. Cut the foam to fit. If this opening is large enough to place an additional piece of foam, do so. The entire cavity along the full length of the A-pillar must be filled with foam on both sides.

5. Make sure that all the grille assembly, cowl top vent, pins and clips in Figure 3 are fully seated.

Figure 3 - Article 96-14-1

6. If TSB 96-3-1 has already been performed and the vehicle still exhibits the concern, verify the cutline seals are fully seated and perform Steps 3 and 4 of this TSB.



The latest level cutline seals have a higher compression load deflection. This increased stiffness stops the seal from vibrating. The foam underneath the windshield moulding stops the wind from traveling below the moulding. Refer to the Steps above and perform Steps 3, 4, and 5.



WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage



OASIS CODES: 110000, 701000, 702000, 702100, 702300

Greetings fellow Taurus/SHO enthusiast, I performed this TSB, and I figured I would give you my input to possibly save you some time and money.

I would recommend checking the window seals before trying to replace the cut line seals on this TSB. My cutline seals were pretty bad (as all the seals on my car are), so I decided to experiment and replace the driver's side. $23 later, no difference. I had also purchased some foam from ford for the directions regarding the windshield. For $4, I received a small piece of foam which was about 18" long. WHAT A JOKE. I went to home depot and picked up some "Poly Foam Caulk Saver 3/8" diameter, 20' long by Frost King" for $3. I put this foam all around the windshield (the sides and the top). I just followed this procedure for the hell of it. I figured it would rid the annoying whistling noise while I'm driving on the high way, but only time will confirm that.

For my seals at the windows, I cut a piece, which was about the length of the window on the back seal. I cut the piece of foam into half, and took a screwdriver and pressed it in, semicircle first. I used the other half for the passenger side. This solved a great majority of my wind noise.

1996 Taurus LX
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