TSB's are Technical Service
Bulletins issued by a manufacturer to its dealers that cover
topics from corrections for a typo in a service manual to detailed
procedures for dealing with a specific mechanical problem.
Mechanical-related bulletins usually
result from a relatively large number of reports from dealers about
the same problem. This could be due to customer complaints, or
from service technicians discovering potential problems. The
manufacturer then puts together a detailed procedure for dealing with
the issue and sends the report to all its dealers as a technical
If a vehicle is out of warranty, the
manufacturer may offer financial help for known problems as a gesture
of goodwill. Rarely, however, do they pay the entire amount.
TSB's are not a foolproof method of
finding out if there is an issue with your vehicle. Conditions
and/or problems may exist on a model that are not dealt with through
The TSB database for all cars and
trucks is maintained by the US Government.
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