The air bag system uses a readiness light on the
instrument cluster and a tone to indicate the
condition of the system. When you turn the
ignition key to the ON position, this light will
illuminate for approximately six (6) seconds and
then turn off. This indicates that the system is
operating normally. NOTE: Maintenance of the
air bag system is not required.
A problem with the system is indicated by one
or more of the following:
the readiness light will either flash or stay lit,
or it will not light immediately after ignition
is turned on,
or a group of five beeps will be heard. The
tone pattern will repeat periodically until the
problem and light are repaired.
If any of these things happen, have the air bag
system serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury
dealer immediately. Unless serviced, the air bag
Supplemental Restraint System may not function
properly in the event of a collision.
Do not attempt to service, repair, or
modify the Air Bag Supplemental
Restraint System or its fuses. See your
Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
Disposal of air bags or air bag equipped
For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped
vehicles, see your local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury
dealer. Air bags
be disposed of by
Push and hold the thumb button.
Move the gearshift lever.
If you need to shift out of P (Park) by using the
alternate procedure described above, it is
possible that a fuse has blown and that your
brakelamps may also not be functional. Please
refer to the chapter titled
Servicing Your Aspire
this Owner Guide for instructions on checking
and replacing fuses.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL
YOU VERIFY THAT THE BRAKELAMPS
Ignition Key Chime
If the driver or passenger door is open while the
key is still in the ignition, a warning chime
Removing the Key From the Ignition
Put the gearshift selector lever in P (Park)
(automatic transaxle) or 1 (First) (manual
Set the parking brake fully.
Push the key in (manual transaxle) and turn
it to the LOCK position.
Remove the key.
Always set the parking brake fully and
make sure that the gearshift is securely
latched in P (Park) (automatic transaxle) or
in 1 (First) (manual transaxle).
Where to check the power steering fluid
If the power steering fluid is low, add fluid
in small amounts, continuously checking the
level, until you reach the F (Full) line. Do
If the power steering fluid is low, do not drive
your vehicle for a long period of time before
adding fluid. This can damage the power
If you must check the power steering fluid
before it reaches normal operating temperature,
make sure that the fluid reaches the “L” (or
LOW) line range in the reservoir. The reading
will only be accurate if the fluid temperature is
approximately 70˚ to 100˚F (21˚ to 38˚C).
Fuses protect your vehicle’s electrical system
from overloading. If electrical parts in your
vehicle are not working, the system may have
been overloaded and blown a fuse. Before you
replace or repair any electrical parts, check the
appropriate circuit protectors.
The following charts tell you which fuses protect
each electrical part of your vehicle. If a fuse
blows, all the parts of your car that use the
circuit will not work.
Once you have determined which fuses to check,
follow the procedures under
later in this chapter.
Your Aspire has a main fuse block under the
hood and a regular fuse box mounted in the
instrument panel behind a cover.
Main fuse block
If the 80 Amp. fuse is blown, it must be
replaced. To remove the main fuse block and
replace the fuse:
Main fuse block location
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the nuts on either end.
Lift the fuse block and open the flaps on the
side of the fuse block.
Remove the bolts on either side of the block.
Replace the fuse with a new one of the same
Removing fuse block
To install the fuse block:
Place the fuse block cover back in position
and fasten the bolts on both sides.
Attach the nuts on both ends of the fuse
Connect the negative battery cable.
Main fuse block
Fuse panel cover
Fuse panel in the instrument panel
Checking and Replacing Fuses
Find the fuse panel and remove the cover.
Find the position of the fuse you want to
To remove the fuse, use the fuse puller
provided (located on the cover of the interior
Fuse puller tool and fuse
Look through the transparent side of the
fuse to see if the metal wire inside is
separated. If it is, replace the fuse with one
of the same amperage only. You can use the
amp rating number on the fuse as well as
the color to identify the correct replacement.
Always replace a fuse with one that has
the specified amperage rating. Using a
fuse with a higher amperage rating can
cause severe wire damage and could start
Reinstall the fuse puller on the inside of the
fuse panel cover.
Install the fuse panel cover.
Even after you replace a fuse, it will continue to
blow if you do not find what caused the
overload. If the fuse continues to blow, have
your electrical system checked.
The following chart indicates the colors and
amperage ratings of standard fuses.
The climate control systems require high
amperage. If the rated amperage is exceeded, a
protective circuit breaker will open.
If the circuit is broken by the circuit breaker,
turn all heater and air-conditioner switches off
and restore the circuit by pushing the reset
button located in the interior fuse panel. If the
circuit breaks again, have it inspected by your
Reset button for circuit breaker