operate properly, they do not need to be
replaced. Safety belt assemblies not in use
during a collision should also be inspected and
replaced if either damage or improper operation
Air Bag Supplemental Restraint
Important Air Bag Precautions
Your vehicle is equipped with a supplemental
restraint system designed to work with the
safety belts to help protect you and your right
front seat passenger in the event of a collision.
The Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System is
primarily designed to reduce certain upper body
All occupants of the vehicle, including the
driver, should always wear their safety
belts, failure to do so may increase the
risk of personal injury in the event of a
Do not place objects or mount equipment
on or near the air bag covers that may
come into contact with an inflating air
bag. Failure to follow these instructions
may increase the risk of personal injury 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
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
this Owner Guide for instructions on checking
and replacing fuses.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL
YOU VERIFY THAT THE BRAKELAMPS
If the Engine Cranks but Does
Not Start or Does Not Start After
If the engine cranks but does not start or does
not start even after a small collision, the fuel
pump shut-off switch may have been activated.
The shut-off switch is a device intended to stop
the fuel pump when your vehicle has been
involved in a major jolt.
Once the shut-off switch is activated, you must
reset the switch by hand before you can start
The reset switch on your vehicle is located in a
small compartment on the left side of the
If the Engine Cranks but Does
Not Start or Starting After a
If the engine cranks but does not start or if you
have had a collision, the fuel pump shut-off
switch may have been triggered. The shut-off
switch is a device that stops the fuel pump
when your vehicle has been involved in a
For information on how to check and reset the
fuel pump shut-off switch, see
Fuel pump shut-off
in the Index.
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 vehicle that use the
circuit will not work.
Once you have determined which fuses to check,
follow the procedures under
later in this chapter.
Your vehicle has a main fuse block under the
hood and a regular fuse box mounted in the
instrument panel behind a cover.
Main fuse block
Ford recommends that the high
amperage fuses in the main fuse block
be replaced by a qualified technician.
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
Instrument panel fuse 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 may 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.
Some of your vehicle’s components
may be protected by a fuse link. Ford
recommends that fuse links be replaced
by a qualified technician.