Ford Explorer - 1996 Fuse Box Diagram

Ford Explorer - 1996 Fuse Box Diagram

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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.
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WARNING
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 supplemental air bag equipped vehicles
For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped vehicles, see your
local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Air bags
MUST
be
disposed of by qualified personnel.
Safety Restraints for Children
In the U.S. and Canada, you are required by law to use safety
restraints for children. If small children ride in your vehicle —
this generally includes children who are four years old or
younger and who weigh 40 pounds (18 kg) or less — you must
put them in safety seats that are made specially for children.
Safety belts alone do not provide maximum protection for these
children. Check your local and state laws for specific
requirements.
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WARNING
Hold the brake pedal down while you move the gearshift
lever from position to position. If you do not hold the
brake pedal down, your vehicle may move unexpectedly
and injure someone.
Once you place the gearshift securely into position, gradually
release the brake pedal and use the accelerator as necessary.
NOTE:
Your vehicle is equipped with a brake-shift interlock
feature. This feature prevents you from shifting from
P (Park) unless you have the brake pedal depressed.
(The ignition must be in the ON position.) If you
cannot shift from P (Park) with the brake pedal
depressed:
1.
Apply the parking brake.
2.
Remove the key.
3.
Insert the key and rotate it one position clockwise (ignition
in the OFF position).
4.
Apply the brake pedal and shift to N (Neutral). (If the
vehicle is shifted back to P [Park], you must repeat the
previous steps.)
5.
Start the vehicle.
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 Explorer
in this Owner
Guide for instructions on checking and replacing fuses.
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WARNING
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL YOU VERIFY
THAT THE BRAKELAMPS ARE WORKING.
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WARNING
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 a
fire.
Driving while you tow
Be especially careful when driving while you tow a trailer.
Never drive faster than 45 mph (70 km/h) when you tow in
hilly country on hot days. Also, anticipate stops so that you can
brake gradually.
If you use the speed control while you are towing on very long,
steep grades, the speed control may shut off.
When towing a trailer in hilly terrain, with a vehicle equipped
with a 4R44E/4R55E/4R70W transmission, you may wish to
operate in O/D OFF (3rd gear) rather than
j
(Overdrive). This
will eliminate excessive downshifting and upshifting to maintain
speed. Shift back to
j
(Overdrive) whenever practical for
optimum powertrain cooling and fuel economy. This can be
accomplished by pushing in the transmission control switch
which is located on the end of the gearshift lever.
When descending a steep grade with a trailer, operate in Drive
rather than Overdrive. If additional braking is needed, shift the
automatic transmission gearshift into 2 (Second) gear or 1 (Low).
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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 steering pump.
If you check the power steering fluid when it is cold, make sure
that the fluid reaches the FULL COLD range on the dipstick.
The reading will only be accurate if the fluid temperature is
approximately 50 to 85˚F (10 to 30˚C).
NOTE:
Do not turn the steering wheel of your vehicle with
the engine off. It could force power steering fluid out
from the reservoir cap or in extreme cases, it could
unseat the cap.
Fuses
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
fuses.
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 that circuit will not work.
Once you have determined which fuses to check, follow the
procedures under
Checking and replacing fuses
later in this
chapter.
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Fuse panel (located left side of instrument panel)
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Fuse panel (located under the left hand side of the instrument panel)
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Power distribution box
The high current fuses contained in the Power Distribution Box
protect your vehicle’s main electrical systems from overloads;
these fuses provide the connection between the battery and your
vehicle’s electrical systems.
The high current fuses are coded as follows: 30 amp -light
green, 40 amp - orange, 50 amp - red, 60 amp -blue.
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WARNING
Always disconnect the battery before servicing high
current fuses.
Ford recommends that high current fuses be replaced by a
qualified technician.
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WARNING
Always replace the cover to the Power Distribution Box
before reconnecting the battery or refilling fluid
reservoirs.
A blown high current fuse may be replaced but will continue to
blow until the cause of the overload condition is corrected.
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WARNING
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 a
fire.
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Checking and Replacing Fuses
If you need to check a fuse, follow these steps:
1.
Find the fuse panel, which is located in the left end of the
instrument panel. The power distribution box (described
earlier in this section) is found in the engine compartment,
mounted on a bracket attached to the left fender apron.
To access the fuse panel, remove the fuse panel cover by
inserting your finger in the divot and pulling on the cover.
The underside of the cover contains four spare fuses. A fuse
pulling tool is located in the lower right corner of the fuse
panel in case you need to replace a blown fuse.
The spare fuses for your vehicle are color coded as follows:
10 amp — red, 15 amp — light blue, 20 amp — natural, 30
amp — light green.
2.
On the fuse panel cover, find the number of the fuse you
want to check. The diagram on the cover tells you where to
locate the fuse on the panel.
3.
Check the fuse to see if it is blown. Look through the clear
side of the fuse to see if the metal wire inside is separated. If
it is, the fuse is blown and should be replaced.
The side view of a fuse
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4.
Replace the fuse with one that has the right amperage rating
(see previous chart).
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WARNING
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 a
fire.
5.
Put the fuse panel cover back on.
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.
Relays
Relays are devices which recieve signals from components or
systems. After receiving signals, relays transfer these signals to
activate or deactivate other components or systems.