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
feature is active when the ignition is in the ON
position. If the gearshift lever CANNOT be
moved from P (Park) with the brake pedal
Turn the engine off and remove the ignition
Apply parking brake.
Reinsert the ignition key and turn clockwise
to the first position.
Depress the brake pedal, move the gearshift
lever to N (Neutral) and start the engine.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL
YOU VERIFY THAT THE BRAKELAMPS
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.
The console-mounted gearshift will lock in P
(Park) when you turn the key to the LOCK
position. When the gearshift is in any position
except P (Park), the ignition key cannot be
turned to LOCK or removed from the steering
column. TO REMOVE THE KEY, the gearshift
lever must be in P (Park).
The flashers work whether your vehicle is
running or not. The flashers work for up to two
hours when the battery is fully charged and in
good condition without draining the battery
excessively. If the flashers run for longer than
two hours or if the battery is not fully charged,
the battery can be drained.
Fuses, High Current Fuses and
Fuses (conventional and high current) and circuit
breakers protect your vehicle’s wiring system
from overloading. If electrical parts in your
vehicle are not working, the system may have
been overloaded and blown a fuse or tripped a
circuit breaker. Before you replace or repair any
electrical parts, check the appropriate fuses
(conventional and high current) or circuit
The following charts tell you which fuses or
circuit breakers protect the wiring for each
electrical part of your vehicle. If a fuse blows or
a circuit breaker opens a circuit,
the parts of
your vehicle that use that circuit will not work.
Once you have determined which fuses or circuit
breakers to check, follow the procedures under
Checking and replacing fuses
replacing circuit breakers
in this chapter.
The instrument panel fuse panel location
The instrument panel fuse panel
The Instrument Panel Fuses, Circuit
Breakers and Relays
High Current Fuses
High current fuses are circuit protectors that are
part of the wiring harness for some electrical
equipment. These, like fuses, open when the
circuit load exceeds their amperage rating. High
current fuses may be purchased from your Ford
or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
The high current fuse panel is located in the
engine compartment on the left-hand fender
Always disconnect the battery before
servicing high current fuses.
Ford recommends that high current fuses be
replaced by a qualified technician.
The high current fuse panel location
The high current fuse panel
The high current fuses and relays
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If you need to check a fuse, follow these steps:
Find the fuse panel cover below and to left
of the steering column, in the instrument
panel. Pull outward on the handle below the
word “fuses” to expose the fuse panel.
Squeeze the two backing tabs and pull to
remove the cover.
On the fuse panel cover, find the number of
the fuse you want to check. The following
fuse panel cover tells you where to locate
the fuse on the panel.
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 should be replaced.
The side view of a fuse
Replace the fuse with one that has the right
amperage rating. (See the following chart.)
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
Replace the cover.
If you need to check a circuit breaker that is on
the fuse panel, see
Checking and replacing fuses
this chapter to find out how to locate the fuse
Circuit breakers will reset themselves and allow
the electrical parts to work again once the
overload on the circuit is removed. If the circuit
breakers continue to cut off electricity, have your
vehicle’s electrical system checked.
Diagnostic equipment is needed to check circuit
breakers. Refer to the manufacturer’s
If you replace a circuit breaker, use one with the
same amperage rating. To remove a circuit
breaker mounted in the fuse panel, grip it with
your finger and thumb and pull it straight out
of its socket.