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
Your vehicle’s gearshift lever is
securely latched in P (Park) if you
cannot move it without pushing in the
thumb button. Keep the brake pedal
depressed while moving your gearshift
To make the system more effective, the ignition
key cannot be removed unless the gearshift
selector lever is in the P (Park) position.
Shift lock emergency override
If the gearshift selector lever should fail to move
from the P (Park) position with the brake pedal
depressed, continue depressing the brake pedal.
Remove the shift lock override cover with a
Insert the screwdriver into the shift lock
override opening and push the screwdriver
Push and hold the thumb button.
Move the shift selector 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 Probe
this Owner Guide for instructions on checking
and replacing fuses.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL
YOU VERIFY THAT THE BRAKELAMPS
Raising the Headlamps Manually
If the power headlamp door system becomes
inoperative, your vehicle has a manual retractor
system that allows you to raise the headlamps
manually (the headlamps will not turn on). The
retractors are located under the hood and behind
each headlamp. Remove the cap and turn the
knob. Each headlamp must be raised separately.
Before using the manual retractors to raise your
headlamps, the RETRA fuse must be removed.
Open the main fuse panel. Refer to the
underhood fuse panel in
Servicing Your Probe
later in this owner guide. Pull the RETRA (20A)
fuse straight out.
Inspect the removed fuse. If it is blown, replace
it with a new one of the same rating. If it isn’t
blown or if a new fuse does not solve the
problem, remove it and operate the headlamp
Always remove the RETRA (20A) fuse
before manually operating a headlamp
retractor or attempting to remove anything
from the headlamp. Failure to remove the
RETRA fuse could cause injury to a hand
When reinstalling the RETRA fuse, make
sure nothing is near the headlamp
retractor. It may move suddenly while the
fuse is being inserted, causing injury to
hands and fingers.
Remove the dipstick to read the power
steering fluid level. If the power steering
fluid is low, add fluid in small amounts,
continuously checking the level, until you
reach the HIGH line. Do not overfill. To find
out how much fluid your vehicle’s power
steering fluid reservoir will hold, see
capacities for fluids
in the Index.
When you are finished, put the dipstick back
in and make sure that it fits snugly.
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).
Air Conditioning Refrigerant
Whenever service to the air conditioning system
is required, make sure the service facility uses a
refrigerant recycling system. These systems will
capture the refrigerant for reuse. Releasing
certain refrigerants into the atmosphere can
damage our environment.
If electrical parts in your vehicle are not
working, the system may have been overloaded
and blown a fuse. If a fuse blows, all the parts
of your vehicle that use the fuse will not work.
Your vehicle has two fuse panels. The interior
fuse panel is below the instrument panel in front
of the driver’s door. The main panel is under
the hood behind the battery.
Fuse panel under instrument panel
Inside of the instrument fuse panel cover
Fuse panel located under hood
Fuse panel cover located under the hood
To remove and replace a fuse, use the fuse
Fuse puller tool and fuse
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
To find a fuse’s amperage rating, check the
number on the fuse or check the color.
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.