A problem with the system is indicated by one
or more of the following:
the readiness light will either flash or stay lit,
it will not light immediately after the ignition
is turned on, or
a group of five beeps will be heard.
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
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.
Your vehicle is equipped with a Brake Shift
Interlock safety feature. This feature prevents the
gearshift from being moved from the P (Park)
position until the brake pedal is depressed. This
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 (OFF).
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
in 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).
Use only power steering fluid that meets Ford’s
Specification ESW-M2C33-F, such as Ford
Premium Power Steering Fluid, E6AZ-19582-AA
or an equivalent Type F Automatic Transmission
Fluid with a Ford registration number (an 8-digit
number beginning with “2P” printed on the
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
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 underneath the
instrument panel, to the left of the steering
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.)
To remove the fuse use the pulling tool
attached to the inside cover of the fuse
panel. There are also four spare fuses
attached to the cover.
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
Close the 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.
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.
Lights and Bulb Replacement
It is a good idea to check the operation of the
following lights frequently:
license plate lamp
The alignment of your headlamps should be
oncoming motorists frequently signal you to
turn off your vehicle’s high beams when you
do not have the high beams on
the headlamps do not seem to give you
enough light to see clearly at night
the headlamp beams are pointed substantially
away from a position slightly down and to