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 collision.
The right front passenger air bag is not
designed to restrain occupants in the
center front seating position.
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
Do not attempt to service, repair, or
modify the air bag Supplemental
Restraint System or its fuses. See your
Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
transmission out of the P (Park) position without
the brake pedal being depressed if the key is in the
Start the engine.
Depress and hold the brake pedal.
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 depressed:
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.
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
Servicing Your Town Car
chapter for instructions on
checking and replacing fuses.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE
UNTIL YOU VERIFY THAT THE
BRAKELAMPS ARE WORKING.
Once you place the gearshift securely into position,
gradually release the brake pedal and use the
accelerator as necessary.
Check under the vehicle again for leaking fuel.
If you see or smell fuel, do not start your
If you do not see or smell fuel,
you can try to start your vehicle again.
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
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 breakers.
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
The high current fuse panel is located in the engine
compartment on the left-hand fender apron.
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 fuses
The high current fuses
Checking and Replacing Fuses
If you need to check a fuse, follow these steps:
Find the fuse panel to the left of the steering
column in the instrument panel.
Find the fuse you want to check (fuses are
numbered on the fuse panel) and remove it
with the fuse pulling tool that is provided.
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 Blade type fuse
The side view of a high current fuse
Replace the fuse with one that has the right
amperage rating. (See the following charts.)
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.
Replace the 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
Since you need diagnostic equipment to check
whether a circuit breaker works and such
equipment comes with instructions, we do not
discuss how to check circuit breakers.
However, you should know that the 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 car’s electical system checked.
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.
If you need to check a circuit breaker that is on the
fuse panel, see
Checking and replacing fuses
chapter to find out how to locate the fuse panel.
Changing a Tire
If you get a flat tire while you are driving, do not
apply the brake heavily. Instead, gradually decrease
the speed. Hold the steering wheel firmly and
slowly move to a safe place on the side of the road.
Park on a level spot, turn off the ignition, set the
parking brake, and turn on the hazard flashers.
The Temporary Spare Tire
You may have a high pressure temporary spare tire.
This spare tire is smaller than a regular tire and is
designed for emergency use only. Use it only when
you get a flat tire and replace it as soon as you can.
This spare tire is marked with the words
“TEMPORARY USE ONLY” so that you can easily
Extended use of other than conventional
spare tires on a Traction-Lok rear axle could result
in a permanent reduction in effectiveness. This loss
of effectiveness does not affect normal driving and
should not be noticeable to the driver.
If you use the temporary spare tire
continuously or do not follow these
precautions, the tire could fail, causing
you to lose control of the vehicle,
possibly injuring yourself or others.