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.
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 Continental
chapter for instructions
on checking and replacing fuses.
DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE
UNTIL YOU VERIFY THAT THE
BRAKELAMPS ARE WORKING.
Using a column-mounted gearshift
If your gearshift is on the column, you can use any
of the following positions:
The positions of the column-mounted gearshift
Once you place the gearshift securely into position,
gradually release the brake pedal and use the
accelerator as necessary.
If you see or smell fuel, do not reset
the switch or try to start your vehicle.
Have all the passengers get out of the
vehicle and call the local fire
department or a towing service.
If your engine cranks but does not start after a
collision or substantial jolt:
Turn the ignition key to the OFF position.
Check under the vehicle for leaking fuel.
If you do not see or smell fuel, push the red
reset button down. If the button is already set,
you may have a different mechanical problem.
Turn the ignition key to the ON position for a
few seconds, then turn it to the OFF position.
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 (conventional and high current) 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 (conventional and
The following charts tell you which fuses protect
each electrical part of your vehicle. If a fuse blows,
the parts of your vehicle that use that circuit
will not work.
Once you have determined which fuses to check,
follow the procedures under
in this chapter.
The instrument panel fuse panel location
The instrument panel fuse panel
The Instrument Panel Fuses
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 fuse panel
The high current fuses
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 column.
Squeeze together the two areas indicated by
the arrows and pull down to remove the cover.
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.
Align the edge of the cover with the edge of
the fuse panel and push the cover up until it
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