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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Introductory Information Safety Restraints Starting Your Windstar ....55 Warning Lights and Gauges ....65 Instrument Panel Controls .
  • Page 4: Introductory Information

    Ford’s Commitment to You At Ford Motor Company, excellence is the continuous commitment to achieve the best result possible. It is dedication to learning what you want, determination to develop the right concept, and execution of that concept with care, precision, and attention to detail.
  • Page 5 This guide describes equipment and gives specifications for equipment that was in effect when this guide was approved for printing. Ford may discontinue models or change specifications or design without any notice and without incurring obligation. NOTES and WARNINGS NOTES give you additional information about the subject matter you are referencing.
  • Page 6 If you lose your Warranty Information Booklet, you can get a new one free of charge. Contact any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer, or refer to the addresses and phone numbers on the first page of this owner guide.
  • Page 7 Buying a Ford Extended Service Plan If you bought your vehicle in the U.S., you can buy a Ford Extended Service Plan for your vehicle. This optional contract provides service protection for a longer period of time than the basic warranty that comes with your vehicle.
  • Page 8: Cleaning The Outside Of Your Vehicle

    500 miles/800 km after any wheel change or any other time the wheel lug nuts have been loosened. Use only the type of engine oil that Ford recommends. See Engine oil recommendations in the Index. Do not use special “break-in” oils.
  • Page 9 Ford, however, believes that continual improvement in customer satisfaction is a high priority. For this reason, Ford has authorized its dealers to repair, at no charge to the owner,...
  • Page 10: Safety Restraints

    Safety Belts The use of safety belts helps to restrain you and your passengers in case of a collision. In most states and in Canada, the law requires their use. We strongly recommend that you use them every time you travel in your vehicle. Safety belts provide best restraint when: the seatback is upright the occupant is sitting upright (not slouched)
  • Page 11 Passengers should not be allowed to ride in the cargo area. Persons not riding in a seat with a fastened seat belt are much more likely to suffer serious injury in a collision. Cargo should always be secured to prevent it from shifting and causing damage to the vehicle or harm to passengers.
  • Page 12: Combination Lap And Shoulder Belts

    Never let a passenger hold a child on his or her lap while the vehicle is moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. Never use a single belt for more than one person or across more than one seating position. This greatly increases the risk that one or both of the people will be injured in a collision.
  • Page 13 Fastening the front seat lap and shoulder belt Adjust the lap part of the belt by pulling up on the shoulder belt until the lap belt fits snugly and as low as possible around your hips. Push the release button on the buckle. This allows the tongue to unlatch from the buckle.
  • Page 14 Shoulder Belt Adjustment (Driver and Right Front Passenger) You can adjust the shoulder belt height to one of five (5) positions. To adjust, pinch the release button and slide it up or down until the belt rests on your shoulder near your neck. Release the button and make sure the adjuster is firmly seated in one of the five (5) positions.
  • Page 15 NOTE: When the belt is stowed using the hook, DO NOT use the hanging belt as an assist when entering the vehicle. Proper stowage of second row shoulder safety belt...
  • Page 16 When removing the second row bench seat: Disengage the safety belt from the seat by inserting a key or small screwdriver into the slot provided on the detachable anchor (see Figure 1). When this shoulder belt assembly is free of the seat, allow the retractor to wind up the slack in the belt. Using the clip attached to the end of the shoulder belt, clip the end of the belt to the stationary portion of the shoulder belt (see Figure 2).
  • Page 17 Figure 1: Second row bench seat detachable anchor...
  • Page 18 Safety Restraints Figure 2: Securing the detachable shoulder belt Refer to the “Seats” section in the Features chapter of this Owner Guide for information on removing and installing seats. After re-installing the second row bench seat, make sure that the safety belt is not twisted before you insert it into the detachable anchor.
  • Page 19 When reinstalling a rear seat in your vehicle it must be placed in its original position. Improper installation of the seat will prevent correct use of the safety belts and could increase the risk of injury. Refer to the warning label on the seat belt.
  • Page 20: Lap Belts

    Grasp the shoulder portion of the belt and pull downward until all of the belt is extracted, and when allowed to retract, a clicking sound will be heard. At this time, the belt retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). A clicking sound will be heard as the belt is allowed to retract.
  • Page 21: Safety Belt Maintenance

    (slide bar) (if so equipped), child safety seat tether bracket assemblies (if so equipped), and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision. Ford recommends that all safety belt assemblies used in vehicles involved in a collision be replaced. However, if the collision was...
  • Page 22: Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System

    Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) The driver and right front passenger air bags are Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS), provided at these seating positions in addition to the lap/shoulder belt, and are designed to supplement the protection provided to properly belted occupants in moderate to severe frontal collisions.
  • Page 23 reduce the risk of harm in frontal collisions that are not severe enough to activate the supplemental air bag reduce the risk of being thrown from your vehicle The Importance of Being Properly Seated In a collision, the air bag must inflate extremely fast to help provide additional protection for you.
  • Page 24 For further information about the proper mounting of equipment in the front seat of this vehicle, please refer to Ford’s brochure entitled Some Important Information About Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System which can be obtained by calling Helm Inc.
  • Page 25 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 a collision occurs, the sensors sense the severity of the impact and activates the air bags if necessary. The air bag system is...
  • Page 26 Safety Restraints Inflated driver-side air bag...
  • Page 27 Inflated passenger-side air bag If the air bag is inflated, THE AIR BAG WILL NOT FUNCTION AGAIN AND MUST BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY. If the air bag is not replaced, the unrepaired area will increase the risk of injury in a collision.
  • Page 28: Safety Restraints For Children

    The tone pattern will repeat periodically until the problem and light are repaired. If any of these things happen, even intermittently, have the air bag system serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer immediately. Disposal of supplemental air bag equipped vehicles For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped vehicles, see your local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
  • Page 29 Never let a passenger hold a child on his or her lap while the vehicle is moving. The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. Passengers should not be allowed to ride in the cargo area. Persons not riding in a seat with a fastened seat belt are much more likely to suffer serious injury in a collision.
  • Page 30 When possible, put children in the rear seat of your vehicle. Accident statistics suggest that children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seating positions than in the front seating positions. Built-In Child Seat (If equipped) The second row bench seat may include two optional built-in child safety seats (one on the driver side and one on the passenger side).
  • Page 31 The automatic locking mode must be used to hold small children in position, particularly sleeping children and those who may try to squirm out of the belts. The emergency locking mode is also used while buckling the belts. Frequently check the child seat’s lap and shoulder harness belts for correct placement and tightness.
  • Page 32 How to use the Built-In Child Seat Read the following procedures and all of the labels on the Built-In Child Seat before using the seat. Never use the Built-In Child Seat as a booster cushion with the adult safety belts. A child using the adult belts could slide forward and out from under the safety belts.
  • Page 33 Figure 2: Release the lever and rotate the headrest to the full up position Lower the seat cushion. Refer to Figure 3. The child safety seat will move to a semi-reclined position as the seat cushion is lowered. Read the information and warnings on the child seat cushion protector flap and shoulder safety belt.
  • Page 34 Safety Restraints Figure 3: Child seat information and warnings If connected, squeeze the top and the bottom of the right half of the chest clip and pull to separate both halves.
  • Page 35 Place the child on the child seat and position the shoulder belts over each shoulder. Refer to Figure 4. Figure 4: Shoulder safety belt placement on the child NOTE: Read the following steps carefully to become familiar with the indicator windows located on each safety belt tongue and the chest clip.
  • Page 36 Safety Restraints Insert either the left or right safety belt tongue into the single opening of the crotch safety belt buckle as shown in Figure 5. (It does not matter which tongue is inserted first.) Then insert the other tongue. The color green must appear in the indicator window on each tongue when buckled.
  • Page 37 Fasten both halves of the chest clip below the child’s shoulders and adjust it to comfortably hold the shoulder belts in place on the child’s chest. The color green must appear in the indicator window when fastened. (The purpose of this clip is to position the shoulder belts correctly on the child’s shoulders.) Refer to Figure 6.
  • Page 38 Safety Restraints Figure 6: Securing the chest clip...
  • Page 39 Pull the shoulder belts out to ensure that the crotch safety belt buckle and chest clip are securely fastened. Refer to Figure 7. Figure 7: Checking for securely latched buckle and chest clip Pull left shoulder belt fully out to put the retractor into the lock mode.
  • Page 40 If the child seat was in use during a collision, Ford recommends replacing it. However, if the collision was minor and a qualified tehcnician finds that the child restraints do not show damage and continue to operate properly, they do not need to be replaced.
  • Page 41 Built-in child seat maintenance Regularly inspect the lap and shoulder belts system of your child seat. See your Ford Dealer if the shoulder belt webbing is frayed, or if the buckle and tongue are damaged and/or do not function properly.
  • Page 42 Always follow the safety seat manufacturer’s instructions when installing and using the safety seat. Ford recommends the use of a child safety seat having a top tether strap. Install the child safety seat in a seating position which is capable of providing a tether anchorage.
  • Page 43 When using forward-facing child seats move the passenger seat as far back from the instrument panel as possible. NEVER SECURE REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS IN THE FRONT SEAT. THE FORCE OF THE RAPIDLY INFLATING PASSENGER AIR BAG COULD PUSH THE TOP OF THE REAR-FACING SEAT AGAINST THE VEHICLE SEATBACK, ARMRESTS OR CONSOLE.
  • Page 44 Always keep the buckle release button pointing upward and away from the child seat, with the tongue between the child seat and the release button as shown in the following illustration. Installing Child Safety Seats in the Front Seat and Rear Window Passenger Seating Positions Your vehicle is equipped with a dual locking mode retractor on the shoulder belt portion of the combination lap/shoulder safety...
  • Page 45 For seating positions equipped with a dual-locking mode retractor, use the following procedure: Position the child seat in the center of passenger seat. Pull down on shoulder belt, then grasp shoulder belt and lap belt together. Figure 1.
  • Page 46 Safety Restraints While holding the shoulder and lap belt portions together, route the tongue through the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer’s instructions. See Figure 2. Be sure that the belt webbing is not twisted. Routing the lap/shoulder belt...
  • Page 47 Insert the belt into the proper buckle for that seating position until you hear and feel the latch engage. See Figure 3. Make sure the tongue is latched securely to buckle by pulling on the tongue. Buckling the belt Grasp the shoulder portion of the belt and pull downward until all of the belt is extracted and a click is heard.
  • Page 48 Safety Restraints Setting the retractor to automatic locking mode Allow the belt to retract. A clicking sound will be heard as the belt retracts. This indicates the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. Pull on the lap belt portion across the child seat towards the buckle and continue to pull up on the shoulder belt portion while pushing down on the child seat allowing the shoulder belt to retract, to remove any...
  • Page 50 Safety Restraints...
  • Page 51 Before placing the child into the child seat, forcibly tilt the seat from side to side and in forward directions to make sure that the seat is securely held in place. See Figure 7. Checking that the seat is secure Double check the retractor is in the automatic locking mode.
  • Page 52 Checking the retractor Check to make sure that the seat is properly secured prior to each use. If the retractor is not locked, repeat steps 6 through 8. NOTE: To remove retractor from the automatic lock mode, allow seat belt to retract fully to its stowed position and the retractor will automatically switch back to the vehicle sensitive locking mode for normal adult usage.
  • Page 53 Route the tongue and webbing through the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer’s instructions. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle for the center seating position until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue is securely fastened to the buckle by pulling on tongue.
  • Page 54 Three tether strap anchor locations have been provided in your vehicle. They are as follows: Tether strap anchor locations FRONT PASSENGER SEATING POSITION — You must use the tether strap anchor location provided on the back of the seat cushion frame. (Refer to Figure 1.) Safety Restraints...
  • Page 55 Figure 1: Tether anchor location — Front passenger seat SECOND ROW BENCH (if equipped) SEATING POSITION — You must use one of the two tether strap anchor locations (one each side) provided on the back of the seat cushion. (Refer to Figures 2 and 3.) Figure 2: Tether anchor location —...
  • Page 56 Figure 3: Tether anchor location — second row bench seat (without built-in child safety seat) SECOND ROW BUCKET (if equipped) SEATING POSITION — You must use the tether strap anchor location provided on the back of the seat cushion. (Refer to Figure 4.) Safety Restraints...
  • Page 57 Figure 4: Tether anchor location — second row bucket seat Only use the tether attachment hole locations shown in the illustrations. The tether anchor may not perform properly if the wrong mounting location is used. Once you have attached the safety seat, test the seat before you place the child in it.
  • Page 58: Starting Your Windstar

    Starting Your Windstar Ignition Understanding the Positions of the Ignition The ignition positions ACCESSORY allows you to operate some of your vehicle’s electrical accessories while the engine is not running. For example, you can use ACCESSORY to turn on the radio or windshield wipers without starting the engine.
  • Page 59 Removing the Key From the Ignition LOCK is the only position that allows you to remove the key from the ignition. The LOCK feature helps to protect your vehicle from theft, because it also locks the steering wheel and the gearshift lever when the key is removed. If your key is stuck in the LOCK position, and you are unable to turn it, move your steering wheel left or right until the key turns freely.
  • Page 60 Fuel-Injected Engines Since your vehicle has a fuel-injected engine, the most important thing to remember is to avoid pressing down on the accelerator while cranking the engine to start. Only use the accelerator when you have problems getting your vehicle started.
  • Page 61 Starting the Engine To start the engine: Follow the steps under Preparing to Start Your Vehicle and under Testing the Warning Lights in this section. Keep your foot on the brake pedal and turn the ignition key to ON. DO NOT depress the accelerator pedal when starting your engine.
  • Page 62 Whenever you start your vehicle, release the key as soon as the engine starts. Excessive cranking could damage the starter or flood the engine. After you start the engine, let it idle for a few seconds. Keep your foot on the brake pedal and release the parking brake. Put the gearshift lever in gear, slowly release the brake pedal and drive away in the normal manner.
  • Page 63 Do not park, idle, or drive your vehicle in dry grass or other dry ground cover. The emission system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. Using the Engine Block Heater (If equipped) (Standard in Canada) Using your engine block heater is strongly recommended if you live in a region where temperatures consistently reach ( 29˚C) or below during the winter months.
  • Page 64: What To Do If The Engine Does Not Start

    What To Do If The Engine Does Not Start Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch If the engine cranks but does not start or does not start after a collision, the fuel pump shut-off switch may have been triggered. The shut-off switch is a device intended to stop the fuel pump when your vehicle has been involved in a substantial jolt.
  • Page 65 If your engine cranks, but does not start after a collision: Turn the key in the ignition to the OFF position. Check under the vehicle for leaking fuel. If you do not see or smell fuel, push the fuel pump shut-off reset button down.
  • Page 66 Have the exhaust and body ventilation systems checked by a qualified technician whenever: your vehicle is raised for service the sound of the exhaust system changes your vehicle has been damaged in an accident If the exhaust system has any indications of leaks it should be repaired immediately.
  • Page 67: Warning Lights And Gauges

    Warning Lights and Gauges The instrument panel (dashboard) on your vehicle is divided into several different sections. The illustrations on the following pages show the major parts of the instrument panel that are described in this chapter. Some items shown may not be on all vehicles.
  • Page 70: Warning And Indicator Lights

    The Mechanical Cluster The following warning lights and gauges are on the Mechanical Cluster. All of these indicators alert you to the status of vehicle systems or possible problems with your vehicle. Some of the lights listed are optional. The following section explains each of the indicators.
  • Page 71 Warning Lights and Gauges Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light To check the anti-lock brake warning light, turn the ignition key to the ON position. The ABS warning light should glow momentarily. NOTE: If it does not glow at all or stays on for a long time, have your vehicle’s electrical system checked immediately.
  • Page 72 If the driver fastens the safety belt before the ignition is turned to ON, the chime will not sound and the light will not illuminate. If the safety belt is buckled while the light is on and the chime is sounding, both the light and the chime turn off. The safety belt warning light Check Engine Warning Light The Powertrain On-Board Diagnostic II (OBD II) system consists...
  • Page 73 Warning Lights and Gauges The light comes on briefly when you turn the ignition key to ON, but it should turn off when the engine starts. If the light does not come on when you turn the ignition to ON or if it comes on and stays on when you are driving, have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible.
  • Page 74 Under certain conditions, the Check Engine Warning Light may come on if the fuel cap is not properly installed. If the Check Engine Warning Light comes on and you suspect that the fuel cap is not properly installed, pull off the road as soon as it is safely possible and turn off the engine.
  • Page 75 Warning Lights and Gauges Oil Pressure Light The oil pressure light This light indicates the engine’s oil pressure, not the oil level. However, if your engine’s oil level is low, it could affect the oil pressure. The light should come on every time your ignition key is turned to ON or START, and should go out when the engine starts.
  • Page 76 Door Ajar Warning Light If the ignition switch is in the ON position and any door or the liftgate is not completely closed, the light will illuminate. If the light illuminates, safely stop the vehicle and check and close all doors until the light turns off. The door ajar warning light Air Bag Readiness Light This light indicates that the Air Bag system is not functional...
  • Page 77 Warning Lights and Gauges Turn Signal Indicator Lights See “Turn Signals” in the Steering Column Controls chapter of this Owner Guide. The turn signal indicator lights If one or both of your turn signal indicators does not light up or remains on continuously when you signal a turn, have the turn signaling system serviced as soon as possible.
  • Page 78 Low Windshield Washer Fluid Level Warning (Optional Chime with Light) This light indicates that the level of your washer fluid is low, and you have to add more fluid. This light comes on briefly after you turn your ignition key from the START to the ON position.
  • Page 79 Warning Lights and Gauges Gauges Fuel Gauge The fuel gauge displays approximately how much fuel is in the fuel tank only when the ignition is ON. For proper fuel gauge indication after adding fuel, the ignition should be in the OFF position while the vehicle is being refueled.
  • Page 80: Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge

    The engine coolant temperature and fuel gauge Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge This gauge indicates the temperature of the engine coolant, not the coolant level. If the coolant is not at its proper level or mixture, the gauge indication will not be accurate. Engine coolant temperature gauge —...
  • Page 81 Warning Lights and Gauges The pointer moves from the C (cold) mark into the NORMAL band as the engine coolant warms up. It is acceptable for the pointer to fluctuate within the normal band under normal driving conditions. Under certain driving conditions such as heavy stop and go traffic, or driving up hills in hot weather, the pointer may indicate at the top of the NORMAL band.
  • Page 82 Trip Odometer The trip odometer records the distance of individual trips. Before each trip, set the trip odometer to zero by pushing the reset button. The speedometer, odometer and trip odometer Tachometer (If equipped) The tachometer will show you the engine’s speed measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).
  • Page 83 Warning Lights and Gauges If you are experiencing an “engine cut-out” condition at high speeds, it may be the result of this limiting device. It is a normal condition and can be avoided by reducing vehicle/engine speed. The tachometer...
  • Page 85 Warning Lights and Gauges Electronic Cluster (If Equipped) The Electronic Cluster works only when your ignition is in the ON position. Each time you start your vehicle, the displays go through a self-test by lighting up all segments for about one second and then turning off all segments for about one second, before displaying actual gauge readings.
  • Page 86 The safety belt warning light Brake System Light The warning light for the brakes indicates two things — that either the parking brake is on or not fully released, or that the brake fluid level is low in the master cylinder reservoir. If the fluid level is low, the brake system should be checked by a qualified service technician.
  • Page 87 Warning Lights and Gauges Air Bag Readiness Light This light indicates that the Air Bag system is not functional and needs to be serviced. The light illuminates for approximately six seconds when the ignition is turned to the ON position to verify that the indicator bulb is working. If the light fails to illuminate, flashes continuously, or remains on, have the air bag system serviced as soon as possible.
  • Page 88 Check Engine Warning Light The Powertrain On-Board Diagnostic II (OBD II) system consists of the hardware and software necessary to monitor the operation of the powetrain. The OBD II system is designed to check the function of the vehicle’s powertrain control system during normal operation.
  • Page 89 Warning Lights and Gauges If the light turns on and off on rare occasions while you are driving, it means that a malfunction occurred and the condition corrected itself. An example of a condition which corrects itself occurs when an engine running out of fuel begins to misfire.
  • Page 90 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light To check the anti-lock brake warning light, turn the ignition key to the ON position. The ABS warning light should glow momentarily. NOTE: If it does not glow at all or stays on for a long time, have your vehicle’s electrical system checked immediately.
  • Page 91 Warning Lights and Gauges Oil Pressure Light The oil pressure light This light indicates the engine’s oil pressure, not the oil level. However, if your engine’s oil level is low, it could affect the oil pressure. The light will come on briefly during the display self-test every time you turn your key to the ON position.
  • Page 92 Door Ajar Warning Light If the ignition switch is in the ON position and any door or the liftgate is not completely closed, the light will illuminate. If the light illuminates, safely stop the vehicle and check and close all doors until the light turns off. The door ajar warning light High Beam Light This light comes on when the headlamps are turned to high...
  • Page 93 Warning Lights and Gauges Low Windshield Washer Fluid Level Warning Light This light indicates that the level of your washer fluid is low, and you have to add more fluid. This light comes on briefly after you turn your ignition key from the START to the ON position.
  • Page 94 The speed control light Turn Signal Indicator Lights See “Turn Signals” in the Steering Column Controls chapter of this Owner Guide. The turn signal indicator lights If one or both of your turn signal indicators does not light up or remains on continuously when you signal a turn, have the turn signaling system serviced as soon as possible.
  • Page 95 Warning Lights and Gauges Hazard Flasher Indicator Light This light flashes when you turn on the hazard flashers. If your ignition is ON, the turn signal indicator lights in the electronic cluster will flash in time with the hazard flashers. Electronic Gauges Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge Engine coolant temperature gauge...
  • Page 96 indicate at the top of the NORMAL band. This is also acceptable. If, under any circumstances, the bars move above the NORMAL band, the temperature symbol will flash and a chime will sound to alert the driver that the engine coolant is overheating and continued operation may cause engine damage.
  • Page 97 Warning Lights and Gauges If the fuel gauge displays only the top two bars and bottom two bars, or if the Distance to Empty function in the fuel computer displays CO or CS, you must have the fuel indication system serviced.
  • Page 98 The speedometer and odometer Odometer The odometer displays the total number of miles or kilometers your vehicle has been driven. Press the fuel computer E/M (English/Metric) button to switch between miles and kilometers. If the electronic cluster is replaced and the mileage on the old odometer is unknown, the replacement cluster will be set to zero miles (kilometers), and the circle “S”...
  • Page 99 Warning Lights and Gauges Tachometer The electronic bar graph tachometer in the right center of the cluster displays the approximate engine speed in revolutions per minute (RPM). Each bar on the display represents 200 RPM. The tachometer Fuel Computer The Electronic Cluster Fuel Computer display is located under the tachometer and consists of a menu and a digital display.
  • Page 100 Fuel Computer Buttons The fuel computer functions are controlled by the three buttons located to the right of the electronic cluster: The fuel computer buttons SELECT — The SELECT button lets you choose the function displayed by the fuel computer. Each time you press the SELECT button, the fuel computer points to the next choice on the menu.
  • Page 101 Warning Lights and Gauges The Fuel Computer Functions The complete fuel computer menu is displayed for about five seconds after the cluster self-test (when the ignition is turned to ON) and after the SELECT button is pressed. After five seconds, only the selected function is displayed.
  • Page 102 Your instantaneous fuel economy can vary from 0 to 99 miles per gallon or from 99 to 2 liters per 100 kilometers when your vehicle is moving. When your vehicle is not moving, fuel economy is displayed as 0 miles per gallon or as a number of liters per hour.
  • Page 103 Warning Lights and Gauges Your distance to empty may change faster or slower than actual distance traveled because your fuel economy varies with changing driving conditions. The fuel computer will automatically warn you when your distance to empty is low. When your distance to empty reaches 50 miles (80 km), 25 miles (40 km) and 10 miles (20 km), the fuel computer will automatically select DISTANCE TO EMPTY, flash the number for five seconds, and sound a one second...
  • Page 104 Auxiliary Warning Module (If equipped) An additional bank of indicator and warning lights is located above the driver’s side vent, just to the right of the steering wheel. The light(s) located in this module are described and illustrated below. The auxiliary warning module Traction Control Active Light This light comes on when the Traction Control system begins applying and releasing the brakes and adjusting the engine...
  • Page 105 Warning Lights and Gauges The Traction Control light will stay on for a minimum of four seconds. Check Traction Assist Light This light comes on when the Traction Control system is not operating. In some conditions, you may want to turn Traction Control off, such as when rocking your vehicle out of deep snow or mud.
  • Page 106 Anti-Theft Active Indicator Light This indicator is used in the optional Anti-Theft System. See “Anti-Theft System” in the Features chapter of this Owner Guide. The anti-theft active indicator light Air Suspension Warning Light The air suspension warning light The warning light for the Air Suspension indicates one of two things: The service switch (located in the jack storage area) is in the “off”...
  • Page 108: Climate Control Systems

    Cleaning the Instrument Panel Lens Clean the instrument panel lens with a soft cloth and a glass cleaner, such as Ford Ultra-Clear Spray Glass Cleaner, or equivalent. Do not use paper towel or any abrasive cleaner to clean the lens as these may cause scratches.
  • Page 109: Instrument Panel Controls

    Instrument Panel Controls Instrument Panel Registers There are four registers in the instrument panel. Each of these registers contain a louver assembly which can be manually adjusted to direct airflow UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT. Each register in the instrument panel also has a thumbwheel that allows you to open or close each register.
  • Page 110 Air Conditioning (A/C) Controls — Main (Front) System Only (Manual Air Conditioning) The climate controls — main A/C The Fan Speed Knob controls the volume of air circulated in the vehicle. There are four fan settings: Low, Medium Low, Medium High, and High.
  • Page 111 Instrument Panel Controls The air conditioning settings include MAX A/C, A/C and S (Panel/Floor). However, heating capabilities are also provided in these modes. Adjust the Temperature Control Knob as necessary to receive cool (air-conditioned) or warm (heated) air when in these modes.
  • Page 112 In m (OFF), air supply is shut off from all outlets and all blower motor operation is stopped. Use this setting when driving through an area where outside air is unpleasant or dusty. Operating with the Function Selector Knob in OFF or in MAX A/C for extended periods of time in cold weather can result in fog buildup on interior glass surfaces.
  • Page 113 In V (DEFROST), most of the air is directed through the defrosters and onto the windshield. A small amount is diverted to the floor. Heater Controls (Heater-Only Vehicles) The fan speed, temperature, and function controls are essentially the same as the A/C controls described previously with the exception that the control assembly has no function settings for MAX A/C and A/C and no A/C compressor operation is provided in any of the function settings.
  • Page 114 Turn the Temperature Control Knob toward the WARM (red) area. Turn the Fan Speed Knob to the speed of your choice. When your vehicle warms up, you may want to set the Fan Speed Knob to a lower speed, or adjust the Temperature Control Knob to a lower setting to maintain a comfortable temperature.
  • Page 115 Instrument Panel Controls equipped with a rear seat climate control system, the instrument panel will also include a rear seat climate control knob. To turn on the rear passenger compartment control system, select REAR CTRL, Medium Low, Medium High, or High. With the knob set to REAR CTRL, rear seat passengers will have control of rear fan speed on the rear seat climate control panel.
  • Page 116 Turning on the Air Conditioner To cool your vehicle quickly in warm weather: Turn the Function Selector Knob to MAX A/C. Turn the Temperature Control Knob to COOL. Turn the Fan Speed Knob to the position of your choice. If your vehicle is equipped with the rear passenger compartment air conditioning unit, it will be on when the front system is on MAX A/C, A/C or PANEL/FLOOR and the rear climate control knob is set to REAR CTRL, Medium...
  • Page 117 Turn the Fan Speed Knob to the position of your choice. Make sure that the registers in the instrument panel are open and adjusted to the positions of your choice. During periods of high humidity, vapor may be emitted from the air outlets when using the A/C with outside air.
  • Page 118 NOTE: The compressor will not operate when the outside temperature is less than about 45˚F (7˚C). Rear Climate Control System (If equipped) If your vehicle is equipped with a rear climate control system, the rear seat occupants can select their own personal fan speed settings.
  • Page 119 If an A/C mode is chosen, rear passengers will receive FULL COOL (air-conditioned) air out of the side and upper rear registers. If a heat mode or the Q (PANEL) mode is chosen, rear passengers will receive FULL WARM (heated) air out of the lower rear registers.
  • Page 120 The rear defogger switch To defrost the rear window: Clear any snow from the rear window. Get in your vehicle and start the engine. Press the rear defogger switch. The defogger turns off automatically after 10 minutes. If the window is not clear, turn the defogger on again. It will automatically shut off anytime the engine is turned off or if the switch is depressed a second time.
  • Page 121 Instrument Panel Controls Rear Wiper and Washer (If equipped) The controls for the rear wiper and washer can be found on the instrument panel to the right of the instrument cluster below the climate control system. The rear wiper and washer controls operate with the ignition in the ACC or ON positions.
  • Page 122: Exterior Lamps

    Power Quarter Vent Windows (If equipped) The power rear quarter vent windows operate with the ignition in the ON or ACC positions. The vent windows are controlled by the right and left switches located in the center of the instrument panel, just to the right of the rear defogger. Press the indented side of the switch to open the windows;...
  • Page 123 Instrument Panel Controls The headlamp controls Fog Lamps (If equipped) The fog lamp switch is located on the center of the instrument panel. Fog lamp switch The fog lamps act as a supplement to the low beam headlamps under limited visibility conditions such as rain, snow, dust or fog and operate only when the low beam headlamps are on.
  • Page 124 To maximize fog lamp bulb life it is recommended that the fog lamp switch be turned off after each use prior to turning off the headlamps. To turn the fog lamps on, push the switch. An indicator light will glow when the lamps are on. To turn off, push the switch again.
  • Page 125 The Daytime Running Light (DRL) system will not illuminate the tail lamps and parking lamps. Turn on your headlamps at dusk. Failure to do so may result in a collision. Setting the Autolamp Delay System (If equipped) By using the autolamp, you can set the headlamps to: turn on the headlamps automatically at night turn off the headlamps automatically during daylight keep the headlamps on for up to three minutes after you...
  • Page 126 Setting the autolamp This feature allows the Autolamp circuit to be adjusted, to the driver’s liking, for the headlamps to turn on for the amount of ambient light. If the driver desires the headlamps to come on earlier when the sky is brighter or later when the sky is darker, then the following procedure should be performed to satisfy the driver’s requirement.
  • Page 127: Interior Lamps

    To keep the lamps on after you leave your vehicle: Move the slider knob to the right. Once the slider knob is to the right, it controls how long the lamps stay on. The further you move the slide knob toward the right, the longer the headlamps stay on after you leave your vehicle.
  • Page 128 The dim switch Front Dome Lamp Front dome lamp, rear cargo and second row reading lamp may be turned on and off using the dimmer switch. The front dome lamp is located overhead between the driver and front passenger seats. The front dome lamp and map lamps...
  • Page 129 Instrument Panel Controls Turning on the map lamps (If equipped) Your vehicle may have a map lamp for the passenger and one for the driver. The map lamps and switches are located on the front dome lamp. The rear cargo lamp is located overhead near the rear seating positions.
  • Page 130 Cleaning the Interior Lamps Your interior dome lamps and map lamps are plastic and should be cleaned with a mild detergent diluted in water. Rinse them with clear water. Clock Controls on Electronic Radios The electronic radios have a built-in clock. For complete operating instructions, refer to the Electronic Sound Systems chapter of this Owner Guide.
  • Page 131: Steering Column Controls

    The controls on the steering column and wheel are designed to give you easy access to the controls while you are driving. Turn Signal Lever You can use the turn signal lever on the left side of the steering column to: operate the turn signals.
  • Page 132 To indicate a lane change to the right, push the turn signal lever up slightly (without latching) and hold it in position. To indicate a lane change to the left, pull the turn signal lever down slightly (without latching) and hold it in position. The lever will return to the OFF position when you release it.
  • Page 133: Windshield Wipers And Washer

    Steering Column Controls Windshield Wipers and Washer Variable Interval Wipers Your vehicle has wipers that operate at varying intervals. For example, you can set the interval so they wipe less often in light rain or more often in heavier rain. The wiper delays range from about 1.5 to 20 seconds.
  • Page 134 The Speed Dependent feature comes disabled from the factory, but can be activated at any time by using the following procedure. Make sure the two front doors are securely closed. Insert the key into the ignition and turn first to the ON position (the gauges on the instrument panel will not illuminate) and then back to the OFF position.
  • Page 135: Gearshift Lever

    In freezing weather, the washer solution may freeze on the windshield and obscure your vision. Always warm up the windshield with the defroster before you use the washer fluid. If you cannot see through the windshield clearly, it can increase the risk of being involved in a collision.
  • Page 136 OVERDRIVE OFF Lamp This lamp indicates the operating range of the transaxle. This lamp will illuminate when the Overdrive On/Off button is depressed. OVERDRIVE OFF lamp location With the transaxle range selector in the Overdrive j range, the OVERDRIVE OFF lamp will not be illuminated. The transaxle will be allowed to upshift and downshift from 1st through 4th gears.
  • Page 137: Hazard Flasher Switch

    Steering Column Controls The horn pad Hazard Flasher Switch The hazard flasher is used to alert other drivers to hazardous situations. The hazard flasher switch operates the same lamps as the turn signal lever. When the hazard flasher is activated, all of these lamps will flash on and off.
  • Page 138 To use the hazard flasher: Push the HAZARD switch; you will see the turn signal arrows flash. To stop the hazard flashers, push the HAZARD switch again. Tilt Steering (If equipped) With the tilt steering option, you can move your steering wheel up or down.
  • Page 139 To change the position of the steering column: Make sure your vehicle is stopped. Pull the tilt release lever on the column toward you. Tilt the steering wheel up or down until you find the best position for you. Release the lever to lock the wheel in place. Be sure the steering wheel is locked in place.
  • Page 140 The speed control switches on the steering wheel To set the speed control: Find the speed control switches on the steering wheel. Press and release the ON switch. Accelerate to the desired speed above 30 mph (50 km/h) using the accelerator pedal. Make sure you are driving faster than 30 mph (50 km/h).
  • Page 141 NOTE: On a downhill grade, if your speed increases above your set speed while driving in j (Overdrive) on a downhill grade, you may want to downshift to Third (3) gear to reduce vehicle speed. To do this, push the Overdrive ON/OFF button on the end of the gearshift lever.
  • Page 142 Resetting the Speed Control To reset the speed control to a lower speed, use one of the following procedures: COAST — Press and hold the COAST switch. Release the switch when the vehicle slows down to the desired speed. Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the vehicle attains the desired speed, press the SET ACCEL switch and release it immediately.
  • Page 143 TAP-UP — Press and then quickly release the SET ACCEL switch. Each time you “tap” the switch, the set speed will increase by 1 mph (1.6 km/h). Multiple taps will cause the set speed to increase in increments of 1 mph (1.6 km/h). For example, if the current set speed is 55 mph (88 km/h), five taps of the SET ACCEL switch will increase the vehicle speed and set it at 60 mph (97 km/h).
  • Page 144 Speed Control Light (Electronic Cluster Only) This light comes on when you turn on the speed control system and set the speed. The light will be on whenever the speed control is set, even if you override the set speed by pressing the accelerator pedal or by pressing the coast button.
  • Page 145: Features

    Features Your vehicle is designed with innovative and state-of-the-art features. Understanding how these features work can make driving your vehicle more comfortable. Doors For information on the liftgate refer to the Liftgate section later in this chapter. Sliding Door The sliding door allows rear seat passengers to enter and exit easily.
  • Page 146 To open the sliding door from outside the vehicle, unlock the door then unlatch the sliding door by pulling the handle straight out and sliding the door back. The outside sliding door handle Memory Lock If you lock your doors with the power lock switch or the remote transmitter while the sliding door is open, the door will automatically lock after it is closed.
  • Page 147 Childproof lock location To set the childproof lock: Open the sliding door. Find the childproof lock lever below the label. Push the lever to the up position. Features...
  • Page 148 To release the childproof lock: Open the sliding door from the outside. Push the lever to the down position. Power Door Locks (If equipped) The power door lock control switches are located in the panels of the front doors. They control the locks on both front doors, the sliding door and the liftgate.
  • Page 149 The power door lock switch in the cargo area NOTE: If the sliding door is open when all doors are locked with the power door lock switch, the sliding door automatically locks when it is closed. You can manually lock and unlock the doors using the manual door locks to override the power locks.
  • Page 150 The keyless entry system keypad When you bought your vehicle, you were given a computer code that operates the system for your vehicle. For your convenience, we have duplicated this code in two places. The code is: on your owner’s wallet card found in the glove compartment taped to the computer module When you use the keyless entry system, the illuminated entry system turns on the interior lights for 25 seconds and the...
  • Page 151 remember. This is the number that you enter on the keypad to unlock the door. The personal code can be changed as often as you like. The permanent code is a number that is assigned to your vehicle and can be used to program your personal code into the system.
  • Page 152 To erase your personal code: Enter the original permanent code. Press the 1/2 button within five seconds of step #1. Wait six seconds. The keyless entry system automatically erases your personal code. The system will now only respond to the permanent code.
  • Page 153: Battery Saver

    To lock all of the doors at the same time, press the 7/8 and 9/0 buttons at the same time. It is not necessary to first enter the keypad code. This will also arm your Ford anti-theft system. Battery Saver When the ignition switch is turned to OFF, the vehicle will turn off battery voltage to the interior lamps after 45 minutes.
  • Page 154 The remote entry transmitter Unlocking the doors To unlock the driver’s door, press the UNLOCK button. To unlock the other doors, press the UNLOCK button a second time within five seconds of unlocking the driver’s door. Locking the doors To lock all the doors, press the LOCK button. If you would like a signal that the doors have been locked, press the LOCK button again within five seconds.
  • Page 155 Replacement batteries can be purchased at most pharmacies, watch stores or at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. NOTE: The operating range of the remote entry system can also be affected by weather conditions (such as very cold temperatures) or structures around the vehicle (buildings, other vehicles, radio towers, etc.).
  • Page 156 Replacement/additional transmitters In the event a transmitter is lost, return the remaining transmitters to your dealer for reprogramming of your remote entry system. This is necessary to prevent further unauthorized use of the lost transmitter. Additional transmitters may be purchased from your dealer (remote entry system will work with up to four transmitters).
  • Page 157 the ignition key is turned to the ON position the brake pedal is pressed you shift through R (Reverse) the brake pedal is released The Autolock feature will repeat when: a door is opened and then all doors and the liftgate are closed the brake pedal is released On vehicles with Keyless Entry, you can deactivate the system...
  • Page 158 Anti-Theft System (if equipped) When armed, this system helps protect your vehicle against break-ins or theft. When an unauthorized entry occurs, the system triggers and will: flash the headlamps, parking lamps, and alarm indicator lamp honk the horn disable the starting circuit to prevent the vehicle from being started Arming the system Remove the key from the ignition.
  • Page 159 Remove the key from the ignition. The hood must be closed to arm the system Close all of the doors. Press the remote entry transmitter LOCK button or use the keyless entry system by pressing 7/8 and 9/0 at the same time.
  • Page 160 NOTE: The flashing lights and honking horn will shut off automatically approximately two minutes and 45 seconds after the system is triggered. It will trigger again if another intrusion occurs. However, the starter circuit remains disabled until the system is disarmed. Liftgate Liftgate opening procedure To open the liftgate, insert the door key into the lock and...
  • Page 161 Make certain that you close the liftgate door before driving your vehicle. Possible damage may occur to the liftgate door lift cylinders and attaching hardware if the liftgate door is not closed prior to driving. Make sure that the liftgate door is closed to prevent exhaust fumes from being drawn into the vehicle.
  • Page 162 Windows Power Windows with Accessory Delay (If equipped) Both of the front doors have a power control that opens and closes the window on that door. The driver’s door has master controls that operate both front door windows. You must initially place the ignition switch in the ON or ACC position to use your power window controls.
  • Page 163 One-Touch-Down Power Window (If equipped) The one-touch-down power window feature allows you to completely open the driver’s window without holding down the window switch. To open the window completely, tap quickly on the lower half of the switch and release it. If the top of the button is pressed firmly while the window is going down, the window will stop at that position.
  • Page 164 Manual Flip-Open Quarter Windows To open the flip-open quarter windows in the third row, squeeze the upper and lower pads and pull the rear portion of the latch toward you. Swing the latch forward and out, then lock it into the open position by pushing rearward until you hear a click.
  • Page 165 The power quarter window switches Seats Adjusting the Seats Adjusting the front seats manually To move the front seats forward or backward: Find the adjustment bar at the lower cushion of the front seat. Pull the bar up to unlatch the seat. Move the seat to the desired position.
  • Page 166 Do not pile cargo higher than the seatbacks to avoid injuring people in a collision or sudden stop. To reduce the risk of serious injury in a collision, always drive and ride with your seatback upright and the lap belt snug and low across the hips. To reduce the risk of serious injury in a collision, children should always ride with the seatback upright.
  • Page 167 Features...
  • Page 168 Push on the seatback to move the seat assembly forward. This provides access to the second row for loading and unloading groceries, briefcases, passengers, etc. through the driver’s door. To return the driver seat to its previous position and seat angle: Push the seatback to move the seat assembly rearward, until the pedestal stops.
  • Page 169 Continue pushing to return the seatback to its previously locked position. NOTE: When returning the seatback to its original position, you may experience a slight hesitation. If so, stop pushing the seatback momentarily, then resume. The seatback will only return to its original position after the seat is safely latched.
  • Page 170 Move the seat to the desired position. Release the bar to latch the seat in its new position. Make sure the seat locks securely in place. To recline the seat: Lift the seatback recliner lever located on the side of the driver’s seat cushion.
  • Page 171 Never adjust the driver’s seat or seatback when the vehicle is moving. To reduce the risk of serious injury in a collision, always drive and ride with your seatback in an upright position with the lap belt snug and low across the hips. Using the power seats (if equipped) If your vehicle has the power seat option, you can adjust it in several directions.
  • Page 172 Power lumbar support, driver/passenger seat (If equipped) If your vehicle is equipped with this option, you can inflate a lumbar support pad in the seat back. To inflate the lumbar pad, push the raised side of the rocker switch. To deflate, push the recessed side of the switch.
  • Page 173 Lean against the back of the seat and adjust it to the position you want. Release the handle to lock the seatback in position. To return the seatback to upright position, lift the handle and lean forward. Then release the handle. Reclining bucket seat Adjusting the Head Restraints (LX Only) Your vehicle’s bucket seats are equipped with head restraints...
  • Page 174 Head restraint adjustment NOTE: On GL models, front bucket seats are designed with integral headrests. E-Z access operation — passenger side optional second row bucket seats To provide easy access to the rear of the vehicle, the passenger side second row bucket seatback can be tilted forward. To tilt seat forward: Put the seatback in the upright position.
  • Page 175 Seat/Bed Conversion (If equipped) 2nd Row Seat To convert the seat to a bed: Unlatch the seat/bed lever, located on the right-hand side of the seat cushion by pushing down. Push the seatback down and rearward by applying pressure at the top of the seatback until it latches. The seat cushion will move forward when going from the seat to the bed position.
  • Page 176 Make sure the safety belts are free and available for use. The seat/bed should not be occupied while the vehicle is moving unless it is in the upright, fully-latched position. 2nd row seat (bed position) 3rd row seat To convert the seat to a bed: From the rear of the vehicle, pull down on the release lever located on the right-hand side of the seat, and at the same time pull the seatback rearward.
  • Page 177 3rd row seat (seat position) To convert the bed to a seat: From the rear of the vehicle, pull the release lever down and at the same time lift the seatback up. Raise the seatback to the full upright and locked position. Make sure the safety belts are free and available for use.
  • Page 178 3rd row seat (bed position) Removing the Seats Quick release second row bucket seats (If equipped) To remove the second row bucket seats: Lift the seat latch handles (located at the rear of the seat near the floor) up and rearward, causing the latch hooks to disengage from the rear floor attachments.
  • Page 179 To install the second row bucket seats: Lift the seat assemblies into the vehicle. Locate front hooks on front pins and drop rear hooks over rear pins with enough force to cause the hooks at the rear to engage and hook on to the pins in the floor wells. Ensure that the latch handles are fully seated in the down position.
  • Page 180 Figure 1: Second row detachable anchor — detached position Using the clip attached to the end of the shoulder belt, clip the end of the belt to the stationary portion of the shoulder belt (see Figure 2). The end of the shoulder belt must be clipped in order to keep it from striking anything during vehicle operation.
  • Page 181 Figure 2: Securing the detachable shoulder belt Refer to Figure 3 for steps 3-6. Release the seatback by pulling the lever located at the back of the seat on the right hand side. Fold the seatback forward and latch it in the down position (except for bench seat equipped with built-in child safety seat).
  • Page 182 Locate the seat latch handles at the rear of the seat near the floor. For the second row bench seat, lift the latch handles up and rearward. For the third row bench seat, just lift the latch handles. The latch hooks will disengage from the rear floor attachments.
  • Page 183 Be careful that the latches are not damaged when the seats are stored. To install the seat assembly: Clear the area of debris around the seat floor attachments. With the seatback in a folded and latched position (except for bench seats equipped with built-in child safety seat), place the seat assembly in your vehicle.
  • Page 184 Whenever the second row bench seat is installed in the vehicle and no one is using the outboard seating position (nearest the sliding door), the lap/shoulder safety belt must be properly stowed. The second row passenger side outboard seating position uses a hook above the sliding/cargo door to stow the shoulder safety belt when entering or exiting the vehicle or when it is not being used.
  • Page 185 Features Proper stowage of shoulder safety belt The two passenger bench seat must be installed in the first row behind the front seats.
  • Page 186 Never adjust the driver’s seat or seatback when the vehicle is moving. Always latch the vehicle seat to the floor, whether the seat is occupied or empty. If not latched, the seat may cause injury during a sudden stop. Before using the seat, make sure that the latch hooks are securely locked around the floor pins.
  • Page 187: Storage Compartments

    Features Storage Compartments Underseat Storage Compartment (If equipped) The underseat storage compartment is located underneath the front passenger seat. It can be opened by pulling up and toward the instrument panel. The underseat storage compartment Compact Disc and Cassette Storage Console (If equipped) A storage compartment is included below the radio for storage of your discs or cassettes.
  • Page 188 Compact disc/cassette storage Console (If equipped) Your vehicle may have a full console. Console features are detailed in the following illustration. To open the console lid, lift up on the latch toward the rear of the console. If your vehicle has the CD changer (a dealer installed option), this console could also house the changer and conceal it from sight.
  • Page 189 Features The full console Cupholders The front seat cupholders are located with the ashtray. To access the cupholders, pull open the ashtray drawer which is located to the right of the steering column, above the compact disc and cassette storage console. As you close the ashtray drawer, the cupholders will automatically fold back into place.
  • Page 190 The front seat cupholders Your vehicle also has rear seat cupholders built into the side panels. NOTE: Do not place heavy objects in the cupholders. Mirrors Make sure you can see clearly through the rearview mirror at all times. Do not allow anything to block your vision.
  • Page 191 NOTE: Be careful. The convex side view mirror on the right makes objects appear smaller and farther away than they actually are. Use the inside rearview mirror (or look behind you) to determine the actual size and distance of objects that appear in the convex mirror. Dual Electric Remote Controlled Mirrors (If equipped) If you have power side view mirrors, you can adjust them in any direction by using the mirror controls on the door panel.
  • Page 192 Operating the electric mirrors Heated Side View Mirrors (If equipped) The heated side view mirrors are automatically activated whenever you activate the rear defogger. The defogger in your vehicle automatically shuts off after 10 minutes. If additional defogging is necessary, reactivate the rear defogger. Automatic Dimming Inside Rearview Mirror (If equipped) The automatic non-glare mirror...
  • Page 193 Features will return to the normal state after a short delay. The delay starts when the glare goes away. The delay prevents excessive changing of the mirror as traffic moves behind and around the vehicle, or on rolling hills and curves. The electronic mirror measures the brightness of the light coming in from the rear of the vehicle.
  • Page 194 The illuminated mirror on the sun visor Cargo Net (If equipped) The cargo net is designed to hold your cargo upright between the third row bench seat and the liftgate to prevent it from moving around the cargo area. To install the cargo net: Attach the loops on the four corners of the net to the four retainers on the cargo area rear quarter panels.
  • Page 195 Features The rear cargo net Four Season Roof Rack (If equipped) Always load your luggage as far back as it will safely go on the four season roof rack. Do not load more than 165 pounds (75 kg) on the roof rack structure or 100 pounds (45 kg) on the roof panel slats.
  • Page 196 located on the Safety Compliance Certification Label (located on the driver’s door pillar). The four season roof rack The rear cross-bar can be adjusted forward and backward. Place your luggage between the bars, adjust the rear bar, and secure the luggage with rope to the bars. Items carried on the roof rack must be properly secured before driving your vehicle.
  • Page 198 Compact Disc Radio The Compact Disc Radio combines the Electronic Stereo Radio with the Ford Compact Disc Player. Using the Controls on Your New Radio/CD Player Most of the features of this unit work for both radio and CD operation, depending on which mode the unit is in. Also, some of the buttons control several different functions, so be sure to read all of the operating instructions carefully.
  • Page 199: Electronic Sound Systems

    How to tune radio stations There are four ways for you to tune in a particular station. You can manually locate the station using the “SCAN/TUNE” button, “SEEK” the station, “SCAN” to the station or select the station by using the memory buttons, which you can set to any desired frequency.
  • Page 200 Using the “SCAN/TUNE” button to scan radio stations Pressing the “SCAN/TUNE” button once enters the scan mode (display will indicate “SCN”). Pushing the top a half of the “SEEK” button will begin the scan mode up the frequency band, stopping on each listenable station for approximately five seconds.
  • Page 201 With Auto Memory Store, you can continually set strong stations into your memory buttons without losing your existing memory presets, which is especially handy while traveling. Your radio will automatically set your memory buttons to the strong local stations so you don’t have to continually manually tune to existing stations.
  • Page 202 Increasing or decreasing treble response Push the “AUDIO” button repeatedly until the display reads “TREB.” Push the “+” side of the “VOL” button to increase treble (more “highs”), and push the “-” side to decrease treble (less “highs”). Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and left speakers.
  • Page 203 Using the Controls on Your New Compact Disc Player Your new Ford Compact Disc Player is capable of playing 12 cm or 8 cm discs, without an adapter! The Player operates when the power is on and a disc is inserted (label side up). Handle the disc by its edge only.
  • Page 204 How to insert a disc and begin play Insert one disc, label side up into the disc opening. When inserted, the disc automatically loads into the unit and play starts at the beginning of the first track (selection). When the disc reaches the end, the disc player automatically returns to the beginning of the disc and resumes playing.
  • Page 205 Electronic Sound Systems How to fast forward or reverse your CD player To quickly search for a particular point in a selection, press the “FF” button (to fast forward) or the “REV” button (to reverse). While either button is pressed, the disc goes forward or backward at two different speeds depending on how long the button is held down.
  • Page 206 How To Take Care of and Clean Your CD Player and Discs To ensure the continued performance of your Ford Compact Disc Player, carefully read the following precautions: Always handle the disc by its edge. Never touch the playing surface.
  • Page 207 CD format. Because of this, a new disc that is free of dust and scratches could be defective and may not play on your Ford Compact Disc Player. Electronic Sound Systems...
  • Page 208 If play does not begin after the CD button is pushed: The radio is not on. The unit is in the stop mode. Moisture may have condensed on the lenses within the unit. If this occurs, remove the disc and wait approximately an hour until the moisture evaporates.
  • Page 210 High-Level Audio System Ford’s High-Level Audio System delivers quality performance for maximum listening enjoyment. Using the Controls on Your New Radio How to turn the radio on and off Press the “POWER” button to turn the radio on. Press it again to turn it off.
  • Page 211 How to tune radio stations There are four ways for you to tune in a particular station. You can manually locate the station using the “SCAN/TUNE” button, “SEEK” the station, “SCAN” to the station or select the station by using the memory buttons, which you can set to any desired frequency.
  • Page 212 Using the “SCAN” function Pressing the “SCAN/TUNE” button once enters the scan mode (display will indicate “SCN”). Pushing the right ( a ) side of the “SEEK” button will begin the scan mode up the frequency band, stopping on each listenable station for approximately a five-second sampling.
  • Page 213 Using the Automatic Memory Load feature NOTE: If no stations are in memory presets, you can activate the feature by pressing and holding the “AUTO PRESET” button for approximately three seconds. Auto Memory Load sets all memory buttons in AM, FM1 and FM2 sequentially by seeking out the first five strong stations for the respective band and storing them in memory buttons 1-5.
  • Page 214 To deactivate the Auto Memory Store mode and return to the manually-set memory button stations (or those stations set using Auto Memory Load), simply push the “AUTO PRESET” button. Display will show “AUTO” then “OFF”. The next time Auto Memory Store is activated on that band, the radio will store the next set of five strong stations.
  • Page 215 NOTE: Illuminated bars in the display show relative levels of bass and treble and positions of speaker balance and fader functions for five seconds after adjustments are made, then revert to volume level set. Using the Controls of Your Cassette Tape Player How to insert a tape Your cassette tape player is equipped with power loading.
  • Page 216 NOTE: If you want to restart a currently playing tape selection, press the left ( b ) side of the “SEEK” button after three seconds into the current selection. Whirling sprockets in the display (l) indicate the direction of tape travel. Using the “SCAN”...
  • Page 217 In order to keep your cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: Using a Ford Cassette Cleaning Cartridge to clean the tape player head after 10-12 hours of play will help maintain the best playback sound and proper tape operation.
  • Page 218 Tape error messages Your cassette tape player is equipped to diagnose certain problems you may experience. Error codes are as follows: Error 0 — Communication error between the radio controller and the tape controller. The cassette player will eject the tape. Insert the tape again.
  • Page 219 “Tips on Caring for the Cassette Player and Tapes” later in this chapter. The Ford 10-CD Changer System The Ford 10-CD Changer is mounted in your center floor console and holds 10 CDs, all controlled by using the buttons on your High-Level Audio System.
  • Page 220 Load discs into disc magazine slots (numbered 1 through 10) one at a time with labeled surfaces upward, starting with bottom slot number 1 (Figure 3). Insert loaded disc magazine into chamber unit with the arrow on top of the disc magazine pointing toward the changer (Figure 4).
  • Page 221 System. How to Operate the Ford 10-CD Changer Using the Controls on the Radio If your vehicle is equipped with the Ford 10-CD Changer System, you can operate it through the controls of your High-Level Audio System. Several of the controls on the radio operate in the same manner...
  • Page 222 If either button is pressed and held, the CD Changer will continue fast-forwarding or reversing through the discs in the disc magazine. During these functions, the display will indicate the disc number. How to change the track being played Press the right a side of the “SEEK” button to seek forward to the next track of current disc.
  • Page 223: Rear Seat Radio Controls

    Rear Seat Radio Controls Using the Rear Seat Radio Controls Rear seat radio controls are standard equipment on all models. The rear seat radio controls are located behind the driver on the left hand side of the vehicle. These controls duplicate several radio functions of the radio and allow the use of headphones in the vehicle.
  • Page 224 Setting the AM or FM frequency band Push the “BAND” button to change the frequency band. Using the “MEMORY” button Push the “MEMORY” button to access the station you have set into memory button 1 on the face of the radio. Successively pushing this button will access, numerically, all stations set into the Station Memory Preset buttons (1 through 5).
  • Page 227 Electronic Stereo and Stereo Cassette Radios Using the Controls on Your New Radio How to turn the radio on and adjust the volume Press the “POWER” button to turn the radio on. Press it again to turn it off. Press the right (+) side of the “VOLUME” button to increase the volume.
  • Page 228 How to tune radio stations (Stereo Cassette Radio) There are four ways for you to tune in to a particular station. You can manually locate the station by using Automatic Music Search (“AMS”), “SEEK” the station, “SCAN” to the station or select the station by using the memory buttons, which you can set to any desired frequency.
  • Page 229 Using the “SCAN” function (Stereo Cassette Radio) Press the “SCAN” button to enter the scan mode. The radio will begin scanning up the frequency band, stopping on each listenable station for approximately a five-second sampling. This continues until you press the “SCAN” button a second time.
  • Page 230 Increasing or decreasing treble response Push the “AUDIO” button repeatedly until the display reads “TREB.” Push the right (+) side of the “VOLUME” button to increase the treble (more “highs”), and push the left (-) side to decrease treble (less “highs”). Speaker features and operation Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution...
  • Page 231 How to locate a desired track on the tape NOTE: The tape track number indicated in the display does not necessarily correspond to the tape track or side number on the cassette label. It is used only to indicate when the tape mechanism reverses tracks. Using the Automatic Music Search (“AMS”) function with cassette tape player (if your display shows numerals) Press and hold the “AMS”...
  • Page 232 Fast forwarding the tape (if your display shows arrows) To fast forward the tape, press the fast-wind button with the arrows pointing in the same direction as indicated in the display. For example, if the tape travel arrow in the display is pointing to the left, press the left ( h ) button to fast forward the tape.
  • Page 233 In order to keep your cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: Using a Ford Cassette Cleaning Cartridge to clean the tape player head after 10-12 hours of play will help maintain the best playback sound and proper tape operation.
  • Page 234 How to set the clock Turn the radio on. Press and hold in the “CLOCK” button, press the “SEEK” button left ( b ) to advance the hours and right ( a ) to advance the minutes. NOTE: The clock displays 12-hour time with no AM/PM indications.
  • Page 235 Electronic Sound Systems To minimize these conditions, a stereo/mono blend circuit has been incorporated into this system. This feature automatically switches a weak stereo signal to a clearer monaural signal, which improves the quality of reception. Several sources of static are normal conditions on AM frequencies.
  • Page 236 (60,000 km). Consult your vehicle warranty booklet for further information. Service At Ford Electronics, we stand behind our audio systems with a comprehensive service and repair program. If anything should go wrong with your Ford audio system, return to your dealer for service.
  • Page 237: Driving Your Windstar

    Automatic Transaxle Operation Putting Your Vehicle in Gear Your vehicle’s gearshift lever is on the steering column. The OVERDRIVE ON/OFF button is located on the end of the gearshift lever. You can put the gearshift lever in any one of several positions.
  • Page 238 Brake-Shift Interlock Safety Feature Your vehicle has a special brake-shift interlock safety feature which prevents you from shifting out of P (Park) without the brake pedal depressed. To shift the transaxle out of the P (Park) position, the ignition must be in the ON position and your foot must be pressing on the brake pedal.
  • Page 239 Driving Your Windstar Driving When to use N (Neutral) In N (Neutral), the wheels of the transaxle are not locked. Your vehicle will roll freely, even on the slightest incline, unless the parking brake or brakes are on. When to use j Overdrive Overdrive is the normal driving position.
  • Page 240 To return the transaxle to the normal Overdrive operation, press the OVERDRIVE ON/OFF button again. Use this button to select Overdrive or Overdrive Off whenever you drive your vehicle. The transaxle will be in the “overdrive on” mode when the vehicle is started even if the O/D OFF mode was selected when the vehicle was last shut off.
  • Page 241 The gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) if you can not rotate it in a clockwise direction without pulling it toward you. Always set the parking brake fully and make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
  • Page 242: Steering Your Vehicle

    Steering Your Vehicle Your vehicle has power steering. Power steering uses energy from the engine to help steer your vehicle. Never hold the steering wheel in the extreme right or left position for more than five seconds if the engine is running. This can damage the power steering pump.
  • Page 243 Driving Your Windstar Four-Wheel Anti-lock Brakes The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) prevents wheels from completely locking up by automatically releasing and re-applying the brakes. During ABS braking, slight brake pedal pulsations may be felt on the driver’s foot. These pulsations represent the rapid cycling of the ABS valves.
  • Page 244 Ford Motor Company has not found any negative effects of mobile radio transmitting equipment installed on vehicles with the ABS system providing that the radio is installed according to the radio manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 245 Modifications to the suspension spring rates and/or vehicle ride height may adversely affect vehicle stopping ability. Stopping Distances Stopping distances vary with different loads and driving conditions. Use caution when you drive under new conditions and acquaint yourself with your vehicle’s performance. Applying the Brakes Apply the brake pedal evenly.
  • Page 246 Using the Parking Brake The parking brake should be used whenever you park your vehicle. The parking brake is a hand operated lever located on the floor of your vehicle just to the right of the driver’s seat. To set the parking brake while parking your vehicle, press the brake pedal with your right foot and hold it while you fully apply the parking brake lever.
  • Page 247 When parking, do not use the gearshift in place of the parking brake. Always set the parking brake fully and make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in Park (P). Turn off the ignition whenever you leave your vehicle. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.
  • Page 248 Ford Motor Company recommends obeying posted speed limits. Do not spin the wheels at over 35 mph (55 km/h). The tires may fail and injure a passenger or bystander.
  • Page 249 Driving in Bad Weather Slippery roads Drive cautiously on wet or snowy roads. Do not quickly move the steering wheel unless necessary. Drive more slowly than you would normally. Do not use speed control. Give your vehicle more distance to stop. Use the “squeeze”...
  • Page 250 After you drive through the standing water, apply your brakes gently several times as your vehicle moves slowly to help dry the brakes. Rocking the Vehicle If your vehicle gets stuck (for example, in mud or snow), you may rock it out. Shift in a steady rhythm between forward and reverse gears.
  • Page 251 If the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label is exceeded, your vehicle may be damaged or you may lose control and injure someone. Vehicle/Trailer Loads Your vehicle may tow a Class I trailer up to 2,000 lbs. (907 kgs) or 3,500 lbs.
  • Page 252: Vehicle Loading Information

    Vehicle Loading Information Your vehicle’s load capacity is designated by weight, not volume, so you cannot necessarily use all the available space. Maximum safe vehicle weights as well as tire sizes, rim sizes and inflation pressures are specified for your vehicle at the assembly plant on the Safety Compliance Certification Label.
  • Page 253 Driving Your Windstar Payload Maximum payload is the combined, maximum allowable weight of cargo, occupants and optional equipment that the vehicle is designed to carry. It is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating minus the base curb weight. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the total weight of the passengers, cargo and all equipment.
  • Page 254 The rating is based on the carrying capacity of the weakest axle and suspension component as well as other factors. This is why it is so important to observe vehicle loading ratings. Overloading a vehicle punishes components and can lead to shortened service life or outright failure.
  • Page 255 Calculating the Payload for Your Vehicle To know how much weight your vehicle can carry: Obtain the GVWR and GAWR from your Safety Compliance Certification Label. — If you do not plan to pull a trailer, do not include these ratings into your calculations.
  • Page 256 Subtract vehicle actual weight from the GVWR to find out how much more weight your vehicle can carry. Weigh the vehicle again once it is loaded to make sure that the GVWR and front and rear GAWR’s are not exceeded. Trailer towing table If you suspect that your payload is excessive, have your vehicle weighed at a highway weight station or another appropriate...
  • Page 257 If the GVWR or the GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label is exceeded, your vehicle may be damaged or you may lose control and injure someone. Towing trailers beyond the maximum recommended gross trailer weight exceeds the limits of the vehicle and could result in engine damage, transaxle/axle damage, structural damage, loss of control, and personal injury.
  • Page 258 Safety chains Always use safety chains between your vehicle and trailer. Cross chains under the trailer tongue and allow slack for turning corners. Connect safety chains to the vehicle frame or hook retainers. Never attach chains to the bumper. Trailer Brakes Separate trailer brakes are required on most trailers weighing over 1,500 lbs.
  • Page 259 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. Driving While You Tow Be especially careful when driving while you tow a trailer. Never drive faster than 45 mph (70 km/h) when you tow in hilly country on hot days.
  • Page 260 Trailer towing tips Before starting on a trip, practice turning, stopping and backing in an area away from heavy traffic. Get to know the “feel” of the vehicle/trailer combination. Practice backing up. Back up very slowly, with someone outside at the rear of your trailer to guide you. Place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and move it in the direction you want the rear of the trailer to swing.
  • Page 261 When stopped in traffic for long periods of time in hot weather, place the gearshift selector lever in P (Park) to increase the engine idle speed. This aids in engine cooling and air conditioner efficiency. If the engine overheats, turn the selector knob to select the fresh air position to stop the air conditioner compressor.
  • Page 262 Complete the following steps to start your vehicle after it has been parked on a grade: Apply the foot service brake pedal and hold. Start the engine. Shift the gearshift lever into gear and release the parking brake. Release the foot service brake pedal and move the vehicle uphill to free the wheel chocks.
  • Page 263: Roadside Emergencies

    Jump-Starting Your Vehicle Your vehicle’s battery may discharge if you leave the lights or any electrical equipment on after you turn the engine off. If this happens, you may be able to jump-start from a booster battery to start your vehicle. The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes.
  • Page 264 To avoid damaging your vehicle or your battery, and to avoid injury to yourself, follow these directions for preparing your vehicle to jump-start and connecting the jumper cables in the order they are given. If in doubt, call for road service. To prepare your vehicle for jump-starting: Use only a 12-volt battery to jump-start your vehicle.
  • Page 265 To connect the jumper cables: Connect one end of the first jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. (You can connect either jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal, as long as you use the same cable for both positive terminals.) Most jumper cables have a red cable and a black cable.
  • Page 266 Jumper Cable Placement (3.8L)
  • Page 267 Jumper Cable Placement (3.0L) After you connect the jumper cables to the batteries: Make sure that the jumper cables are not in the way of moving engine parts, then start the vehicle that has the booster battery. Run the engine at a moderate speed. Roadside Emergencies...
  • Page 268 Let the dead battery charge for a few minutes and then start the vehicle that has the dead battery. If the starter does not crank, check for good, solid jumper cable clamp attachments. It may take a couple of tries before your vehicle starts. If your vehicle does not start after several attempts, you may have a different mechanical problem.
  • Page 269: Changing A Flat Tire

    Changing a Flat 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.
  • Page 270 use the wheel for any other type of vehicle drive through an automatic car wash. Because the temporary spare tire is smaller than a conventional tire, it reduces the ground clearance. Your vehicle may get caught in the rails and it could be damaged. Finding the spare tire The spare tire is stored underneath your vehicle, directly below the cargo area.
  • Page 271 Find the tapered lug wrench in the tool kit located behind the jack in the right cargo area side panel. Fit the hex-shaped end of the lug wrench over the hex nut in the floor of the cargo area. Turn counterclockwise until the cable extends far enough to lower the spare tire to the ground.
  • Page 272 Removing the spare tire retainer Changing the Tire You should only raise your vehicle with a jack properly placed at the front or rear jacking points. Make sure that your vehicle will not move or roll. Put the gearshift lever in P (Park). Set the parking brake and block the wheel —...
  • Page 273 If the vehicle slips off the jack, you or someone else could be seriously injured. On vehicles equipped with Air Suspension, turn OFF the Air Suspension switch prior to jacking, hoisting or towing your vehicle. Get out the spare tire and jack. See previous section for instructions on spare tire removal.
  • Page 274 Insert the tapered end of the jack handle behind the wheel cover of the tire to be changed and gently pry it off. When you want to replace the wheel cover, simply align the valve stem to the slot in the cover and press it back on. Wheel cover removal If you have the optional cast-aluminum wheels, remove the wheel cap to gain access to the lug nuts.
  • Page 275 Wheel cover removal (optional cast aluminum wheels) Fit the hex-shaped end of the lug wrench over the wheel lug nuts and loosen them one-half turn (counterclockwise). Do not remove the wheel lug nuts until you raise the tire off the ground.
  • Page 276 Fit the jack under the proper jacking point indicated by the notch in the bottom of the door frame panel. The notches for the jack Jack placement NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with running boards, refer to the following illustration before jacking.
  • Page 277 Roadside Emergencies Jacking information for running boards...
  • Page 278 To avoid injury, never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, such as when changing a tire. To lessen the risk of personal injury, do not put any part of your body under the vehicle while changing a tire. Do not start the engine when your vehicle is on the jack.
  • Page 279 The jack and handle assembly Turn the lug nut wrench (attached to the jack handle) clockwise to raise the vehicle off the ground. Remove the wheel lug nuts with the lug nut wrench. Remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire. Place the wheel lug nuts on the spare tire.
  • Page 280 Lug nut tightening sequence The lug nuts should be tightened to 83-113 ft-lb (113-153 Nm). Replace the wheel cover by pressing it into place. If you have the standard wheel covers, you must align the notch in the wheel cover with the tire’s valve stem and align the recess in the back of the wheel cover with one of the lug nuts.
  • Page 281 Stowing the spare tire To raise the tire to the stowed position, lay the tire on the ground with the interior side facing up. Install the retainer through the wheel center and slide the tire under the vehicle. Fit the hex-shaped end of the wheel lug wrench over the hex nut in the floor of the cargo area.
  • Page 282 Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch If the engine cranks but does not start or if you have had a collision, the fuel pump shut-off switch may have been actuated. The shut-off switch is a device that automatically stops the flow of fuel to the engine when your vehicle has been involved in a collision.
  • Page 283: Towing Your Vehicle

    When calling for a tow truck, tell the operator what kind of vehicle you have. A towing manual is available from Ford Motor Company for all authorized tow truck operators. Have your tow truck driver refer to this manual for the proper...
  • Page 284: Customer Assistance

    Roadside Assistance Ford Motor Company has set up a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline with trained operators that put you in touch with the help you need if you experience a problem with your vehicle. This complimentary service is provided to you throughout your warranty period of 3 years or 36,000 miles (3 years or 60,000 km), whichever comes first.
  • Page 285 If You Have a Service Concern Ford Motor Company has authorized Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships to service your vehicle. This section tells you how to get service or maintenance for your vehicle. Dealership Service and Maintenance Your satisfaction is our #1 goal. If you have questions or...
  • Page 286 In Canada: Outside the U.S. or Canada: To process your request, the Ford Customer Assistance Center needs the following information: your telephone number(s) (both business and home) the name of the dealer and the city where the dealership is located...
  • Page 287 What Kinds of Cases Does the Board Review? The Board reviews all product performance and service complaints on Ford, Mercury and Lincoln cars and Ford and Mercury light trucks under warranty that have not been resolved by a dealer or Ford Motor Company, except those...
  • Page 288 How Does the Board Work? The Board has four members: three consumer representatives a Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer Consumer candidates for Board membership are recruited and trained by an independent consulting firm. Dealers are chosen because of their business leadership qualities.
  • Page 289 It will also provide you with a form to indicate your acceptance or rejection of an award decision. The decisions of the board are binding on the dealer and Ford, but customers may have other options available to them under state or federal law.
  • Page 290 Ford Motor Company the names (if known) of all people you contacted at the dealership a description of the action you want taken to resolve your...
  • Page 291: Reporting Safety Defects

    However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Ford Motor Company. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S.
  • Page 292 Middle East, contact the nearest Ford dealership. If the dealership cannot help you, contact: If you are in other foreign countries, contact the nearest Ford dealership. If the dealership cannot help you, they can direct you to the appropriate Ford affiliate office.
  • Page 293 Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP) If a specific item of concern arises, where a solution cannot be reached between a vehicle owner, Ford of Canada, and/or one of its dealers (that all parties can agree upon), the owner may wish to use the services offered by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP).
  • Page 294 Customer Assistance Consumers wishing to obtain further information about the program can obtain an information booklet from your dealer or contact the Provincial Administrator, Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan, at the address or telephone number shown below. O & P Services 595 Bay Street —...
  • Page 295: Accessories

    Accessories Ford Accessories for Your Windstar Many accessories for your Windstar are available through your local authorized dealer. These accessories have been designed to meet your needs and are custom designed to complement the style and aerodynamics of your vehicle. Some of the available accessories are listed below.
  • Page 296 In addition, to insure continued compliance with the FCC’s requirements, RF devices must not be modified or changed in a manner not expressly approved by Ford Motor Company.
  • Page 297 5 watts or less, ordinarily will not affect vehicle operation.) NOTE: Because Ford has no control over the operation or manufacture of such systems or their installation, Ford cannot assume responsibility for any adverse effects or damage if this equipment is used.
  • Page 299 Accessories...
  • Page 301: Servicing Your Windstar

    How Ford Makes Servicing Your Vehicle Easy Ford has two goals for servicing your vehicle. When we can, we design parts that do not need to be serviced. We want to make servicing your vehicle as easy as possible. To help you: We highlight do-it-yourself items in yellow in your engine compartment so that you can find them easily.
  • Page 302 Never get under a vehicle while it is supported by a jack only. If you must work under a vehicle, use safety stands. Keep all lit cigarettes and other smoking materials away from the battery and all fuel-related parts. Working Under the Hood Before you open the hood, read this section carefully.
  • Page 303 Do not start your engine with the air cleaner removed and do not remove it while the engine is running. To open the hood: Pull the hood release lever located below the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. Hood release lever location Go to the front of the vehicle and release the secondary hood latch under the hood in the front center of the vehicle.
  • Page 304 Propping the hood To close the hood: Remove the prop rod from the slotted hole in the hood. Place the rod in its retaining clip and close the hood with enough force to make it latch. Be sure to oil the hood latch every six months to maintain smooth operation.
  • Page 305: Engine Compartment

    Servicing Your Windstar Engine Compartment Your vehicle has a 3.0 liter SFI, V-6 engine or an optional 3.8 liter SFI, V-6 engine. The following illustrations show diagrams of your engine and where you can find items you should service regularly.
  • Page 306 The engine compartment (3.0 liter only)
  • Page 307 Servicing Your Windstar The engine compartment (3.8 liter only)
  • Page 308 What to Check When You Stop at a Service Station Filling Your Fuel Tank With Fuel Open the fuel door (located on the driver’s side of the vehicle). Unscrew the fuel cap by exerting pressure on the plastic cap and rotating the fuel cap counterclockwise. Turn the fuel cap 3/4 of a turn until a hissing sound is heard.
  • Page 309 The fuel door To replace and secure the fuel cap, place it in position and rotate it clockwise until it clicks (ratchets). The ratcheting mechanism allows the fuel cap to be sealed without overtightening. If you lose the fuel cap, replace it with an authorized Motorcraft or equivalent part.
  • Page 310 A venting fuel tank is not an abnormal condition. It may be caused by: too volatile a fuel for the weather conditions. Service stations sometimes sell winter grade fuel in the summer. pulling a heavy load on hot days, or at high altitudes. extended periods of idling with the engine RPM increased above the normal idle range.
  • Page 311 Servicing Your Windstar We do not recommend gasolines labeled “regular” that are sold with octane ratings of 86 or even less in high altitude areas. Do not be concerned if your vehicle sometimes knocks lightly. However, if it knocks heavily under most driving conditions on the recommended octane rating fuel, see your dealer or a qualified service technician to prevent any engine damage.
  • Page 312 Gasolines for clean air Ford approves the use of gasolines, including those reformulated, that contain oxygenates such as ethanol (10% maximum), and MTBE (15% maximum). If methanol is used, the gasoline should contain no more than 5% with cosolvents. Safety Information Relating to Automotive Fuels Automotive fuels can cause serious injury or death if misused or mishandled.
  • Page 313 If gasoline is swallowed, do not induce vomiting. If a gasoline-methanol blend is swallowed, induce vomiting under the direction of a physician or poison control center. Gasoline and gasoline-methanol blends may contain small amounts of carcinogens, such as benzene. Long-term exposure to unleaded gasoline vapors has caused cancer in laboratory animals.
  • Page 314 Running Out of Fuel If your vehicle runs out of fuel, try to stop on level ground away from traffic. Add at least two gallons (8 liters) of fuel to start your vehicle again. If your vehicle is not on level ground, you may need as much as five gallons (20 liters) of fuel to start You may need to turn the ignition to START several times before engaging the starter (leaving it in that position several...
  • Page 315 Comparisons With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Estimates EPA fuel economy figures are obtained from laboratory tests under simulated road conditions and therefore are estimates which may not reflect the actual conditions you experience. The tests also do not exactly duplicate your personal style of driving, including all your stops, starts, and lane changes.
  • Page 316 Engine Oil Recommendations We recommend using Motorcraft oil or an equivalent oil meeting Ford Specification ESE-M2C153-E and displaying the American Petroleum Institute CERTIFICATION MARK on the front of the container. Use only engine oils displaying the American Petroleum...
  • Page 317 Never use: “Non-Detergent” oils Oils labeled API SA, SB, SC, SD, SE, SF or SG Additional engine oil additives, oil treatments or engine treatments Engine oils with an SAE 5W-30 viscosity are PREFERRED for your vehicle. They provide the best engine performance, fuel economy and engine protection for all climates down to -15˚F (-25˚C).
  • Page 318 Engine oil dipstick Carefully, pull the dipstick out again. If the oil level is below the “ADD 1 QT.” line, add engine oil as necessary. If the oil level is beyond the letter “F” in FULL, engine damage or high oil consumption may occur and some oil must be removed from the engine.
  • Page 319: Engine Coolant

    Continuous contact with USED motor oil has caused cancer in laboratory mice. Protect your skin by washing with soap and water. Engine Coolant Checking the engine coolant Your vehicle’s engine coolant protects the engine from overheating in the summer and from freezing in the winter. Check the level of the engine coolant at least once a month, but preferably each time you stop for fuel.
  • Page 320 Engine coolant recovery reservoir fill location Use Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid or an equivalent engine coolant that meets Ford Specification ESE-M97B44-A. Do not use alcohol or methanol antifreeze and do not use engine coolant mixed with alcohol or methanol antifreeze. If you do not use the proper coolant, the aluminum radiator on your vehicle will corrode.
  • Page 321 — not to the radiator. If the coolant level is low, add to the engine coolant recovery reservoir a 50/50 mixture of water and the type of engine coolant that Ford specifies. If the coolant recovery reservoir is empty, you should also check the radiator to see if it is low.
  • Page 322 Ford Motor Company expressly authorizes the Ford Rotunda engine coolant recycling process and chemicals. Use only Ford Rotunda recycled engine coolant or an equivalent non-Ford Rotunda recycled engine coolant that is certified by the supplier to meet Ford specification ESE-M97B44-A.
  • Page 323 Motorcraft parts or their equivalents. Engine coolant drain and flush To drain and flush your engine coolant, you MUST see your Ford dealer or refer to the procedure in the service manual. Failing to do so could result in engine damage. Battery The Motorcraft maintenance-free battery does not require additional water during its life of service.
  • Page 324 If the battery needs water often, have the charging system checked. Help Us Protect Our Environment Ford Motor Company strongly recommends that used lead-acid batteries be returned to an authorized recycling facility for disposal. Battery recycling symbol...
  • Page 325 The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in injury or vehicle damage. Batteries contain sulfuric acid which burns skin, eyes, and clothing. If the acid touches someone’s skin, eyes, or clothing, immediately flush the area with water for at least 15 minutes.
  • Page 326 Windshield washer fill location Use specially formulated windshield washer fluid rather than plain water, because specially formulated washer fluids contain additives that dissolve road grime. For safety reasons, washer fluids containing an appropriate antifreeze such as methanol should be used in freezing weather (temperatures below 32˚F [0˚C]).
  • Page 327 Wiper Blades Check the windshield wipers at least twice a year. Also check them whenever they seem less effective than usual. Such substances as tree sap and some hot wax treatments used by commercial car washes reduce the effectiveness of wipers. If the blades do not wipe properly, clean both the windshield and the wiper blades.
  • Page 328 Attach a new wiper blade to the wiper arm and press it into place until you hear it click. Tires Look at your tires each time you fill your fuel tank. If one tire looks lower than the others, check the pressure in all of them. Keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressures.
  • Page 329 Always obey posted speed limits. If you drive too fast for road conditions, you could lose control of your vehicle. Under some circumstances, driving at very high speeds for extended periods of time may damage vehicle components, creating a risk of component failure and a potential loss of vehicle control.
  • Page 330 Rotating the tires If your vehicle has the optional full-size spare tire, you may rotate the spare tire into the rotation pattern. If your vehicle has aluminum wheels, you may remove the full-size (if equipped) spare tire from the wheel and remount it on an aluminum wheel to rotate the spare tire into your vehicle’s rotation pattern.
  • Page 331 Make sure that all replacement tires are of the same size, type, load-carrying capacity, and tread design (e.g. “All Terrain”, etc.), as originally offered by Ford. Do not replace your tires with “high performance” tires or larger size tires.
  • Page 332 Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 575.104(c)(2). U.S. Department of Transportation — Tire quality grades: The U.S. Department of Transportation requires Ford to give you the following information about tire grades exactly as the government has written it.
  • Page 333 Servicing Your Windstar Traction A B C The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are A, B, and C, and they represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.
  • Page 334 When using snow tires, make sure they are the same size and grade as the tires you normally use on your vehicle. Do not use chains when using a temporary spare. For full size tires, use chains on the tires only in an emergency or if the law requires them where you live.
  • Page 335: Automatic Transaxle Fluid

    Make sure your suspension insulators and bumpers are not missing or worn to avoid damage to your vehicle. Cleaning the Wheels Wash the wheels with the same detergent you use to wash your vehicle’s body. Do not use acid-based wheel cleaners, steel wool, abrasives, fuel, or strong detergents.
  • Page 336 Checking the Automatic Transaxle Fluid With the vehicle on a level surface, start the engine and move the gearshift lever through all of the gear ranges allowing sufficient time for each position to engage. Securely latch the gearshift lever in the P (Park) position, fully set the parking brake and leave the engine running.
  • Page 337 Adding Automatic Transaxle Fluid The fluid type is stamped on the dipstick. Before adding any fluid, be sure that the correct type will be used. Add fluid in 1/2 pint (0.25 liter) increments through the filler tube to bring the level to the correct area on the dipstick. If an overfill occurs, excess fluid should be removed by a qualified technician.
  • Page 338 If the fluid is low, carefully clean and remove the filler cap from the reservoir. Fill the reservoir to the MAX line with Ford High Performance DOT 3 Brake Fluid C6AZ-19542-AA or DOT 3 equivalent fluid meeting Ford specification ESA-M6C25-A.
  • Page 339 Do not let the reservoir for the master cylinder run dry. This may cause the brakes to fail. Power Steering Fluid Check the level of the power steering fluid at least twice a year (i.e., every Spring and Fall). To check the level of your power steering fluid: Start the engine and let it run until the power steering fluid reaches normal operating temperature.
  • Page 340 Make sure the cap is free of all dirt prior to re-installing to prevent pump damage. Use only power steering fluid that meets Ford Specification ESW-M2C33-F, such as Ford Premium Power Steering Fluid, E6AZ-19582-AA or an equivalent Type F Automatic Transaxle Fluid with a Ford registration number (an 8-digit number beginning with “2P”...
  • Page 341 Servicing Your Windstar Fuses and Maxi-Fuses Fuses and maxi-fuses (high-current fuses) protect your vehicle’s electrical system from overloading. If electrical parts in your vehicle are not working, the system may have been overloaded and caused a blown fuse. Before you replace or repair any electrical parts, check the appropriate fuses.
  • Page 342 Checking and Replacing Fuses If you need to check a fuse, find the fuse panel for the electrical system, which is located under the instrument panel, and follow these steps: To remove the fuse panel cover, pull down on the fuse panel cover handle.
  • Page 343 Servicing Your Windstar On the fuse panel, find the number of the fuse you want to check. Main fuse panel under instrument panel...
  • Page 345 Servicing Your Windstar...
  • Page 346 Use the fuse puller tool to remove the fuse. 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 is blown and should be replaced with a fuse of the correct amperage rating.
  • Page 347 Servicing Your Windstar The following chart indicates the colors and amperage ratings of standard fuses.
  • Page 348 Engine Compartment Main Fuse Panel Engine compartment main fuse panel located on driver’s side of engine compartment Engine compartment main fuse and relay panel...
  • Page 349 Servicing Your Windstar...
  • Page 350 Always disconnect the battery before servicing high current fuses. Ford recommends that high current fuses be replaced by a qualified technician. Always replace the cover to the Power Distribution Box before reconnecting the battery or refilling fluid reservoirs. A blown maxi-fuse may be replaced but will continue to blow until the cause of the overload condition is corrected.
  • Page 351 The relay box cover located under the instrument panel Lights It is a good idea to check the operation of the following lights frequently: headlamps tail lamps brakelamps hazard flasher turn signals license plate lamp fog lamps Servicing Your Windstar...
  • Page 352 The alignment of your headlamps should be checked if: oncoming motorists frequently signal you to turn off your vehicle’s high beams when you do not have the high beams the headlamps do not seem to give you enough light to see clearly at night the headlamp beams are not pointed slightly down and to the right...
  • Page 353 Headlamp bulb removal Squeeze the bulb retaining clip toward the bulb until it releases. Keep the clip. You must use it again to hold the new bulb in place. Carefully remove the bulb assembly from its socket by gently pulling it rearward without turning. Do not touch the bulb with your skin or you could shatter the bulb.
  • Page 354 To install a bulb: With the flat side of the bulb’s plastic base facing upward, insert the glass end of the bulb into the socket. You may need to turn the bulb left or right to line up the grooves in the plastic base with the tabs in the socket.
  • Page 355 Taillamp lens removal Grasp lens along liftgate opening edge and pull straight rearward until snap attachment releases. Remove bulb and socket by twisting to unlock and pulling straight out. Remove bulb from socket by pulling straight out from socket. To install a taillamp bulb: Insert new bulb into socket by pushing bulb until it is locked in position.
  • Page 356 Light bulb locations...
  • Page 357 Replacing The Fog Lamp Bulb To remove a bulb: Disconnect wiring connector from lamp. Rotate bulb and socket to remove from lamp. To install a bulb: Install bulb and socket into lamp and rotate. Connect wiring connector to lamp. Servicing Your Windstar...
  • Page 358 Bulb replacement chart...
  • Page 359: Emission Control System

    Emission Control System Your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter which enables your vehicle to comply with applicable exhaust emission requirements. To make sure that the catalytic converter and the other emission control parts continue to work properly: Use only unleaded fuel. Avoid running out of fuel.
  • Page 360 In general, maintenance, replacement, or service of the emission control devices or systems in your new Ford Motor Company vehicle or engine may be performed at your expense by any automotive repair establishment or individual using automotive parts equivalent to those with which your vehicle or engine was originally equipped.
  • Page 361 Servicing Your Windstar Ford strongly recommends the use of genuine Ford replacement parts. If other than Ford or Motorcraft parts or Ford authorized remanufactured parts are used for maintenance replacements or for the service of components affecting emission control, such non-Ford parts should be equivalent to genuine Ford Motor Company parts in performance and durability.
  • Page 362 OBD II Drive Cycle The following steps must be run in the order shown. If steps 2 through 9 are interrupted, repeat the preceeding step. Any safe driving mode is acceptable between steps. Always drive vehicle in a safe manner according to traffic conditions and obey all traffic laws.
  • Page 363: Refill Capacities

    Cruise and maintain a select speed in the range of 40-65 mph (65-105 km/h) on a level road with throttle held very steady for at least 80 seconds. Complete 10 minutes of city driving 25-40 mph (40-65 km/h) with at least six (6) stops. OBD II drive cycle has been completed.
  • Page 364 Motorcraft Parts...
  • Page 365 Servicing Your Windstar Lubricant Specifications...
  • Page 366: Vehicle Storage

    Vehicle Storage Maintenance Tips If you plan on storing your vehicle for an extended period of time (60 days or more), refer to the following maintenance recommendations to keep your vehicle in good operating condition. General Store your vehicle in a dry, ventilated place. Protect from sunlight, if possible.
  • Page 367 Ford Gas Stabilizer should be added whenever actual or expected storage periods exceed 60 days. Follow the instructions on the label. The vehicle should then be operated at idle speed to circulate the additive throughout the fuel system.
  • Page 368 Fuel system components may be damaged by torches and welding equipment. Cooling system Protect your vehicle against freezing temperatures. Battery Check and recharge the battery as necessary. Keep connections clean and covered with a light coat of grease. Brakes Make sure the brakes and parking brake are fully released. Tires Maintain recommended air pressure.
  • Page 369 Warning label locations...
  • Page 379: Index

    ABS warning light (see Anti-lock brake system) ..Accessory position on the ignition... . . 55 Additives, engine oil ....Air bag supplemental restraint system .
  • Page 380 Audio system (see Electronic sound system) ..Autolamp system (see Headlamps) ... Autolock (see Keyless entry) ....Automatic transaxle driving with .
  • Page 381 Brakes (continued) noise ......parking ..... . stopping distances .
  • Page 382 Child safety seats (continued) automatic locking mode (retractor) ... built-in child seat ....in front seat .
  • Page 383 Cupholder(s) ..... Customer Assistance Center, Ford (U.S.) ..Dashboard (see Instrument panel) ... .
  • Page 384 Electronic sound system (continued) radio reception ....tuning the radio ....warranty and service information.
  • Page 385 Exhaust fumes..... . 62 Extended Service Plan, Ford ....
  • Page 386 Fuel (continued) quality ..... . . running out of fuel ....storing your vehicle .
  • Page 387 GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) calculating ..... definition ..... . Hazard flashers .
  • Page 388 Infant seats (see Safety seats) ... . . Instrument cluster ....mechanical .
  • Page 389 Lamps (continued) illuminated mirrors ....interior lamps....map lamps .
  • Page 390 Mileage, calculating fuel economy... . Mirrors automatic dimming rearview mirror ..heated ..... . . rearview .
  • Page 391 Radio (see Electronic sound systems) ..Rear climate control system....Rearview mirror ....Rear window .
  • Page 392 Safety restraints (continued) warning light and chime....Safety seats for children and air bags ....attaching with tether straps .
  • Page 393 Tires cleaning ..... replacing ..... . rotating .
  • Page 394: Service Station Information

    Service Station Information...

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