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    1998 Windstar...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Introduction ..... Instrumentation ....Audio .

  • Page 4: Introduction

    Introduction 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.

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    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.

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    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’s Guide.

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    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.

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    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: Instrumentation

    Instrumentation 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 13: Warning And Indicator Lights

    Instrumentation 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.

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    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.

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    Instrumentation 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 Service Engine Soon Warning Light This light illuminates when the engine’s Emission Control...

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    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.

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    Instrumentation Under certain conditions, the Service Engine Soon Light may come on if the fuel cap is not properly installed. If the Service Engine Soon 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.

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    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.

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    Instrumentation 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...

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    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. Turn Signal Warning Chime If you drive with either turn signal on for more than 1/2 mile, a chime will sound every time the flasher is activated until the turn signal is turned off.

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    Instrumentation The high beam indicator light Low Windshield Washer Fluid Level Warning (If equipped) 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.

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    Low Fuel Indicator Light (If equipped) This light comes on when your fuel gauge indicates approximately 1/16 of a tank. The ignition must be turned to ON in order for this light to come on. The low fuel indicator light Cruise Control Indicator A CRUISE light is displayed in the instrument cluster when the speed control system is engaged.

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    Instrumentation The fuel gauge indicator may also vary slightly when the vehicle is in motion. With the ignition OFF, the fuel gauge indicator may drift from the ignition ON position as well. Fuel gauge — base cluster The engine coolant temperature and fuel gauge...

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    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 — base cluster The pointer moves from the C (cold) mark into the NORMAL band as the engine coolant warms up.

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    Instrumentation Let the engine cool. DO NOT REMOVE COOLANT SYSTEM FILL CAP UNTIL THE ENGINE IS COOL. Check the coolant level following the instructions on checking and adding coolant to your engine in this Owner Guide. See engine coolant in the index. If you do not follow these instructions, you or others could be injured.

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    Tachometer (If equipped) The tachometer will show you the engine’s speed measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). The tachometer may move slightly when the key is placed in the ACC or ON position, with the engine off. This is normal and does not affect the performance of the tachometer when the engine is running.

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    Instrumentation 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...

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    The Traction Control light will stay on for a minimum of four seconds. Traction Control Off 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.

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    Instrumentation Anti-Theft Active Indicator Light This indicator is used in the optional Anti-Theft System. See “Anti-Theft System” in the Controls and 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...

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems Using the Automatic Memory Load and Automatic Memory Store features 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.

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems Adjusting speaker fader Fade control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the front and rear speakers. Push the “AUDIO” button repeatedly until the display reads “FADE.” Push the “+” side of the “VOL” button to shift the sound to the front speakers, and push the “-”...

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems NOTE: The CD player has heat protection circuitry to protect the laser diode. If the temperature of the player reaches 167˚F (75˚C), the heat detection circuit will shut off the player and “TOO HOT” will scroll in the display for five seconds (radio will resume playing).

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    When you have reached the end of the disc by keeping the fast forward button pressed, the display will show “END” and the player will go into pause mode. Push the “PLAY/STOP” button to begin playing the first track of the disc, press the “REV” button to back up from the end of the disc, or use the “SEEK”...

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    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.

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    Using the “TUNE” function You can change the frequency up or down one increment at a time (FM changes in increments of 200 kHz; AM changes in increments of 10 kHz) by first pressing the “SCAN/TUNE” button twice (display shows “TUNE”), then —...

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    Electronic Sound Systems Setting the station MEMORY PRESET buttons Your radio is equipped with 5 station memory buttons. These buttons can be used to select up to 5 preset AM stations and 10 preset FM stations (5 in FM1 and 5 in FM2). Follow the easy steps below to set these buttons to the desired frequencies: Select a band, then select a frequency.

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    Activate Auto Memory Store by pushing the “AUTO PRESET” button once. Your radio will set the first five strong stations of the band you are in (AM, FM1 or FM2) into the memory buttons. The display will show “AUTO”, then run through the frequencies, stopping momentarily on the stations being set into the memory buttons.

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    Electronic Sound Systems Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and left speakers. Push the “AUDIO” button repeatedly until the display reads “BAL.” Push the “+” side of the “VOL” button to shift the sound to the right speakers, and push the “-”...

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    Using the Controls of Your Cassette Tape Player How to insert a tape Your cassette tape player is equipped with power loading. Once you insert a tape and push slightly (with the open edge to the right), the loading mechanism draws the tape the rest of the way in and play will begin after a momentary tape tightening process.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    In order to keep your cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: Using a Ford or equivalent 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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    “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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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).

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    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...

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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”...

  • Page 57: Rear Seat Radio Controls

    Rear Seat Radio Controls Using the Rear Seat Radio Controls Rear seat radio controls are standard equipment on all models with an overhead console. The rear seat radio controls are located at the rear of the overhead console and the headphone jack is behind the driver on the left side of the vehicle.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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).

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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”).

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    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”...

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    In order to keep your cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: Using a Ford or equivalent 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.

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    Electronic Sound Systems 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.

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    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.

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    At Ford, 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. There is a nationwide network of qualified Ford authorized repair centers to assist you.

  • Page 71: Controls And Features

    Controls and Features The instrument panel (dashboard) on your vehicle is divided into several different sections. Illustrations are provided for the major parts of the instrument panel that are explained in this chapter. Some items shown may not be on all vehicles. The controls for the climate control systems, headlamps, dim switch, rear window defogger, fog lamps, power rear quarter windows, Traction Control, clock/radio and the rear window...

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    outlet is located at the bottom of the center console. An illustration of the register, defroster, and floor outlet locations follows. The climate control air outlet locations...

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    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. NOTE: The A/C compressor will only operate when outside air temperatures are above approximately 45˚F (7˚C).

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    Controls and Features 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. RWARNING Operating with the Function Selector Control in off or in Max A/C for extended periods of time in cold weather can result in fog buildup on interior glass surfaces.

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    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.

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    Controls and Features Turning On the Heat Heat will not be available until the engine has been running for sufficient time as indicated by the engine coolant temperature gauge. To heat the inside of your vehicle: Turn the Function Selector Knob to R (FLOOR). Outside air is drawn in and directed into the passenger compartment through the floor outlets.

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    Heating and Air Conditioning System Turning On the Heat You can heat the inside of your vehicle and defrost the windshield using the Function Selector Knob located in the control assembly in the instrument panel. The seven function selector modes are: MAX A/C, AC, Q (PANEL), S (PANEL/FLOOR), R (FLOOR), P (DEFROST/FLOOR), and V (DEFROST).

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    Controls and Features The climate controls — main and auxiliary system A/C — Heater System — if equipped The auxiliary system is controlled exclusively by the 9-position switch. If the control is turned to the left, cool air will be delivered at the beltline and overhead.

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    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, and any...

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    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.

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    Controls and Features If an A/C mode is chosen on the Function Selector Knob and the Rear Control Knob is in a cool mode (blue dots), rear passengers will receive FULL COOL (air-conditioned) air out of the side and upper rear registers. If a non-A/C mode is chosen on the Function Selector Knob and the Rear Control Knob is in a cool mode (blue dots), rear passengers will receive recirculated air out of the side and upper rear registers.

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    The rear defogger switch To defrost the rear window: Clear any snow or ice 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.

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    Controls and Features 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 86: Exterior Lamps

    Traction Control (If equipped) Traction Control can help improve your traction on slippery surfaces, but always operate your vehicle within reasonable limits. Abrupt changes in acceleration, deceleration, turning, or combinations of these maneuvers can cause your vehicle to behave differently than anticipated, especially when road conditions vary.

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    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 89: Interior Lamps

    Controls and Features NOTE: You may notice that the lights flicker when the engine is turned on or off. This is a normal condition. RWARNING The Daytime Running Light (DRL) system will not illuminate the tail lamps and parking lamps. Turn on your headlamps at dusk.

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    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. Radio Antenna The fixed radio antenna is mounted on the front fender on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

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    Controls and Features NOTE: Do not place heavy objects in the cupholders. The controls on the steering column and wheel are designed to give you easy access to the controls while you are driving. 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.

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    START cranks the engine. Release the key once the engine starts so that you don’t damage the starter. The key should return to the ON position when you release it. The START position also allows you to test the brake warning light. Removing the Key From the Ignition LOCK is the only position that allows you to remove the key from the ignition.

  • Page 93: Turn Signal Lever

    Controls and Features RWARNING Do not leave children, unreliable adults, or pets unattended in your vehicle. Turn Signal Lever You can use the turn signal lever on the left side of the steering column to: operate the turn signals. turn the headlamps to high beam. flash the headlamps.

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    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 95: Windshield Wipers And Washer

    Controls and Features Flashing the Lights To flash the headlamps, pull the turn signal lever toward you for a moment and then release it. The high beam headlamps will flash whether the headlamps are on or off. Windshield Wipers and Washer Variable Interval Wipers Your vehicle has wipers that operate at varying intervals.

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    Speed Dependent Wipers This feature compensates for the extra moisture that accumulates on your windshield at higher speeds during rain. At higher speeds, the Speed Dependent feature shortens the delay between wipes when you use the variable interval wipers. Delay will automatically adjust at speeds between 10 and 65 mph (16 and 105 km/h).

  • Page 97: Gearshift Lever

    Controls and Features Windshield Washer To clean the windshield, push in the washer button on the end of the turn signal lever. For a constant spray, push and hold the button. If the windshield wipers are off, one momentary push results in one wipe and a longer push in three wipes and activation of washer fluid.

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    The gearshift lever 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.

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    Controls and Features only upshift and downshift from 1st through 3rd gears. The vehicle will always return to the overdrive operation mode when the ignition is turned off and back on. If the lamp does not come on when the Overdrive ON/OFF button is depressed or if the lamp flashes when you are driving, have your vehicle serviced at the first opportunity.

  • Page 100: Hazard Flasher Switch

    Hazard Flasher Switch The hazard flasher switch is located on top of the steering column. 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.

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    To Turn Speed Control Off Press OFF, Turn off the vehicle ignition. Once speed control is switched off, the previously programmed set speed will be erased. To Turn Speed Control On Press ON To Set a Speed Press SET ACCEL. For speed control to operate, the speed control must be ON and the vehicle speed must be greater than 30 mph (48 km/h).

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    Controls and Features To Set a Higher Set Speed Press and hold SET ACCEL. Release the switch when the desired vehicle speed is reached. OR Press and release SET ACCEL. Each press will increase the set speed by 1 mph (1.6 km/h). OR Accelerate with your accelerator pedal, then press SET ACCEL.

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    Indicator Light (If equipped) Lights when either the SET ACCEL or RESUME switches are pressed and remains lit until it is either disengaged or turned off. Setting the Autolamp Delay System (If equipped) Autolamp delay allows the headlamps to remain on after the vehicle is parked and the ignition is turned off.

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    Controls and Features Setting the autolamp The headlamps can be adjusted to turn on earlier or later in the day according to the amount of outside light reaching the sensor inside the mirror. To turn the headlamps on using Autolamp, perform the following procedure. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position and place the Autolamp slide knob to OFF.

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    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 in the overhead console. The rear cargo lamp is located overhead in the rear of the vehicle.

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    Controls and Features Automatic Dimming Inside Rearview Mirror (If equipped) The automatic non-glare mirror The electronic day/night mirror is equipped with a glare control feature that automatically darkens the mirror to reduce glare from headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. The mirror will return to the normal state when glare is no longer detected.

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    Illuminated Courtesy Mirror (If equipped) Your vehicle may have illuminated courtesy mirrors on the sun visors. You can turn on the lighted mirrors by lifting the mirror door cover. The illuminated mirror on the sun visor Doors For information on the liftgate refer to the Liftgate section later in this chapter.

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    Controls and Features The inside sliding door handle To close the door, pull the handle toward the front of the vehicle and slide the door. Be sure it is fully closed. 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.

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    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. Childproof Lock for the Sliding Door Your vehicle has a childproof lock for the sliding door.

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    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.

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    Controls and Features 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.

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    To open a window, press the recessed area of the switch. To close it, press the raised area of the switch. RWARNING Do not let children play with the power windows. The power window switches 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.

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    Controls and Features Cancelling and reactivating the one-touch-down feature The one-touch-down power window feature can be cancelled and reactivated at any time 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 and then back to the OFF position.

  • Page 116

    Manual flip-open quarter window latch location Power Quarter 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 on the door panel. Press the indented side of the switch to open the windows;...

  • Page 117

    Controls and Features The power quarter window switches Mirrors RWARNING Make sure you can see clearly through the rearview mirror at all times. Do not block your vision. If you cannot see through the mirror, it could result in a collision, injuring yourself and others.

  • Page 118

    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 119

    Controls and Features To adjust the remote controlled side mirrors: Select the right or left mirror by sliding the selector lever towards the right arrow or the left arrow. Move the control knob in the direction you want to move the mirror.

  • Page 120

    Compact Disc and Cassette Storage Console (If equipped) A storage compartment is included below the radio for storage of your discs or cassettes. There is also a compact disc and cassette storage insert in the storage compartment located under the front passenger seat (if equipped). Compact disc/cassette storage...

  • Page 121

    Controls and Features 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 122

    Liftgate Liftgate opening procedure To open the liftgate, insert the door key into the lock and turn it clockwise. You can also unlock the latch (but not release it) with the power door lock system. Reach under the license plate light shield and release the liftgate latch by squeezing the paddle handle rearward.

  • Page 123

    Controls and Features 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. RWARNING Make sure that the liftgate door and/or window are closed to prevent exhaust fumes from being drawn into the vehicle.

  • Page 124

    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 125

    Controls and Features The rear cargo net...

  • Page 126: Battery Saver

    Battery Saver When the ignition switch is turned to OFF, the vehicle will turn off battery voltage to the interior lamps after 45 minutes. (The exterior lamps are not affected.) The purpose is to minimize extended battery drain if the lights have inadvertently been left on or if a door or the glove box is not completely closed.

  • Page 127

    Controls and Features The remote entry transmitter Unlocking the Doors To unlock the driver’s door, press the UNLOCK control. To unlock the other doors, press the UNLOCK control a second time within five seconds of unlocking the driver’s door. Locking the doors To lock all the doors, press the LOCK control.

  • Page 128

    If you notice a significant decrease in operating range, the batteries should be replaced. 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...

  • Page 129

    Controls and Features Replacing the batteries The remote can be snapped apart to replace the batteries by twisting a thin coin between the two halves of the remote. DO NOT TAKE THE FRONT PART OF THE REMOTE APART. When installing the new batteries, be sure to place the positive (+) side down as marked.

  • Page 130

    Illuminated Entry System (If equipped) This system will provide illumination of the vehicle’s interior courtesy lamps when the remote entry system is used to unlock the door or sound the personal alarm. The system will automatically turn off after approximately 25 seconds, when the ignition is turned to the RUN or ACC position or when the lock button on the transmitter is pressed.

  • Page 131

    Controls and Features The doors may not lock automatically at the correct time if the driver: shifts through gears without pressing the brake shifts through gears quickly after starting the vehicle releases their foot from the brake while someone has stepped out of the vehicle for a moment To activate/deactivate Autolock/Relock feature: Turn ignition from OFF to ON/ACC.

  • Page 132

    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 low beam headlamps, parking lamps, and alarm indicator lamp honk the horn disable the starting circuit to prevent the vehicle from being started Arming the System...

  • Page 133

    Controls and Features You can also arm the anti-theft system by following this sequence: Remove the key from the ignition. The hood must be closed to arm the system. Close all of the doors and liftgate. Press the remote entry transmitter LOCK button. The alarm indicator will come on for 30 seconds to show the alarm is arming and then flash to show that it has armed.

  • Page 134

    Disarming a Triggered System The alarm can be disarmed by: unlocking any door with the key, or using the UNLOCK control on the remote entry transmitter using the PANIC button of the remote entry transmitter NOTE: The flashing lights and honking horn will shut off automatically approximately two minutes and 45 seconds after the system is triggered.

  • Page 135: Seating And Safety Restraints

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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 136

    RWARNING It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts.

  • Page 137

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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 138

    Reclining Bucket Seats (Manual Seats) Your vehicle is equipped with reclining front bucket seats and may have optional reclining second row buckets. To recline your seat: On the left sides (front seats) or window seat sides (second row buckets) of the seats, find the handle for the recliner. Lift the handle up and hold it in place.

  • Page 139

    Seating and Safety Restraints...

  • Page 140

    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 seatback angle: Push the seatback to move the seat assembly rearward, until it stops.

  • Page 141

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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 return to its original position after the seat is safely latched. Your Windstar tip slide seat has been equipped with a lock-out feature which prevents the seatback from returning to its original position until the seat latches in the tracks.

  • Page 142

    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 143

    Seating and Safety Restraints Adjustable Three Passenger Bench Seat (If equipped) Your vehicle’s third row passenger bench seat may be adjustable forward and backward. This adjustment allows for additional cargo space with the seat adjusted to the full forward position and extra leg room when adjusted rearward.

  • Page 144

    Seat/Bed Conversion (If equipped) The head restraints must be removed before converting the seat to a bed. To remove the head restraints, pull the head restraints all the way up, then push the buttons on the head restraint guides and lift the head restraints out. 2nd Row Seat To convert the seat to a bed: Unlatch the seat/bed lever, located on the right-hand side of...

  • Page 145

    Seating and Safety Restraints The seat cushion will move forward when going from the seat to the bed position. 2nd row seat (seat position) To convert the bed to a seat: While in front of the seat, pull the release lever up, slightly raise the seatback, then push the seat bottom rearward until the seatback is in the full upright and locked position.

  • Page 146

    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. Push down at the top of the seatback until it latches.

  • Page 147

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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.

  • Page 148

    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 149

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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.

  • Page 150

    Figure 1: Second row detachable anchor — detached position...

  • Page 151

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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 coming out of the trim (see Figure 2). The end of the shoulder belt must be clipped in order to keep it from striking anything during vehicle operation.

  • Page 152

    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 153

    Seating and Safety Restraints Figure 3: Removal and installation of the second and third bench seats 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 154

    Ensure that the latch handles are fully seated in the down position. (Second row bench seat only) Before you engage the safety belt, be sure it is not twisted. A twisted safety belt may cause the retractor to not work properly. Remove any twist, then insert the tongue end of the safety belt into the detachable anchor until you hear a “snap”...

  • Page 155

    Seating and Safety Restraints The two passenger bench seat must be installed in the first row behind the front seats. RWARNING Never adjust the driver’s seat or seatback when the vehicle is moving. RWARNING Always latch the vehicle seat to the floor, whether the seat is occupied or empty.

  • Page 156: Storage Compartments

    Storage Compartments Underseat Storage Compartment (Ltd Only — 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...

  • Page 157: Safety Belts

    Seating and 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.

  • Page 158

    RWARNING Each seating position in your vehicle has a specific safety belt assembly which is made up of one buckle and one tongue that are designed to be used as a pair. 1) Use the shoulder belt on the outside shoulder only. Never wear the shoulder belt under the arm.

  • Page 159: Combination Lap And Shoulder Belts

    Seating and Safety Restraints Combination Lap and Shoulder Belts While your vehicle is in motion, the combination lap and shoulder belt adjusts to your movement. However, if you brake hard, turn hard, or if your vehicle receives an impact of 5 mph (8 km/h) or more, the lap/shoulder belt locks and helps reduce your forward movement.

  • Page 160

    While the belt retracts, guide the tongue to its original position to prevent it from striking you or part of the vehicle. Shoulder Belt Adjustment (Driver, Right Front Passenger and 2nd Row Left Hand Side Passenger) You can adjust the shoulder belt height to one of five (5) positions.

  • Page 161

    Seating and Safety Restraints In addition to safety belt anchorages in the floor and roof structures, the second row bench seat has a detachable safety belt anchor mounted to the right window side of the seat. The safety belt should always remain attached to this anchor except when removing this seat.

  • Page 162

    Figure 1: Second row bench seat detachable anchor...

  • Page 163

    Seating and Safety Restraints Figure 2: Securing the detachable shoulder belt Refer to “Seats” in this section 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 164

    RWARNING 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 165: Lap Belts

    Seating and Safety Restraints To switch the retractor from the emergency locking mode to the automatic locking mode, perform the following steps: Buckle the lap/shoulder combination belt. 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.

  • Page 166: 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 167: Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System

    Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Failure to follow these instructions will affect the performance of the safety belts and increase the risk of personal injury. 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...

  • Page 168

    The Importance of Being Properly Seated In a collision, the air bag must inflate extremely fast to help provide additional protection for you. In order to do this, the air bag must inflate with considerable force. If you are not seated in a normal riding position with your back against the seatback, the air bag may not protect you properly and could possibly hurt you as it inflates.

  • Page 169

    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 170

    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 171

    Seating and Safety Restraints Inflated driver-side air bag...

  • Page 172

    Inflated passenger-side air bag RWARNING The air bag will inflate only once. The system is designed to function on a one-time-only basis. 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, this will increase the risk of injury in a subsequent collision.

  • Page 173

    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 air bags and air bag equipped vehicles For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped vehicles, see your local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.

  • Page 174: Safety Restraints For Children

    Safety Restraints for Children In the U.S. and Canada, you are required by law to use safety restraints for children. If small children ride in your vehicle — this generally includes children who are four years old or younger and who weigh 40 pounds (18 kg) or less — you must put them in safety seats that are made specially for children.

  • Page 175

    Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Do not leave children, unreliable adults, or pets unattended in your vehicle. RWARNING Safety belts and seats can become hot in a vehicle that has been closed up in sunny weather; they could burn a small child.

  • Page 176

    RWARNING 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. Children must be properly buckled before riding in the vehicle. It is the law in every state and province. This child seat conforms to all Federal/Canadian motor vehicle safety standards.

  • Page 177

    Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Do not leave children, unreliable adults, or pets unattended in your vehicle. RWARNING Safety belts and seats can become hot in a vehicle that has been closed up in sunny weather; they could burn a small child.

  • Page 178

    Ensure head restraint is in the down position, then pull child seat down completely. Refer to Figure 1. The child seat can only be folded down when the head restraint is in the down position. The head restraint cannot be raised when the child seat is folded down.

  • Page 179

    Seating and Safety Restraints Read the information and warnings on the child seat cushion protector flap and shoulder safety belt. Refer to Figure 2. Check the child’s size, weight and age to be sure the child is not too small or too large for the child seat. Then fold the flap down onto the adult seat cushion.

  • Page 180

    Place the child on the child seat and position the shoulder belts over each shoulder. Refer to Figure 3. Figure 3: 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 181

    Seating and 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 4. (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 182

    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 5.

  • Page 183

    Seating and Safety Restraints Figure 5: Securing the chest clip...

  • Page 184

    Pull the shoulder belts out to ensure that the crotch safety belt buckle and chest clip are securely fastened. Refer to Figure 6. Figure 6: Checking for securely latched buckle and chest clip Pull left shoulder belt fully out to put the retractor into the lock mode.

  • Page 185

    Seating and Safety Restraints To remove the child from the built-in child seat: Open the chest clip. Refer back to Figure 5. Press the release button on the crotch safety belt buckle. Slide the shoulder belts off the child’s shoulders and remove the child.

  • Page 186

    If the child seat was in use during a collision, Ford recommends replacing it. However, if the collision was minor and a qualified technician finds that the child restraints do not show damage and continue to operate properly, they do not need to be replaced.

  • Page 187

    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 188

    infant seats should be secured in the rear seat whenever possible. Forward-facing child seats used in the front seat must have the passenger seat moved as far back from the instrument panel as possible. Your vehicle is equipped with a right front passenger air bag. Air bags deploy with great force, faster than the blink of an eye.

  • Page 189

    Seating and Safety Restraints RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. If you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the child may be injured in a sudden stop or collision. RWARNING Always keep the buckle release button pointing upward and away from the child seat, with the tongue between...

  • Page 190

    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. See Figure 1.

  • Page 191

    Seating and 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 192

    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 193

    Seating and 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 195

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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.

  • Page 196

    Checking that the seat is secure...

  • Page 197

    Seating and Safety Restraints Double check the retractor is in the automatic locking mode. Try to pull more belt out of the retractor. If you cannot, the belt is in the automatic locking mode. See Figure 8. Checking the retractor Check to make sure that the seat is properly secured prior to each use.

  • Page 198

    Installing a Child Safety Seat at the Center Seating Position with Locking Adjustable Lap Belt Lengthen the lap belt. To lengthen the belt, hold the tongue so that its bottom is perpendicular to the direction of webbing while sliding the tongue up the webbing. Place the child safety seat in the center seating position.

  • Page 199

    Seating and Safety Restraints Attaching Safety Seats With Tether Straps Some manufacturers make safety seats that include a tether strap that goes over the back of the vehicle seat and attaches to an anchoring point. Other manufacturers offer the tether strap as an accessory.

  • Page 200

    Three tether strap anchor locations have been provided in your vehicle. They are as follows: Tether strap anchor locations...

  • Page 201

    Seating and Safety Restraints 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.) Figure 1: Tether anchor location — Front passenger seat SECOND ROW BENCH (if equipped) SEATING POSITION —...

  • Page 202

    Figure 2: Tether anchor location — second row bench seat (with built-in child safety seat)

  • Page 203

    Seating and Safety Restraints Figure 3: Tether anchor location — second row bench seat (without built-in child safety seat)

  • Page 204

    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.) Figure 4: Tether anchor location — second row bucket seat RWARNING Only use the tether attachment hole locations shown in the illustrations.

  • Page 205: Starting

    Starting 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 206

    DO NOT depress the accelerator pedal when starting your engine. DO NOT use the accelerator until after the engine is running and you are ready to drive away. Turn the key to the START position until the engine starts. (Release the key after the engine has started and it will return to the ON position.) If you have difficulty in turning the key, rotate the steering wheel slightly to relieve any binding.

  • Page 207

    Starting NOTE: Your vehicle has an interlock that prevents you from shifting out of P (Park) unless your foot is on the brake pedal. If the engine still does not start after two attempts: Turn the key to the OFF position and wait about two minutes.

  • Page 208

    Using the Engine Block Heater (If equipped) Using your engine block heater is strongly recommended if you live in a region where temperatures consistently reach 20˚F ( 29˚C) or below during the winter months. An engine block heater warms the engine coolant which improves starting, warms up the engine faster, and allows the heater-defrost system to respond more quickly.

  • Page 209

    Starting 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 210: Driving

    Driving Brakes When the foot (service) brake pedal is depressed, the high-mount brake lamp should illuminate. Front Disc Brakes The front disc brakes are self-adjusting. They only require periodic inspection for pad wear. Rear Disc Brakes (If equipped) The rear disc brakes are self-adjusting. They only require periodic inspection for pad wear.

  • Page 211

    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 212

    Driving key to the ON position) have your mobile radio dealer inspect the radio installation. Also, if the ABS system is activated other than during maximum braking, have your mobile radio installation checked. If Brakes Do Not Grip Well or Pedal is “Low” If the brake pedal seems “low”...

  • Page 213

    RWARNING If you are driving down a long or steep hill, shift to a lower gear. Do not apply your brakes continuously, as they may overheat and become less effective. Using the Parking Brake The parking brake should be used whenever you park your vehicle.

  • Page 214: Steering Your Vehicle

    Driving RWARNING Always set the parking brake fully and make sure the gearshift is latched in P (Park). Turn off the ignition whenever you leave your vehicle. RWARNING If the parking brake is fully released, but the Brake System light remains on, check brake fluid level, then have the brakes checked immediately.

  • Page 215: Automatic Transaxle Operation

    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 216: Roadside Emergencies

    Driving 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 217

    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 218

    Driving 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 219: Vehicle Loading Information

    The gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) if you can not rotate it in a clockwise direction without pulling it toward you. RWARNING Always set the parking brake fully and make sure the gearshift is latched in P (Park). Turn off the ignition whenever you leave your vehicle.

  • Page 220

    Driving RWARNING It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed. Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and safety belts.

  • Page 221

    Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the total weight of the passengers, cargo and all equipment. It is important to remember that GVW is not a limit or a specification, but actual weight. If an owner loads up the vehicle and weighs it, that’s the GVW at that moment.

  • Page 222

    Driving When passenger car tires are installed on light trucks and multipurpose passenger vehicles, they are rated at a 10% lower load carrying capacity due to the differences in vehicle usages. With the tires inflated to the specified pressure, the total weight of your vehicle must not exceed the GVWR and GAWR specified on the Safety Compliance Certification Label.

  • Page 223

    Trailer towing table If you suspect that your payload is excessive, have your vehicle weighed at a highway weight station or another appropriate commercial facility. Fill the fuel tank. Weigh the total vehicle and trailer (if applicable), then separately weigh the vehicle at the front and rear wheels.

  • Page 224

    Driving RWARNING Towing trailers beyond the maximum recommended gross trailer weight exceeds the limit of the vehicle and could result in engine damage, transaxle damage, structural damage, loss of control, and personal injury. Preparing to Tow For your safety and for the good of your vehicle, use the right equipment for the type of trailer you tow.

  • Page 225

    Trailer brakes Separate trailer brakes are required on most trailers weighing over 1,500 lbs. (680 kg). RWARNING Do not connect a trailer’s hydraulic brake system directly to your vehicle’s brake system. Your vehicle may not have enough braking power and your chances of having a collision greatly increase.

  • Page 226

    Driving When descending a steep grade with a trailer, operate in Drive rather than Overdrive. If additional braking is needed, shift into 2 (Second) or 1 (First) gear. Servicing Your Vehicle If You Tow If you tow a trailer for a long distance, your vehicle will need to be serviced more frequently than usual.

  • Page 227

    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 228

    Driving 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 229

    The adjustable cross-bar Driving Under Special Conditions Tips for Safe Driving As with any new vehicle, yours may drive and handle differently from your previous vehicle. Use greater care until you become accustomed to its features and driving characteristics. Always operate your vehicle within reasonable limits. Abrupt changes in acceleration, deceleration, turning, or combinations of these maneuvers can cause a vehicle to behave differently than anticipated, especially when road conditions vary.

  • Page 230

    Driving at very high speeds for extended periods of time may result in damage to vehicle components. Ford Motor Company recommends obeying posted speed limits. RWARNING Do not spin the wheels at over 35 mph (55 km/h). The tires may fail and injure a passenger or bystander.

  • Page 231

    RWARNING To avoid skidding and losing control on slippery roads, do not downshift into 1 (First) when you are moving faster than 20 mph (32 km/h). RWARNING The Anti-Lock Brake System may not prevent brake lock-up on extremely slippery surfaces. High water Do not drive through flooded areas unless you are sure that the water is below the bottom of the wheel hubs.

  • Page 232

    Driving Do not rock the vehicle for more than a few minutes. This may overheat the engine, damage the transaxle, or damage the tires. Driving With a Heavy Load The Safety Compliance Certification Label, located on the driver’s door pillar, provides important information regarding the weight limits your vehicle can safely carry or tow.

  • Page 233

    Towing a Trailer Towing a trailer puts an additional load on your vehicle’s engine, transaxle, axle, brakes, tires and suspension. For your safety and for the good of your vehicle, use the right equipment for the type of trailer you tow. Stay within the load limits when you tow.

  • Page 234: What To Do If The Engine Does Not Start

    Roadside Emergencies 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. The turn signal indicators cannot be used when the hazard lamps are flashing.

  • Page 235

    Fuel pump shut-off switch reset button location RWARNING If you see or smell fuel, do not reset the switch or try to start your vehicle. Have all the passengers get out of the vehicle and call the local fire department or a towing service.

  • Page 236

    Roadside Emergencies 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 237

    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 238

    Roadside Emergencies On the fuse panel, find the number of the fuse you want to check. Main fuse panel under instrument panel...

  • Page 240

    Roadside Emergencies...

  • Page 241

    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 242

    Roadside Emergencies The following chart indicates the colors and amperage ratings of standard fuses.

  • Page 243

    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 244

    Roadside Emergencies...

  • Page 245

    RWARNING Always disconnect the battery before servicing high current fuses. Ford recommends that high current fuses be replaced by a qualified technician. RWARNING Always replace the cover to the Power Distribution Box before reconnecting the battery or refilling fluid reservoirs.

  • Page 246: Changing A Flat Tire

    Roadside Emergencies The relay box cover located under the instrument panel 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.

  • Page 247

    RWARNING If you use the temporary spare tire continuously or do not follow these precautions, the tire could fail, causing you to lose control of the vehicle, possibly injuring yourself or others. When you drive with the temporary spare tire, DO NOT: exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) under any circumstances load your vehicle so that it is heavier than the maximum vehicle load rating listed on the tire decal...

  • Page 248

    Roadside Emergencies Removing the spare tire Open the liftgate and find the plastic hex nut cover in the carpeting of the cargo area. Lift the cover to expose the hex nut. The spare tire cover Find the lug wrench in the tool kit located behind the jack in the right cargo area side panel.

  • Page 249

    The spare tire in the lowered position Continue to turn the hex nut counterclockwise until the spare tire retainer can be seen for removal. Remove the retainer from the center of the wheel. It may be necessary to lift one end of the tire to disengage the retainer. 16"...

  • Page 250

    Roadside Emergencies 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 and that the tires and jack are on a level, solid surface. Put the gearshift lever in P (Park).

  • Page 251

    Get out the spare tire and jack. See previous section for instructions on spare tire removal. The jack is located in the rear storage compartment in the right door panel of the cargo area. Remove wing bolt to unfasten jack. Jack storage Insert the tapered hook end of the jack handle behind the wheel cover of the tire to be changed and gently pry it off.

  • Page 252

    Roadside Emergencies Wheel cover removal If you have the 15" aluminum wheels, remove the wheel cap to gain access to the lug nuts. To remove the cap, insert the tapered end of the jack handle behind the notch in the wheel and gently pry the cap off.

  • Page 253

    To replace the wheel ornament, align the tabs of the ornament with the opening in the wheel. Push the ornament with your palm until it is fully secured into the wheel opening. Do not use excessive force or a metal hammer to install wheel covers or wheel ornaments.

  • Page 254

    Roadside Emergencies Anti-theft lug nut 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...

  • Page 255

    Jack placement NOTE: If your vehicle is equipped with running boards, refer to the following illustration before jacking.

  • Page 256

    Roadside Emergencies Jacking information for running boards...

  • Page 257

    RWARNING To avoid injury, never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, such as when changing a tire. RWARNING 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 258

    Roadside Emergencies 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 259

    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 260

    Roadside Emergencies 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 261: Jump-starting Your Vehicle

    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. RWARNING The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes.

  • Page 262

    Roadside Emergencies 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 263

    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 264

    Roadside Emergencies Jumper Cable Placement (3.0L)

  • Page 265

    Jumper Cable Placement (3.8L)

  • Page 266

    Roadside Emergencies 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. Let the dead battery charge for a few minutes and then start the vehicle that has the dead battery.

  • Page 267: 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 268: Maintenance And Care

    Maintenance and Care 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.

  • Page 269

    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 270

    Maintenance and Care RWARNING 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 271

    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 272: Engine Compartment

    Maintenance and Care Engine Compartment Your vehicle has a 3.0 liter SFI, V-6 engine or an optional 3.8 liter SPI, V-6 engine. The following illustrations show diagrams of your engine and where you can find items you should service regularly.

  • Page 273

    The engine compartment (3.0 liter only)

  • Page 274

    Maintenance and Care The engine compartment (3.8 liter only)

  • Page 275

    What to Check When You Stop at a Service Station Engine Oil Recommendations We recommend using Motorcraft oil or an equivalent oil meeting Ford Specification WSS-M2C153-F and displaying the American Petroleum Institute CERTIFICATION MARK on the front of the container. Use only engine oils displaying the American Petroleum...

  • Page 276

    Maintenance and Care 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 (-26˚C). Synthetic engine oils which are CERTIFIED and of the preferred viscosity may be used in your engine.

  • Page 277

    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 278: Brake Fluid

    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-AB or DOT 3 equivalent fluid meeting Ford specification ESA-M6C25-A.

  • Page 279

    The brake fluid reservoir RWARNING If you use a brake fluid that is not DOT 3, you will cause permanent damage to your brakes. Add fluid if level is 0.30“ or more below the MAX line. Do not fill the reservoir above the MAX line. If you find that the fluid level is excessively low —...

  • Page 280: Windshield Washer Fluid

    Maintenance and Care Windshield Washer Fluid Washer Fluid Check the level of the windshield washer fluid every time you stop for fuel. The reservoir for washer fluid is located on the front, passenger side of the engine compartment. This reservoir contains the fluid for both the windshield and liftgate washers.

  • Page 281: Engine Coolant

    methanol. Washer fluids containing non-methanol antifreeze agents should be used only if they provide cold weather protection without damaging the vehicle’s paint finish, wiper blades, and windshield washer system. RWARNING Windshield washer fluid contains methanol which is poisonous. When adding windshield washer solution, be sure to observe all warnings indicated on the washer solution container.

  • Page 282

    Maintenance and Care 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 283

    — 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 284

    Maintenance and Care Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid is an optimized formula that will protect all metals and rubber elastomers used in Ford engines for four years or 50,000 miles (80,000 km). It is not necessary and not recommended to use supplemental coolant additives in your gasoline powered vehicle.

  • Page 285: Capacities And Specifications

    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. Power Steering Fluid Check the level of the power steering fluid at least twice a year (i.e., every Spring and Fall).

  • Page 286

    Maintenance and Care While the engine idles, turn the steering wheel back and forth several times. Make sure that the cap assembly is installed at this time. Then turn the engine off. Check the fluid level in the power steering fluid reservoir. The power steering fluid cap If the power steering fluid is low, add fluid in small amounts, continuously checking the level, until the fluid is...

  • Page 287: Automatic Transaxle Fluid

    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“ printed on the fluid container).

  • Page 288

    Maintenance and Care 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 289

    Normal operating temperature is reached after driving approximately 20 miles (32 km). The fluid level should be within the crosshatched area on the dipstick. 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.

  • Page 290

    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.

  • Page 291

    Battery recycling symbol RWARNING The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in injury or vehicle damage. RWARNING 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 292: Wiper Blades

    Maintenance and Care 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 293

    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 294

    Maintenance and Care RWARNING Improperly inflated tires can affect vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, possibly resulting in loss of vehicle control. Tire Rotation Because your vehicle’s front and rear tires perform different jobs, they often wear differently. To make sure your tires wear evenly and last longer, rotate them as indicated in the following diagram.

  • Page 295

    If you do not follow these precautions, your vehicle may not drive properly and safely. RWARNING 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.

  • Page 296

    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 297

    Treadwear The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half (1 1/2) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100.

  • Page 298

    Maintenance and Care Snow Chains The tires on your vehicle have all-weather treads that provide traction in rain or snow. However, during the winter months in some climates, you may need to use chains with your tires. Use tire chains with P205/70R15 tires only. Do not use chains when using a temporary spare.

  • Page 299

    Filling Your Fuel Tank Turn the engine off. After opening the fuel door (located on the driver side of the vehicle), remove the cap carefully and slowly by turning it counterclockwise 1/4 turn until it stops. Pull to remove the cap. A tether attaches the cap to the fuel filler pipe.

  • Page 300

    Maintenance and Care To replace the fuel cap, align the tabs on the cap with the notches on the filler pipe. Turn it clockwise until it stops. Push the fuel door closed. If the Service Engine Soon warning light comes on and stays on when you start the engine, the fuel cap may not be properly seated.

  • Page 301

    other gasolines, the performance of the emission control devices and systems may be adversely affected. Repair of damage caused by using a fuel that your vehicle was not designed for may not be covered by your warranty. Octane recommendations Your vehicle is designed to use regular gasoline with an (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87.

  • Page 302

    Cleaner air Ford approves the use of gasolines to improve air quality, including reformulated gasolines, that contain oxygenates such as a maximum of 10% ethanol or 15% MTBE. There should be no more than 5% methanol with cosolvents and additives to protect the fuel system.

  • Page 303

    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. Excessive inhalation of fuel vapors can cause headache, dizziness, nausea, poor coordination, and other symptoms which could interfere with your ability to safely operate your vehicle.

  • Page 304

    Maintenance and Care Running Out of Fuel If your vehicle runs out of fuel, try to stop on level ground away from traffic. Add at least one gallon (4 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 305

    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 306: Emission Control System

    Maintenance and Care Keep the tires properly inflated. To find out the recommended tire pressure, see Checking the pressure of the tires later in this chapter. Use your air conditioning system wisely. To find out about fuel economy and air conditioning, see Climate control systems in the Index.

  • Page 307

    RWARNING 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. RWARNING Do not remove the floor carpet in your vehicle. Emission controls cause high exhaust temperatures under the floor.

  • Page 308

    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 309

    How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) Testing In some localities it may become a legal requirement to pass an Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) test of the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) II system. If the vehicle’s powertrain system or its battery has just been serviced, the OBD II system is reset to a not ready for I/M testing condition.

  • Page 310

    Maintenance and Care 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 311

    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 312

    Maintenance and Care 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 313

    Replacing the Taillamp Bulbs To remove a bulb: Open the liftgate. Remove two screws along top edge of taillamp lens. Grasp lens with fingers at point B and pull side of lens out until snap attachment releases. Taillamp lens removal Grasp lens along liftgate opening edge and pull straight rearward until snap attachment releases.

  • Page 314

    Maintenance and Care To install a taillamp bulb: Insert new bulb into socket by pushing bulb until it is locked in position. Install socket into lamp by aligning socket to lamp and turning clockwise until locked in place. Align pins along liftgate edge with holes in body and snap attachment into retainer.

  • Page 315

    Light bulb locations...

  • Page 316

    Maintenance and Care 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.

  • Page 317

    Bulb replacement chart...

  • Page 318: Cleaning Your Vehicle

    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 319

    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 320

    Maintenance and Care 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. Cleaning the Seats Leather and vinyl For routine cleaning, wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth. For more thorough cleaning, wipe the surface with a leather cleaner of a mild soap.

  • Page 321

    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. These substances will damage protective coatings. Use tar and road oil remover to remove grease and tar.

  • Page 322: Capacities And Specifications, Motorcraft Parts

    Capacities and Specifications Motorcraft Parts Component Part Number 3.0L 3.8L Air filter FA-1043 FA-1616 Battery BXT-65-650 Standard BXT-59 Optional BXT-65-650 BXT-65-750 BXT-65-750*** Fuel filter FG-872 FG-872 Oil filter FL-400S FL-400S Spark plug* AWSF-32PP** AWSF-42EE**** PCV valve EV-155 EV-152 Torque to 7-15 (9.5-20 N•m) If any spark plug needs to be removed for examination, each spark plug removed must be reinstalled in the same cylinder.

  • Page 323: Refill Capacities

    Refill Capacities Engine 3.0L 3.8L Component U.S. Metric U.S. Metric Cooling System Without rear heater 12.0 qts 11.3 liters 12.0 qts 11.3 liters With rear heater 14.0 qts 13.2 liters 14.0 qts 13.2 liters Engine oil With filter change 4.5 qts 4.3 liters 4.5 qts 4.3 liters...

  • Page 324: Lubricant Specifications

    Lubricant Specifications ITEM FORD FORD FORD PART NAME PART NO. SPECIFICATION Brake Master Cylinder Ford High C6AZ-19542-AB ESA-M6C25-A Performance DOT3 Brake Fluid Door Weatherstrips Silicone Lubricant COAZ-19553-AA ESR-M13P4-A Engine Coolant Ford Premium E2FZ-19549-AA ESE-M97B44-A Cooling System Fluid Engine Oil Motorcraft Super...

  • Page 325: 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 326: Customer Assistance

    To purchase Roadside Assistance coverages beyond this period (available through Ford Auto Club in the United States or Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers in Canada), contact your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Additional Roadside Assistance coverage is unavailable in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Page 327

    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 328

    Customer Assistance 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...

  • Page 329

    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 330

    How Does the Board Work? The Board consists of: 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 331

    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 332

    Ford Motor Company the names (if known) of all the people you contacted at the dealership...

  • Page 333

    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 334

    Mediation/Arbitration Program (Canada Only) In those cases where you continue to feel that the efforts by Ford and the dealer to resolve a factory-related vehicle service concern have been unsatisfactory, Ford of Canada participates in an impartial third party mediation/arbitration program administered by the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP).

  • Page 335

    CAMVAP decisions are fast, fair and final as the arbitrator’s award is binding on both you and Ford of Canada. CAMVAP services are available in all territories and provinces, except Quebec. For more information, without charge or obligation, call your CAMVAP Provincial Administrator directly at 1-800-207-0685.

  • Page 336: 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 337

    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 338

    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...

  • Page 340

    Warning label locations...

  • Page 349: Index

    Index ABS warning light (see Anti-lock brake system) ..12 Accessory position on the ignition... . . 91 Additives, engine oil ....Air bag supplemental restraint system .

  • Page 350

    Anti-theft system arming the system ....description ..... disarming an untriggered system .

  • Page 351

    Index Brake fluid ..... . checking and adding ....description .

  • Page 352

    Built-in child seat, operation ....Bulbs, replacing headlamps ..... specifications .

  • Page 353

    Index Chime headlamps on..... 88 safety belt ..... . 12 Cleaning your vehicle .

  • Page 354

    Cupholder(s) ..... . Customer Assistance Center, Ford (U.S.) ..Customer Assistance Centre, Ford of Canada ..

  • Page 355

    Index Driving under special conditions ... . bad weather ....heavy load ..... high speed .

  • Page 356

    Engine does not start....fuel injected engine, starting ... . . fuel pump shut-off switch .

  • Page 357

    Exhaust fumes..... Extended Service Plan, Ford ....

  • Page 358

    Fuel cap, replacing ....Fuel filter, specifications ....Fuel gauge .

  • Page 359

    Index GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) calculating ..... definition ..... . driving with a heavy load .

  • Page 360

    Hood latch location ....lubrication specifications ....release lever .

  • Page 361

    Index Keys positions of the ignition ....91 removing from the ignition ....92 stuck in lock position .

  • Page 362

    Lights, warning and indicator (continued) low fuel ..... . . low washer fluid ....oil pressure.

  • Page 363

    Index New vehicle break-in ....Odometer ......23 description .

  • Page 364

    Radio (see Electronic sound systems) ... Rear climate control system ....Rearview mirror....Rear window .

  • Page 365

    Index Safety restraints (continued) lap and shoulder belts ....lap belt..... . . maintenance .

  • Page 366

    Spare tire changing the tire ....conventional spare ....Spark plugs, specifications .

  • Page 367

    Index Tires (continued) inspection and maintenance ... . . replacing ..... . rotating .

  • Page 368

    Used engine oil, disposal... . 278, 285, 290 Vanity mirror ..... Variable interval wipers .

  • Page 369

    Index Weight limits (GAWR, GVWR) ... . . Wheel bearings lubricant specifications ..Wheel dollies (see Towing) ....Wheels anti-theft lugnuts .

  • Page 370: Service Station Information

    Service Station Information...

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