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  • Brand: Ford
  • Product: Car
  • Model/name: Thunderbird (1996)
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

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Table of Contents
Introductory Information ............................... 1
Safety Restraints .............................................. 7
Starting Your Thunderbird ......................... 45
Warning Lights and Gauges ....................... 55
Instrument Panel Controls .......................... 73
Steering Column Controls .......................... 91
Features .......................................................... 101
Electronic Sound Systems ......................... 131
Driving Your Thunderbird ....................... 165
Roadside Emergencies ................................ 185
Customer Assistance ................................... 203
Reporting Safety Defects ...................... 211
Accessories .................................................... 215
Servicing Your Thunderbird...................... 223
Quick Index .................................................. 297
Index ............................................................... 307
Service Station Information ...................... 324
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Introductory Information
*[IN00300( ALL)04/95] Ford’s Commitment to You
*[IN00500( ALL)04/95] Our Guiding Principles
*[IN00600( ALL)04/95] ❑Quality comes first. For your satisfaction, the
quality of our products and services must be
our number one priority.
*[IN00700( ALL)04/95] ❑You are the focus of everything we do. Our
work must be done with you in mind,
providing better products and services than
our competition.
*[IN00750( ALL)04/95] ❑Continuous improvement is essential to our
success. We must strive for excellence in
everything we do: in our products — in their
safety and value — and in our services, our
human relations, our competitiveness, and
our profitability.
*[IN00800( ALL)04/95] ❑Employee involvement is our way of life.
We are a team. We must treat one another
with trust and respect.
*[IN00900( ALL)04/95] ❑Dealers and suppliers are our partners. We
must maintain mutually beneficial
relationships with dealers, suppliers, and our
other business associates.
*[IN01000( ALL)04/95] ❑Integrity is never compromised. Our conduct
worldwide must be pursued in a manner that
is socially responsible and commands respect
for its integrity and for its positive
contributions to society.
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*[IN01100( ALL)04/95] Things to Know About Using
This Guide
*[IN01200( ALL)04/95] Congratulations on the purchase of your new
vehicle. This guide has information about the
equipment and the options for your new vehicle.
You may not have bought all of the options
available to you. If you do not know which
information applies to your vehicle, talk to your
dealer.
*[IN01300( ALL)04/95] 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.
*[IN01400( ALL)05/95] NOTES and WARNINGS
*[IN01420( ALL)05/95] NOTES give you additional information about
the subject matter you are referencing.
*[IN01440( ALL)05/95] WARNINGS remind you to be especially careful
in those areas where carelessness can cause
damage to your vehicle or personal injury to
yourself, your passengers or other people. Please
read all WARNINGS carefully.
*[IN01460( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
*[IN01500( ALL)04/95] Finding Information in This Guide
*[IN01600( ALL)04/95] After you have read this guide once, you will
probably return to it when you have a specific
question or need additional information. To help
you find specific information quickly, you can
use the Quick Index or the Index.
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*[IN01700( ALL)05/95] The Quick Index at the end of the book
provides a page number following each item
which indicates where detailed information can
be found.
*[IN01900( ALL)04/95] To use the Index, turn to the back of the book
and search in the alphabetical listing for the
word that best describes the information you
need. If the word you chose is not listed, think
of other related words and look them up. We
have designed the Index so that you can find
information under a technical term.
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*[IN02000( ALL)04/95] Canadian Owners — French Version
*[IN02100( ALL)04/95] French Owner Guides can be obtained from your
dealer or by writing to Ford Motor Company of
Canada, Limited, Service Publications, P.O. Box
1580, Station B, Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 4G3.
*[IN02400( ALL)04/95] Your Maintenance Schedule and
Record Booklet
*[IN02500( ALL)03/95] The Maintenance Schedule and Record booklet lists
the services that are most important for keeping
your vehicle in good condition. A record log is
also provided to help you keep track of all
services performed.
%*[IN02600( ALL)01/95] About the Warranties
[IN02700( ALL)12/94] Your vehicle is covered by three types of
warranties: Basic Vehicle Warranty, Extended
Warranties on certain parts, and Emissions
Warranties.
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*[IN03100( ALL)03/95] Read your Warranty Information Booklet carefully
to find out about your vehicle’s warranties and
your basic rights and responsibilities.
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*[IN03250( ALL)03/95] If you lose your Warranty Information Booklet, you
can get a new one free of charge. Contact any
Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer, or refer to the
addresses and phone numbers on the first page
of this owner guide.
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*[IN04000( ALL)01/95] Buying a Ford Extended Service Plan
*[IN04100( ALL)01/94] 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.
*[IN04200( ALL)01/95] You do not have to buy this option when you
buy your vehicle. However, your option to
purchase the Ford Extended Service Plan runs
out after 18 months or 18,000 miles. See your
dealer for more details about the Ford Extended
Service Plan.
*[IN04250( ALL)01/95] If you purchased a Canadian vehicle and did not
take advantage of the Ford Extended Service
Plan at the time of purchase, you may still be
eligible. See your dealer for the details.
%*[IN06000( ALL)01/95] Breaking Your Vehicle In
*[IN06100( ALL)03/95] Your new vehicle goes through an adjustment or
break-in period during the first 1,000 miles
(1,600 km) that you drive it. During the break-in
period, you need to pay careful attention to how
you drive your vehicle.
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*[IN06300( ALL)01/95] ❑Avoid sudden stops. Because your vehicle
has new brake linings, you should take these
steps:
*[IN06400( ALL)01/95] — Watch traffic carefully so that you can
anticipate when to stop.
*[IN06500( ALL)01/95] — Begin braking well in advance.
*[IN06600( ALL)01/95] — Apply the brakes gradually.
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*[IN06700( ALL)01/95] The break-in period for new brake linings
lasts for 100 miles (160 km) of city driving or
1,000 miles (1,600 km) of highway driving.
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*[IN06800( ALL)01/95] ❑Use only the type of engine oil that Ford
recommends. See Engine oil recommendations
in the Index. Do not use special “break-in”
oils.
*[IN07000( ALL)04/95] Your vehicle is equipped with an Electronic
Powertrain Control Module that limits engine
and/or vehicle speeds with a cut-out mode to
promote durability.
%*[IN07100( ALL)04/95] Cleaning the Outside of Your
Vehicle
*[IN07130( ALL)05/95] Pollen, bird droppings and tree sap can damage
the paint, especially in hot weather. Wash your
vehicle as often as necessary to keep it clean.
*[IN07160( ALL)05/95] Take similar precautions if your vehicle is
exposed to chemical industrial fallout.
*[IN07190( MVBCG )05/95] Paint damage resulting from fallout is not
related to a defect in paint materials or
workmanship and therefore is not covered by
warranty. 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, the
surfaces of new vehicles damaged by
environmental fallout within 12 months or 12,000
miles (20,000 km) of purchase, whichever comes
first. Customers may be required to bring their
vehicle in for inspection by a Ford
representative.
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*[IN07200( ALL)04/95] Washing and Polishing Your Vehicle
*[IN07300( ALL)04/95] Wash the outside of your vehicle, including the
underside, with a mild detergent.
*[IN07400( ALL)04/95] DO NOT:
*[IN07500( ALL)04/95] ❑Wash your vehicle with hot water
*[IN07600( ALL)04/95] ❑Wash your vehicle while it sits in direct
sunlight
*[IN07700( ALL)04/95] ❑Wash your vehicle while the body is hot
*[IN08100( ALL)04/95] Polish your vehicle to remove harmful deposits
and protect the finish.
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*[IN08200( ALL)04/95] Cleaning Chrome and Aluminum Parts
*[IN08300( ALL)04/95] Wash chrome and aluminum parts with a mild
detergent. Do not use steel wool, abrasive
cleaners, fuel, or strong detergents.
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*[IN08400( ALL)04/95] Cleaning Plastic Parts
*[IN08500( ALL)04/95] Some of your vehicle’s exterior trim parts are
plastic. Clean with a tar and road oil remover if
necessary. Use a vinyl cleaner for routine
cleaning.
*[IN08600( ALL)04/95] Do not clean plastic parts with thinners, solvents
or petroleum-based cleaners.
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*[IN08700( ALL)04/95] If you have your vehicle rustproofed, remove
oversprayed rustproofing with a tar and road oil
remover. If rustproofing is not removed from
plastic and rubber parts, it can cause
deterioration.
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Safety Restraints
%*[SR00500( ALL)04/95] Important Safety Belt Information
*[SR00600( ALL)03/95] 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.
*[SR00800( ALL)01/95] Safety belts provide best restraint when:
*[SR00900( ALL)01/95] ❑the seatback is upright
*[SR01000( ALL)01/95] ❑the occupant is sitting upright (not slouched)
*[SR01100( ALL)01/95] ❑the lap belt is snug and low on the hips
*[SR01200( ALL)01/95] ❑the shoulder belt is snug against the chest
*[SR01300( ALL)01/95] ❑the knees are straight forward
*[SR02100( ALL)05/95] To help you remember to fasten your safety belt,
a warning light may come on and a chime may
sound. See Safety Belt Warning Light and Chime in
the Warning Lights and Gauges chapter.
*[SR02500( ALL)01/95] See the following sections in this chapter for
directions on how to properly use these safety
belts. Also see Safety Restraints for Children in this
chapter for special instructions about using
safety belts for children.
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*[SR02600( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Make sure that you and your passengers
wear safety belts. Always drive and ride
with your seatback upright and the lap
belt snug and low across the hips.
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*[SR02700( ALL)03/95]
RWARNING
Never wear the shoulder belt under the
arm. Never swing it around the neck over
the inside shoulder. Never use a single
belt for more than one person or across
more than one seating position. 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.
Failure to follow these precautions could
increase the risk and/or severity of injury
in a collision.
*[SR02801( ALL)01/95]
RWARNING
Never drive or ride with a twisted or
jammed safety belt. If you cannot untwist
or unjam the safety belt, see the nearest
qualified technician immediately.
*[SR02901( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury in a
collision, children should always ride with
the seatback upright.
*[SR03001( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Never let a passenger hold a child on his
or her lap while the vehicle is moving.
The passenger cannot protect the child
from injury in a collision.
*[SR03200( ALL)05/95] Lock the doors of your vehicle before driving to
lessen the risk of the door coming open in a
collision.
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[SR03700( ALL)05/95] Combination Lap and Shoulder
Belts
*[SR03800( ALL)01/95] While your vehicle is in motion, the combination
lap and shoulder belt adjusts to your movement.
However, if you brake hard, corner hard or if
your vehicle receives an impact of 5 mph
(8 km/h) or more, the lap and shoulder belt
locks and helps reduce your forward movement.
*[SR04100( ALL)05/95] After you get into your vehicle, close the door
and lock it. Then adjust the seat to the position
that suits you best.
[SR04400( ALL)06/93] To fasten the belt, pull the lap/shoulder belt
from the retractor so that the shoulder portion of
the belt crosses your shoulder and chest. Be sure
the belt is not twisted. If it is, remove the twist.
Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle
until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make
sure the tongue is securely fastened in the
buckle.
*[SR04550( BCGV)01/95]
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Fastening the front seat combination lap and shoulder belt
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Fastening the rear seat combination lap and shoulder belt
*[SR04675( ALL)05/95] NOTE: Be sure to read and understand
Important Safety Belt Information at
the beginning of this chapter.
% [SR04677( BC )05/95] Safety Belts for the Front Passenger
Outboard Seating Positions
[SR04680( BC )03/95] Your vehicle is equipped with a dual locking
mode retractor on the shoulder belt portion of
the combination lap/shoulder safety belt for
front seat passengers and a locking “cinch
tongue” for rear outboard passengers.
*[SR04682( ALL)05/95] Dual locking mode retractors operate in two
ways:
*[SR04683( ALL)03/95] Vehicle sensitive (emergency) locking mode
[SR04684( ALL)03/95] In this operating mode, the shoulder belt
retractor will allow the occupant freedom of
movement, locking tight only on hard braking,
hard cornering or impacts of approximately
5 mph (8 km/h) or more. The retractor can also
be made to lock by pulling/jerking on the belt.
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*[SR04685( ALL)04/95] Automatic locking mode
[SR04686( ALL)03/95] In this operating mode, the shoulder belt
retractor will be automatically locked and remain
locked when the combination lap/shoulder
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safety belt is buckled, and does not allow the
occupant freedom of movement. This mode
provides the following:
[SR04687( ALL)03/95] ❑A tight lap/shoulder belt fit on the occupant.
[SR04688( ALL)03/95] ❑Child seat or infant carrier installation
restraint.
*[SR04689( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Never install a rear-facing child seat or
infant carrier in the right front passenger
seat.
*[SR04690( ALL)03/95] This mode must be used when installing a child
safety seat on the front passenger seat and rear
outboard seats where dual locking retractors are
provided.
*[SR04691( ALL)04/95] To switch the retractor from the emergency
locking mode to the automatic locking mode,
perform the following steps:
*[SR04692( ALL)03/95] 1. Buckle the lap/shoulder combination belt.
*[SR04693( ALL)03/95] 2. Grasp the shoulder portion of the belt and
pull downward until all of the belt is
extracted, and when allowed to retract, a
clicking sound will be heard. At this time,
the belt retractor is in the automatic locking
mode (child restraint mode).
*[SR04694( ALL)05/95] 3. A clicking sound will contnue to be heard as
the belt is allowed to retract.
[SR04695( ALL)03/95] NOTE: When the combination lap/shoulder
belt is unbuckled and allowed to
retract completely, the retractor will
switch back to the vehicle sensitive
(emergency) locking mode. See the
detailed instructions under Safety Seats
for Children in this chapter.
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% [SR05305( BC )03/95] Safety Belts with Locking Cinch Tongue
for Rear Outboard Seating Positions
[SR05307( BC )04/95] Your vehicle is equipped with safety seat belts
containing a cinch tongue at the rear outboard
seating positions.
*[SR05310( BC )03/95] The locking cinch tongue will slide up and
down the belt webbing when the belt is in the
stowed position or while putting seat belts on.
When the locking cinch tongue of the
lap/shoulder combination seat belt is latched
into the buckle, the cinch tongue will allow the
lap portion to become shorter, but locks the
webbing in place to restrict it from becoming
longer.
*[SR05320( BC )03/95] Before you can reach and latch a combination
lap and shoulder belt having a cinch tongue into
the buckle, you may have to lengthen the lap
belt portion of it. To lengthen the lap belt, pull
some webbing out of the shoulder belt retractor.
While holding the webbing below the tongue,
grasp the tip (metal portion) of the tongue so
that it is parallel to the webbing and slide the
tongue upward. Provide enough lap belt length
so that the tongue can reach the buckle.
*[SR05325( BC )03/95] NOTE: If you grasp the tongue by the tongue
cover to lengthen the belt, the tongue
cover will grab the webbing, making it
difficult to slide.
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[SR05330( BC )05/95]
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Adjusting the cinch tongue rear combination lap and
shoulder belt
*[SR05335( BC )05/95] To fasten a cinch tongue, pull the combination
lap and shoulder belt from the retractor so that
the shoulder belt portion of the safety belt
crosses your shoulder and chest. Be sure the belt
is not twisted. If the belt is twisted remove the
twist. Insert the belt tongue into the proper
buckle for your seating position until you hear a
snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue is
securely fastened to the buckle by pulling on the
tongue.
*[SR05400( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
The lap belts should fit snugly and as low
as possible around the hips, not around
the waist.
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*[SR05500( BCGV)03/95]
RWARNING
All front and rear seat outboard
occupants (including pregnant women)
should wear lap and shoulder belts, for
optimum protection in a collision.
*[SR05600( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Failure to follow these precautions could
increase the risk and/or severity of injury
in a collision. 1) Use the shoulder belt on
the outside shoulder only. Never wear the
shoulder belt under the arm. 2) Never
swing it around your neck over the inside
shoulder. 3) Never use a single belt for
more than one person.
*[SR05630( BC )03/95] Due to folding rear seats, sometimes the buckles
and tongues toward the center of the vehicle
may be hidden by the rear edge of the seat
cushion. Pull them out so they will be accessible.
*[SR05635( BC )03/95] While you are fastened in the seat belt, the
combination lap/shoulder belt with a cinch
tongue 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 safety belt will become locked and help
reduce your forward movement.
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[SR05800( ALL)05/95] To unfasten all the belts:
[SR05900(MBC )06/93] 1. Push the release button on the end of the
buckle. This allows the tongue to unlatch
from the buckle.
[SR06200( BC )03/95]
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Unfastening the front outboard lap/shoulder belts
[SR06250( BC )05/95]
one third page art:0011370-A
Unfastening the rear outboard lap/shoulder belts
*[SR06600( ALL)03/95] 2. While the belt retracts, guide the tongue to
its stowed position. If you do not guide the
tongue, it may strike you or part of the
vehicle.
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% [SR09300( BC )05/95] Lap Belts — Rear Center Seating
Positions
*[SR09600( BC )05/95] The lap belt in the center of the rear seat does
not adjust automatically. You must adjust it to
fit snugly and as low as possible around your
hips. Do not wear it around your waist.
*[SR09701( BCGV)05/95] Pull the belt across your hips and insert the
tongue into the correct buckle on your seat
until you hear a snap and feel it lock. Make sure
the buckle is securely fastened.
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*[SR09801( BCGV)05/95] If you need to lengthen the belt, unfasten it and
tip the belt tongue at a right angle to the belt.
Pull the belt tongue over your lap until it
reaches the buckle.
*[SR09901( BCGV)05/95] If you need to shorten the belt, pull on the loose
end of the webbing until the belt fits snugly.
*[SR10300( BCGV)05/95] To unfasten the belt, push the release button on
the buckle. This allows the tongue to unlatch
from the buckle.
[SR10400( BC )11/92] Because the center lap belt does not have a
retractor, it should be shortened and fastened
when not in use.
[SR10620( BC )05/94]
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Unfastening center rear seat lap belt
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*[SR17500( ALL)05/95] Safety Belt Extension Assembly
*[SR17600( ALL)05/95] For some people, the safety belt may be too
short even when it is fully extended. You can
add about eight inches (20 cm) to the belt length
with a safety belt extension assembly (part
number 611C22). Safety belt extensions are
available at no cost from your dealer.
*[SR17700( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Failure to follow these instructions will
affect the performance of the safety belts
and increase the risk of personal injury.
*[SR17705( ALL)05/95] Use only extensions manufactured by the same
supplier as the safety belt. Manufacturer
identification is located at the end of the
webbing on the label. Also, use the safety belt
extension only if the safety belt is too short for
you when fully extended. Do not use extension
to change the fit of the shoulder belt across the
torso.
[SR17710( ALL)05/95] Safety Belt Maintenance
*[SR17720(MBCG )05/95] Check the safety belt systems periodically to
make sure that they work properly and are not
damaged.
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*[SR17730( ALL)05/95] All safety belt assemblies, including retractors,
buckles, front seat belt buckle support assemblies
(slide bar) (if equipped), child safety seat tether
bracket assemblies (if 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 minor and a qualified technician finds that
the belts do not show damage and continue to
operate properly, they do not need to be
replaced. Safety belt assemblies not in use
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during a collision should also be inspected and
replaced if either damage or improper operation
is noted.
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*[SR17740( ALL)05/95] Cleaning the Safety Belts
*[SR17780( ALL)05/95] Clean the safety belts with any mild soap
solution that is recommended for cleaning
upholstery or carpets. Do not bleach or dye the
belt webbing because this may weaken it.
*[SR17800( ALL)04/95] Air Bag Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS)
*[SR18200( ALL)04/95] The driver and right front passenger air bags are
Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS), provided
at these seating positions in addition to the
lap/shoulder belt, and are designed to
supplement the protection provided to properly
belted occupants in moderate to severe frontal
collisions. The supplemental air bag system does
not provide restraint to the lower body.
*[SR18400( ALL)02/95] The Importance of Wearing Safety Belts
*[SR18425( ALL)11/93]
RWARNING
Safety belts must be worn by all vehicle
occupants to be properly restrained and
help reduce the risk of injury in a
collision.
*[SR18450( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
All occupants of the vehicle, including the
driver, should always wear their safety
belts, even when an air bag Supplemental
Restraint System is provided.
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*[SR18500( ALL)01/95] There are four very important reasons to use
safety belts even with an air bag system. Use
your safety belts to:
*[SR18600( ALL)01/95] ❑help keep you in the proper position (away
from the air bag) when it inflates
*[SR18700( ALL)01/95] ❑reduce the risk of harm in rollover, side or
rear impact collisions, because an air bag is
not designed to inflate in such situations
*[SR18800( ALL)01/95] ❑reduce the risk of harm in frontal collisions
that are not severe enough to activate the
supplemental air bag
*[SR18900( ALL)01/95] ❑reduce the risk of being thrown from your
vehicle
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*[SR19100( ALL)01/95] The Importance of Being Properly Seated
*[SR19200( ALL)05/95] 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.
*[SR19230( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
If a passenger is not properly seated and
restrained, an inflating air bag could cause
serious injury.
*[SR19235( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Rear-facing infant seats should never be
placed in the front seat.
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[SR19240( ALL)06/09] In rear-facing infant seats, the infant’s head is
closer to the air bag. The force of the rapidly
inflating air bag could push the top of the
rear-facing seat against the vehicle seatback,
center console (if so equipped), or center
armrests (if so equipped). REAR-FACING
INFANT SEATS MUST ALWAYS BE SECURED
IN THE REAR SEAT, and other child safety
seats and infant seats should be secured in the
rear seat whenever possible.
*[SR19260( ALL)05/95] Your vehicle is equipped with a right front
passenger air bag. Air bags deploy with great
force, faster than the blink of an eye. Front
passengers, especially children and small adults,
must never sit on the front edge of the seat,
stand near the glove compartment of the
instrument panel, or lean over near the air bag
cover when the vehicle is moving. All occupants
should sit with their backs against the seatback,
move the seat to the most rearward position if
possible and use the safety belts. Children
weighing less than 40 lbs. (18 kg) always should
use child or infant seats.
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*[SR19300( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
When using forward-facing child seats
move the passenger seat as far back from
the instrument panel as possible. NEVER
SECURE REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS
IN THE FRONT SEAT.
[SR19350(MBC )05/95] THE FORCE OF THE RAPIDLY INFLATING
PASSENGER AIR BAG COULD PUSH THE TOP
OF THE REAR-FACING SEAT AGAINST THE
VEHICLE SEATBACK OR CENTER
CONSOLE/ARMRESTS. REAR-FACING
INFANT SEATS MUST ALWAYS BE PLACED
IN THE REAR SEAT.
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*[SR19400( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Do not place objects or mount equipment
on or near the air bag cover on the
steering wheel or in front seat areas that
may come in contact with a deploying air
bag. Failure to follow this instruction may
increase the risk of personal injury in the
event of a collision.
*[SR19405( ALL)05/95] For additional important safety information on
the proper use of seat belts, child seats, and
infant seats, please read the other sections of this
part of the Owner Guide, especially sections
entitled Safety Belts for Children and Safety Seats
for Children.
*[SR19410( ALL)05/95] 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. at 1-800-782-4356.
Ask for brochure FPS-8602.
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*[SR19500( ALL)01/95] How the Air Bag Supplemental Restraint
System Operates
[SR19650( ALL)05/95] The driver air bag is in the center of the steering
wheel. The right front passenger seat air bag is
in the upper right hand section of the
instrument panel ledge above the glove
compartment. Both air bags are designed to stay
out of sight until they are activated.
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The location of the air bag and warning labels
*[SR20800( ALL)05/95] If a collision occurs, the sensors sense the
severity of the impact and activates the air bags
if necessary. The air bag system is designed to
deploy in frontal and front-angled collisions
more severe than hitting a parked vehicle (of
similar size and weight) head-on at about
28 mph (45 km/h). Because the system senses
the crash severity rather than vehicle speed,
some frontal collisions at speeds above 28 mph
(45 km/h) will not inflate the air bag.
*[SR20930( ALL)05/95] The whole inflation and deflation process takes
place in a matter of seconds.
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*[SR20960( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Air bag system components get hot after
inflation. Do not touch them after
inflation.
*[SR21110( ALL)03/93]
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Inflated driver side air bag
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Inflated right front passenger side air bag
*[SR22200( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
If the air bag is inflated, THE AIR BAG
WILL NOT FUNCTION AGAIN AND
MUST BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY. If
the air bag is not replaced, the unrepaired
area will increase the risk of injury in a
collision.
*[SR22210( ALL)05/95] The air bag system uses a readiness light and a
tone to indicate the condition of the system. The
readiness light is in the instrument cluster. When
you turn the ignition to the ON position, this
light will illuminate for approximately six (6)
seconds and then turn off. This indicates that the
system is operating normally. NOTE:
Maintenance of the air bag system is not
required.
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*[SR22220( ALL)05/95] A problem with the system is indicated by one
or more of the following:
[SR22225( ALL)05/95] ❑the readiness light will either flash or stay lit,
or
[SR22230( ALL)05/95] ❑it will not light immediately after the ignition
is turned on, or
[SR22240( ALL)05/95] ❑a group of five beeps will be heard.
*[SR22250( ALL)05/95] If any of these things happen, have the air bag
system serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury
dealer immediately. Unless serviced, the air bag
supplemental restraint system may not function
properly in the event of a collision.
*[SR22260( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Do not attempt to service, repair, or
modify the Air Bag Supplemental
Restraint System or its fuses. See your
Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
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*[SR22300( ALL)05/95] Disposal of air bags or air bag equipped
vehicles
*[SR22400( ALL)05/95] For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped
vehicles, see your local Ford or Lincoln-Mercury
dealer. Air bags MUST be disposed of by
qualified personnel.
%*[SR23500( ALL)05/95] Safety Restraints for Children
*[SR23600( ALL)02/95] In the U.S. and Canada, you are required by law
to use safety restraints for children. If small
children ride in your vehicle — this generally
includes children who are four years old or
younger and who weigh 40 pounds (18 kg) or
less — you must put them in safety seats that
are made specially for children. Safety belts
alone do not provide maximum protection for
these children. Check your local and state laws
for specific requirements.
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*[SR23700( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Never let a passenger hold a child on his
or her lap while the vehicle is moving.
The passenger cannot protect the child
from injury in a collision.
*[SR23800( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Passengers should not be allowed to ride
in the cargo area. Persons not riding in a
seat with a fastened seat belt are much
more likely to suffer serious injury in a
collision. Cargo should always be secured
to prevent it from shifting and causing
damage to the vehicle or harm to
passengers.
*[SR23900( ALL)05/95] When possible, put children in the rear seat of
your vehicle. Accident statistics suggest that
children are safer when properly restrained in
the rear seating positions than in the front
seating positions.
*[SR24000( ALL)05/95]
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.
*[SR24100( ALL)05/95]
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.
Check seat covers and buckles before you
place a child anywhere near them.
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*[SR24200( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Never leave a child unattended in your
vehicle.
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*[SR24250( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
When using forward-facing child seats
move the passenger seat as far back from
the instrument panel as possible. NEVER
SECURE REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS
IN THE FRONT SEAT.
%
*[SR25100( ALL)01/95] Safety Seats for Children
*[SR25200( ALL)05/95] Use a safety seat that is recommended for the
size and weight of the child. Always follow the
safety seat manufacturer’s instructions when
installing and using the safety seat.
% [SR25225( ALL)04/95] 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. For more
information on top tether straps see your Ford
or Lincoln-Mercury dealer.
*[SR25250( ALL)02/95] When installing a child safety seat, be sure to
use the correct safety belt buckle for that seating
position, and make sure the tongue is securely
fastened in the buckle.
*[SR25275( ALL)05/95] Children weighing less than 40 lbs. (18 kg)
should use child or infant seats. Forward facing
child seats must have the passenger seat moved
as far back from the instrument panel as
possible.
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*[SR25300( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS SHOULD
NEVER BE USED IN THE FRONT SEAT.
REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS MUST
ALWAYS BE PLACED IN THE REAR
SEAT. Failure to follow these instructions
could result in serious injury.
*[SR25350( ALL)05/95] All child restraint systems are designed to be
secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or by the
lap portion of a lap-shoulder belt.
*[SR25400( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
If you do not properly secure the safety
seat, the child occupying the seat may be
injured during a collision or sudden stop.
An unsecured safety seat could also injure
other passengers.
*[SR25500( ALL)05/95]
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.
*[SR25520(MBC )05/95]
RWARNING
Always keep the buckle release button
pointing upward and away from the child
seat, with the tongue between the child
seat and the release button as shown in
the following illustration.
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% [SR31859( BC )05/95] Installing Safety Seats in the Front
Outboard Passenger Seating Position
[SR31861( ALL)03/95] For seating positions equipped with a dual
locking mode retractor, use the following
procedure.
[SR31865( ALL)03/95] If you choose to install a child safety seat or
infant carrier in the front seating positions, move
vehicle seat as far back as possible.
*[SR31870( ALL)04/95] 1. Position the child seat in the center of the
passenger seat.
*[SR31875( ALL)04/95] 2. Pull down on shoulder belt, then grasp
shoulder belt and lap belt together. Figure 1.
*[SR31880( ALL)04/95]
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*[SR31885( ALL)04/95] 3. 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.
*[SR31890( ALL)04/95]
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Routing the lap/shoulder belt
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*[SR31893( ALL)04/95] 4. Insert the belt tongue into the buckle for that
seating position until you hear and feel the
latch engage. Figure 3. Make sure tongue is
latched securely to buckle by pulling on
tongue.
*[SR31895( ALL)04/95]
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Buckling the belt
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*[SR31900( ALL)04/95] 5. Grasp the shoulder portion of the belt and
pull downward until all of the belt is
extracted and a click is heard. At this time,
the retractor is in the automatic locking
mode (child seat restraint mode). Figure 4.
*[SR31902( ALL)04/95] NOTE: The dual-locking mode retractor must
be in the automatic locking mode to
properly restrain a child.
*[SR31905( ALL)04/95]
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Setting the retractor to automatic locking mode
*[SR31910( ALL)04/95] 6. Allow the belt to retract. Pull up on the
shoulder webbing. A clicking sound will be
heard as the belt retracts. This indicates the
retractor is in the automatic locking mode.
Push down on the child seat while you pull
up on the belt to remove any slack in the
belt. Figures 5 and 6.
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*[SR31915( ALL)04/95]
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*[SR31920( ALL)04/95]
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*[SR31925( ALL)04/95] 7. Before placing the child in the child seat,
forcibly tilt the seat from side to side, and
tug it forward to make sure that the seat is
securely held in place, Figure 7.
*[SR31930( ALL)04/95]
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Checking that the seat is secure
*[SR31935( ALL)04/95] 8. Double check that 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,
Figure 8.
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*[SR31940( ALL)04/95]
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Checking the retractor
*[SR31945( ALL)04/95] 9. Check to make sure that the child seat is
properly secured prior to each use. If the
retractor is not locked, repeat steps 4
through 7.
% [SR31960( BC )03/95] Installing Child Safety Seats in the Rear
Outboard Seating Positions
[SR31970( BC )03/95] Your rear outboard seating positions are
equipped with a cinch tongue on the safety
belts. Use the following procedure for installing
a child safety seat in these locations.
*[SR31980( BC )04/95] 1. Grasp the belt webbing below the tongue
and pull as much of the belt out of the
retractor as possible. Hold the belt out. See
Figure 1.
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*[SR32000( BC )04/95] NOTE: The belt webbing below the tongue is
the lap belt portion of the combination
lap/shoulder belt, and the belt webbing
above the tongue is the shoulder belt
portion of the combination
lap/shoulder belt.
*[SR32010( BC )04/95] 2. With your other hand, grasp the tip (metal
portion) of the tongue (not the cover) and
slide the tongue up the webbing as far as it
will go. See Figure 1. Release the tongue, but
do not let go of the lap portion of the belt
webbing.
*[SR32020( BC )04/95] 3. While still holding the belt webbing below
the tongue in one hand, use your other hand
to grasp the tip (metal portion) of the tongue
and belt webbing together, and again pull
out as much of the belt as possible. Then, let
go of the lap portion of the belt webbing.
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*[SR32030( BC )04/95] 4. While holding the shoulder and lap belt
portions together, route the tongue and
webbing through the child seat according to
the child seat manufacturer’s instructions.
See Figure 2. Be sure that the belt webbing
is not twisted.
*[SR32040( BC )05/95]
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*[SR32050( BC )04/95] 5. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle
for that seating position until you hear a
snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue
is securely latched to the buckle by pulling
on the tongue. See Figure 3.
*[SR32060( BC )05/95]
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*[SR32070( BC )04/95] 6. Push down on the child seat and pull up on
the shoulder belt portion to tighten the lap
belt portion of the combination lap and
shoulder belt. See Figure 4.
*[SR32080( BC )05/95]
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*[SR32090( BC )04/95] 7. Grasp belt close to child seat and pull on the
shoulder belt portion of the combination
lap/shoulder belt, then allow the belt to
retract and remove all slack to securely
tighten the child safety seat in the vehicle.
See Figure 5.
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*[SR32110( BC )04/95] 8. Before placing the child into the child seat,
forcibly tilt the child seat from side-to-side
and in forward directions to make sure that
the seat is held securely in place. See Figures
6 and 7. If the child seat moves excessively,
repeat steps 6 through 8, or properly install
the child seat in a different seating position.
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*[SR32130( BC )05/95]
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*[SR32140( BC )04/95] 9. Check from time to time to be sure that
there is no slack in the lap/shoulder belt.
The shoulder belt must be snug to keep the
lap belt tight during a collision.
% [SR32150( BCGV)03/95] Installing a Child Safety Seat at the Rear
Center Seating Position with Adjustable
Lap Belt
[SR32160( BCGV)03/95] 1. 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.
[SR32170( BCGV)03/95] 2. Place the child safety seat in the center
seating position.
[SR32180( BCGV)03/95] 3. Route the tongue and webbing through the
child seat according to the child seat
manufacturer’s instructions.
[SR32190( BCGV)03/95] 4. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle
for the center seating position until you hear
a snap and feel it latch. Make sure the
tongue is securely fastened to the buckle by
pulling on tongue.
[SR32200( BCGV)03/95] 5. Push down on the child seat while pulling
on the loose end of the lap belt webbing to
tighten the belt.
[SR32210( BCGV)03/95] 6. Before placing the child into child seat,
forcibly tilt the child seat from side-to-side
and in forward direction to ensure that the
seat is held securely in place. If the child
seat moves excessively, repeat steps 5
through 6, or properly install the child seat
in a different position.
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*[SR38300( ALL)05/95] Safety Belts for Children
*[SR38400( ALL)05/95] Children who are too large for child safety seats
should always wear safety belts. (See instructions
with your child seat, or contact its manufacturer,
to determine maximum size of child that will
safely fit in the seat.)
*[SR38500( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
If safety belts are not properly worn and
adjusted as described, the risk of serious
injury to the child in a collision will be
much greater.
*[SR38600(MBCG )05/95] If the shoulder belt portion of one of the lap and
shoulder belts can be positioned so that it does
not cross or rest in front of the child’s face or
neck, the child should wear the lap and shoulder
belt. Moving the child closer to the center of the
vehicle may help provide a good shoulder belt
fit.
*[SR38700( BC )03/95]
RWARNING
If the shoulder belt cannot be properly
positioned, the child should sit in the
center rear seat and use the lap belt.
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*[SR38830( ALL)04/95] To improve the fit of lap and shoulder belts on
children who have outgrown child safety seats,
Ford recommends use of a belt-positioning
booster seat that is labelled as conforming to all
Federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Belt-positioning booster seats raise the child and
provide a shorter, firmer seating cushion that
encourages safer seating posture and better fit of
lap and shoulder belts on the child. A
belt-positioning booster should be used if the
shoulder belt rests in front of the child’s face or
neck, or if the lap belt does not fit snugly on
both thighs, or if the thighs are too short to let
the child sit all the way back on the seat cushion
when the lower legs hang over the edge of the
seat cushion. You may wish to discuss the
specific needs of your child with your
pediatrician.
*[SR38860( ALL)04/95]
RWARNING
Do not use a belt-positioning booster with
a lap-only belt.
*[SR38900( ALL)05/95] Lap belts and the lap belt portion of lap and
shoulder belts should always be worn snugly
and below the hips, touching the child’s thighs.
*[SR39000( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
To reduce the risk of serious injury in a
collision, children should always ride with
the seatback upright.
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Starting Your Thunderbird
*[ST03400( ALL)03/95] Ignition
%
*[ST03500( ALL)01/95] Understanding the Positions of the Ignition
[ST03750( ALL)12/94]
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The positions of the key in the ignition
%
*[ST03901( BCGV)03/95] ACCESSORY allows some of your vehicle’s
electrical accessories such as the radio and the
windshield wipers to operate while the engine is
not running.
% [ST04001( ALL)12/94] LOCK locks the steering wheel. It also locks the
automatic transmission gearshift lever.
*[ST04101( ALL)01/95] LOCK is the only position that allows you to
remove the key. The LOCK feature helps to
protect your vehicle from theft.
*[ST04200( ALL)03/95] OFF allows you to shut off the engine and all
accessories without locking the steering wheel or
the automatic transmission gearshift lever.
*[ST04300( ALL)03/95] ON allows you to test your vehicle’s warning
lights (except the brake system warning light) to
make sure they work before you start the
engine. The key returns to the ON position once
the engine is started and remains in this position
while the engine runs.
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*[ST04400( ALL)03/95] START cranks the engine. Release the key once
the engine starts so that you do not damage the
starter. The key should return to ON when you
release it. The START position also allows you
to test the brake warning light.
%
*[ST04900( ALL)02/95] Removing the Key From the Ignition
*[ST05600( BCGV)03/95] 1. Put the gearshift in P (Park).
*[ST05800( ALL)01/95] 2. Set the parking brake fully.
*[ST05900( BCGV)03/95] 3. Turn the ignition key to LOCK.
*[ST06050( BCGV)03/95] 4. Remove the key.
[ST06660( BCGV)03/95] NOTE: The automatic transmission gearshift
must be in P (Park) to move the key to
the lock position.
%
*[ST06675( ALL)05/95] If the key is stuck in the LOCK position, move
the steering wheel left or right until the key
turns freely.
%
*[ST06700( ALL)03/95] If the driver’s door is open while the key is still
in the ignition, a warning chime sounds.
*[ST06825( BCGV)05/95]
RWARNING
Always set the parking brake fully and
make sure that the gearshift is securely
latched in P (Park).
*[ST06875( ALL)01/93]
RWARNING
Do not leave children, unreliable adults,
or pets alone in your vehicle. They could
accidentally injure themselves or others
through inadvertent operation of the
vehicle. Further, on hot, sunny days,
temperatures in a closed vehicle could
quickly become high enough to cause
severe and possibly fatal injuries to
people as well as animals.
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%*[ST07000( ALL)03/95] Fuel-Injected Engines
*[ST07100( ALL)03/95] When starting a fuel-injected engine, the most
important thing to remember is to avoid
pressing down on the accelerator before or
during starting. Only use the accelerator when
you have problems getting your vehicle started.
See Starting Your Engine in this chapter for
details about when to use the accelerator while
you start your vehicle.
*[ST07300( ALL)03/95] Starting Your Vehicle
%
*[ST07400( ALL)05/94] Preparing to Start Your Vehicle
*[ST07500( ALL)05/95]
RWARNING
Do not start your vehicle in a closed
garage or other enclosed area. Never sit in
a stopped vehicle for more than a short
period of time with the engine running.
Exhaust fumes are toxic. See Guarding
Against Exhaust Fumes in this chapter for
more instructions.
*[ST07600( ALL)01/95] Before you start your vehicle, do the following:
*[ST07700( ALL)01/95] 1. Make sure you and all your passengers
buckle your safety belts. See Safety Restraints
in the Index for more details.
*[ST07800( ALL)03/95] 2. Make sure the headlamps and other
accessories are turned off when starting.
*[ST08100( BCGV)03/95] 3. Make sure that the gearshift is in P (Park)
and the parking brake is set before you turn
the key.
*[ST08400( ALL)03/95] Before you start your vehicle, you should test
the warning lights on the instrument panel to
make sure that they work. Refer to the Warning
Lights and Gauges chapter.
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