1996 Ford Thunderbird Owner's Manual

1996 Ford Thunderbird Manual

1996 Ford Thunderbird manual table of contents:

  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 1
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    ...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 ...
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    ... comes first. For your satisfaction, the quality of our products and services must be our number one priority....be done with you in mind, providing better products and services than our competition. u You are ...in our products - in their safety and value - and in our services, our human relations, ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    ... guide has information about the equipment and the options for your new vehicle. You may not ...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 ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 6
    ... French Version 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, ... and Record Booklet The Maintenance Schedule and Record booklet lists the services that are most important for keeping your ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ...refer to the addresses and phone numbers on the first page of this owner guide. Buying a Ford Extended Service Plan If you ...your dealer for more details about the Ford Extended Service Plan. If you purchased a Canadian vehicle and did not take advantage of the Ford Extended Service Plan at the time ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    ...000 miles (1,600 km) of highway driving. u Use only the type of engine oil that Ford recommends. See Engine oil recommendations.... 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. Cleaning the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... and Aluminum Parts Wash chrome and aluminum parts with a mild detergent. Do not use steel wool, ... of your vehicle's exterior trim parts are plastic. Clean with a tar and road oil remover if ... oil remover. If rustproofing is not removed from plastic and rubber parts, it can cause deterioration. 6
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ... 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. See ... this chapter for special instructions about using safety belts for children. RWARNING Make sure that you and your passengers ...
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    ...Failure to follow these precautions could increase the risk and/or severity of injury in a collision. RWARNING Never drive or... The passenger cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. Lock the doors of your vehicle before driving to lessen the risk of the door coming open in a collision. 8
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    ... locks and helps reduce your forward movement. After you get into your vehicle, close the door and lock it. Then adjust the seat to the position that suits you best... into the proper buckle until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue is securely fastened in the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    ...for the Front Passenger Outboard Seating Positions Your vehicle is equipped with a dual locking mode retractor on the shoulder belt portion of the ... belt for front seat passengers and a locking "cinch tongue" for rear outboard passengers. Dual locking mode retractors operate in two ways: Vehicle ...
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    .... 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. To switch the retractor from the emergency locking mode to the automatic locking mode, perform the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ... 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 ...becoming longer. Before you can reach and latch a combination lap and shoulder belt having a cinch tongue...
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    ... the shoulder belt portion of the safety belt crosses your shoulder and chest. Be sure the belt is not twisted. If the belt is ... 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. RWARNING The lap belts ...
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    ... follow these precautions could increase the risk and/or severity of injury in a collision. 1) Use the shoulder belt...Due to folding rear seats, sometimes the buckles and tongues toward the center of the vehicle may ...mph (8 km/h) or more, the safety belt will become locked and help reduce your forward ...
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    ... the front outboard lap/shoulder belts Unfastening the rear outboard lap/shoulder belts 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. 15
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    ... your seat until you hear a snap and feel it lock. Make sure the buckle is securely fastened. If you need to lengthen the belt, unfasten it and tip the belt tongue at a right angle to the ... belt does not have a retractor, it should be shortened and fastened when not in use. Unfastening center rear ...
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    ...Safety Belt Maintenance Check the safety belt systems periodically to make sure that they work properly and are not damaged. All safety... bracket assemblies (if equipped), and attaching hardware, should be inspected after any collision. Ford recommends that all safety belt assemblies used in vehicles ...
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    ... because this may weaken it. Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) The driver and right ... Restraint Systems (SRS), provided at these seating positions in addition to the lap/shoulder belt, and are...moderate to severe frontal collisions. The supplemental air bag system does not provide restraint ...
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    ... four very important reasons to use safety belts even with an air bag system. Use your safety belts to: u help keep you in the proper position (away from the ... inflates. RWARNING If a passenger is not properly seated and restrained, an inflating air bag could cause serious injury. ...
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    ... 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. ... child seats move the passenger seat as far back from the instrument panel as possible. NEVER SECURE REAR-FACING INFANT SEATS IN ...
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    ... read the other sections of this part of the Owner Guide, especially sections entitled Safety Belts for Children and Safety Seats .... 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 ...
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    ... 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 ... vehicle (of similar size and weight) head-on at about 28 mph (45 km/h). Because the system senses the crash severity ...
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    RWARNING Air bag system components get hot after inflation. Do not touch them after inflation. Inflated driver side air bag 23
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    ...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...
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    A problem with the system is indicated by one or more of the following: u the readiness light will either flash or stay lit, or u ...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 ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ...Cargo should always be secured to prevent it from shifting and causing damage to the vehicle or harm to passengers..... RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put... stop or collision. RWARNING Safety belts and seats can become hot in a vehicle...
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    ...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.... more information on top tether straps see your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. When installing a child safety seat,...
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    ...Failure to follow these instructions could result in serious injury. All child restraint systems are designed to be secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or... other passengers. RWARNING Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    Installing Safety Seats in the Front Outboard Passenger Seating Position For seating positions equipped with a dual locking mode retractor, use the following procedure. If you .... Pull down on shoulder belt, then grasp shoulder belt and lap belt together. Figure 1. 29
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    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. Routing the lap/shoulder belt 30
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    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. Buckling the belt 31
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    ... 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. NOTE: The dual-locking mode retractor must be in the automatic ... you pull up on the belt to remove any slack in the belt. Figures 5 and 6. 32
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    ... seat, forcibly tilt the seat from side to side, and tug it forward to make sure that the seat is ... seat is secure 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. 34
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... child seat is properly secured prior to each use. If the retractor is not locked, repeat steps 4 through 7. Installing Child Safety Seats in the Rear ... safety seat in these locations. 1. Grasp the belt webbing below the tongue and pull as much of the belt out of the retractor as possible. Hold the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ...lap belt portion of the combination lap/shoulder belt, and the belt webbing above the tongue is the shoulder belt... tip (metal portion) of the tongue (not the cover) and slide the tongue up the webbing as far as... your other hand to grasp the tip (metal portion) of the tongue and belt webbing together, ...
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    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. 37
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    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. 38
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    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. 39
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    7. Grasp belt close to child seat and pull on the shoulder belt portion of the combination lap/shoulder ..., 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 ...
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    ... position. Route the tongue and webbing through the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle for ...center seating position until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure the tongue is securely fastened to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ...seats should always wear safety belts. (See instructions with your child seat, or contact its manufacturer, to... If safety belts are not properly worn and adjusted as described, the risk of serious injury to .... If the shoulder belt portion of one of the lap and shoulder belts can be positioned so that ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... 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...safety standards. Belt-positioning booster seats raise the child and provide a shorter, firmer seating cushion that encourages ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    Starting Your Thunderbird Ignition Understanding the Positions of the Ignition The positions of the key in the ignition ACCESSORY allows some of your vehicle's electrical accessories such as the radio and the windshield wipers to operate while the engine...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ...(Park). Set the parking brake fully. Turn the ignition key to LOCK. Remove the key. NOTE: The automatic transmission gearshift ... key turns freely. If the driver's door is open while the key is still in the ignition, a warning chime sounds. RWARNING Always set the parking brake fully and make sure ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... 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 ... for more than a short period of time with the engine running. Exhaust fumes are toxic. See Guarding Against Exhaust ...
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    ... Follow the steps under Preparing to Start Your Vehicle at the beginning of this section. Turn the ignition key to the ON position. DO NOT depress the accelerator pedal when starting your engine. DO NOT use the accelerator while the vehicle is parked. Turn the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ... brake pedal. If the engine does not start after two attempts: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Turn the ignition key to the .... Press the accelerator all the way to the floor and hold it. Turn the ignition key to the START position. Release the ignition key when the engine starts. Release the accelerator gradually as ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ... speeds can produce very high temperatures in the engine and exhaust system, creating the risk of fire or ... emission system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. If ... starting, warms up the engine faster, and allows the heater-defrost system to respond quickly. To...
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    ..., do not use your heater with ungrounded electrical systems or two-pronged (cheater) adapters. For...for longer than three hours will not damage the engine, so you can plug it in at night to ... vehicle the following morning. NOTE: Be sure to disconnect the engine block heater before driving your vehicle....
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    Have the exhaust and body ventilation systems checked whenever: u your vehicle is raised for service u the sound of ... your ventilation by keeping all air inlet vents clear of snow, leaves, and other debris. If the engine is idling while you are stopped in an open area for long periods of time, open ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    If the Engine Cranks but Does Not Start or Does Not Start After a Collision Fuel Pump Shut-off Switch If the engine cranks but does not start or does not start after a collision, the ... all the passengers get out of the vehicle and call the local fire department or a towing service. 53
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    If your engine cranks but does not start after a collision or substantial jolt: 1. 2. 3. Turn the ignition key to the OFF position. Check under the vehicle for ... set, you may have a different mechanical problem. Turn the ignition key to the ON position for a few seconds, then turn ...
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    Warning Lights and Gauges The instrument panel (dashboard) on your vehicle is divided into... on the following pages show the major parts of the instrument panel that are described in this chapter. Some items... lights and gauges are grouped together in the instrument cluster and the indicator lamp module...
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    Mechanical cluster 56
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    ...gauges are on the mechanical cluster. All of the warning lights and gauges alert you to possible problems with your vehicle. Some of the lights ... or if it is not set, it comes on briefly when you turn the ignition key to START. It normally goes off shortly after the engine starts and you release the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ... System has self-check capabilities. As previously described, the system turns on the anti-lock light each time you start your engine. After the engine is started and the anti-lock light is out, the system performs another test the first time the vehicle reaches ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ...anti-lock brake system warning light remains on or comes on while driving, have the braking system checked by a qualified service technician as soon as possible. NOTE: If a fault occurs in the anti-lock system, and the brake warning light is not lit, the anti-lock system...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ...condition of the system. If the system is functioning properly, the light will stay on for 6 seconds when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position. If there is a problem with the system, two things may happen: the readiness light will either ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    If the light stays on or comes on when the engine is running, have the electrical system checked as soon as possible. Overdrive Off Indicator This light tells you that the Transmission Control Switch (TCS) on the gearshift lever has been pushed. When the light is on, the transmission ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... Check Gauges Warning Light (if equipped) This light will come on when the key is in the ON position and the: u engine coolant temperature gauge is high, or ... the fuel tank has reached empty reserve. This light serves as a reminder for you to check the engine coolant temperature gauge, the engine ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ...s powertrain control system during normal operation. If an emission problem is detected, the Check Engine Warning ... wires close to powertrain control system wires or components. The light comes on briefly when you turn the ignition key to ON, but it should turn off when the engine starts. If the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    .... In this case, the Check Engine Warning Light may turn on and will then set a Diagnostic Trouble Code indicating that the engine was misfiring while the... It is not necessary to have the engine serviced. Under certain conditions, the Check Engine Warning Light may come on if ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ... how much fuel is in the fuel tank only when the ignition switch is ON. For proper fuel gauge indication after adding fuel, turn the ignition switch OFF while refueling the vehicle. The fuel ... reading is obtained with the vehicle on level ground. With ignition switch OFF, the fuel gauge indicator may...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge This gauge indicates the temperature of the engine coolant, not the coolant level. If the coolant is not ... will not be accurate. The pointer moves from the C (cold) mark into the NORMAL band as your engine coolant warms up. Under normal driving conditions, the pointer...
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    ... possible. Turn off the engine. 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, see Engine Coolant in the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ...odometer. Tachometer The tachometer The tachometer displays the approximate engine revolutions per minute (rpm), or how fast the engine is running. You can drive your vehicle at most rpm points on the tachometer... you drive with the tachometer pointer in the red zone, you may damage the engine. 68...
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    ...charging. If you are running electrical accessories (when the engine is off, or idling at a low speed), the pointer ...your vehicle's electrical system checked as soon as it is safely possible. Battery voltage gauge Engine ... drops below the NORMAL band while the engine is running, you have lost oil ...
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    .... Shut off the engine immediately or severe engine damage could result. Check the engine's oil level, following the instructions on checking and adding engine oil, see the Engine Oil in the Index. If you do not follow these instructions, you or others could be ...
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    ...) The following warning lights are on the indicator lamp module. All of the warning lights alert you to possible problems. Some of the lights listed... optional. The following section details what each of these indicators mean. The indicator lamp module Door Ajar Light (If equipped) This light tells ...
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    Low Coolant Light This light indicates that the level of the engine coolant is low inside the coolant recovery bottle and that you should add more coolant. See Engine Coolant in the Index. The low coolant light Low Fuel Light This light comes on when your fuel ...
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    Instrument Panel Controls The instrument panel 73
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    ... reflection. The Climate Control Systems Your vehicle has one of two different climate control systems. The two systems are: u a manual heating and air conditioning system u a semi-automatic temperature control system (if equipped) If you are not sure ...
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    The knobs that control the manual heating and air conditioning system To heat the interior of your vehicle, turn the SELECT knob to FLOOR, ...the same time, turn the SELECT knob to PANEL & FLOOR, turn the TEMP knob for the temperature desired and set the fan speed as desired. 75
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    ... range (full left) and turn the FAN knob to the desired speed between LO and HI. A/C provides quieter system operation than MAX A/C, but it... outside air, during mild weather, turn the SELECT knob to PANEL, turn the TEMP knob for the temperature desired and set the FAN knob to the speed desired. Under...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... up or down or side to side. Controlling the airflow from panel registers The Semi Automatic Temperature Control System (If equipped) System Characteristics The Semi Automatic Temperature Control System (SATC) is designed to provide comfort consistent with the temperature setting you...
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    The controls for the Semi-Automatic Temperature Control system System Controls Digital display The temperature you select for your driving comfort is ... button is pressed after 65˚F (18˚C) is reached, only 60˚F (16˚C) will be displayed and the system will provide continuous maximum cooling. 78
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    ...turn the SELECT knob to FLOOR and turn the FAN knob to AUTO. The fan will remain off until the engine reaches operating temperature or until 3-1/2 minutes have ... the SELECT knob to PANEL & FLOOR, push the COOL or WARM button for the desired temperature and set the FAN speed as desired...
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    ... turn the SELECT knob to PANEL and the FAN knob to AUTO. The fan will remain off until the engine is warm enough to provide heat. However, ...turning the SELECT knob to PANEL. The A/C compressor is automatically engaged by the control in MAX A/C, NORM A/C, FLOOR & DEF, and DEFROST positions ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... away any snow that is on the rear window before using the defroster. With the engine running, push the defrost button. After approximately 10 minutes, ... not clear, turn the defroster on again. The defroster will turn off when the ignition key is turned to the OFF position. The heating elements are ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    The Interior and Exterior Lights Daytime Running Light System (Canadian vehicles only) The Daytime Running Light (DRL...released parking brake. NOTE: If you have a vehicle with an automatic lighting system, the DRL system is active until the automatic system turns on the headlamps. NOTE: The high beam ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    Turning On the Exterior Lights To turn on the headlamps, parking lamps, side markers, and tail lamps, use the rotary knob that is to the left of the steering wheel. The knob that controls the headlamps and parking lamps (shown with autolamp feature - other models ...
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    .... The chime sounds until you close the door, turn off the lamps or turn the ignition to the ON position. Cleaning the Exterior Lamps Do not use dry paper ...the lamps. Setting the Autolamp Delay System (If equipped) The autolamp sets the headlamps to turn on and off automatically. You ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... sure the headlamp knob is in the OFF position. If the knob for the headlamps is ON, you cancel the autolamp. Turn the ignition key to ON or start your vehicle. Find the autolamp thumbwheel to the right of the panel dim thumbwheel. Turn the thumbwheel up to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    Lighting Up the Interior and Instrument Panel Manual operation With the light knob in the parking lamps or the headlamps position, you can brighten or dim the lights in the instrument panel. To do this, use the thumbwheel to the left of the steering wheel. This wheel also turns on the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ...illuminated entry timer will not turn off the courtesy lamp if that lamp has been turned on manually or by the door switch. of the door lock assembly. Use Ford Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate, a mild soap, or household ammonia and water solution....
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    ...Lamps Your vehicle has two map lamps for the passenger and the driver. To turn on the map lamps, push the switch next to each lamp. Map lamp (with optional moon roof) Front seat map and dome lamps (without optional moon roof) The dual beam map lamps are located on each side of the dome lamp....
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... vehicle has rear seat courtesy lamps which are activated when the interior lights are turned on. These lamps are located on the quarter trim panels. Cleaning the Interior Lamps Your interior dome lamps and map lamps are plastic and should be cleaned...
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    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. 90
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    Steering Column Controls The controls on the steering column and wheel are designed to give you easy access to the controls while you are driving. The Turn Signal Lever You... the high beams on/off u flash the lights u turn the windshield wipers and washer on/off The turn signal lever...
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    ... the lever toward you until it latches. The high beam indicator light turns off. NOTE: When the headlamps are on low beam, the outer ... the on or off position. Windshield Wipers and Washer To turn on the windshield wipers, the ignition key must be turned to the ON or ACC position. Rotate the end of ...
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    ... setting selected. If the washer does not work, check the washer fluid level and fill it if it is low. See the Servicing Your Thunderbird chapter. If there is enough fluid, consult your nearest Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. 93
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    ...than 15 seconds continuously. This could damage the washer pump system. RWARNING In freezing weather, the washer solution may freeze on the windshield and obscure your ... for up to two hours when the battery is fully charged and in good condition without draining the battery excessively. If...
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    The control switch for the hazard flashers Horn To sound the horn, push the center pad area of the steering wheel. The horn on the steering wheel 95
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    ...Never adjust the steering wheel when the vehicle is moving. The lever to tilt the steering wheel To change the position of the steering wheel, pull the release lever on the column toward you. Tip the steering wheel to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the steering wheel in place. 96
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... speed when going down steep hills. NOTE: Do not shift to N (Neutral) when using the speed control. This will cause the engine to overspeed. When driving uphill, especially with a heavy load, significant speed drops may occur. If the speed drops more than ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    ...the steering wheel To set the speed control: 1. 2. Press and release the ON switch. Accelerate to the desired speed above .../h) using the accelerator pedal. Press the SET ACCEL switch and release it immediately to set your speed. If you keep this switch pressed, your speed will continue to increase. ...
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    ...Lightly tap the brake pedal. When the vehicle attains the desired speed, press the SET ACCEL switch and release it immediately. If vehicle speed is reduced below 30 mph (50 km/h) by any of the above methods, then you must manually accelerate to a speed over 30 mph (50 km/h) and reset the system. 99
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    ...has accelerated to the desired speed. vehicle attains the desired speed, press the SET ACCEL switch and release it immediately. Cancelling and Resuming a Set Speed If .... To Turn Speed Control Off Press the OFF switch. Speed control is also turned OFF each time the vehicle ignition is shut off. 100
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    .... Read this chapter to find out about standard and optional features. Doors Anti-theft front door lock knobs Anti-theft lock knobs are designed to prevent unlocking the door by pulling up on the lock knob. To unlock and open the front door from inside the vehicle, ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ... Locks (If equipped) If your vehicle has power door locks, the controls to lock the doors are on the trim panel of the front door. When you ... remain locked. If the power mechanism fails, the manual door locks will override the power controls. Pulling on a front inside door handle ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    ... the Illuminated Entry System (If equipped) The interior lights turn on when you lift the outside door handle on...lights automatically turn off after 25 seconds or when you turn the ignition key to ON or ACC. The inside lights ...not turn off if you have turned them on manually or if a door is open. 103
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    ...(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: u flash the headlamps, parking lamps, and alarm indicator lamp u honk the horn u...
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    ... u only the Anti-Theft alarm will cause the alarm indicator lamp (located in the center of the instrument panel) to flash on and off. start circuit so that the vehicle ... will not stop by pushing For more information on the PANIC alarm, see Remote Entry System in the Index. 105
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    ... any door. The alarm indicator light will start flashing to remind you to arm the system. Lock the doors by using the power door lock switch or by pressing the remote entry transmitter LOCK button. The alarm indicator will now glow steadily. 4....
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    You can also arm the anti-theft system by following this sequence: 1. 2. 3. Remove key from ignition. Close all of the doors. Press the remote entry transmitter LOCK button to lock the doors. The alarm indicator will come on for 30 seconds to show that the alarm...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... or the system may not disarm. u using the keyless entry unlock code on the u if remaining in the vehicle, turn the ignition switch to ON or ACC Triggering the alarm system The armed system will be triggered if: u any door is opened ...
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    Disarming a triggered system The alarm can be disarmed by: u unlocking a front door with the key u using the UNLOCK button of the remote entry transmitter NOTE: The flashing lights and ... automatically within 2 minutes 45 seconds after the system is triggered. It will trigger again if another ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ...If your vehicle has the remote entry system, you can lock and unlock the vehicle doors and open the trunk without using a key. The ...can be ordered from your dealer. The remote entry features only operate with the ignition in the OFF position. Remote entry transmitter 110
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    ... all the doors, press the LOCK button. If you would like a signal that the doors are being locked, press the LOCK button again within five seconds. The doors will lock again, the horn will beep and the low beam headlamps and tail lamps will flash. 111
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    ... OFF by pressing the PANIC button again or by turning the ignition key to the RUN position. When you use the... You can turn these lights off with the LOCK button or by turning the ignition to the RUN position....if you have turned them on manually or if a door is open. Replacing the batteries The remote ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... remote entry system can also be affected by weather conditions (such as very cold temperatures) ... your dealer for reprogramming of your remote entry system. This is necessary to prevent further unauthorized use ... so the remote entry system can be reprogrammed with your new and existing transmitters. ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ... door has a power control that opens and closes the window on that door. The driver's door has a master control panel that operates the windows. Power windows can only be opened or closed when the ignition switch is in the ON or ACC position. RWARNING Do not let children play ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    The master controls on the driver's door Moon Roof (If equipped) You can move the moon roof back to ... noise at speeds between 30 and 45 miles per hour (50 and 70 km/h). The rocker ... close the moon roof. You must press and hold the switch until the desired position is reached. At ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ...moon roof, press and hold the rear portion of the switch. The glass panel will move to the intermediate ...moon roof, press and hold the front portion of the switch. The glass panel will move to the intermediate ...and stop. Press and hold the front of the switch again and the panel will move to the fully...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ... the moon roof into vent position when the glass panel is closed, press the front portion of the switch. To close from vent position, press and hold the rear ... a sliding shade that you can manually open or close to block the sun when the glass panel is shut. To close the sliding shade,...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... restraint helps protect you best if you position it behind your head and not behind your neck. Standard head restraints You can adjust the head restraints for your comfort and protection. Adjusting the head restraint Adjusting Manual Seats In the front seats, you can move the whole seat forward ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    4. Release the bar to latch the seat in its new position. Make sure the seat locks securely in place. The front seat adjustment bar To recline the front manual seats: 1. 2. 3. On the side of the seat, find the handle for the recliner. Lift the handle up and hold it in place...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... emergency seatback release lever for rear seat entry or exit. The seatback remains unlocked with normal usage and locks only ..., upon impact, or on steep downhill grades. The inertia seatback latch will allow the seatback to rotate approximately 5˚ forward before it locks. The release is provided ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... (If equipped) If your vehicle has power seats, you can adjust them in several directions. The controls are on the side of the seats. The power controls on the driver's seat RWARNING Do not pile cargo higher than the seatbacks to avoid injuring people in a ...
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    Sport Seat Sport seat controls 122
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    ... front seat passengers. Cleaning the Seats Leather and vinyl For routine cleaning, wipe the surface ... thorough cleaning, wipe the surface with a leather and vinyl cleaner or a mild soap. Fabric ..., hidden area of fabric. If the fabric's color or texture is adversely affected by a particular cleaner,...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... result in a collision, injuring yourself and others. Adjusting the Dual Electric Remote Control Mirrors If equipped, the switch for controlling the dual electric remote control mirrors is located on the driver's door. Do not clean the housing or glass of ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    The mirror controls on the driver's door To adjust the side mirrors: 1. 2. 3. Find the control switch in the driver's door panel. Select the right or left mirror by moving the selector switch to R or L. Move the knob in the direction of the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    .... This mirror gives you a wider view of the lanes on your right and behind you. RWARNING The side view mirror on the right makes objects appear smaller and farther away than they actually are. Sun Visors Turning on the Mirror Light on the Sun Visors (If equipped) To turn on the visor mirror ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    Console Your vehicle has a full console. The full console has the features shown in the illustration below. The features on the full console 127
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    ... several small storage compartments: u a glove compartment that locks. Use the round key to lock and unlock it. doors. u two map pockets on the panels of the front RWARNING Do not put objects on the ledge between the back seat and the rear ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ... trunk opens. Remove the key before you close and lock the lid. Shut the trunk lid completely. Using the Remote Control for the Trunk (If equipped) With the ignition switch in the ON or ACC position, you can use the remote control under your console armrest to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    Positive Location Floor Mat When installing or removing the driver's side floor mat you must attach/detach the positive location grommet from the hook on the floor. The hook is just forward of the left hand track of the driver's seat. The positive location floor mat hook 130
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    Electronic Sound Systems Compact Disc Radio 131
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    ... to show the relative volume level. NOTE: If the volume level is set above a certain listening level when the ignition switch is turned off, when the ignition switch is turned back on, the volume will come back to a "nominal" listening level. However, if the radio power is...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ... you to tune in a particular station. You can manually locate the station using the “SCAN/TUNE” ...described below. u Using the “SCAN/TUNE” button to manually tune You can change the frequency ... half of the “SEEK” button. While you are manually tuning, the display will show a blinking “Mମ.
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... buttons can be used to select up to 6 preset AM stations and 12 FM stations (6 in FM1 and 6 in FM2). Follow the easy steps below to set these buttons to the desired frequencies: 1. ..., then select a frequency. Press one of the memory buttons and hold the button until the sound returns. That ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ...activate the Auto Memory Load feature by pressing and holding the "AUTO PRESET" button for approximately ...stations so you don't have to continually manually tune to existing stations. Activate Auto ... buttons. The radio is now in the "AUTO" mode and this display will show "AUTO" each time...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    ... button 1. To deactivate the Auto Memory Store mode and return to the manually-set memory button stations (or those stations set using Auto Memory Load), ...u Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and left speakers. Push ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ...to right, front to rear). Using the Controls on Your New Compact Disc Player Your new Ford Compact Disc Player is capable of playing 12 cm or 8 ... disc by its edge only. (Be sure to read and follow all of the care and cleaning instructions under How To Take Care of and Clean ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    NOTE: The volume, bass, treble, balance and fader controls on the radio are also used with the CD player. Refer to earlier operating instructions on these controls. How to insert a disc and begin play Insert one disc, label side up into the disc ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... resume CD play, press the "PLAY/STOP" button once again. NOTE: If the ignition key is turned OFF during play and then is set to the ON or ACCESSORY position, the CD player will resume playing in the mode it was in when ignition was turned off. How to fast ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... reloaded. How to eject the disc Push the "EJECT" button to stop play, eject the disc and resume radio operation of your audio system. NOTE: You can eject the disc while the radio power and/or ignition is on or off. 140
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    Electronic Stereo Radio with Cassette 141
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    ...display show the relative volume level. NOTE: If the volume level is set above a certain listening level when the ignition switch is turned off, when the ignition switch is turned back on, the volume will come back to a "nominal" listening level. However, if the radio power...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    u Using the "AMS" function to manually tune your radio You can change the frequency up or down one increment.... To change frequencies quickly, press and hold down either the right or left side of the "SEEK" button. Manual tuning adjusts your radio to any allowable broadcast frequency, whether ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ... buttons will need to be reset. Adjusting the tone balance and speaker output of your radio u Increasing or...VOLUME” button to increase bass (more “lows”), and push the left ( ) side to decrease bass ... button to increase treble (more “highs”), and push the left ( ) side to decrease treble ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    Speaker features and operation u Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and... a tape Insert a cassette (with the open edge to the right) firmly into the tape door opening, making sure the cassette is completely in and "seated." 145
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    ... tape travel. In either case, at the end of the tape, the direction automatically reverses and plays the other side of the tape. u Using the Automatic Music Search ("AMS") (If your display shows numerals) Press and hold the "AMS" button ("AMS" will appear in the display). Then, ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    u Using the Automatic Music Search ("AMS") (if your display shows arrows) Press and hold the "AMS" button. Then, push the appropriate fast-wind button, depending upon the direction of the tape travel arrow in the display. For example, if the tape travel arrow is pointing to the left, push ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ...In order to keep your cassette tape player performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: u Using a Ford Cassette Cleaning Cartridge to clean the tape player head after 10-12 hours of play will help maintain the best...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ... cassettes from exposure to direct sunlight, high humidity and extreme heat or cold. If they are exposed to extreme conditions, allow them to reach a moderate temperature ... by putting your finger or a pencil into one of the holes and turning the hub until the tape is tight. u If ...
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    High-Level Audio System 150
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    ... to show the relative volume level. NOTE: If the volume level is set above a certain listening level when the ignition switch is turned off, when the ignition switch is turned back on, the volume will come back to a "nominal" listening level. However, if the radio power is...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ...four ways for you to tune in a particular station. You can manually locate the station using the "SCAN/TUNE" button, "...To change frequencies quickly, press and hold down either the right or left side of the "SEEK" button. Manual tuning adjusts your radio to any allowable broadcast frequency...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... buttons can be used to select up to 6 preset AM stations and 12 FM stations (6 in FM1 and 6 in FM2). Follow the easy steps below to set these buttons to the desired frequencies: 1. ..., then select a frequency. Press one of the memory buttons and hold the button until the sound returns. That ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ...activate the Auto Memory Load feature by pressing and holding the "AUTO PRESET" button for approximately ...stations so you don't have to continually manually tune to existing stations. Activate Auto ... buttons. The radio is now in the "AUTO" mode and this display will show "AUTO" each time...
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    ... button 1. To deactivate the Auto Memory Store mode and return to the manually-set memory button stations (or those stations set using Auto Memory Load), ...u Adjusting speaker balance Balance control allows you to adjust the sound distribution between the right and left speakers. Push ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ...of speaker balance and fader functions (left to right, front to rear). Using the Controls of Your Cassette ...: Adjust the volume, treble, bass, balance and fader controls in the same manner as for radio stations. ... NOTE: A cassette tape can be loaded and stored with the ignition and radio power off. ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    .... The radio will automatically begin playing until fast forward is manually stopped (by pushing the "PLAY PROG" button) or the end of ...press the "REW" button. The radio will automatically begin playing when rewind is manually stopped (by pushing the "PLAY PROG" button) or the beginning of...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... time by pressing the "PLAY/PROG" button. How to eject the tape To stop the tape and eject the cassette, press the "EJCT" button. The radio will resume playing if the radio power is on. The tape cartridge can be ejected with radio power (and/or ignition) on or off. 158
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    .... The cassette player will eject the tape. Insert the tape again. If the same error code appears, turn the ignition off, then back on again and insert the tape. Error 1 - Possible problem cartridge. The cassette tape player will eject the tape. ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ...tape doesn't eject, refer the problem to qualified personnel for service. Tips on Caring for the Cassette Player and Tapes In order ... performing the way it was meant to, read and follow these simple precautions: u Using a Ford Cassette Cleaning Cartridge to clean the tape player head after 10-12 ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... (whether you have a power antenna or a manually adjustable antenna) is fully extended to the maximum ... is a building or large structure between the antenna and station, some of the signal "bends" around..., causing the antenna to pick up noise and distortion. Cancellation effects are most prominent...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    .../mono blend circuit has been incorporated into this system. This feature automatically switches a weak stereo signal to a clearer ... are normal conditions on AM frequencies. These can be caused by power lines, electric fences, traffic lights and thunderstorms. Another reception phenomenon is Strong ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ... The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishes the frequencies that AM and FM radio stations may use for their broadcasts. .... Not all frequencies will be assigned to a given area. This radio will tune to each of these frequencies using MANUAL TUNE and no fine tuning is necessary as radio ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ...copy of this limited warranty. u Service At Ford Electronics, we stand behind our audio systems with a comprehensive service and repair program. ... anything should go wrong with your Ford audio system, return to your dealer for service. There is a nationwide network of qualified ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    Driving Your Thunderbird Driving with an Automatic Overdrive Transmission The gearshift lever is floor mounted. ... down, your vehicle may move unexpectedly and injure someone. To move the shifter out of P (Park), the ignition key must be turned to either the OFF or the ON position and the thumb button...
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    ... the brake pedal, move the gearshift lever to N (Neutral) and start the engine. RWARNING DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL ...that your brakelamps may also not be functional. Please refer to the chapter titled Servicing Your Thunderbird in this Owner Guide for instructions on checking and replacing fuses...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    ...will roll freely, even on the slightest incline, unless the parking brake or brakes are on. Driving Your vehicle's gearshift is console-mounted on the floor. The Transmission Control Switch (TCS) is located on the gearshift handle. The 167
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    Transmission Control Indicator Light (O/D OFF) is located on the instrument panel. You can put the gearshift lever in ... gears. When the TCS is pressed, the Transmission Control Indicator Light will illuminate (O/D OFF) on the instrument panel. When this O/D OFF is illuminated the transmission will ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ...-up on slippery roads or to give you more engine braking to slow your vehicle on downgrades. ... driving down steep grades. It gives more engine braking to slow your vehicle than 2 ...). Make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). This locks the transmission and prevents the rear wheels ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ...-mounted gearshift is securely latched in P (Park) if the lever is adjacent to the P (Park) and you cannot move... driver. RWARNING To avoid injury, never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, such as... AssistTM system. This system helps prevent wheel spin in order to improve tire traction and is...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... Traction AssistTM system can be manually turned off, to allow wheelspin if you ... is off. The Traction AssistTM system will automatically be on each time the engine is started. During ordinary ... surfaces, a noise may be heard coming from the engine compartment. This noise is created by the ABS pump ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ... power steering system breaks down (or if the engine is turned off), you can steer the vehicle manually but it takes more ... pump. Speed Sensitive Power Steering (If equipped) The steering system in 4.6L engine vehicles is speed sensitive. This means that the steering effort is light for parking and ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... properly. On vehicles without anti-lock brakes, extreme braking can make the wheels lock and slide, possibly decreasing your control of the steering. If you lock the wheels, release the brake pedal and repeat the "squeeze" technique. Braking with ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    ... your brakes inspected by your dealer or a qualified service technician. Ford Motor Company has not found any detrimental effects of popular mobile ...on vehicles with the anti-lock brake system, if the equipment is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. However, if...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... of the instrument panel. The Brake System Warning Light will glow if the parking brake is not fully released when the engine is running. Always check the Brake Warning Light each time you start your engine. Driving with the parking brake on will cause the brakes to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    The parking brake system is designed for static parking only and is not designed to stop a ... rear brakes, the stopping distance will increase greatly and the handling of your vehicle will be adversely affected. ... stop. u Pump the brake pedal steadily and evenly to avoid locking your wheels. (Does not...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    RWARNING To avoid skidding and losing control on slippery roads, do not downshift into First ...it on slippery roads. You could lose control of your vehicle and could injure someone. If ... for more than a few minutes. This may overheat the engine, damage the transmission, or damage the tires. If you are ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... axle. You can find your vehicle's GVWR and GAWR on the Safety Compliance Certification Label on the left front door lock facing or the door latch post pillar. The weight limits of your vehicle's tires affect the GVWR or GAWR limitations. Usage of ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... Safety Compliance Certification Decal attached to the left front door pillar. To figure the weight of your vehicle's load, add the weights of: u the driver and passengers u.... Then weigh your vehicle with the driver, passengers and luggage. Subtract the first reading from the second to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ...fully equipped to tow. No towing packages are available through Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealers. Because towing a trailer puts ....) u Use extra caution when driving your vehicle u Service your vehicle more frequently if you tow a trailer. (See Servicing your vehicle if you tow in this chapter.) 180
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    ... spare tire is being used. Your vehicle is classified as a light duty towing vehicle. The amount of weight ... towing specifications Preparing to Tow For your safety and for the good of your vehicle, use the right ... right equipment in the proper manner, see your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Do not ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ...Tie down the load so that it does not shift and change the weight on the hitch. This will prevent damage to ... chains: 1. Cross the chains under the trailer tongue and attach them to your vehicle's frame or ... If you use a rental trailer, follow the instructions that the rental agency gives you. 182
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    Connecting the trailer's brakes Electric brakes and manual, automatic, or surge-type hydraulic brakes are safe if you install them properly and ... equipment for hooking up your trailer's lights, see your local trailer dealer and your Ford dealer. Be sure to follow ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    ...from shifting too much, depress the Transmission Control Switch (TCS). This will also give the engine more power going up hills and better engine braking going down hills. If you use the speed control while you... speed control may shut off. Servicing your vehicle if you tow If you tow a...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... Jump-Starting Your Vehicle Your vehicle's battery may die if you leave the lights on 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 ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... Vehicle NOTE: also see label on battery. 1. Your vehicle has a 12-volt starting system, so you need to use a 12-volt jumper system. You will damage your starting motor, ignition system, and other electrical parts if you connect them to a 24-volt power supply (either...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ....) Most jumper cables have a red cable and a black cable. The red cable is generally used... other end of that cable to a good metallic surface on the engine or frame of the disabled vehicle making sure it is clear of any rotating engine components. The following illustrations show where you can find a...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    The 3.8L SFI engine 188
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    The 4.6L SFI Engine 189
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    ...cable from the discharged battery. 2. 3. 4. After the vehicle is started, let it idle for a while to let the engine "relearn" its idle conditions. Drive it around for a while with all electrical accessories turned off to let the battery recharge. You ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... to a safe place on the side of the road. Park on a level spot, turn off the ignition, set the parking brake, and turn on the hazard flashers. The Temporary Spare... precautions, the tire could fail, causing you to lose control of the vehicle, possibly injuring yourself or others. 191
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    ... it from its wheel. u use the wheel for any other type of vehicle. u drive through an automatic car wash with this tire. Because the temporary spare tire is smaller than a conventional tire, it reduces the ground clearance. Your vehicle may get caught in the rails and it could be damaged. 192
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    Spare Tire Location The spare is stored in the trunk. The spare tire location To remove the spare tire: 1. 2. Remove the spare tire cover. Unscrew the wing-nut holding down the spare tire. NOTE: Wing-nut is not removable. 3. Lift out the spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. 193
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    ...(both directions) that is diagonally opposite (other side and end of the vehicle) to the tire being changed. RWARNING If...injured. RWARNING To avoid injury, never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, such ... nut wrench. Insert the handle of the wrench and twist it against the inner wheel cover ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ... removing anti-theft lug nuts. Removing and Replacing the Tire 1. Find the underbody notches ... removed. Center the jack between (2) underbody notches and turn the handle of the jack clockwise until the... while changing a tire. Do not start the engine when your vehicle is on the jack. The jack is only ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    The improper lift point NOTE: Never use the differential housing as a lift point. 196
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    ...2. Turn the jack handle clockwise until the wheel clears the ground. Remove the wheel lug nuts. Replace the flat tire with the spare tire, making sure that the air valve stem is facing outward. Reinstall the lug nuts, tightening until the wheel is snug against the hub. The beveled edges on the lug ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    ...soon as possible, have your dealer or a qualified service technician check the lug nuts for proper ...nuts on the wheel 7. 8. 9. Place any wheel covers and ornaments in the trunk. Put the tire, jack,...one side of the ornament into the center of the wheel and strike the other side with the palm of your...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ... to be removed from the wheel, remove the five screws, using a Phillips head screwdriver. Then pull the wheel cover off the wheel. The center ... in the wheel cover mounting pad with the center holes in the metal inserts. Install and tighten the five screws. Align the legs of the ornament with the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... has this option, one of the lug nuts on each wheel locks and must be unlocked with a special key. The key ...lug nut key assembly is lost, see your nearest Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer who has access to a ...theft lug nut and key Removing the anti-theft lug nut Insert the key over the locking lug nut....
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ... Does Not Start After a Collision The Fuel Pump Shut-off Switch If the engine cranks but does not start or if you have ... include wheel lift towing or flat bed towing. DO NOT TOW WITH SLINGBELT EQUIPMENT WHEN TOWING YOUR THUNDERBIRD FROM THE REAR. Ford Motor Company has not developed or approved a T-...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    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 hook-up and towing procedures for your vehicle. 202
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    Customer Assistance Roadside Assistance Ford Motor Company has set up a 24-hour, ... put you in touch with the help you need if you experience a problem with your vehicle. This complimentary service ...To purchase Roadside Assistance coverages beyond this period, through Ford Auto Club, contact your Ford ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    .... To obtain information about reimbursement call 1-800-241-FORD (in Canada call 1-800-665-2006). If You Have a Service Problem Ford Motor Company has authorized Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships that can service your vehicle for you. This chapter tells you how ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    Service/Maintenance Concerns (U.S. or Canada) Ford recommends taking your vehicle to your selling dealer who..., however, take your vehicle to any authorized Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. In most cases, ... help than the dealer gave you, contact the Ford Customer Assistance Center to find an authorized ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    In the U.S., contact: If you live in Canada and have any questions or concerns that the dealership cannot answer, contact the ... Assistance Centre. Please have the following information available when contacting Ford Customer Assistance: u your telephone number (both business and home) u the name ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... 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 ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    .../lessees. How Does the Board Work? The Board has four members: u three consumer representatives u a Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer Consumer candidates for Board membership are recruited and trained by an independent consulting firm. Dealers are ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... vote. Board members review all the materials related to each complaint and, based on the available information, arrive at a fair ... 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. ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... local Board address. At the same time, your dealer and Ford Motor Company representative are asked to submit statements. To review your case properly, the ... u the name of the dealer who sold you the vehicle or who serviced your vehicle complaint u a brief description of your unresolved ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Ford Motor Company. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an ..., it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Ford Motor Company. To contact NHTSA...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    Ford of Canada Customer Assistance Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited If you live in Canada and have any questions or concerns...arises, where a solution cannot be reached between a vehicle owner, Ford of Canada, and/or one of its dealers (that all parties can agree upon), the...
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    ... fuel in your vehicle without a proper conversion may damage the effectiveness of your emissions control system and may cause engine knocking or serious engine damage. Ford Motor Company is not responsible for any damage that is ...
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    ...South America, the Caribbean, or the Middle East, contact the nearest Ford dealership. If the dealership cannot help you,... appropriate Ford affiliate office. If you buy your vehicle in North America and then ..., register your Vehicle Identification Number and new address with Ford Motor Company Export ...
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    Accessories Ford Accessories for Your Vehicle Ford has many fine products available from your dealer to clean your vehicle and protect its finishes. For best results, use the following, or products of equivalent quality: 215
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    ... They are custom designed to complement the style and aerodynamic appearance of your Ford-built vehicle. In addition, each accessory...materials and meets or exceeds Ford's rigid engineering and safety specifications. That is why Ford brand accessories are warranted for up to 3 years or 36,000 miles ...
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    ...) or in Canada the Canadian Radio Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates the use of mobile communications systems - such as two-way radios, telephones, and theft alarms - that are equipped with radio transmitters. Any such equipment installed in your ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ... properly installed. For example, when operated, such systems may cause the engine to stumble or stall. In addition, ...Citizens band [CB] transceivers, garage door openers, and other transmitters whose power ...we have no control over the installation, design, or manufacture of such systems, Ford cannot ...
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    Servicing Your Thunderbird Service Made Easy Ford has two goals for servicing your vehicle. 1. 2. When we can,... Information Booklet to find out which parts and services are covered. Also see the Customer Assistance chapter of this Owner Guide. Ford Motor Company recommends that the Owner Maintenance ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    .... Use only recommended fuels, lubricants, fluids, and service parts conforming to Ford specifications. Motorcraft parts are designed and built to provide the best performance in your ...: u Do not work on a hot engine. The engine RWARNING cooling fan may come on unexpectedly. Always ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ... with long hair. space with the engine running, unless you are sure you have enough ventilation. supported only by a ... the parking brake fully and make sure that the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). Remove the key from the ignition after you turn the engine off. Block the wheels. This will ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    RWARNING Do not start your engine with the air cleaner removed and do not remove it while the engine is running. Opening the Hood 1. Inside the vehicle, pull the hood ... NOTE: Apply lubricant to the hood latch at six-month intervals to maintain smooth and trouble-free operation. ...
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    Engine Compartment Your vehicle has one of these types of engines: u a 3.8 liter SFI engine u a 4.6 liter SFI engine The following pages show diagrams of each engine type and where to find items that you should regularly service. 227
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    A 3.8 liter SFI engine 228
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    A 4.6 liter SFI engine 229
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    ...internal damage. u In order to avoid possible cracking of the u The alternator, distributor and air intake must u Never wash or rinse the engine while it is Filling the Fuel Tank The fuel door is outside the car on the passenger side near the back. To ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...is tight. It will click when it is fully tightened. Push the fuel door closed. RWARNING If you lose the ... can damage the fuel system or cause it to work improperly in a collision, endangering you and your ... void for any damage to the fuel tank and/or fuel system. 4. Choosing the Right Fuel Use only ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ..., even though your engine will perform adequately on other gasolines, the performance of the emission control devices and systems may be ... fuel, see your dealer or a qualified service technician to prevent any engine damage. Fuel Quality If you are experiencing starting, rough idle or hesitation ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ...tank if you continue to use a high-quality fuel. Cleaner air Ford recommends the use of gasolines to improve air quality, ...should be no more than 5% methanol with cosolvents and additives to protect the fuel system. Safety Information Relating to Automotive Fuels RWARNING Automotive fuels can cause ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... gasoline blended with methanol can cause blindness and possible death when swallowed. If any fuel is swallowed, call a physician or poison control center immediately. u Avoid breathing vapors while ... If fuel is splashed on the skin, wash with soap and water. u If fuel is splashed in the eyes, ...
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    ... have an adverse effect on modern powertrain components. You may need to crank the engine several times before the fuel system starts to pump fuel from the tank to the engine. Calculating Fuel Economy Fuel economy is an estimate of the efficiency of your ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... and excessive speed u Driving with your foot on the brake u Sudden stops u Extended engine idling u Using speed control in hilly terrain u Extended use of the... can spout and windshield washer fluid. u Check the engine oil at every refueling stop u Clean the windshield, outside mirrors ...
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    ...worn edges u Check the tire pressure at least monthly Engine Oil Recommendations We recommend using Motorcraft oil or an equivalent oil meeting Ford Specification WSS-M2C153-F and displaying the American Petroleum Institute ... SC, SD, SE, SF or SG u Additional engine oil additives, oil treatments 237
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    ...you put fuel in your vehicle. Remember the engine must be off, the oil must be warm ...sure the gearshift is securely latched in P (Park). Open the hood. Protect yourself from engine heat. Locate ...put it back into position, making sure it is fully seated. 2. 3. 4. 5. Engine oil dipstick - 4.6 liter...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ...oil level is below the "ADD 1 QT" line, add engine oil as necessary. If the oil level is ...oil changes. Make sure you use a CERTIFIED engine oil of the preferred viscosity. Your vehicle's warranty... oil into the opening. Be careful not to overfill the engine. Recheck the oil level after you finish...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ...laboratory mice. Protect your skin by washing with soap and water. Engine Coolant Checking ... coolant reservoir located in the engine compartment. To locate the reservoir, see the diagram of your vehicleମ. under Engine Type, in this chapter. The coolant additives also protect the entire cooling system...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ... Checking Hoses Inspect all engine and heater system hoses and hose connections for ... or replace with Motorcraft hoses or equivalent as necessary. Adding Engine Coolant RWARNING Do not put engine ... washer fluid. If sprayed to clean the glass, engine coolant or antifreeze could make it difficult to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    ...5. To find out how much engine coolant mixture your vehicle's coolant system can hold, see Refill...a 50/50 or appropriate mixture of water and the type of engine coolant that Ford specifies. You may add water... as possible. Have your dealer check the engine cooling system for leaks if you have to add...
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    ... and rubber elastomers used in Ford engines for four years or 50,000 miles (80,... Company expressly authorizes the Ford Rotunda engine coolant recycling process and chemicals. Use ... engine coolant or an equivalent recycled engine coolant that is certified by the supplier to meet Ford specification ESE-...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    Use Ford Premium Cooling System Fluid E2FZ-19549-AA (in Canada, Motorcraft CXC-8-B) or an equivalent engine coolant that meets Ford Specification ESE-M97B44-A. Leave ... and water is maintained. Engine Coolant Refill Procedure When the entire cooling system is drained and refilled, the ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... of recommended coolant and water until system is full. u Start and idle engine until the radiator upper u Immediately shut off engine. Cover cap...a 50/50 mixture of recommended cooling system fluid and water to the FULL-HOT mark on the engine coolant recovery reservoir. Check...
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    ... out of the tube in the rear of engine. Reattach hose and secure clamp. is at the FULL COLD level. ...u Reinstall the pressure cap to the fully u Start and idle the engine until the radiator upper hose is ... coolant is flowing through the entire system). u Immediately shut off the engine and let cool. ...
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    ..., have the charging system checked for a possible malfunction. Help Us Protect Our Environment Ford Motor Company strongly recommends that used lead-...for disposal. Battery recycling symbol Because your vehicle's engine is electronically controlled by a computer, some control ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ...computer to "relearn" its idle conditions before your vehicle will drive properly. To let the engine do ...turn off all the accessories, and start the vehicle. Let the engine idle for at least one ... go traffic for your vehicle's engine to completely "relearn" its idle. Windshield Washer Fluid...
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    ... ignition to the ACC position and turn your wipers on. Wait for them to reach a vertical position and turn the ignition to the OFF position. Do not move the wipers manually. Manually moving the wipers across the windshield may damage them. 249
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    ..., or wiper arm always use a Motorcraft part or equivalent. To replace the blades, follow the instructions that come with them. Tires Look at your tires each time you ... these precautions, your tires may fail or go flat. Ford Motor Company recommends obeying posted speed limits. ...
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    ... 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 ... your tires wear evenly and last longer, rotate them as indicated in the following diagram. For tire rotation ...
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    Rotating the tires Replacing the Tires Replace any tires that show wear bands. When your tire shows a wear band, it has only 1/16 inch (2 mm) of tread left. A worn-out tire Because your vehicle's tires may wear unevenly, you may need to replace them before a wear band appears across the entire...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ...all tires are the same size, speed rating, and load-carrying capacity. Use only ... in 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...
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    ... from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics... to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified... under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A 254...
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    ... grade for this tire is established for a tire that is properly inflated and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation,... or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Snow Tires ..., or fuel lines. Follow the chain manufacturer's instructions. u Drive slowly. If you can ...
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    ...opportunity Cleaning the Wheels after using them on snow and ice. Do not use the chains on ... substances will damage protective coatings. Use tar and road oil remover to remove grease and ... up transmission fluid. Refer to the Maintenance Schedule and Record booklet for replacement intervals. However, ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    With the vehicle on a level surface, start the engine and, while fully applying the brake pedal, move the transmission shift... to engage. Securely latch the transmission shift selector in the P (Park) position, fully set the parking brake and leave the engine running. NOTE: Your vehicle should not be ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... the brake lining wears. Check the brake fluid at each scheduled engine oil change or at least once a year. You can do... label on reservoir cap. (To locate the master cylinder, see The Engine Types in the Index.) The fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX marks. RWARNING Brake fluid is toxic. ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    ... fluid is low, carefully clean and remove the cap from the reservoir. Fill the reservoir to the MAX line with Ford High Performance DOT 3 Brake Fluid C6AZ-19542-AA, C6AZ-19542-BA, or equivalent DOT 3 fluid meeting Ford specification ESA-M6C25-A. RWARNING If you use a brake ...
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    RWARNING Do not let the reservoir for the master cylinder run dry. This may cause the brakes to fail. The anti-lock brake system fluid reservoir 260
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    ...Power Steering Fluid 3.8L SFI engine 1. Start the engine and let it run until.... The power steering fluid will be at the right temperature when the engine coolant temperature gauge in the instrument cluster... of the NORMAL operating temperature range. While the engine idles, turn the steering wheel back...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ...fluid Use only power steering fluid that meets Ford Specification ESW-M2C33-F, such ...AA or is an equivalent Type F Automatic Transmission Fluid with a Ford registration number (an 8-digit number beginning ... you check the power steering fluid when it is cold, make sure that the fluid reaches the FULL ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    4.6L SFI engine 1. Check the fluid level when the system is COLD (allow at least one half hour after driving for the power ... the power steering reservoir mounted to the front upper left-hand corner of the engine. Visually verify that the fluid level is above the MIN line adjacent to ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ... and high current) and circuit breakers protect your vehicle's wiring system from overloading. If electrical parts in your vehicle are not working, the ...Before you replace or repair any electrical parts, check the appropriate fuses (conventional and high current) or circuit...
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    The instrument panel fuse panel location The instrument panel fuse panel 265
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    The Instrument Panel Fuses, Circuit Breakers and Relays 266
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    ...load exceeds their amperage rating. High current fuses may be purchased from your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. The high current fuse panel is located in the engine compartment on the left-hand fender apron. RWARNING Always disconnect the battery before ...
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    The high current fuse panel 270
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    The high current fuses and relays L 271
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    Checking and Replacing Fuses If you need to check a fuse, follow these steps: 1. Find the fuse panel underneath the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column. Check ... the pulling tool attached to the inside cover of the fuse panel. There are also four spare fuses attached to ...
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    ... If the fuse continues to blow, have your electrical system checked. Circuit Breakers If you... panel. Circuit breakers will reset themselves and allow the electrical parts to work again once ...electricity, have your vehicle's electrical system checked. Diagnostic equipment is needed to check circuit ...
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    ...with the same amperage rating. To remove a circuit breaker mounted in the fuse panel, grip it with your finger and thumb and pull it straight out of ... socket. Lights and Bulb Replacement It is a good idea to check the operation of the following lights frequently: u headlamps u tail...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ... the bulb, rather than the whole lamp. RWARNING Handle a halogen headlamp bulb carefully and keep out of children's reach. Grasp the bulb only ...one. If a bulb is removed for an extended period of time, contaminants may enter the headlamp housing and affect its performance. Parts of a headlamp 275
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    ... Make sure that the headlamp switch is in the OFF position. Lift the hood and find the bulb in the headlamp socket. Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by grasping the wire with a quick pull rearward. Remove the retaining ring by turning it ...
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    High-Mount Brakelamp Bulbs Your vehicle has a brakelamp mounted in the rear window, called a high-mount brakelamp. You may need to remove this lamp at times to replace the brakelamp bulb or to clean the rear window. Parts of the high-mount brakelamp 277
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    ... to disengage the retaining clips. Twist the socket counterclockwise and remove from lamp. Pull bulb out of ... the retaining screw. Lift the lamp above the carpet and slide away from the rear window. Replace the ... and socket into the lamp and twist socket clockwise until it locks. Slide the trim cover ...
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    Using the Right Bulbs 279
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    ... system. In general, maintenance, replacement, or service of the emissions control devices or systems in your new Ford Motor Company vehicle or engine may be performed at your expense by any automotive repair establishment or individual using ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    ...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 ...light, the check engine light, or the temperature warning light. These sometimes indicate that the emission system ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ... if it does not operate properly. See your dealer if the engine runs on for more than five seconds after you shut it ..., or backfires. Information about your vehicle's emission control system is on the Vehicle Emission Control Information decal located on or near the engine. This decal identifies ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ... obey all traffic laws. The engine must be warmed up and at operating temperature before ... following OBD II Drive Cycle. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Start the engine. Drive or idle (in neutral) the vehicle for 4 minutes. ... following modes must be achieved: a. at least 5 stop and idle modes at 10 seconds each b....
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    ... (70-100 km/h). This should take approximately 5 minutes. Drive vehicle and hold the throttle steady at the selected speed between 45 and 60 mph (... at varying speeds between 45 and 60 mph (70-100 km/h). 8. 9. 10. Bring the vehicle back to idle. Idle in Drive for 40 seconds. 11. OBD II drive cycle ...
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    Refill Capacities, Motorcraft Parts, and Lubricant Specifications Refill Capacities NOTE: Rear axle lube quantities must be replaced every 100,000 miles (160,000 km) or if the axle has been submerged in water. Otherwise, the lube should not be checked or changed ...
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    ... plug is removed for examination, it must be reinstalled in the same cylinder. For 3.8L engines: Cylinders #1, #2, #3 have an EG suffix. Cylinders #4, #5, #6 have an E.... If a spark plug needs to be replaced, use only spark plugs with the service number suffix letter as shown on the engine decal. 286
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    Lubricant Specifications H 287
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    ... following maintenance recommendations to ensure your vehicle stays in good operating condition. General u Store all vehicles in a dry, ventilated place. u Protect from sunlight, if possible. u If vehicles are stored outside, they require regular maintenance to protect against rust and damage. 288
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    ...Re-wax as necessary when the vehicle is washed. and latches with a light grade oil. u Lubricate all hood, door and trunk lid hinges u Cover interior... Start engine every 15 days. Run at fast idle the gears while the engine is running. until it reaches normal operating temperature...
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    Ford Gas Stabilizer should be added whenever actual or expected storage periods exceed 60 days...The vehicle should then be operated at idle speed to circulate the additive throughout the fuel system. Cooling system u Protect against freezing temperatures. Battery u Check and recharge as necessary. u...
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    Label Locations 297
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    Front Exterior View 298
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    Rear Exterior View 299
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    Entrance View 300
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    Driver's Door 301
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    Instrument Panel 302
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    Instrument Cluster 303
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    Trunk 304
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    3.8L Engine Compartment 305
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    4.6L Engine Compartment 306
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    ... warning light (see Anti-lock brake system) ...Accessory position on the ignition . . Additives, engine oil ...Air ... ...Air conditioning manual heating and air conditioning system ...semi-automatic temperature control system ...Alarm, activating remote personal . . Antifreeze (see Engine coolant) ......
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    ... ...Battery acid, treating emergencies . . charging system warning light disconnecting ...how to service ...jumping a disabled battery . . ... brakelamp ...Brakes adjustment ...anti-lock ...anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light...applying the brakes ...brake warning light ...fluid, checking and ...
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    ...Cassette tape player (see Electronic sound system) ...141, 150 Catalytic converter ...280 ... gauge ...69 Charging system warning light ...60 Child safety restraints ...25 ... seats ...27 Child safety seats and air bags ...20, 27 automatic... seat ...35 in rear seat...42 Chime key in ignition ...46 Index 309...
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    ... ...polishing ...rustproofing ...safety belts ...tail lamps ...upholstery and interior trim . . washing ...wheels ...Climate control system air conditioning ...heating...Clock...Cold engine starting ...Compact disc radio (see Electronic system)......
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    ... ...206 206 D Dashboard (see Instrument panel) Daytime running light system . . Defrost rear window ...windshield ...Dispute Settlement Board ...Doors door ajar... 178 177 176 180 E Electrical system circuit breakers ...fuses ...operating when the engine is off . Electronic sound system...
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    Emergency brake (parking brake) . Emission control system, catalytic converter ...Engine check engine warning light . . does not start ...fuel... ...specifications ...Engine coolant temperature gauge description ...mechanical ...Engine fan ...Engine oil changing oil and oil filter ...
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    ...Commission . Flashers, hazard...Flashing the lights...Flat tire ...Floor mats ...Fluid refill capacities ...Ford Customer Assistance Center ...Ford... gauge ...Fuel pump shut-off switch, starting after a collision ...Fuse panels engine compartment ...high current fuse panel ...instrument panel ...163 ....
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    ...see Fuel cap) ...Gasoline (see Fuel)...Gauges, Mechanical engine coolant temperature gauge . engine oil pressure gauge ...fuel gauge ...multi-gauge ...odometer ...speedometer ...tachometer... ...Headlamps autolamp system ...bulb specification ...checking alignment . . cleaning ...daytime running lights...
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    ... on and off ...Head restraints ...Heating manual heating and air conditioning system ...semi-automatic ... . 95 . 241 I Identification Number, Vehicle (VIN) Idle relearning ...speed ...Ignition chime ...positions of the ignition ...removing the key ...Indicator lamp module ...Infant seats (see Safety ...
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    ... cables ...disconnecting cables ...195 197 187 190 K Keys key in ignition chime ...positions of the ignition . . removing from the ignition stuck in lock position ...46 45 46 46 L Lamps bulb ......daytime running light system ...dome lamps ...flashing the lamps...hazard flashers ...headlamps ...high ...
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    Lights, warning and indicator air bag...anti-lock brakes (ABS)...brake ...charging system ...check engine ...check gauges ...door ajar...high beam ...low coolant ...low fuel ...low washer fluid ...overdrive off ...safety belt ...turn signal ...
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    ... filter ...Oil (see Engine oil) Oil viscosity ...On-board diagnostic Overdrive...(OBD ...II) system ...67 .... ...Phone, cellular ...Power distribution box (see Fuses) ...Power door locks ...Power features door locks ...mirrors...moon roof ...seats ...windows ...Power steering dipstick ...driving with ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 316
    ... window, defroster ...Refill capacities for fluids ...Relays ...Remote control, trunk ...Remote entry system locking/unlocking doors ...opening the trunk ...panic alarm ...replacement/additional transmitters replacing the batteries ...Restraints, safety (see ...
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    ...rear outboard ...tether anchorage hardware ...Seats adjusting the seat, manual ...adjusting the seats, power ...child safety seats ...cleaning ...Service concerns ...Servicing your vehicle, precautions when servicing ...Shift-lock system ...Side mirrors, adjusting ...Sliding moon roof (see Moon roof) ....
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    Starting your vehicle (continued) starting a cold engine ...starting after a collision ...starting a warm engine ...Steering, power ...Steering wheel horn ...locking ...speed controls ...tilting ...Storage compartments center console ...map pockets ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 319
    ... checking and adding (automatic) ...fluid, refill capacities ...lubricant specifications...Transmission control switch ...remote entry system Tune-up specifications (VECI). . Turn signal indicator lights ...lever ... 282 ... ...to open ... ...65 ...91 U Used engine oil, disposal ...240 V Vanity mirror ...
  • 1996 Ford Thunderbird | Owner's Manual - Page 320
    .... . Vehicle storage ...Ventilating your vehicle (see Climate control) . Viscosity (see Engine oil) Visor (see Sun visor) . ....179 288 ...76, 80 ...237 ...126 W Warm engine, starting ...Warning chimes key in ignition ...safety belt ...Warranties, radio ...Warranty Information Booklet ...Washer fluid ...
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    Service Station Information 324



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