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  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 1
    Contents Before driving Introduction Instrumentation Controls and features Seating and safety restraints Starting and driving Starting Driving Roadside emergencies Servicing Maintenance and care Capacities and specifications Reporting safety defects Index 154 213 220 221 83 91 135 2 5 18 53 1
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    ...aim. WARNINGS How can you reduce the risk of personal injury and prevent possible damage to others, your vehicle and its equipment? In this owner's guide, answers to such questions are contained in comments highlighted by the warning triangle symbol. BREAKING-IN YOUR VEHICLE There are no particular ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 3
    ...ABOUT THIS GUIDE The information found in this guide was in effect at the time of printing. Ford may change the contents without notice and ... information and guidelines for using your vehicle with a snowplow, refer to the Driving chapter. Using your light truck as an ambulance Do not use this vehicle...
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    Introduction Your vehicle is not equipped with the Ford Ambulance Preparation package. 4
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    Instrumentation Transmission control switch (pg. 38) Engine oil pressure gauge (pg. 16) Fuel gauge (pg. 15) Engine coolant temperature gauge (pg. 15) Speed control* (pg. 33) .../washer control (pg. 36) Instrument panel dimmer switch (pg. 20) Driver air bag (pg. 66) 6
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 6
    ... COMP 5 SHUFFLE 6 LO 4H 2H 4L OFF PANEL *A/C PANEL & FLOOR FLOOR FLR & DEF DEF PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF OFF HI COOL WARM *MAX A/C ON Auxiliary power point (pg. 22) * if equipped 4WD Control* (pg. 110) Climate controls (pg. 25) Passenger air bag deactivate switch (pg. 71) 7
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    ...60 80 100 H 70 120 DOOR AJAR 000005 80 140 L 18 8 ABS BRAKE F E CHECK ENGINE ! 10 0 90 180 MPH 0 0 1 0 100 FUEL ...120 L H 18 C 8 000005 80 140 2 THEFT 3 4 5 ABS BRAKE ! 10 0 90 1 0 RPMx1000 CHECK ENGINE 0 0 1 0 100 6 LOW RANGE 4x4 FUEL RESET Low fuel Illuminates when the...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 8
    ... when the ignition key is turned to On (light from optional cluster shown). Illuminates when the engine coolant temperature is high. Stop the engine and ... when the ignition key is turned to On (light from base cluster shown). Illuminates when the oil pressure is low. Stop the engine and check the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 9
    ... safety restraints properly in the Seating and safety restraints chapter. Air bag readiness Briefly illuminates when the ignition is turned to On. If the light fails to illuminate,...on-board diagnostic (OBD II) system in the Maintenance and care chapter. BRAKE ! CHECK ENGINE 10
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    ...-lock brake system (ABS) Momentarily illuminates when the ignition is turned on and the engine is off. If the light stays on or continues to flash, the ABS needs to be serviced. Fuel reset Illuminates when the ignition key is turned to the ON...
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    ... km/h 50 60 80 100 H 70 120 DOOR AJAR 000005 80 140 L 18 8 ABS BRAKE F E CHECK ENGINE ! 10 0 90 180 MPH 0 0 1 0.../h 50 60 80 100 70 120 000005 80 140 2 1 3 4 5 ABS BRAKE ! 10 0 90 180 MPH 0 010 100 0 RPMx1000 CHECK ENGINE 6 Testing warning lights ...
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    Instrumentation warning and indicator lights shown above will illiminate for a brief time. If any of these lights do not illuminate, contact your dealer for service. Headlamps on warning chime Sounds when the headlamps are on, the key is out of the ...
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    Instrumentation INSTRUMENT CLUSTER GAUGES Your vehicle has one of the following instrument clusters: H C 40 60 30 20 20 40 km/h 50 60 80 100 70 120 H L 000005 80 140 F E 10 0 90 18 8 180 0 0 1 0 100 F H E L H 18 C 8 40 60 30 20 20 40 km/h 50 60 80 100 70 120 000005 80 140 2 ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 14
    ...4 5 6 Engine coolant temperature gauge Indicates the temperature of the engine coolant. At normal operating temperature, the needle remains within the... to Checking and adding engine coolant or What you should know about fail safe cooling in the Maintenance and care chapter. Fuel gauge Indicates the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 15
    ... normal engine speed, refer to Checking and adding engine oil in the Maintenance and care chapter. If the gauge indicates a low pressure and the engine oil level is... checked at your dealer. Odometer Registers the total kilometers (mileage) of the vehicle. 30 40 H L 40 60 50 60 80...
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    Instrumentation Trip odometer Registers the kilometers (miles) of individual journeys. To reset, depress the control. 40 60 50 60 80 100 30 40 70 120 000005 km/h 20 20 80 90 140 10 0 180 MPH 0 0 1 0 100 17
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    Controls and features Headlamp/foglamp control This control operates the headlamps and foglamps. - Off - Parking lamps on. - Headlamps on. P PANEL DIM 18
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    ...control towards you to turn foglamps on. The foglamp indicator light (located to the right of the control) will illuminate. Daytime running lights (Canadian vehicles only) The daytime running light system turns the headlamps on, with a reduced...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 19
    Controls and features Panel dimmer control Turn control up to brighten panel. Turn control down to dim panel. P PANEL DIM Autolamp delay system (if equipped) The autolamp delay system sets the headlamp to turn on and off automatically. You can set the autolamp to: • turn on the exterior lamps ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 20
    Controls and features three minutes after you turn the key to OFF. 1. Turn control up to increase delay. The indicator light under the autolamp control illuminates when the autolamps are activated. 2. Turn control down to decrease delay. To turn autolamp system off, turn control down all the way ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 21
    ... accessories into the cigarette lighter. Use the power point. Passenger air bag deactivate switch This switch must be used to ... front or center front passenger seat position. Refer to Passenger air bag deactivate switch in the Seating and safety restraints chapter. PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF OFF ON ...
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    Controls and features Fuel pump shut-off switch Refer to the Roadside emergencies chapter for information on operating the fuel pump shut-off switch. 23
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    Controls and features Air suspension load leveling (if equipped) Your vehicle is equipped with an air suspension system for the rear suspension that levels your vehicle when carrying heavy loads. Refer to Air suspension load leveling in the Driving chapter for more information. OFF 24
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 24
    ... CLIMATE CONTROLS Operating climate controls Instrument panel vents There are four vents on the instrument panel. These vents are equipped with controls to adjust the amount and direction of air passing through them. Temperature Turn temperature control to the desired temperature. COOL WARM 25
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    Controls and features Fan speed Turn the fan speed control to the desired speed. LO HI Airflow and air conditioning (if equipped) Turn the mode control to the desired... FLOOR FLR & DEF DEF Controlling airflow Select PANEL for air to flow through these vents: VOL - PUSH ON AM...
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    Controls and features The PANEL position allows outside air to flow through the instrument panel vents. Select PANEL... HI *MAX A/C The PANEL & FLOOR position directs outside air to flow between the panel and floor vents. The air conditioning will function to provide cooling and dehumidification when...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 27
    ... floor vents and the windshield defroster vents. The air conditioning will function to defog the windows provided the outside temperature is above 10... to flow through the windshield defroster vents. The air conditioning will function to defog the windows provided the outside temperature is above 10...
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    ...HI * MAX A/C c The A/C mode directs outside air conditioned air to flow through the instrument panel..., ventilating and defogging the windows or air conditioning. The A/C mode only functions if the outside... vents. The MAX A/C mode can be used for air conditioning or heating. This mode is noisier but...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 29
    ... (blue) and set fan speed control to HI. LO PANEL A/C OFF PANEL & FLOOR FLOOR FLR & DEF DEF HI COOL WARM MAX A/C Ventilating with outside air Set mode control to PANEL & FLOOR or FLOOR, turn the temperature control to the desired temperature and turn fan speed control to the desired speed. LO ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 30
    ... WARM MAX A/C Drive with the climate control system on (in either the heating or air conditioning mode) to reduce humidity in your vehicle. To prevent air intake restriction, remove any snow, ice or leaves from the air intake area located directly under the windshield. 31
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 31
    Controls and features Positions of the ignition 3 4 5 2 1 1 (Accessory) - allows electrical accessories such as the audio system and wiper/washer to operate when the engine is not running. 2 (Lock) - locks the steering wheel and automatic gearshift lever (if equipped). 32
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    Controls and features 3 (Off) - shuts off the engine and all accessories without locking the steering wheel. 4 (On) - tests the warning lights. Key remains here when engine is running. 5 (Start) - cranks the engine. Key returns to 4(On) when released. Speed ...
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    Controls and features If you drive up or down a steep hill, your vehicle speed may vary momentarily slower or faster than the set speed. This is normal. Speed control cannot reduce the vehicle speed if it increases above the set speed on a downhill. If your vehicle speed is faster than the set ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 34
    Controls and features previously programmed set speed. To set a lower set speed • Press and hold COAST. Release the switch when the desired vehicle speed is reached, or • Press and release COAST. Each press will decrease the set speed by 1.6 km/h (1 mph) or • Depress the brake pedal. When ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 35
    Controls and features Wiper/washer controls • Push and hold the end to activate the washer. • Push end briefly for a single wipe. • Push and hold for a constant cycle. • Turn the control to adjust intermittent wiper speed. 36
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 36
    Controls and features High beam control • Push the stalk forward to activate the high beam lamps. • Pull the stalk towards you to activate the "flash to pass" function. Turn signals Push the stalk down to activate the left turn signal; push the stalk up to activate the right turn signal. 37
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 37
    ... fourth gear. OVERDRIVE OFF Deactivating overdrive Press the transmission control switch on the end of the gearshift lever. The transmission control indicator light (TCIL) (OFF) will illuminate on the end of the gearshift lever. Transmission will operate in gears one through three. To return to ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 38
    ... up or down steep hills • additional engine braking is desired. Transmission control indicator light (TCIL) The TCIL (OFF), located on the end .... If the TCIL is flashing, contact your Ford dealer as soon as possible. If this condition persists, damage to the transmission ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 39
    Controls and features Tilt steering (if equipped) Pull the lever to adjust the steering column angle. Push the lever back up to lock the steering wheel into position. Never adjust the steering wheel when the vehicle is moving. OVERHEAD CONTROLS Dome/map lamp (if equipped) Press either the left or ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 40
    ... ignition is turned to the Start or Accessory positions. The inside lights will not turn off if: • they ... off power to these lights after 40 minutes: • glove box lamp • engine compartment ... saver prevents the battery from being drained if these lights are left on or if a door is not completely ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 41
    ... (if equipped) Driver-side window control • Press rear of switch to open window. • Press front of switch to close window. The driver-side power window has a one-touch down ... fully pressed (two clicks will be heard), the driver-side window will move completely down. This feature can be ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 42
    ... and features Passenger-side window controls • Press rear of switches to open passenger window. • Press front of switches to close passenger window. L R AUTO U L L U Accessory delay (if equipped) With accessory delay, the window switches may be used for up to ten minutes after the ignition...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 43
    Controls and features Power locks (if equipped) Driver and passenger controls • Press L to lock both doors. • Press U to unlock both doors. L R AUTO L U U L Dual electric remote control mirrors (if equipped) 1. Select driver or passenger mirror by moving selector lever left (L) for ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 44
    ... (if equipped) On SuperCab models a third door is located behind the passenger door. This door allows for improved access to the rear passenger compartment. To open the third door (the passenger door must be open) pull either the handle located in the 45
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 45
    Controls and features door jamb or the handle on the interior of the third door. • To lock the third door, lock the passenger door or press the power lock switch (if equipped). • When the passenger door is unlocked, the third door cannot be opened until the passenger door is opened. The third ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 46
    ...is removable to allow more room for loading. 1. Lower the tailgate. 2. Use a screwdriver to pry the spring clip (on each connector) past the head of the support screw. Disconnect cable. 3. Disconnect the other cable. 4. Lift tailgate to a 45 degree angle. 5. Lift right side off of its hinge. 6. Lift...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 47
    Controls and features LO CK U LO N CK PA NIC Remote entry system (if equipped) The remote entry system allows you to lock or unlock all vehicle doors without a key. The remote entry features only operate with the ignition key in the Off position. It also arms and disarms the anti-theft system (...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 48
    ... or turn the ignition to the Accessory or On position. LO CK U LO N CK PA NIC Arming and disarming the alarm system Your remote entry system will: • automatically arm the factory installed anti-theft system when the doors are closed and locked. • reset the triggered anti-theft alarm (when ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 49
    ...-volt lithium batteries. A decrease in operating range can be caused by: • battery failure • weather conditions • structures around the vehicle. Replacement batteries for the remote entry transmitters may be purchased at pharmacies, watch stores or...
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    .... Identifying an armed system While the system is arming, the THEFT light in the instrument cluster will illuminate for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds... When an unauthorized entry occurs, the activated system will: • flash the headlamps, parking lamps and the THEFT light LO CK U LO N CK PA NIC 51
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 51
    .... The flashing headlamps and the honking horn automatically shut off after about three minutes and will remain off unless another unauthorized entry is attempted. However, the vehicle will not start until the system is disarmed. Disarming an untriggered anti-theft system Press the UNLOCK control or...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 52
    Seating and safety restraints SEATING Full bench seat (if equipped) • Lift the release bar to move the seat forward or backward. Ensure that the seat is relatched into place. • Push down the release lever to quickly fold the seatback forward. 60/40 split bench seat (if equipped) • Lift the ...
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    Seating and safety restraints • Pull the seatback handle up to recline the seat. • Turn the lumbar support dial to adjust firmness. • Push down the release lever to quickly fold the seatback forward. Center armrest (if equipped) Pull the strap down to move the armrest down. 54
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    Seating and safety restraints Captain's chair (if equipped) • Lift the release bar to move the seat forward or rearward. Ensure that the seat is relatched into place. • Pull the seatback handle up to recline the seat. • Push the release lever down to quickly fold the seatback forward. Power ...
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    Seating and safety restraints Press switch to tilt the front of the seat up or down. Press switch to tilt the rear of the seat up or down. 56
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    Seating and safety restraints Press control to move the seat forward, backward, up or down. Adjustable lumbar support Turn the lumbar support dial clockwise to adjust firmness. 57
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    Seating and safety restraints 60/40 split rear seat (if equipped) When folded down, the...load floor" of additional storage space. To fold down the rear seats: 1. Pull the straps to lower the seat cushions....stowed position. Check to assure that 60/40 Split rear seat cushion is latched by pulling up and ...
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    Seating and safety restraints All occupants of the vehicle, including the driver, should always wear their safety belts. To prevent the risk of injury, make sure children sit where they can be properly restrained. It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area, inside or outside of a vehicle. In...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 59
    ... the tongue into the buckle. 2. To disconnect the safety belt, push the red release button and remove the tongue from the buckle. The front and rear (if equipped) outboard safety restraints in your vehicle are combination lap and shoulder safety belts. The outboard passenger safety belts have the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 60
    ... restraints movement of the driver and passengers. The front seat belt system can also be made to lock manually by quickly pulling on the shoulder belt. Rear seat belts (if equipped) cannot be made to lock up by pulling quickly on the belt. ...
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    Seating and safety restraints Using the automatic locking mode The automatic locking mode must be used when installing a child safety seat in any outboard passenger seat. 1. Buckle the combination lap and shoulder belt. 2. Grasp the shoulder belt portion and pull downward until the entire belt is ...
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    ... be adjusted. Lap belts Lap belts are located in the center of the front bench or split bench seat (if equipped) and rear bench seat (SuperCab only). Adjusting lap belts The lap belt does not have a retractor to automatically adjust itself during vehicle movement. 63
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 63
    ... lengthen the belt: • Tip and pull the tongue. Do not wear the lap belt around your waist. Shorten and fasten the belt when not in use. Safety belt warning light and indicator chime illuminates in the instrument cluster and a chime sounds to remind the occupants to fasten their safety belts. 64
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 64
    ... chime sounds for 4-8 seconds. The safety belt indicator light and the reminder chime turn off. ... driver safety belt is buckled while the indicator light is illuminated and the reminder chime is sounding...The safety belt indicator light and The driver safety belt is buckled before the ignition key ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 65
    ... # 611C22). Safety belt extensions are available at no cost from your Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealer. Use only extensions manufactured by the ... certain upper body injuries Failure to follow these instructions will affect the performance of the safety belts and increase the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 66
    ... air bag. Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System or its fuses. See your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. Children and air bags For additional important safety information, read all information on ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 67
    ... seats or infant carriers should never be placed in the front seats. How does the air bag supplemental restraint system work? The SRS is designed to activate when the ... head on at 12-24 km/h (8-14 mph). The fact that the air bags did not inflate in a collision does not mean ...
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    ... were not of the type sufficient to cause activation. The air bags inflate and deflate rapidly ... baking soda) that result from the combustion process that inflates the air bag. Small amounts of sodium hydroxide ... none of the residue is toxic. Several air bag system components get hot after inflation....
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    ...inflators and air bags), • one or more impact and safing sensors, • a readiness light ... the impact sensors), the system wiring, the air bag system readiness light, the air bag ...uses a readiness light in the instrument cluster or a tone to indicate the condition of the system. Refer to the Air bag ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 70
    ...beeps will be heard. The tone pattern will repeat periodically until the problem and light are repaired. If ...not function properly in the event of a collision. Passenger air bag deactivate switch Your vehicle ... be used to activate or deactivate the passenger air bag whenever a rear-facing infant seat ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 71
    ... when the key is inserted in the ignition and turned to On. This indicates that the passenger air bag is deactivated. PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF OFF ON If the light fails to illuminate when the passenger air bag switch is in the OFF position and the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 72
    ... when the ignition is turned to On. PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF OFF ON If the light is illuminated when the passenger air bag switch is in the ON position and the ignition switch is in ON, have the passenger air bag switch serviced at your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer immediately. ...
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    ...facing infant seat installed in the front seat. When the passenger air bag switch is turned off, the passenger air... air bag equipped vehicles For disposal of air bags or air bag equipped vehicles, see your local dealership or qualified technician. Air bags MUST BE disposed of by qualified personnel. ...
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    ... and safety restraints Always follow the instructions and warnings that come with any infant or... suggest that children are safer when properly restrained in rear seating positions than when they are restrained ... all the important safety restraint and air bag precautions that apply to adult passengers ...
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    ..., or pets unattended in your vehicle. To improve the fit of lap and shoulder belts on children who have outgrown child safety seats, Ford recommends use of a belt-positioning booster seat that is labelled as conforming to all Federal motor vehicle safety standards. Belt-positioning booster seats ...
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    ... or child safety seats Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions included with the safety seat you put in your vehicle. ... safety seat properly, the child may be injured in a sudden stop or collision. Ford recommends the use of a child safety seat having a top tether strap. Install the ...
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    Seating and safety restraints Installing child safety seats in combination lap and shoulder belt seating positions 1. Position the child safety seat in a seat with a combination lap and shoulder belt. If you choose to install a child safety seat in the front passenger seat, move the seat as far ...
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    Seating and safety restraints Keep the passenger air bag turned on unless there is a rear-facing infant seat installed in the front seat. When the passenger air bag switch is turned off, the passenger air bag will not inflate in a collision. 2. Pull down on the shoulder belt and then grasp the ...
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    Seating and safety restraints sure the belt webbing is not twisted. 4. Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle for that seating position until you hear and feel the latch engage. Make sure the tongue is latched securely by pulling on it. PR ES S 5. To put the retractor in the automatic ...
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    Seating and safety restraints pull downward until all of the belt is extracted and a click is heard. 6. Allow the belt to retract. The belt will click as it retracts to indicate it is in the automatic locking mode. 7. Pull the lap belt portion across the child seat toward the buckle and pull up on ...
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    ... safety seat for information about ordering a tether strap if one is not provided to you. Contact your Ford dealer for a ... of your vehicle. Carefully follow the instructions provided with the kit. If you have a SuperCab, Ford recommends you attach tether safety seats in a rear seating position (if ...
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    ...produce very high temperatures in the engine and exhaust system, creating the risk of fire or other damage. Do...system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, which can start a fire. Do not ... you start the engine. See Guarding against exhaust fumes in this chapter for more instructions. 83
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    ... not drive if you smell exhaust fumes. Preparing to start the vehicle Engine starting is controlled by the spark ignition system. This system meets all ... accelerator before or during starting. Only use the accelerator when you have difficulty starting the engine. For more information on...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 84
    Starting the Seating and safety restraints chapter. 2. Make sure the headlamps and vehicle accessories are off. P If starting a vehicle with an automatic transmission: • Make sure the parking brake is set. • Make sure the gearshift is in P (Park). 85
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    Starting If starting a vehicle with a manual transmission: • Make sure the parking brake is set. • Push the clutch pedal to the floor. 1 2 3 4 D R 86
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    ... km/h 50 60 80 100 H 70 120 DOOR AJAR 000005 80 140 L 18 8 ABS BRAKE F E CHECK ENGINE ! 10 0 90 180 MPH 0 0 1 0... km/h 50 60 80 100 70 120 000005 80 140 2 1 3 4 5 ABS BRAKE ! 10 0 90 180 MPH 0 010 100 0 RPMx1000 CHECK ENGINE 6 • If the driver...
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    ... pressing the accelerator. The key will return to 4 (On). 4 3 5 2 1 2. If the engine does not start within five...C (10°F), depress accelerator and start the engine while holding the accelerator down. Release... -23°C (-10°F) or below. For best results, plug the heater in at least three hours before...
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    ... vehicle. Using the heater for longer than three hours will not harm the engine, so the heater can be plugged in the night before starting the ... body ventilation systems checked whenever: • the vehicle is raised for service • the sound of the exhaust system changes • the vehicle has ...
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    ... inch). L R AUTO L U OFF PANEL A/C MAX A/C PANEL & FLOOR FLOOR FLR & DEF DEF Adjust the heating or air conditioning (if equipped) to bring in fresh air. Improve vehicle ventilation by keeping all air inlet vents clear of snow, leaves and other debris. 90
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    ...BRAKES Rear anti-lock brake system (ABS) (if equipped) This system prevents one or both rear ...locking up when the brakes are applied during a sudden stop. Even with rear ABS, the front brakes may lock... vehicle (on top) during hard braking. Using ABS • In an emergency, apply full force on the brake. ...
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    ...parking brake can be used to stop your vehicle in an emergency. Since the parking brake applies only the rear brakes, the vehicle's stopping distance will increase greatly and ... adversely affected. Setting the parking brake The BRAKE light in the instrument cluster will illuminate and remain ...
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    ... the parking brake is released. • Automatic and manual transmissions - Fully depress the parking brake ... brake fully, and shut off the engine. Never park your vehicle in N (Neutral). ... to move with either the automatic transmission in P (Park) or with the manual transmission in any driving gear. 93
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    ... lever forward. BRAKE If the parking brake is fully released, but the Brake System light remains on, have the brakes checked immediately. They may not be working properly. TRACTION LOKா REAR AXLE (IF EQUIPPED) This axle provides added drive away traction on...
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    ... to keep your vehicle at a constant level by adding or releasing air from the rear springs to compensate for increases or decreases in vehicle load. Normal vehicle operation does not require any action by the driver. The air suspension switch is located behind an access panel underneath the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 95
    ... automatic gearshift. P (Park) - Always come to a complete stop before shifting into or out of P (Park). ... parking brake fully, and shut off the engine. Never park your vehicle in N (Neutral). ... injure someone. R (Reverse) - Always come to a complete stop before shifting into or out of R (Reverse). ...
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    ... on the end of the gearshift lever. The transmission control indicator light (TCIL) (OFF) on the end of the gearshift lever will remain off. D (... in gears one through three. D (Drive) provides more engine braking than D (Overdrive) and is useful whenever driving conditions (i.e., city traffic, hilly ...
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    ...- Use 2 (Second) to start-up on slippery roads or to provide additional engine braking on downgrades. Transmission operates in first and second gears. 1 (Low) - Use 1 (Low) to provide maximum engine braking on steep downgrades. Upshifts can be made by shifting to 2...
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    ... brakelamps may not be functioning. Refer to the Roadside emergencies chapter for instructions on replacing fuses. Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the brakelamps are working. Manual transmission operation (if equipped) Using the clutch Vehicles ...
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    Driving When starting a vehicle with a manual transmission, you must: 1. Put gearshift in N (Neutral). 2. Hold down brake pedal. 1 2 3 4 D R 100
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    Driving 3. Depress clutch pedal. 4 3 5 2 1 4. Turn ignition key to Start to start the engine and let it idle for a few seconds. 5. Release the brake pedal. ... life. Recommended shift speeds Upshift and downshift according to the following charts for your specific engine/drivetrain combination: 101
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    Driving Upshifts when accelerating (recommended for best fuel economy) Shift from: Transfer case position1 (if equipped) 2H or 4H 4L 1-2 14 km/h (9 mph) 5 km/h (3 mph) 2-3 32 km/h (20 mph) 11 km/h (7 mph) 3-4 50 km/h (31 mph) 19 km/h (12 mph) 71 km/h (44 mph) 27 km/h (17 mph) 4 - D (Overdrive) ...
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    Driving Parking your vehicle 1. Apply brake and shift into N (Neutral). 1 2 3 4 D R 2. Set parking brake. 3. Shift into 1 (First). 1 2 3 4 D R 103
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    ...set the parking brake fully. Reverse Make sure that your vehicle is at a complete stop before you shift into R (Reverse). Failure to do so may ...seconds before shifting into R (Reverse). You can shift into R (Reverse) only by moving the gearshift from left of 3 (Third) and 4 (Fourth) gears before you...
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    Driving Removing key from ignition Turn the ignition key to Lock. Push the release lever forward while removing the key from the ignition. FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE OPERATION (4WD) (IF EQUIPPED) When Four-wheel drive (4WD) is engaged, power is supplied to all four wheels through a transfer case. 4WD power ...
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    ...decreased fuel economy. 4WD system indicator lights The 4WD system indicator lights illuminate only under the following conditions. If these lights illuminate during normal driving, have your vehicle serviced. 4x4 - illuminates when 4H (4WD High)...
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    ... 4H (4WD High) - Power to front and rear axles. N (Neutral) - No power to either ... 4L (4WD Low)- Power to front and rear axles at reduced speed. 2H 4H ...transfer case lever to 4H (4WD High) at a stop or any forward speed up to 88 ...not shift into 4H (4WD High) with the rear wheels slipping. 2H 4H N 4L ...
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    ...) to 2H (2WD High) Move the transfer case lever to 2H (2WD High) at a stop or any forward speed up to 88 km/h (55 mph). 2H 4H N ... the vehicle is free to move with either the automatic transmission in P (Park) or with the manual transmission in any gear. 1. Stop the vehicle. 2. Depress the brake. 108
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    ... 3. Place the gearshift in N (Neutral) (automatic transmission) or depress the clutch (manual transmission). 4. Place the transfer case lever in the desired gear. N 4L 2H 4H Using the N (Neutral) position This position should only be used when towing the vehicle. Refer to Wrecker towing in the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 109
    ...(4WD High) - Power delivered to front and rear axles for increased traction. 4L (4WD Low) - Power to front and rear axles at low speeds. 4H 2H 4L ...(4WD High) Move the 4WD control to 4H at a stop or up to 88 km/h (55 mph). ...mph). • Do not shift into 4H with the rear wheels slipping. 4H 2H 4L ...
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    .... 4H 2H 4L Shifting between 4H (4WD high) and 4L (4WD low) 1. Bring the vehicle to a stop. 2. Depress the brake. 3. Place the gearshift in N (Neutral) (automatic transmission) or depress the clutch (manual transmission). 4. Move the 4WD control to the 4H ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 111
    ...a steady motion between forward and reverse gears. Allow the transmission to engage, then press lightly on the accelerator. DO NOT rock the vehicle for more than a few minutes. The transmission and tires may be damaged or the engine can overheat. Do not spin the wheels at over 35 mph (...
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    ... may stall. Once through water, always try the brakes. Wet brakes do not stop the vehicle as effectively as dry brakes. Drying can be improved by moving your vehicle slowly while applying light pressure on the brake pedal. After driving through mud, clean off residue stuck to ...
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    ... should be checked and changed, if necessary. The rear axle is filled with a synthetic lubricant and ... require a lubricant change for the life of the vehicle. Rear axle lubricant quantities should not ... down or avoid the hill completely. Know the conditions on the other side of a hill before driving ...
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    ... of direction on snow and ice. Apply the accelerator slowly and steadily when starting from a full stop. When braking, apply the brakes as you normally would. In order to allow the anti-lock brake system (ABS) to operate properly, keep 115
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 115
    ... steady pressure on the brake pedal. Allow more stopping distance and drive slower than usual... yourself with the following terms: • Base Curb Weight: Weight of the vehicle including any standard ... equipment. • Payload: Combined maximum allowable weight of cargo, passengers and optional equipment. ...
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    ... Certification Label on the driver door pillar. Gross axle weight rating (GAWR): Carrying capacity for each axle system (front and rear). This ... and cargo) is permitted to tow. It is determined by subtracting the weight of the loaded towing vehicle from the GCWR of the towing vehicle. ...
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    ... axle code number and engine type for your vehicle. 2. Use the appropriate maximum gross combined weight rating (GCWR) .... To obtain correct weights, try taking your vehicle to a shipping company or an inspection station for trucks. 4. Subtract your loaded vehicle weight from the maximum GCWR on the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 118
    ... maximum shown under maximum trailer weight on the chart. Trailer towing table (F-150 4x2 automatic transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ratio ... (12,700) 3,628 (8,000) 5.52 (60) Trailer towing table (F-150 4x2 manual transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ratio GCWR ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 119
    ...(7,800) 1496 (3,300) 5.52 4.6L (60) (60) (60) (60) (60) Trailer tow table (F-150 4x4 automatic transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ratio ...(12,700) 3,492 (7,700) 5.52 (60) Trailer towing table (F-150 4x4 manual transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ratio ...
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    Driving Trailer towing table (F-150 4x4 manual transmission) 4.2L 3.55 3,533 (7,800) 1,451 (3,200) 5.52 4.6L 3.08 ... 3,533 (7,800) 1,406 (3,100) 5.52 SuperCab F-150 4.6L 3.08 2,944 (6,500) 771 (1,700...) Trailer towing table (F-250 4x2 manual transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ...
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    ...60) Trailer towing table (F-250 4x4 automatic transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ratio... 3,764 5.52 (60) (8,300) Trailer towing table (F-250 4x4 manual transmission) Engine Rear axle Maximum Maximum Maximum ...) trailer m2(ft2) Regular Cab F-250 4.6L 3.31 3,261 (7,200) 952 (2,100) 5....
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    Driving 4.6L Trailer towing table (F-250 4x4 manual transmission) 3.73 3,533 (7,800) 1,224 5.52 (60) (2,700) SuperCab F-...provided the maximum trailer weight is less than or equal to the maximum trailer weight listed for your engine and rear axle ratio on the above charts. Your vehicle's ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 123
    ... the Safety Compliance Certification Label. Towing trailers beyond the maximum recommended gross trailer weight could result in engine damage, transmission/axle damage, structural ... the tongue. Tie down the load so that it does not shift and change the weight on the hitch. 124
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    ... several minutes so that it can level. 2. Turn the air suspension switch to OFF (if equipped). ... should be no higher than in step 3. 5. Turn on the air suspension switch. Adjusting an equalizing hitch so... bumpers have a built-in hitch and only require a ball with a 2.5 cm (1 in.) shank diameter. Step ...
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    Driving If it is necessary to relocate the trailer hitch ball position, a frame-mounted trailer hitch must be installed. Safety chains ... and local regulations. See your dealer or trailer rental agency for the proper instructions and equipment for hooking up trailer lamps. Driving while you tow Do ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 126
    ... upshifting for optimum fuel economy and transmission cooling. OVERDRIVE OFF If equipped with a manual transmission, use 4 (Fourth) rather than D (Overdrive). 1 2 3 4 D R • Anticipate stops and brake gradually. 127
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    ... of time in hot weather, place the automatic transmission gearshift in P (Park) to increase idle speed. This aids engine cooling and air conditioner efficiency. • Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade. If you must park on a grade, ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 128
    ...Service Guide" for more information. SNOWPLOWING Ford recommends the following specifications for low speed, personal use snow removal: • F-150 4WD long wheelbase or F-250 4WD Regular Cab • 4.6L or 5.4L engine • Super engine cooling • Heavy...
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    ... Label will determine whether or not the addition of a snowplow will overload your vehicle. The weight of the snowplow and supporting components distributed to the front axle must not exceed the front accessory reserve capacity. The total weight of ...
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    ...(reset if required). These specifications are located in the vehicle's Service Manual. Adherence to the toe and ... handling and headlight aim. Snowplowing with your air bag equipped vehicle Your vehicle is equipped with driver and passenger air bags. The air bags are designed to deploy in a collision ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 131
    ... plowing snow which results in vehicle decelerations equivalent to or greater than the air bag deployment impact speeds listed above can deploy ... deployment. Do not attempt to service, repair, or modify the Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System or its fuses. See your Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer. ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 132
    ...Shift transfer case to 4H (4WD High) when plowing larger areas or light snow at higher speeds. Do not exceed 24 km/h ... from a forward gear to R (Reverse) until the engine is at idle and the wheels are stopped. • If the vehicle is stuck, shift the transmission in a steady motion between forward and ...
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    Driving Do not spin the wheels at over 35 mph (55 km/h). The tires may fail and injure a passenger or bystander. FUEL CONSUMPTION Fuel economy can be improved by avoiding: • lack of regular, scheduled maintenance • excessive speed • rapid acceleration. 134
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    Roadside emergencies HAZARD LIGHTS CONTROL Use only in an emergency to warn traffic of vehicle ... simultaneously. Depress again to switch off. The warning lights can be operated when the ignition is off. FUEL ... shut-off switch is a device intended to stop the electric fuel pump when your vehicle has ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 135
    ... REPLACING BLOWN FUSES If electrical components in the vehicle are not working, a fuse may have blown. Blown fuses are identified... 15 amp 20 amp 30 amp 30 amp fuse link 40 amp 60 amp fuse link 80 amp fuse link 100 amp fuse link Color Brown Red Blue Yellow Light green Pink Green Yellow Black Blue 136
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    ... cluster Cigarette lighter Power mirrors, autolamp, remote anti-theft/keyless entry, headlamp relay and parking lamp relay Speed control, ..., generic electronic module (GEM)/central timer module (CTM) and air suspension module Not used Radio, remote anti-theft/keyless entry, GEM module/CTM module 137
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    ... module High beam headlamps Not used Instrument illumination Air bag diagnostic monitor, instrument cluster GEM module/... and powertrain control module (PCM) Starter relay Air bag diagnostic monitor and passenger air bag deactivate switch 4WD clutch relay, electronic flasher, 4WD/2WD vacuum solenoids ...
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    ... distribution box. Always disconnect the battery before servicing high current fuses. Always replace the cover to the ...27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 Fuses Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 Amps 20 10 15 15 20... Trailer tow back-up and tail lamps Air bag diagnostic monitor Power locks Air suspension...
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    ... Not used Not used Not used 4WABS/rear anti-lock brake Air suspension compressor Trailer tow battery charge and stop/turn... and clutch Driver power seat Fuel pump Instrument panel fuse panel ignition switch feed ... brake Not used Position 1 2 Diodes Description Rear ABS diode PCM diode 140
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    ... fuses (megafuses) Primary battery fuses are located under the PRIMARY BATTERY FUSE cover next to starter relay. Ford recommends that megafuses only be serviced by a qualified service technician. 1 2 3 Location 1 2 3 Amperage Description 175 Power network box ...
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    Roadside emergencies Engine minifuse panel The minifuse panel is located behind the power distribution box. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Location 1 2 3 4 5 6 Amperage 5 20 - Description Powertrain control module (PCM) Trailer tow stop/turn lamps Not used Not used Not used Not ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 142
    ... the jack and lug wrench from under the passenger seat. On vehicles equipped with Air Suspension, turn OFF the Air Suspension switch prior to jacking, hoisting or towing your vehicle. To avoid injury, never run the engine with one wheel off the ground, such as when changing ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 143
    Roadside emergencies Removing spare from storage Your vehicle is equipped with a full-size spare tire. To remove the spare tire: 1. Carefully remove the jack handle from the retaining clips (above radiator in engine compartment). 144
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    Roadside emergencies 2. To lower the spare tire, insert the jack handle into the rear bumper opening and turn it counterclockwise. Removing flat tire and installing spare 1. Use the tip of the lug wrench to remove the wheel ornament. Insert the lug wrench tip into the notch in the wheel ornament. ...
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    Roadside emergencies • Front (4WD) • Rear Never use the differential as a jacking point. 146
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    ... vehicle is equipped with seven-lug hubs, use the following tightening pattern: 1 3 5 2 6 4 7 If your vehicle is equipped with five-lug hubs, use the following tightening pattern: 3 5 1 4 2 8. Position the wheel ornament on the wheel nuts and secure to the wheel. ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 147
    ... the jacking equipment under the passenger seat and stow the jack handle in the engine compartment. 12. As soon as possible, tighten the wheel nuts with a ... The gases around the battery can explode if exposed to flames, sparks, or lit cigarettes. An explosion could result in injury or vehicle damage....
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    ...the booster battery (3) and the other end to a metal part of the engine to be started (4), not to the negative (-) terminal of the discharged battery. 4... the second cable to the negative ([-]) terminal of the battery to be jumped. A spark may cause an explosion of the gases that surround the battery...
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    ... started, allow it to idle for a while so the engine can "relearn" its idle conditions. WRECKER TOWING It is recommended that your ... flatbed equipment. Do not tow with slingbelt equipment. Ford Motor Company has not developed or approved a T-hook or slingbelt towing procedure. 1 4 + - - + 2 3 150
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    Roadside emergencies Ford recommends using one of the above methods for towing. Recreational towing (all wheels on the ground) Follow... to ensure that your transmission is not damaged due to insufficient lubrication. 2WD (manual and automatic transmissions) 1. Place transmission in N (Neutral). 151
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    ...is 88 km/h (55 mph) and there are no mileage restrictions. See your dealer for help with disconnecting ... center disconnect by capping off one of the front axle vacuum motor lines. See your Ford dealer for ... 88 km/h (55 mph) and there are no mileage restrictions. 4WD - Electronic shift transfer case 1....
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 152
    ... of 56 km/h (35 mph) must be exceeded, you must disconnect the rear driveshaft. With the rear driveshaft disconnected, the maximum speed is 88 km/h (55 mph) and there are no mileage restrictions. See your dealer for help with disconnecting the driveshaft. 153
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 153
    Maintenance and care SERVICING YOUR VEHICLE Service recommendations To help you service your ... be replaced without tools. • We provide you with a "Service Guide" which makes tracking routine service for... some general precautions for your safety: • Do not work on a hot engine. • If you must work ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 154
    ..."relearn" its idle conditions before your vehicle will drive properly, as explained in Battery in this chapter. Working with the engine off • Automatic ...). 2. Turn off the engine and remove the key. 3. Block the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly. • Manual transmission 1. Set...
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    ... the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving unexpectedly. Do not start your engine with the air cleaner removed and do not remove it while the engine is running. • Manual transmission 1. Set the parking brake, depress the clutch and place the ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 156
    Maintenance and care Opening the hood 1. Inside the vehicle, pull the hood release handle located under the bottom left corner of the instrument panel. HOOD...applying downward pressure on the hood, push the hood latch handle located just left of the center of the hood. 3. Lift the hood....
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    ... reservoir (if equipped) 5. Brake master cylinder 6. Power distribution box 7. Engine coolant recovery reservoir 8. Radiator cap 9. Air cleaner 10. Power steering fluid reservoir 11. Automatic transmission fluid dipstick (if equipped) 158
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    ... 4. Engine oil dipstick 5. Clutch fluid reservoir (if equipped) 6. Brake master cylinder 7. Power distribution box 8. Engine coolant recovery reservoir 9. Air cleaner 10. Radiator cap 11 10 9 8 159
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    ... needed and could, under certain conditions, lead to engine damage which is not covered by your Ford warranty. Synthetic engine oils which are CERTIFIED and of the ...be used in your engine. The engine oil and oil filter must still be changed according to the "Service Guide." 160
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    Maintenance and care Oil filters Ford production and aftermarket (Motorcraft) oil filters are designed for added engine protection and long ... use the appropriate Motorcraft oil filter (or another brand meeting Ford specifications) for your engine application. Checking engine ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 161
    Maintenance and care engine oil dipstick (4.2L and 4.6L/5.4L engines shown). • 4.2L engine MIN MAX • 4.6L/5.4L engine MIN MAX 5. Wipe the dipstick clean. Insert the dipstick fully, then remove it again. The oil level should be in the range shown on the ...
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    Maintenance and care the MAX line, engine damage or high oil consumption may occur and some oil must be removed from the engine by a service technician. 7. Put the dipstick back in and ... the MIN line, then add engine oil. 3. Remove the yellow oil filler cap. 4. Use a funnel to add ...
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    Maintenance and care BRAKE FLUID CHECKING AND ADDING BRAKE FLUID Brake fluid should be checked and ...reaches MAX. Do not fill above this line. • Use only a DOT 3 brake fluid certified to meet Ford specifications. Refer to Lubricant specifications in the Capacities and specifications chapter. MAX MIN...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 164
    ... level drops, maintain the fluid level at the step in the reservoir. Use only a DOT 3 brake fluid designed to meet Ford specifications. Refer to Capacities and specifications. 1. Clean the reservoir cap before removal to prevent dirt and water from entering the...
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    ...intil the level reaches the FULL line. Use only fluid that meets Ford Specifications. Refer to Capacities and specifications. The addition of a bug shield to the ... fluid contains methanol and it is poisonous. Follow all instructions on the bottle of washer fluid. What you should know about ...
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    Maintenance and care CHECKING AND ADDING ENGINE COOLANT Adding engine coolant Do not put engine coolant in the container for the ...50 mixture of coolant and water to bring the liquid level to the fill line on the reservoir. Never remove the coolant recovery cap while the engine is running or hot. 167
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    ... use the cloth to press the cap down, turn it counterclockwise and remove it. Use Ford Premium ... Canada, Motorcraft CXC-8-B) or an equivalent premium engine coolant that meets Ford Specification ESE-M97B44-A. Ford Premium Engine Coolant is an optimized formula that will protect all metals and rubber ...
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    Maintenance and care Recycled engine coolant Ford Motor Company recommends that Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers use recycled engine coolant produced by Ford-approved processes. Not all coolant recycling processes produce coolant which meets Ford specification ESE-M97B44-A, and use of...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 169
    Maintenance and care freeze at the temperature level in which you drive during winter months. Never increase the engine coolant concentration above 60%. Leave a 50/50 mixture of ... about fail-safe cooling (if equipped) Vehicles equipped with 4.6L or 5.4L engines have a fail-safe 170
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    ..., the engine will automatically switch from eight to alternating four cylinder operation. Each disabled cylinder acts as an air pump and cools the ... will still operate, but will have limited engine power and no air conditioning capability. Continued operation will increase ...
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    Maintenance and care soon as possible to minimize engine damage. When fail-safe mode is activated • Pull off the road as soon as possible. • Immediately turn the engine off to prevent severe engine damage. • Wait for the engine to cool. • Check the coolant level. CHECKING AND ...
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    Maintenance and care 2. When the engine coolant temperature gauge reaches the normal zone, turn the engine off. MAX ... fluid until the fluid level reaches MAX. Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to Capacities and specifications. CHECKING AND ADDING TRANSMISSION FLUID Checking and ...
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    Maintenance and care Before adding any fluid, make sure the correct type will ... level should be checked if the transmission is not working properly, i.e., if the transmission slips or shifts slowly ... period at high speeds, in city traffic during hot weather or pulling a trailer, the vehicle should be ...
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    Maintenance and care 1. Park the vehicle on a level surface. 2. Start the engine and move the gearshift lever through all of the gear ranges....gearshift lever in P (Park), set the parking brake and leave the engine running. 4. Remove the dipstick, wiping it clean with a clean, dry ...
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    Maintenance and care between the holes near the bottom of the indicator. • For E4OD transmissions, the fluid level should be within the HOT area, or if the vehicle has not been driven, within the COLD area. 7. If necessary, add ...
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    Maintenance and care Checking and adding manual transmission fluid (if equipped) 1. Clean the filler plug. 2. Remove the filler ...the fluid level is 6 mm (3/8 in) from the bottom of the opening. Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to the Capacities and specifications...
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    ... the filler plug. 2. Remove the filler plug and inspect the fluid level. 3. Add only enough fluid through the filler ... so that the fluid level is at the bottom of the opening. Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to the Capacities and specifications chapter. BATTERY If the original ...
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    ... damage. Batteries contain sulfuric acid which burns skin, eyes, and clothing. Servicing your battery A low-maintenance replacement battery has removable vent caps for checking the electrolyte level and adding water. Check the electrolyte level ...
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    Maintenance and care have the charging system checked for a possible malfunction. Your vehicle... chapter. Relearning idle conditions Because your vehicle's engine is electronically controlled by a computer...) or N (Neutral)(manual transmission). 2. Turn off all accessories, and start the engine. 3. Let...
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    ...find out more about recycling automotive batteries. CHANGING THE AIR FILTER 1. Loosen the clamp that secures... cleaner. 3. Remove the air filter element from the open end of the engine air cleaner and... and secure the clamp. For information on replacement air filter elements, refer to the Capacities and...
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    Maintenance and care 1. Pull the arm away from the windshield and lock it into the service position...their Tire Quality Grade (described below) molded into the tire's sidewall. These Tire ...Tire quality grades: The U.S. Department of Transportation requires Ford to give you the following information 182
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    ... tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire grade 150 would wear one and one-half (1 1/2) ... are A, B, and C, and they represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under test surfaces of asphalt ...
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    Maintenance and care controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of ... in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. Servicing the tires Checking the tire pressure Check the tire pressure at least ...
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    Maintenance and care hour or driven less than 5 km [3 miles]). The cold pressure amount is listed on the ... at regular intervals to ensure even wear. Refer to the following diagrams for rotation cycles. Rotation intervals are listed in the "Service Guide." Your wheels and tires are match-mounted for ...
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    Maintenance and care proper alignment when remounting. • Four-tire rotation • Five-tire rotation Replacing the tires Replace the tires when the wear band is visible through the tire treads. 186
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    Maintenance and care When replacing full size tires, never mix radial, bias-belted, or...and tread design (e.g., "All Terrain", etc.), as originally offered by Ford. Do not replace your tires with "... to determine the specific size tire and wheel Ford Motor Company recommends for use on this vehicle. 187
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    Maintenance and care Snow tires and chains Snow tires must be the same size... touch any wiring, brake lines or fuel lines. • 4x2: Install tire chains on rear tires (of all sizes) only. • 4x4: Install tire chains... against your vehicle, stop and retighten the chains. If this does not work, remove the...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 188
    ...leakage and lead to fuel spray and fire. If you do not use the proper fuel cap, the pressure in the fuel tank can...under pressure. If the fuel cap is venting vapor or if you hear a hissing sound, wait until it stops before completely removing the cap. Automotive fuels can cause serious injury or death...
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    Maintenance and care Observe the following guidelines when handling automotive fuel: • Extinguish all smoking materials and any open flames ... an adverse reaction. Consult a physician immediately. Choosing the right fuel Use only UNLEADED FUEL. The use of leaded fuel is prohibited by law and could ...
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    Maintenance and care vehicle. The damage may not be covered by your warranty. Your vehicle was not designed to use fuel ...or even less. 87 Do not be concerned if your vehicle sometimes knocks lightly. However, if it knocks heavily under most driving conditions on the recommended octane fuel, see 191
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    ...necessary to add any aftermarket products to your fuel tank if you continue to use a high-quality fuel. Cleaner air Ford approves the use of gasolines to improve air quality, including reformulated gasolines, that contain oxygenates such as a maximum of 10% ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 192
    Maintenance and care 2. Each time you fill the tank, record the amount of fuel added (in liters or gallons). 3. After at ... three to five fuel tank fill-ups, fill the fuel tank and record the current mileage reading. 4. Use one of the following equations to calculate fuel economy. Liters used x 100 Ϭ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 193
    ... out of fuel. • Do not turn off the ignition while the vehicle is in motion. • Have regular maintenance checks performed according to the intervals in the "Service Guide." When servicing your vehicle, never use a metal exhaust collector. A ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 194
    ... one or more of the following, the emissions system may not be working properly. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. • Fluid leaks CHECK or ENGINE lights • The illuminate in the instrument cluster and remain lit • Strange odors • Engine ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 195
    ... exhaust system can increase the temperature of the engine or exhaust system. Preparing your vehicle for inspection/maintenance testing In some ... the vehicle's powertrain system or battery has just been serviced, the OBD II system is reset to a "not ready for I/M testing condition." To ready the OBD ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 196
    Maintenance and care • 20 minutes of driving in stop and go city-type traffic with at least four idle periods. •... of driving on an expressway or highway. Before completing the above driving modes, the engine must be warmed up and at operating temperature. Once started, the vehicle must...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 197
    Maintenance and care REPLACING BULBS Replacing exterior bulbs It is a good idea to check the operation of the following lamps frequently: • Headlamps • Tail lamps • Brakelamps • High-mount brakelamp • Backup lamps • Hazard flashers • Turn signals • License plate lamp • Fog lamps ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 198
    Maintenance and care Do not remove lamp bulbs unless they will be replaced immediately. If a bulb is removed for an extended ... bulbs Handle a halogen headlamp bulb carefully and keep out of children's reach. Grasp the bulb only by its plastic base and do not touch the glass. The oil from your hand ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 199
    Maintenance and care 4. Slide headlamp assembly forward and off of guide ribs to expose the back of the bulb and wiring connector. 5. Remove the electrical ... it clockwise until you feel a "stop." 10. Push the electrical connector into the rear of the plastic base until it "...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 200
    Maintenance and care 11. Straighten alignment pins, making them parallel with the outer edges of the attachment standoff. 12. ... vehicle making sure the alignment pins are inserted into the proper holes and into the guide ribs. 13. Hold the headlamp assembly snugly against the vehicle and push down on...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 201
    Maintenance and care 2. Disengage lamp assembly (it has a snap fit). 3. Remove the electrical ... into the socket until the plastic base contacts the rear of the socket. 7. Slip bulb retaining ring ... into the socket by turning it clockwise until you feel a "stop." 8. Push the electrical connector 202
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 202
    Maintenance and care into the rear of the plastic base until it "snaps." 9. Align top and bottom ribs of parking lamp assembly with corresponding slots on front of vehicle. 10. Push gently until parking lamp assembly seats (you will hear a snap). 11. Replace screw removed in step 1. ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 203
    Maintenance and care Replacing tail lamp/backup lamp bulbs 1. Remove the two bolts from the inside of the tailgate. 2. Carefully pull the tail lamp and backup...bulbs 1. Carefully pull the license plate lamp lens from the rear bumper. 2. Remove the bulb to be replaced and install a ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 204
    Maintenance and care Replacing dome lamp bulb (if equipped) 1. Carefully pull the dome lamp ... lamp lens into the dome/map lamp assembly. Replacing engine compartment lamp bulb (if equipped) 1. Open the hood. 2. Carefully pull the engine compartment lamp bulb from the lamp assembly and replace with a ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 205
    ... do not seem to give you enough light to see clearly at night. • The headlamp beams are ... slightly down and to the right. See your Ford dealer for precise headlamp adjustment. Cleaning and... your vehicle Refer to the "Customer Assistance Guide" for a list of Ford-approved cleaners, polishes and waxes...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 206
    Maintenance and care Washing your vehicle Wash your vehicle regularly with cold or lukewarm water. Never ... is by noting when water stops beading on the surface. This could be every three or four months, depending on operating conditions. Use only carnauba or synthetic-based waxes. Remove any bugs and...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 207
    Maintenance and care Repairing paint chips Minor scratches or paint damage from road debris may be repaired with touch-up paint, paint repair foil or aerosol paint spray from the Ford accessory line. Observe the application instructions on the products. Remove particles such as bird ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 208
    Maintenance and care dirt buildup act as insulators and keep the engine warmer than ...• Take care when using a power washer to clean the engine. The high pressure fluid could penetrate the ... not spray with cold water to avoid cracking the engine block. • Cover the highlighted areas to prevent water...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 209
    Maintenance and care plastic parts with thinners, solvents or petroleum-based cleaners. Cleaning the exterior lamps Wash the exterior lamps with the same detergent you used to wash the exterior of your vehicle. Use glass cleaner or tar remover if necessary. To avoid scratching the lamps, do not use ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 210
    Maintenance and care Cleaning the instrument panel Clean instrument panel with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry cloth. Any cleaner or polish that increases the gloss of the upper portion of the instrument panel should be avoided. The dull finish in this area is to help protect the driver from ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 211
    Maintenance and care Cleaning and maintaining the safety belts Clean the safety belts with... safety belt system periodically to make sure that it works properly and is not damaged. If the...collision by a qualified technician. Refer to Safety belt maintenance in the Seating and safety restraints chapter ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 212
    Capacities and specifications MOTORCRAFT PART NUMBERS Component Spark plug-platinum1 Air filter Fuel filter Oil filter PCV valve Engine 4.6L AWSF-32PP 4.2L AWSF...Vehicle type name Ford 22.35 4WD cm (8.8 in) Ring Gear F-150 Ford 22.35 cm (8.8 in) and 24.76 cm (9....
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 213
    Capacities and specifications Fluid Ford part name Ford 26.03 cm (10... F-250 Capacity 3.3L (7.0 pts.) Axle; rear Engine coolant Engine oil1 Super Premium Motorcraft... 4x4 Reg. Cab 4x4 SuperCab Long Wheelbase All 94.6L (25.0 gal) ...1.9L (2.0 qts.) 4R70W E4OD (4x2) E4OD (4x4) 13.1L (13.9 qts.) 15.04L...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 214
    ... (8 oz.) of additive Friction Modifier C8AZ-19B546-A, Ford Specification EST-M2C118-A, for complete fill of 26... Axle lubricant; front Axle lubricant; rear Ford part name Ford part or equivalent number SAE ... Stable) High F1TZ-19580-B Performance Rear Axle Lubricant Ford specification WSP-M2C201-A WSL-...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 215
    ... fluid (manual and automatic) Windshield washer fluid Ford part name or equivalent High Performance DOT 3 brake fluid Premium engine coolant Super ... Grease Premium Long-Life Grease Ford part Ford number specification C6AZ-19542-AB ESA-M6C25-A and DOT 3 E2FZ-19549-AA ESE-...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 216
    ... DATA General Specifications Displacement Bore x stroke Horsepower Torque Required fuel grade Induction system Firing order Spark plug gap Ignition system Compression ratio Engine SOHC 4.6L V8 4.6 L (280.6 CID) 90.2 mm x 90 mm 210 @ 4400 ...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 217
    ... D E VEHICLE DIMENSIONS STYLESIDE Body Regular Cab 4x4 1.91 m (75.5 in) (SWB) 1.90 m(75.1 in) (... in) (LWB) Dimension A=Overall height B=Track front/rear C=Overall width D=Wheel base Regular Cab 4x2 1....119.9 in)(SWB) 3.51 m (138.5 in)(LWB) Super Cab 4x4 1.91 m (75.5 in) (SWB) 1.90 (75.1 in)(LWB)...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 218
    ...)(SWB) 5.60 m (220.8 in)(LWB) Body Regular Cab 4x4 5.13 m (202.2 in)(SWB) 5.60 m (220.8 in)(LWB)....8 in)(SWB) 6.11 m (240.9 in)(LWB) Super Cab 4x4 5.6 m (220.8 in)(SWB) 6.11 m (240.9 in)(LWB) E=Overall ...in) 3.04 m (119.9 in) 5.22 m (205.9 in) Super Cab 4x4 1.91 m (75.5 in) 1.66 m (65.4 in) 2.00 m (79...
  • 1997 Ford F150 | Owner Guide 1st Printing - Page 219
    ... inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to Ford Motor Company. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may.... However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer or Ford Motor Company. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the ...



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