Mercury Villager 1998 Owner's Manuals
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FORD MOTOR COMPANY
WORLDWIDE DIRECT MARKET OPERATIONS
1555 Fairlane Drive
Fairlane Business Park #3
Allen Park, Michigan 48101
Telephone: (313) 594-4857
Fax: (313) 390-0804
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Copyright 1997 Ford Motor Company
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Table of Contents
Electronic Sound Systems.............29
Controls and Features...............53
Seating and Safety Restraints............121
Adjustable Rear Seating..............177
Maintenance and Care..............275
Capacities and Specifications............337
Reporting Safety Defects.............343
Service Station Information............400
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Using This Guide
To fully appreciate all of the features and options of your new
vehicle, we recommend that you thoroughly read through this
guide now and refer to it when you have specific needs or
questions. For your own safety and the safety of your passengers,
it is important that you completely understandallperformance
and care proceduresbeforeoperating this vehicle. For example,
without reading further, would you know:
mWhat to do if you get a flat tire? (Refer toFlat tirein the
mWhat it means if the O/D OFF light is illuminated on your
instrument panel? (Refer toOverdrivein the Index)
mHow to engage the childproof safety lock on the sliding door?
(Refer toChildproof locksin the Index)
mThat your automatic transaxle will not shift out of PARK (P)
until you apply the brake pedal? (Refer toGearshiftin the
Ford's Commitment to You
At Ford Motor Company, excellence is the continuous
commitment to achieve the best result possible. It is dedication to
learning what you want, determination to develop the right
concept, and execution of that concept with care, precision, and
attention to detail. In short, excellence means being the standard by
which others are judged.
Our Guiding Principles
mQuality comes first.For your satisfaction, the quality of our
products and services must be our number one priority.
mYou are the focus of everything we do.Our work must be
done with you in mind, providing better products and
services than our competition.
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mContinuous improvement is essential to our success.We
must strive for excellence in everything we do: in our
products Ð in their safety and value Ð and in our services,
our human relations, our competitiveness, and our profitability.
mEmployee involvement is our way of life. We are a team. We
must treat one another with trust and respect.
mDealers and suppliers are our partners.We must maintain
mutually beneficial relationships with dealers, suppliers,
and our other business associates.
mIntegrity is never compromised.Our conduct worldwide
must be pursued in a manner that is socially responsible
and commands respect for its integrity and for its positive
contributions to society.
NOTES and WARNINGS
NOTESgive you additional information about the subject matter
you are referencing.
WARNINGSremind you to be especially careful in those areas
where carelessness can cause damage to your vehicle or personal
injury to yourself, your passengers or other people. Please read
Finding Information in This Guide
After you have read this guide once, you will probably return to
it when you have a specific question or need additional
information. To help you find specific information quickly, you
can use the Quick Index, Table of Contents, or the Index.
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TheQuick Indexat the end of the book provides a page number
following each item which indicates where detailed
information can be found.
To use theIndex, turn to the back of the book and search in the
alphabetical listing for the word that best describes the
information you need. If the word you choose is not listed, think
of other related words and look them up. We have designed
the Index so that you can find information under a technical term.
Canadian Owners Ð 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, Station B, Mississauga, Ontario
As with any other member of your family, your new vehicle
requires routine care and regular check-ups. A separateMaintenance
Schedulebooklet is included to help you keep track of all
services performed and summarizes the day-to-day services that
are most important for keeping your vehicle in good
Your vehicle is covered by three types of warranties:Basic
Vehicle Warranty,Extended Warrantieson certain parts, and
Read yourWarranty Guidecarefully to find out about
your vehicle's warranties and your basic rights and
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If you lose yourWarranty Guide,you can get a new one free of
charge. Contact any Ford or Lincoln-Mercury dealer, or refer to the
addresses and phone numbers on the first page of this Owner's
Ford's Extended Service Plan (ESP)
More Protection for Your Vehicle
You can get more protection for your new car or light truck by
purchasing a Ford Extended Service Plan (Ford ESP). Ford ESP is
the only extended service program with the Ford name on it
and the only service contract backed by Ford Motor Company.
Ford ESP is an optional service contract, backed and administered
by Ford. It provides:
mprotection against repair costs after your Bumper to Bumper
mother benefits during the warranty period (such as:
reimbursement for rentals; coverage for certain maintenance
and wear items).
You may purchase Ford ESP from any participating Ford or
Lincoln-Mercury Motor Company dealer. There are several Ford
ESP plans available in various time-and-mileage
combinations. Each plan can be tailored to fit your own driving
needs, including reimbursement benefits for towing and
rental. (In Hawaii, rules vary. See your dealer for details.)
When you purchase Ford ESP, you receive peace-of-mind
protection throughout the United States and Canada, provided by
a network of more than 5,100 participating Ford Motor
NOTE: Repairs performed outside the United States and
Canada are not eligible for ESP coverage.
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This information is subject to change. Ask your dealer for
complete details about Ford ESP coverage.
Break-In Period for Your Villager
Your new vehicle will go through an adjustment or break-in
period during the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of driving. During
the break-in period, you need to pay careful attention to how
you drive your vehicle.
mChange your speed often as you drive.Do not drive at one
speed for a long time.
mUse only the type of engine oil that Ford recommends.See
Engine oilin the Index. Do not use special ªbreak-inº oils.
mAvoid sudden stops.Because your vehicle has new brake
linings, you should take these steps:
Ð Watch traffic carefully so that you can anticipate when to
Ð Begin braking well in advance.
Ð Apply the brakes gradually.
The break-in period for new brake linings lasts for 100 miles (160
km) of city driving or 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of highway
Things to Know About Using This Guide
Congratulations on the purchase of your new vehicle. This guide
has information about the equipment and the options for your
new vehicle. You may not have bought all of the options available
to you. If you do not know which information applies to your
vehicle, talk to your dealer.
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This guide describes equipment and gives specifications for
equipment that was in effect when this guide was approved for
printing. Ford may discontinue models or change
specifications or design without any notice and without incurring