This repair manual assumes that you have certain special tools that are necessary for the safe and efficient performance of service operations on Ford vehicles and that you know how to use them properly. It also assumes that you are familiar with automobile systems and basic service and repair procedures. You should not attempt to use this manual unless these assumptions are correct and you understand the consequences described below.
This manual contains certain notes, warnings, and other precautionary information that you should carefully read and follow to reduce the risk of personal injury to yourself or others and the risk of improper service that may damage the vehicle or render it unsafe. If there is no such information in regard to any specific service method, this does not mean there is no possibility that personal safety or vehicle safety will be jeopardized by the use of incorrect methods or tools.
POSSIBLE LOSS OF WARRANTY
The manufacturer's warranty on Ford vehicles and engines can be voided if improper service or repairs are performed by persons other than those at an Authorized Ford Dealer.
WARNING ON LUBRICANTS AND GREASES
Avoid all prolonged and repeated contact with mineral oils, especially used oils. Used oils contaminated during service (e.g .• engine sump oils) are more irritating and more likely to cause serious effects. including skin cancer. in the event of gross and prolonged skin contact.
Wash skin thoroughly after work involving oil.
Protective hand cleaners may be of value provided they can be removed from the skin with water. Do not use gasoline. paraffin, or other solvents to remove oil from the skin.
Lubricants and greases may be slightly irritating to the eyes.
Repeated or prolonged skin contact should be avoided by wearing protective clothing if nE?cessary. Particular care should be taken with used oils and greases containing lead. Do not allow work clothing to be contaminated with oil. Dry clean or launder such clothing at regular intervals.
Managing the Vehicle Damage Repair Process
In the event that your vehicle requires damage repairs, GM recommends that you take an active role in its repair. If you have a pre-determined repair facility of choice, take your vehicle there, or have it towed there. Specify to the facility that any required replacement collision parts be original equipment parts, either new Genuine GM parts or recycled original GM parts. Remember, recycled parts will not be covered by your GM vehicle warranty.
Insurance pays the bill for the repair, but you must live with the repair. Depending on your policy limits, your insurance company may initially value the repair using aftermarket parts. Discuss this with your repair professional, and insist on Genuine GM parts. Remember if your vehicle is leased you may be obligated to have the vehicle repaired with Genuine GM parts, even if your insurance coverage does not pay the full cost.
If another party’s insurance company is paying for the repairs, you are not obligated to accept a repair valuation based on that insurance company’s collision policy repair limits, as you have no contractual limits with that company. In such cases, you can have control of the repair and parts choices as long as cost stays within reasonable limits.