Ford 2006 Explorer Automobile User Manual

Essential Information
Location of Spare Tire and Tools: The spare tire is located under the vehicle, just forward of the
rear bumper. The spare tire winch drive nut is located at the rear center of the cargo area, under
a lid. The jack, jack handle and lug nut wrench are located behind the rear seat, under the
carpeted lid in the cargo floor. The tools are contained in a bag attached to the jack.
Fuses: If the vehicle’s electrical components are not operating, a fuse may have blown. The fuse
panel is located below the instrument panel on the driver’s side; remove the cover to view the
fuses. For more information regarding changing fuses, refer to the Roadside Emergencies
chapter of your Owner’s Guide.
Fuel Information: Use regular unleaded gasoline with an (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87. Ford Motor
Company does not recommend using regular unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 86 or
lower in high altitude areas. The advertised fuel capacity of the fuel tank is equal to the rated
refill capacity of the fuel tank as listed in the Refill Capacities section of the Owner’s Guide.
This Quick Reference Guide is not intended to replace your vehicle Owner’s Guide which
contains more detailed information concerning the features of your vehicle, as well as
important safety warnings designed to help reduce the risk of injury to you and your
passengers. Please read your entire Owner’s Guide carefully as you begin learning about
your new vehicle and refer to the appropriate sections when questions arise.
All information contained in this Quick Reference Guide was accurate at the time of
duplication. We reserve the right to change features, operation and/or functionality of
any vehicle specification at any time. Your Ford dealer is the best source for the most
current information. For detailed operating and safety information, please consult
your Owner’s Guide.
Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48121
1-800-392-3673 (FORD)
(TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-232-5952)
Second Printing, October 2005
This vehicle handles differently from an ordinary passenger car in driving conditions which may occur
on streets and highways and off-road. DRIVE WITH CARE AND WEAR A SAFETY BELT AT ALL TIMES.
Ford urges you to read the Owner’s Guide and Driving Your SUV or Truck Supplement for detailed
information on safe driving precautions and instructions.
Tire Pressure: Your vehicle’s tire pressure is properly set by your authorized dealer according to
the recommended specifications found on the vehicle’s tire label, located on the driver’s door
jamb. Check your tire pressure during routine maintenance and seasonal changes. If the Tire
Pressure Monitoring System light stays illuminated after starting, immediately check the vehicle’s
tire pressures. Note: Improperly inflated tires can affect vehicle handling and can fail suddenly,
resulting in a possible loss of vehicle control.
Fuel Pump Shut-Off Switch: The fuel pump shut-off switch is a device intended to stop the
electric fuel pump when your vehicle has been involved in a substantial jolt. The switch is located
in the passenger’s footwell, by the kick panel. After a collision, if the engine cranks but does not
start, the fuel pump shut-off switch may have been activated. For more information regarding
the fuel pump shut-off switch, refer to the Roadside Emergencies chapter of your Owner’s Guide.
Changing the Tires: The spare tire is not equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
sensor. The TPMS warning light will illuminate when the spare tire is in use. Replace the spare
tire with a road tire as soon as possible. If you get a flat tire while driving, do not apply the brake
heavily; instead, gradually decrease your speed, hold the steering wheel firmly and slowly move
to a safe place on the side of the road.
Roadside Assistance: During your Explorer’s 3-year/36,000 mile limited warranty period, the
assurance and support of a 24-hour emergency roadside assistance program is included. Roadside
assistance includes such services as fuel delivery, tire changes, jump starts and help when you are
locked out of your vehicle. Complete your roadside assistance identification card and keep it handy
(such as in your wallet) for quick reference. This identification card is located in your Ford Owner’s
Information portfolio. To receive roadside assistance in the United States, call 1-800-241-3673.
Rear Window Buffeting: When one or both of the rear windows are open, the vehicle may
demonstrate a wind throb or buffeting noise; this noise is common among a wide range of
vehicles and can be eliminated by simply lowering a front window approximately two to
three inches.
Remote Entry System
The remote entry system allows you to lock or unlock all vehicle
doors and the liftgate, open the liftgate window without a key,
and activate the panic alarm.
A. CD Eject: Press to eject a CD.
Press and hold to auto eject
all CDs present in the system.
If there is no CD present, the
display will read NO DISC.
Satellite Radio Features and
Controls (if equipped):
and release to manually advance
up / down the radio frequency or
to select a desired disc. Press and
hold for a fast advance through
radio frequencies or all loaded
discs. Also use in menu mode to
select various settings.
Satellite Radio Button (AUX):
Enter Satellite Radio Mode.
Channel Switch and Select Button
(SEEK Button): Use SEEK to
navigate over 120 SIRIUS channels.
Category Mode: Restricts channels
to a selected category only. See
Owner’s Guide for information.
To exit Category Mode, press
MENU until the current category
appears on the display, then press
the tuner button (2) to select
to select. Preset Number Buttons:
Press to select the stored preset
channel. Press and hold to store
channel to preset.
D. CD: Press to enter CD mode.
G. MENU: Press to toggle
B. LOAD: Press to load a CD.
Press load and a memory preset
to load to a specific slot. Press
and hold to autoload up to
six CDs.
C. Tune / Disc Selector: Press
If a CD is already loaded into
the system, CD play will begin
where it ended last. If no CD is
loaded, NO DISC will appear in
the display.
E. MUTE / Phone: Press to mute
the playing media. Press again to
return to the playing media.
F. AUX: Press to toggle between
Family Entertainment System /
Rear DVD, Auxiliary and
Satellite Radio modes (if
equipped). If no auxiliary sources
are available, NO AUX AUDIO
will be displayed.
through the following modes:
Autoset, Bass, Treble, Balance,
Occupancy mode, Speed
sensitive volume, Setting the
clock, RBDS (Radio Broadcast
Digital Signal), Track / Folder
Mode & Compression. For more
information on these menu items,
refer to your Owner’s Guide.
H. SEEK: Press < to access the
previous strong station or track.
Press > to access the next strong
station or track.
Additional Features
audiophile am / fm in-dash six CD / MP3 / Satellite compatible sound system*
I. TEXT / SCAN: Press and hold
for a brief sampling of radio
stations or CD tracks. Press again
to stop. In CD / MP3 mode, press
TEXT to display track title, artist
name, disc title and file name
(if available).
J. REW (Rewind): Press to
manually reverse in a CD track.
K. FF (Fast Forward): Press to
manually advance in a CD track.
L. FOLDER: In folder mode, press
to access the previous or next
folder on MP3 discs, if available.
M. SHUFFLE: Press to play the
tracks on the current disc in
random order.
N. PLAY / PAUSE: This control is
operational in CD and DVD mode
(if equipped). When a CD or
DVD is playing in the Family
Entertainment System, press
this control to play or pause the
current CD / DVD. The CD / DVD
status will display in the
radio display.
O. Memory Presets: To set a
station, select frequency band
AM / FM1 / FM2 , tune to a
station, press and hold a preset
button until sound returns.
*If equipped.
Press control C and release to unlock the driver’s door. Press
and release again within three seconds to unlock the passenger
doors, the liftgate and liftgate glass. Press control A and release
to lock all the doors and liftgate. Press control D to unlatch the
liftgate window. Press control B to activate the alarm. The horn
will sound and the parklamps will flash for a maximum of three
minutes. Press the control again or turn the ignition to the on
position to deactivate. The remote entry system can also control
the memory seat / adjustable pedals / easy entry-exit feature(if equipped). Press the C control to
automatically move the seat and adjustable pedals to the desired memory position (if equipped)
(the seat position corresponds to the transmitter being used). For more information regarding
the memory seats / adjustable pedals / easy entry-exit feature, refer to your Owner’s Guide.
HomeLink® Wireless Control System (if equipped)
The HomeLink® Wireless Control System, located on the overhead console,
provides a convenient way to replace up to three hand-held transmitters with
a single built-in device. This feature will learn the radio frequency codes of
most transmitters to operate garage doors, entry gate operators, security
systems, entry door locks, and home or office lighting. To set the HomeLink®
Wireless Control System, refer to your Owner’s Guide. To operate, simply press
and release the appropriate HomeLink® button. Activation will now occur for
the trained product (garage door, gate operator, security system, entry door lock, home or office
lighting, etc.). For convenience, the hand-held transmitter of the device may also be used at
any time.
Navigation System (if equipped)
Your vehicle may be equipped with a Navigation System. Refer to the Navigation Supplement for
further information on the operation of your system.
Family Entertainment System (FES) (if equipped)
Your vehicle may be equipped with a Family Entertainment System (Rear seat DVD player with
wireless headphones and remote control). Refer to the Family Entertainment System Supplement
Guide for further information on the operation of your system.
2nd Row Seats: The second
row seats are designed for
maximum utility. They can
be positioned in up to three
unique configurations:
Upright (seating) position,
Cargo mode, and E-Z entry
mode (if equipped with 3rd
row seat).
Before folding down the 2nd
row seats, ensure that no
objects such
as books,
purses, or
are on the
floor in
front of or
under the seat. 1. Lower the
head restraints by pulling on
the strap. 2. Locate the handle
on the side of the seat cushion
by the door. 3. Pull up on the
handle and push the seatback
forward toward the front of
the vehicle.
To place the 2nd row 60/40
seats in cargo mode:
(if equipped with a 3rd row
seat) 1. Fold down the 2nd
row seat as
2. Pull the
cargo mode
lever up and
to release
the seat
into a flat
load floor
position. A
force may
be required to move the seat
forward and down.
To return to the upright
(seating) position from cargo
mode: 1. Place your hand
under the seat bottom and
lift the seat up (A moderate
force may be required to
move the seat). 2. Return
the seatback to the upright
position. Note: The seatback
cannot be returned to the
upright position until the seat
is returned from the cargo
mode position and latched. If
the seatback will not raise,
re-position the seat into cargo
mode and try lifting it again.
To enter the 3rd row seat:
(if equipped) 1. Fold the
down (as
and release
the side
2. Pull the
side handle up again until the
rear of the seat releases from
the floor. 3. Rotate the seat
upward and away from the
3rd row.
To return the 2nd row seat to
the upright (seating) position
from E-Z entry mode:
1. Return the seat from the
E-Z entry position and latch it
to the floor with a moderate
speed. 2. Bring the seatback
to an upright position. Note:
If the seatback will not return
to the upright position,
tumble the seat forward
again and then re-latch it
to the floor. Be sure that
cargo or other objects are not
trapped underneath
the seatback.
3rd Row Seats: (if equipped)
Before folding the 3rd row
seats, ensure that no objects
such as books, purses or
briefcases are on the seat
cushions and that the seat
belts are unbuckled. 1. Fold
the head restraints down by
pulling on the strap located
under the restraint. 2. Pull
up on the
behind the
pushing the
seatback forward and down
into the seat cushion. Note:
For 3rd row power folding
seat (if equipped), the control
buttons are located on the
driver-side rear quarter trim
panel (accessible from the
liftgate area). Be sure to fold
the head restraints before
powering the 3rd row seat
into the folded position.
To return the 3rd row seats to
the upright (seating)
position: 1. Pull up on the
handle located on the
seatback, rotating the
seatback upward until you
hear a click, locking it in the
upright position. 2. Lift up
on the head restraint until it
locks into its original position.
quick reference guide
instrument panel
1. Headlamp and Panel
Dimmer Control
The headlamp control is
located on the lower left
portion of the instrument
panel. The first clockwise
position controls the parking
lamps; the second clockwise
controls the
If your
vehicle is
with fog
lamps, pull the control out
one position to activate the
lamps and aid visibility
in fog, snow or rain.
The autolamps feature
(if equipped) automatically
activates / deactivates your
headlamps as necessary.
To use the autolamps feature,
rotate the control
counterclockwise; to
deactivate the feature,
place the control in the O
(Off) position.
The All-New 2006 Ford Explorer
was engineered with your lifestyle in mind – tough enough to take on what the road
ahead gives you, yet sophisticated. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself
with your new Ford Explorer by reading this Quick Reference Guide, which discusses
features, specifications and general information. For detailed information, consult
your Owner’s Guide.
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2. Parking Brake Release
Pull the release lever to
release the parking brake.
Driving with the parking
brake engaged will cause
the brakes to wear out
prematurely and reduce fuel
economy. The parking brake
is not recommended to stop
a moving vehicle. However, if
normal brakes fail, the parking
brake can be used to stop
your vehicle in an emergency.
Because the parking brake
applies only the rear brakes,
the vehicle’s stopping distance
will increase greatly and the
handling of your vehicle will
be adversely affected.
3. Turn Signal and Wiper /
Washer Control
Move the control down to
activate your left turn signal;
move the control up to
activate your right turn
signal. To use your windshield
wiper / washers: for a single
swipe, push the end of the
control briefly; push and hold
for three swipes with wash,
or hold for a longer wash
(up to ten seconds). The bars
of varying length are for
intermittent wipers. Rotate
the windshield wiper control
upward for fast intervals and
for slow
intervals. The
control ring
on the
right side of
the control
operates the rear window
wiper; rotate the control
to the INT1 (8-10 second
interval) or INT2 (3-4 second
interval) position to activate
the rear window wiper. To
wash the rear window, rotate
(and hold as desired) the rear
wiper / washer control to
either position.
4. Speed Control
To engage speed control,
ensure a vehicle speed of 30
mph or greater, press ON,
then momentarily press SET+.
To set a higher speed, press
and hold SET +, then release
the control when you have
reached your desired speed.
To set a lower speed, press
and hold SET – until you have
reached your desired speed,
or depress the brake pedal
and press the SET + control.
To return to a
previously set
speed faster
than 30 mph,
press RES.
To disengage
controls, depress the brake
pedal or press OFF.
5. Service Engine
Soon Light
The Service Engine Soon
indicator light is located in
the instrument cluster and
illuminates when the engine
is started. If the light remains
illuminated, it may signal a
problem with the On Board
Diagnostics System (OBD-II).
If the light is blinking, engine
misfire is occurring, which
could damage the vehicle’s
catalytic converter. If this
occurs, drive in a moderate
fashion and have your vehicle
serviced immediately by an
authorized dealer.
6. Hazard Flasher Control
The hazard flasher is located
on the steering column, just
behind the steering wheel.
Press the
control and
all front
and rear
signals will
flash; press the control again
to deactivate the feature.
7. Message Center (if equipped)
With the ignition in the ON
position, the message center,
located in the instrument
cluster, displays important
vehicle information through a
constant monitoring of vehicle
systems. The message center
features such
as trip
distance to
average fuel economy and a
language selector. The message
center also provides vehicle
system checks and will notify
you of potential vehicle
problems with a display of
system warnings.
continues to flash, or fails to
illuminate, see an authorized
dealer’s service department
10. Dual Auto Temperature
Control (if equipped)
See Climate Control section
side for more climate
system details.
11. Navigation System with
Audiophile AM / FM In-Dash
Six CD / MP3 / Satellite
Compatible Sound System
(if equipped)
See reverse side for more
audio system details.
8. Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) Warning Light
When the TPMS warning light
is lit, one or more of your tires
is significantly under-inflated.
You should stop and check the
tires as soon as possible, and
inflate them to the proper
pressure, as indicated on the
vehicle’s tire label. Driving on
a significantly under-inflated
tire causes the tire to overheat
and can eventually lead to
tire failure. Note: Outside
temperatures affect tire
pressure; refer to the Owner’s
Guide for additional
tire information.
12. Power Adjustable Foot
Pedals (if equipped)
Press and hold the control
to adjust
the position
of the accelerator and
brake pedal
forward or
away from
you, to a maximum of three
(3) inches of travel. The accelerator and brake pedal
should only be adjusted when
the vehicle is stopped and the
gearshift lever is in the
P (Park) position.
9. ABS Warning Light
Your anti-lock braking system
(ABS) detects the onset of
wheel lockup during brake
applications and helps
prevent wheels from locking
during extreme braking
situations. The ABS warning
light will illuminate when you
start the vehicle’s engine. If
the light remains illuminated,
13. AdvanceTrac® with Roll
Stability Control (RSC)
The AdvanceTrac® with RSC
system enhances your vehicle’s
stability during maneuvers
that require all available tire
traction, like in wet / snowy
/ icy road conditions and/or
when performing emergency
maneuvers. In an emergency
lane change, the driver will
experience better overall
vehicle traction, and have
better control of the vehicle.
The AdvanceTrac® with RSC
button allows the driver to
turn off certain features of
the AdvanceTrac with
RSC system
for vehicle
speeds below
25 mph (40
km/h). To
deactivate, please refer to the
Owner’s Guide for
additional information.
14. Gearshift / Overdrive
(O/D) Control
Overdrive is the normal
driving position for the best
fuel economy, and can be
deactivated by pressing the
transmission control
switch on
the side of
the gearshift
lever. This
allows for all forward gears
except overdrive, provides
engine braking and should be
used when driving conditions
cause excessive shifting from
to other gears, such as city
traffic, hilly terrain and
trailer towing.
15. Heated Seats (if equipped)
The heated seat control is
located in the lower center
of the instrument panel.
To operate the heated seats,
push the control to activate
and push again to deactivate.
A. Temperature Controls: To control the
temperature on the driver’s side in single zone
mode, select any temperature between 60° F
and 90° F by pressing the driver temperature
control; the climate system’s display indicates
the selected temperature. The passenger can
also select any temperature between 60° F
and 90° F by pressing the passenger
temperature control.
B. AUTO: Press to select the desired
temperature shown in the display window.
The system will automatically determine the
fan speed, the direction of the airflow, and
outside or recirculated air to heat or cool
the vehicle to the selected temperature.
F. Windshield Defroster: Outside air is
distributed through the windshield
defroster vents.
G. DUAL (Single / Dual Electric Temperature
Control): The control allows the driver to have
full control of the cabin temperature settings
(single zone) or allows the passenger to have
control of their individual temperature
settings (dual zone control). Press to turn on
dual zone mode; press again to return
to single zone.
D. OFF: Outside air is shut out and the fan will not
operate. Note: If your vehicle is equipped with
the auxiliary climate control system, the auxiliary
fan can still operate with the front system off.
H. Rear Window Defroster: The rear defroster
control is located on the instrument panel.
Press the rear defroster control to clear the
rear window of thin ice and fog. The ignition
must be in the 3 (ON) position to operate the
rear window defroster. The defroster turns
off automatically after ten minutes or when
the ignition is turned to the 1 (OFF / LOCK)
or 2 (ACC) position. To manually turn off the
defroster before ten minutes have passed,
press the control again.
E. Manual Override Controls: Press to
manually determine where airflow is directed.
To return to fully automatic control, press AUTO.
*If equipped
C. Fan Speed: Press to manually increase and
decrease fan speed.