Ford Taurus/Sable 1986-1995 Repair Information

Fuse Panel and Fuses


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The fuse panel or block on most vehicles covered by this information is located to the left of the steering column tube, and is hung from the instrument panel. To gain access the fuses, pull the release bar up with the right hand, pull the fuse panel down with the left hand, then remove the cover.

Fuses are a one-time circuit protection. If a circuit is overloaded or shorts, the fuse will blow thus protecting the circuit. A fuse will continue to blow until the circuit is repaired.

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Fig. Fig. 1: On most vehicles covered by this information, the fuse panel is located to the left of the steering column, attached to the instrument panel

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Fig. Fig. 2: Fuse panel/block location-Early model Taurus shown

Each fuse block uses miniature fuses (normally cartridge-type for these vehicles) which are designed for increased circuit protection and greater reliability. The cartridge-type design allows for fingertip removal and replacement.

Although most fuses are interchangeable in size, the amperage values are not. Should you install a fuse with too high a value, damaging current could be allowed to destroy the component you were attempting to protect by using a fuse in the first place. The cartridge-type fuses have a bolt number molded on them and are color coded for easy identification. Be sure to only replace a fuel with the proper amperage rated substitute.

A blown fuse can easily be checked by visual inspection or by continuity checking.


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When replacing a fuse, NEVER install a replacement fuse with a higher or lower amperage rating than indicated for the circuit to prevent component damage!

To remove a cartridge fuse, grip the fuse and pull it straight out of the fuse junction panel/block. If the fuse cannot be gripped, you can use a non-metallic tool to pull the fuse out of the block. To install the fuse, align the terminals with the fuse panel, then push into position.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Location of fuses and the circuits they protect-1995 vehicle shown