Ford Aerostar 1986-1997 Repair Guide

Fuse Panel and Fuses


Most of the replaceable fuses for the electrical system are located on the fuse panel under the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column. In addition to the plastic fuses installed in the fuse box, there are one or more circuit breakers and a flasher relay.

For access to the fuse panel, remove the fasteners from the lower edge of the cover, then pull the cover downward until the spring clips disengage from the instrument panel. On the base models, the cover simply snaps on and off.

The locations of various fuses are illustrated in the owner's manual, and in some cases, on the cover of the fuse panel.


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

Fuses are replaced by simply pulling them out. A blown or open fuse can be seen as a break in the metal filament that runs between the blades. The fuse is made with a plastic body so the break can be clearly seen.

Fuses that open (blow) may be replaced, but will continue to open until the cause of the overload condition is corrected. If a fuse needs to be replaced, use only a new fuse rated according to the specifications and of the same amperage number as the one removed. At the time of manufacture, five spare fuses were located inside the fuse panel cover.

Always replace a blown fuse or fuse link with the same rating as specified. Never replace a fuse with a higher amperage rating than the one removed, or severe wiring damage and a possible fire can result.

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the cover over the fuse box. Notice that the cover identifies what the fuse protects

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 2: The inside of the cover holds the spare fuses in place

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 3: To remove a fuse, simply pull it straight out