Ford Mid-Size Cars 1971-1985 Repair Guide



Do keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit within easy reach.
Do wear safety glasses or goggles when cutting, drilling, grinding or prying. If you wear glasses for the sake of vision, then the lenses should be made of plastic so they can serve also as safety glasses. Or wear safety goggles over your regular glasses.
Do shield your eyes whenever you work around the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid. In case of contact with the eyes or skin, flush the area with water or a mixture of water and baking soda and get medical attention immediately.
Do use safety stands for any under-car service. Jacks are for raising vehicles; safety stands are for making sure the vehicle stays raised until you want it to come down. Whenever the vehicle is raised, block the wheels remaining on the ground and set the parking brake.
Do use adequate ventilation when working with any chemicals. Asbestos dust resulting from brake lining wear can cause cancer.
Do disconnect the negative battery cable when working on the electrical system. The ignition system produces extremely high voltage.
Do follow manufacturer's directions whenever working with potentially hazardous materials. Both brake fluid and some antifreeze are poisonous if taken internally.
Do properly maintain your tools. Loose hammerheads, mushroomed punches and chisels, frayed or poorly grounded electrical cords, excessively worn screwdrivers, spread wrenches (open end) and cracked sockets can cause accidents.
Do use the proper size and type of tool for the job being performed.
Do when possible, pull on a wrench handle rather than push on it, and adjust your stance to prevent a fall.
Do be sure that adjustable wrenches are tightly adjusted on the nut or bolt and pulled so that the face is on the side of the fixed jaw.
Do select a wrench or socket that fits the nut or bolt. The wrench or socket should sit straight, not cocked.
Do strike squarely with a hammer to avoid glancing blows.
Do set the parking brake and block the drive wheels if the procedure requires that the engine is running.