2003 Ford F150 Manual

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Table of ContentsIntroduction Instrument ClusterWarning and control lights Gauges

4 1212 16

Entertainment SystemsAM/FM stereo cassette AM/FM stereo with CD AM/FM stereo cassette with CD Rear seat controls

2020 22 32 35

Climate ControlsManual heating and air conditioning Electronic automatic temperature control Rear window defroster

3838 40 43

LightsHeadlamps Turn signal control Bulb replacement

4444 46 48

Driver ControlsWindshield wiper/washer control Steering wheel adjustment Power windows Mirrors Speed control

5454 55 60 61 63

Locks and SecurityKeys Locks Anti-theft system

7777 77 80


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

Table of ContentsSeating and Safety RestraintsSeating Safety restraints Air bags Child restraints

9090 98 111 119

DrivingStarting Brakes Transmission operation Trailer towing

136136 141 144 165

Roadside EmergenciesGetting roadside assistance Hazard flasher switch Fuel pump shut-off switch Fuses and relays Changing tires Jump starting Wrecker towing

176176 177 177 178 186 193 198

Customer AssistanceReporting safety defects (U.S. only)


Cleaning Maintenance and SpecificationsEngine compartment Engine oil Battery Fuel information Air filter(s) Part numbers Refill capacities Lubricant specifications

208 216218 221 225 233 250 255 256 259


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

Table of ContentsAccessories Index 268 272

All rights reserved. Reproduction by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system or translation in whole or part is not permitted without written authorization from Ford Motor Company. Ford may change the contents without notice and without incurring obligation. Copyright 2003 Ford Motor Company


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

IntroductionCALIFORNIA Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations on acquiring your new Ford. Please take the time to get well acquainted with your vehicle by reading this handbook. The more you know and understand about your vehicle the greater the safety and pleasure you will derive from driving it. For more information on Ford Motor Company and its products visit the following website: In the United States: www.ford.com In Canada: www.ford.ca In Australia: www.ford.com.au In Mexico: www.ford.com.mx Additional owner information is given in separate publications. This Owners Guide describes every option and model variant available and therefore some of the items covered may not apply to your particular vehicle. Furthermore, due to printing cycles it may describe options before they are generally available. Remember to pass on the Owners Guide when reselling the vehicle. It is an integral part of the vehicle. Fuel pump shut-off switch In the event of an accident the safety switch will automatically cut off the fuel supply to the engine. The switch can also be activated through sudden vibration (e.g. collision when parking). To reset the switch, refer to the Fuel pump shut-off switch in the Roadside emergencies chapter.


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

IntroductionSAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION Warning symbols in this guide How can you reduce the risk of personal injury and prevent possible damage to others, your vehicle and its equipment? In this guide, answers to such questions are contained in comments highlighted by the warning triangle symbol. These comments should be read and observed. Warning symbols on your vehicle When you see this symbol, it is imperative that you consult the relevant section of this guide before touching or attempting adjustment of any kind. Protecting the environment We must all play our part in protecting the environment. Correct vehicle usage and the authorized disposal of waste cleaning and lubrication materials are significant steps towards this aim. Information in this respect is highlighted in this guide with the tree symbol. BREAKING-IN YOUR VEHICLE Your vehicle does not need an extensive break-in. Try not to drive continuously at the same speed for the first 1,600 km (1,000 miles) of new vehicle operation. Vary your speed to allow parts to adjust themselves to other parts. Drive your new vehicle at least 800 km (500 miles) before towing a trailer. Do not add friction modifier compounds or special break-in oils during the first few thousand kilometers (miles) of operation, since these additives may prevent piston ring seating. See Engine oil in the Maintenance and specifications chapter for more information on oil usage.


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

IntroductionSPECIAL NOTICES Emission warranty The New Vehicle Limited Warranty includes Bumper-to-Bumper Coverage, Safety Restraint Coverage, Corrosion Coverage, and 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel Engine Coverage. In addition, your vehicle is eligible for Emissions Defect and Emissions Performance Warranties. For a detailed description of what is covered and what is not covered, refer to the Warranty Guide that is provided to you along with your Owners Guide. Data Recording Computers in your vehicle are capable of recording detailed data potentially including but not limited to information such as: the use of restraint systems including seat belts by the driver and passengers, information about the performance of various systems and modules in the vehicle, and information related to engine, throttle, steering, brake or other system status. Any of this information could potentially include information regarding how the driver operates the vehicle, potentially including but not limited to information regarding vehicle speed, brake or accelerator application, or steering input. This information may be stored during regular operation or in a crash or near crash event. This stored information may be read out and used by: Ford Motor Company. service and repair facilities. law enforcement or government agencies. others who may assert a right or obtain your consent to know such information.


2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

IntroductionSpecial instructions For your added safety, your vehicle is fitted with sophisticated electronic controls. Please read the section Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) in the Seating and safety restraints chapter. Failure to follow the specific warnings and instructions could result in personal injury. Front seat mounted rear facing child or infant seats should NEVER be used in front of a passenger side air bag unless the air bag can be and is turned OFF. Snowplowing Ford recommends the following specifications for low speed, personal use snow removal: F-150 4x4 (except F-150 Supercrew, Lightning and Harley-Davidson models) 5.4L engine Heavy-duty service package Super engine cooling Heavy-duty front suspension package Automatic transmission with auxiliary automatic transmission fluid cooling All-terrain tires Limited slip and optional axle ratio. Do not install a snowplow and plow with your vehicle until it has been driven at least 800 km (500 miles). F150 SuperCrew, F150 5.4L Supercharged Lightning and Harley-Davidson F-150 Owners: Snowplowing Your vehicle is not recommended for snowplowing. Ford makes no representation as to the suitability of your vehicle for snowplowing, in particular regarding the potential for exceeding vehicle weight limits, airbag (SRS) deployment sensitivity, vehicle crash integrity, or powertrain durability. The Snowplow Package Option is not available. 7

2003 F150 (f12) Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt) USA English (fus)

IntroductionUsing your vehicle as an ambulance Do not use this vehicle as an ambulance.

Your vehicle is not equipped with the Ford Ambulance Preparation Package. Notice to owners of pickup trucks and utility type vehicles Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. Before you drive your vehicle, please read this Owners Guide carefully. Your vehicle is not a passenger car. As with other vehicles of this type, failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover, personal injury or death. Be sure to read Driving off road in the Driving chapter. Notice to owners of natural gas fueled vehicles Before you drive your vehicle, be sure to read the Dedicated Natural Gas Vehicle supplement. This book contains important operation and maintenance information. Notice to owners of F150 5.4L Supercharged Lightning vehicles Before you drive your vehicle, be sure to read the SVT Lightning Truck Owners Guide Supplement. This book contains important operation and maintenance information. Notice to owners of the Harley-Davidson F-150 Note: Your vehicle is not designed to be operated off-road. The undercab chrome bars are for decorative purposes only. Do not step on these bars to enter or exit the vehicle. Harley-Davidson F-150 vehicles are equipped with high performance tires. When first driving the vehicle after is has been parked, you may experience a temporary ride disturbance. This is a characteristic of the tires used on the Harley-Davidson vehicles and should be no reason for concern. The condition should correct