Who does Ford get to write their shop manuals?
It's bad enough that they are all but incomprehensible, even to a
mechanic - without being totally inacurate in many ways to boot.
Case in point. Just got a 1996 Merc Mystique for the wife - fully
loaded - but only one keyless entry fob. So, I head off to the
wrechers and snag a pair of fobs from a Sable. (same fob).
Dig out the trusty (ha ha ha) shop manual to get the instructions for
recoding the keyless entry system to the new fobs.
Manual tells me there is a connector taped to the wiring harness that
needs to be momentarily shorted with the key on to put the lock
control into "learn mode".
That's good - heard that before - but then it tells me to remove the
left luggage compartment trim panel to find the plug. Seams like a
strange place for a programming plug for remote door locks, but what
the heck, I'm only an old auto mechanic.
I removed the left panel - nothing.
Mabee they meant the "other left" as my directionally challenged wife
so eloquently puts it - so I pulled the right panel. Nothing.
So, I go to the back of the manual where the "power door diagnostic
plug" is shown taped to the bottom of the door control module just
below the RIGHT A PILLAR. - behind (or in front of) the glove box.
I'l bet even a Chiltons manual would have gotten it right!!!