Years and years ago I bought a Ford manual on CD for Capri/Tbird on Ebay.
It was crude but often effective, running (as a 16 bit app) on Win2000.
Now I have WinXP and I can't get the turkey to install.
I should have got the *real* (paper) Ford manual a long time ago. But I
Any idea what can be done to acquire a manual for a 15-20 year-old Ford product?
I don't know about the Ford shop manuals, but Chilton's and Haynes can be had
for older vehicles, if that'll work for
you. (I always preferred Haynes over Chilton's myself.)
What problem are you having installing the old CD app? Have you tried installing
in Compatibility mode?
Read this article for some possible help:
Even more important, exactly what ford product do you want the
I have the manual for a 1996 Mercury Mystique/Ford Contour. That
matches your description perfectly at this point - 16 years old is
between 15 and 20, and it's a ford product. The car will be retired
this year so I won't need the manual any more.
I think I still have theCD too, and it DID run on XP.
Mea Culpa. I neglected to mention I've had the Haynes for years. Sometimes it's
sufficient, but ...
Here's the whole story as best I remember. The old Win2000 machine
I put everything on the new XP machine. Like the old, I run VIEW16.EXE and the
screen sez "Ford Tech. Svc. Electronic Publications", but when I choose "Service"
to get a manual, it does the forever hourglass thing. When I am forced to
abort the program, it sez
"Windows 16 sub-system may be unstable. Choose OK to terminate Windows 16
which doessn't match the messages listed in the kb article. The other stuff I
were just "shots in the dark", totally undirected.
I wasn't aware of a Compatibility mode in XP. Are you sure it exists?
Right-click on VIEW16.EXE and pick Properties, and go to the Compatibility tab.
Pick one of the operating systems in the
drop-down list. If none of them work, you could try a combination of the other
options, too. I have the Ford Truck CDs
for 2002 and 1996 (which still use VIEW16.EXE- no updates for Ford, I guess),
and it works fine on my Windows XP Home
Edition 32-bit SP3. I haven't had to tweak anything to get it to run.
Have you tried uninstalling it, and reinstalling? The shortcut for mine is
C:\FORD\PUBS\PROGRAMS\INFO1.INI DEALER_ENV" without the quotes, so it looks like
it's adding some switches to the
executable. Actually, you might want to try Compatibility settings on the
shortcut first before trying it on VIEW16.EXE,
although I haven't had to do that to either on my machine.
Is it possible that the CD is damaged? You could try using a program like
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download ) to create an ISO from the CD,
then writing it to a new CD. The only
thing you have to watch on that is making sure the CD title is the same on the
new copy as it is on the original. If
there's a read error on the old CD, ImgBurn will stop and tell you so while
trying to create the ISO.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes, and if you need any help, post back and I'll
do what I can :-)
I'm running my system on d: and my path is D:\FORD\PUBS\PROGRAMS\VIEW16.EXE,
otherwise the same as yours. When I tried an install, I got unpredictable-
I could likely manage an ISO, but the CD looks OK.
I was fishing for replacement of front stabilizer bar links, '94 Tbird LX 4.6.
Like with Haynes, the details were omitted. But I got enough from the diagram
that I could
go out and locate the damned thangs on the cah-cah. At least I know what
they look like on the auto (and that they are, indeed, bad).
I just got the little clunk-clunk in the front when I roll down the road,
but it will drive me crazy eventually.
I'm old and in poor health: sooner or later I'll have to go to a mechanic and
talk $. Any idea where I might find a labor estimate for such work?
I would think that would be the max time, and only if the nuts are rusted on and
have to be cut off. I replaced both
links on my 2002 Escape, and IIRC, it only took about 45 minutes lying in the
driveway to do it. That was including
clean-up before the test drive.
Here's one place:
A quick search on 94 Tbird returned this:
Not affiliated with this outfit, and to be honest have never bought from
them, but have several friends who speak highly of them.
There are other similar online sites selling factory manuals... just go
Factory manuals of every description show up on Ebay now and again too.
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