2008 Ford Ranger Owner's Manual

2008 Ford Ranger owners manual
Year:
2008
Make:
Ford
Model:
Ranger
Rating:
(3)

Online manual

Size:
2.73 MB

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1
Introduction
4
PERCHLORATE MATERIAL
4
CONGRATULATIONS
4
SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION
5
Warning symbols in this guide
5
Warning symbols on your vehicle
5
Protecting the environment
5
BREAKING-IN YOUR VEHICLE
5
SPECIAL NOTICES
6
New Vehicle Limited Warranty
6
Special instructions
6
Service Data Recording
6
Event Data Recording
7
Notice to owners of pickup trucks and utility type vehicles
7
Using your vehicle with a snowplow
8
Using your vehicle as an ambulance
8
Cell phone use
8
Export unique (Non–United States/Canada) vehicle specific information
9
Instrument Cluster
12
WARNING LIGHTS AND CHIMES
12
GAUGES
16
Entertainment Systems
19
AUDIO SYSTEMS
19
AM/FM stereo (if equipped)
19
AM/FM stereo single CD/MP3 Satellite Compatible system (if equipped)
21
Premium and Audiophile In-dash CD6/MP3 disc satellite compatible audio systems (if equipped)
27
Auxiliary input jack (Line in)
33
GENERAL AUDIO INFORMATION
34
Satellite radio information (if equipped)
36
Climate Controls
40
HEATER ONLY SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
40
Operating tips
40
MANUAL HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
41
Operating tips
42
Lights
1
HEADLAMP CONTROL
1
Fog lamp control (if equipped)
1
High beams
1
Flash to pass
44
Daytime running lamps (DRL) (if equipped)
44
PANEL DIMMER CONTROL
44
AIMING THE HEADLAMPS
45
Headlamp aim adjustment
45
TURN SIGNAL CONTROL
47
INTERIOR LAMPS
47
Courtesy/reading lamps (if equipped)
47
BULB REPLACEMENT
47
Headlamp Condensation
47
Using the right bulbs
47
Replacing the interior bulbs
48
Replacing exterior bulbs
48
Replacing headlamp bulbs/front park bulbs/turn signal bulbs
49
Replacing front sidemarker bulbs
50
Replacing tail lamp/backup lamp bulbs
51
Replacing fog lamp bulbs (if equipped)
51
Replacing high-mount brakelamp bulb
52
Replacing license plate lamp bulbs
52
Driver Controls
53
MULTI-FUNCTION LEVER
53
TILT STEERING WHEEL (IF EQUIPPED)
54
CENTER CONSOLE (IF EQUIPPED)
54
AUXILIARY POWER POINT (12VDC)
54
55
POWER WINDOWS (IF EQUIPPED)
56
One touch down
56
INTERIOR MIRROR
56
EXTERIOR MIRRORS
57
Power side view mirrors (if equipped)
57
Fold-away mirrors
57
SPEED CONTROL (IF EQUIPPED)
57
Setting speed control
58
Disengaging speed control
58
Resuming a set speed
59
Increasing speed while using speed control
59
Reducing speed while using speed control
59
Turning off speed control
60
BEDRAILS (IF EQUIPPED)
60
BED EXTENDER (IF EQUIPPED)
60
Locks and Security
62
KEYS
62
POWER DOOR LOCKS (IF EQUIPPED)
62
REMOTE ENTRY SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
62
Unlocking the doors
63
Locking the doors
63
Car finder
63
Sounding a panic alarm
63
Replacing the battery
64
Replacing lost remote entry transmitters
65
How to reprogram your remote entry transmitters
65
Illuminated entry
66
SECURILOCK™ PASSIVE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM (IF EQUIPPED)
66
Anti-theft indicator
67
Replacement keys
67
Programming spare keys
67
Seating and Safety Restraints
69
SEATING
69
Adjusting the front manual seat
69
60/40 seat (if equipped)
70
Using the manual lumbar support (if equipped)
71
Passenger side rear access
71
REAR SEATS
71
Center facing jump seat (2 door SuperCab) (if equipped)
71
Center facing jump seat (4 door SuperCab) (if equipped)
72
SAFETY RESTRAINTS
72
Personal Safety System™
72
How does the Personal Safety System™ work?
73
Driver and passenger dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints
73
Front crash severity sensor
73
Driver’s seat position sensor
73
Front passenger sensing system
74
Front safety belt usage sensors
74
Front outboard safety belt pretensioners
75
Front outboard safety belt energy management retractors
75
Determining if the Personal Safety System™ is operational
75
Safety restraints precautions
76
Combination lap and shoulder belts
77
Lap belts
77
Adjusting the front center seat and rear center facing jump seat lap belts (if equipped)
77
Energy Management Feature
78
Vehicle sensitive mode
78
Automatic locking mode
78
How to use the automatic locking mode
79
How to disengage the automatic locking mode
79
Safety belt pretensioner
80
Front safety belt height adjustment
80
Safety belt extension assembly
81
Safety belt maintenance
81
Safety belt warning light and indicator chime
82
Conditions of operation
82
Belt-Minder
83
One time disable
85
Deactivating/activating the Belt-Minder feature
85
87
AIRBAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS)
87
Important supplemental restraint system (SRS) precautions
87
Children and airbags
89
How does the airbag supplemental restraint system work?
90
Determining if the system is operational
91
Disposal of airbags and airbag equipped vehicles (including pretensioners)
91
Front passenger sensing system
91
SAFETY RESTRAINTS FOR CHILDREN
95
Important child restraint precautions
95
Children and safety belts
95
Child booster seats
96
When children should use booster seats
96
Types of booster seats
97
The importance of shoulder belts
98
SAFETY SEATS FOR CHILDREN
99
Child and infant or child safety seats
99
Installing child safety seats with combination lap and shoulder belts
100
Attaching child safety seats with tether straps
102
Center seating location
105
Tires, Wheels and Loading
106
NOTICE TO UTILITY VEHICLE AND TRUCK OWNERS
106
VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS
106
4WD and AWD Systems (if equipped)
106
How your vehicle differs from other vehicles
107
INFORMATION ABOUT UNIFORM TIRE QUALITY GRADING
108
Treadwear
109
Traction AA A B C
109
Temperature A B C
109
TIRES
110
Glossary of tire terminology
110
INFLATING YOUR TIRES
111
TIRE CARE
113
Inspecting your tires
113
Tire wear
113
Damage
113
U.S. DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN)
114
Tire replacement requirements
114
Safety practices
116
Highway hazards
116
Tire and wheel alignment
116
Tire rotation
117
INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE TIRE SIDEWALL
118
Information on “P” type tires
118
Additional information contained on the tire sidewall for “LT” type tires
121
Information on “T” type tires
122
Location of the tire label
122
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS)
123
Understanding your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
125
When your temporary spare tire is installed
125
When you believe your system is not operating properly
126
When inflating your tires
127
How temperature affects your tire pressure
127
SNOW TIRES AND CHAINS
128
VEHICLE LOADING – WITH AND WITHOUT A TRAILER
128
Special loading instructions for owners of pickup trucks and utility-type vehicles
134
TRAILER TOWING
134
Preparing to tow
141
Hitches
141
Safety chains
141
Trailer brakes
141
Trailer lamps
142
Using a step bumper (if equipped)
142
Trailer tow connector
142
Driving while you tow
143
Servicing after towing
144
Trailer towing tips
144
Launching or retrieving a boat
145
RECREATIONAL TOWING
145
CAMPER BODIES
146
Driving
1
STARTING
1
Positions of the ignition
1
Preparing to start your vehicle
1
Important safety precautions
148
Starting the engine
150
Guarding against exhaust fumes
150
Important ventilating information
150
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER (IF EQUIPPED)
151
BRAKES
152
Four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
153
Using ABS
153
ABS warning lamp
154
Parking brake
154
STEERING
155
TRACTION-LOK AXLE (IF EQUIPPED)
156
PREPARING TO DRIVE
156
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OPERATION (IF EQUIPPED)
156
Brake-shift interlock
156
Driving with a 5–speed automatic transmission (if equipped)
158
MANUAL TRANSMISSION OPERATION (IF EQUIPPED)
160
Using the clutch
160
Recommended shift speeds
161
Reverse
161
Parking your vehicle
161
Removing the key
162
If your vehicle gets stuck in mud or snow
162
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE (4WD) OPERATION (IF EQUIPPED)
162
4WD system indicator lights
163
Using the electronic shift 4WD system
163
Shifting between 2H (2WD High) and 4H (4WD High)
163
Shifting to/from 4L (4WD Low)
163
Driving off-road with truck and utility vehicles
164
How your vehicle differs from other vehicles
164
Basic operating principles
164
If your vehicle goes off the edge of the pavement
165
If your vehicle gets stuck
165
Emergency maneuvers
166
4WD Systems
166
Normal characteristics
167
Sand
167
Mud and water
167
Driving on hilly or sloping terrain
168
Driving on snow and ice
169
Maintenance and Modifications
170
DRIVING THROUGH WATER
170
Roadside Emergencies
171
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
171
Getting roadside assistance
171
Using roadside assistance
172
Roadside coverage beyond basic warranty
172
HAZARD FLASHER CONTROL
173
FUEL PUMP SHUT-OFF SWITCH
173
FUSES AND RELAYS
174
Fuses
174
Standard fuse amperage rating and color
175
Passenger compartment fuse panel
175
Power distribution box
178
2.3L engine (if equipped)
179
3.0L and 4.0L engines (if equipped)
182
CHANGING THE TIRES
184
Dissimilar spare tire/wheel information
185
Stopping and securing the vehicle
187
Location of the spare tire and tools
187
Removing the spare tire
188
Tire change procedure
190
Stowing the flat/spare tire
192
WHEEL LUG NUT TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
193
JUMP STARTING
194
Preparing your vehicle
194
Connecting the jumper cables
195
Jump starting
196
Removing the jumper cables
197
WRECKER TOWING
199
Emergency Towing
200
Customer Assistance
201
GETTING THE SERVICES YOU NEED
201
At home
201
Away from home
201
Additional Assistance
202
IN CALIFORNIA (U.S. ONLY)
203
THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU (BBB) AUTO LINE PROGRAM (U.S. ONLY)
204
UTILIZING THE MEDIATION/ARBITRATION PROGRAM (CANADA ONLY)
205
FORD EXTENDED SERVICE PLAN
205
GETTING ASSISTANCE OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND CANADA
206
ORDERING ADDITIONAL OWNER’S LITERATURE
207
Obtaining a French owner’s guide
207
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS (U.S. ONLY)
207
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS (CANADA ONLY)
208
Cleaning
209
WASHING THE EXTERIOR
209
WAXING
210
PAINT CHIPS
210
ALUMINUM WHEELS AND WHEEL COVERS
210
ENGINE
211
2.3L I4 ENGINE
211
3.0L V6 ENGINE
212
4.0L SOHC V6 ENGINE
212
PLASTIC (NON-PAINTED) EXTERIOR PARTS
212
WINDOWS AND WIPER BLADES
213
INSTRUMENT PANEL/INTERIOR TRIM AND CLUSTER LENS
213
INTERIOR
214
LEATHER SEATS (IF EQUIPPED)
215
UNDERBODY
215
FORD AND LINCOLN MERCURY CAR CARE PRODUCTS
215
Maintenance and Specifications
217
SERVICE RECOMMENDATIONS
217
PRECAUTIONS WHEN SERVICING YOUR VEHICLE
217
Working with the engine off
217
Working with the engine on
217
OPENING THE HOOD
218
IDENTIFYING COMPONENTS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT
219
2.3L I4 engine
219
3.0L V6 engine
220
4.0L SOHC V6 engine
221
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID
222
CHANGING THE WIPER BLADES
223
ENGINE OIL
223
Checking the engine oil
223
Adding engine oil
227
Engine Oil Recommendations
227
Use SAE 5W-20 engine oil.
227
Use SAE 5W-30 engine oil.
228
BATTERY
229
ENGINE COOLANT
231
Checking engine coolant
231
Adding engine coolant
233
Recycled engine coolant
235
Coolant refill capacity
235
Severe climates
236
FUEL FILTER
236
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUTOMOTIVE FUELS
237
Important safety precautions
237
Refueling
238
Fuel Filler Cap
239
Choosing the right fuel
240
Cleaner air
240
Octane recommendations
241
Fuel quality
241
Running out of fuel
241
ESSENTIALS OF GOOD FUEL ECONOMY
242
Measuring techniques
242
Filling the tank
242
Calculating fuel economy
243
Driving style — good driving and fuel economy habits
243
Habits
243
Maintenance
244
Conditions
244
EPA window sticker
245
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
245
On board diagnostics (OBD-II)
246
Readiness for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) testing
247
POWER STEERING FLUID
248
BRAKE FLUID
250
CLUTCH FLUID (IF EQUIPPED)
250
TRANSMISSION FLUID
251
Checking automatic transmission fluid
251
Low fluid level
252
High fluid level
252
Checking and adding manual transmission fluid (if equipped)
252
TRANSFER CASE FLUID (IF EQUIPPED)
253
DRIVELINE UNIVERSAL JOINT AND SLIP YOKE
253
AIR FILTER
253
MOTORCRAFT PART NUMBERS
255
MAINTENANCE PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND CAPACITIES
256
ENGINE DATA
261
Engine drivebelt routing
261
IDENTIFYING YOUR VEHICLE
263
Safety Compliance Certification Label
263
Vehicle identification number (VIN)
263
TRANSMISSION/TRANSAXLE CODE DESIGNATIONS
264
Accessories
265
GENUINE FORD ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR VEHICLE
265
Exterior style
265
Interior style
265
Lifestyle
266
Peace of mind
266
Index
267

FAQ about the 2008 Ford Ranger Manual

What contains the 2008 Ranger manual?

The Ford Ranger owner's manual is a comprehensive guide provided by Ford to assist owners in understanding and operating their specific model of the Ford Ranger. It contains important information about the vehicle's features, functions, and maintenance requirements. A general overview of what you might find in a Ford Ranger 2008 owner's manual:

  • Instrument Panel and Controls, including dashboard indicators, warning lights, and controls
  • Maintenance for your Ford Ranger, such as oil changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks
  • Customer Assistance, with contact information for customer support
  • Handling the Unexpected, including tire changes, jump-starting, and common car issues
  • Basic operations, like starting and stopping the engine and driver settings

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Is the manual for the Ford Ranger year 2008 free?

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The Ford Ranger (2008) owner's manual is available in English?

Yes, the owner's manual for the model year 2008 is available in English.

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