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04-16-2007 08:54 AM
penguin > i don't have a manual...

Go to and you can download a manual for free.

It is quite handy to have a manual that explains what the lights mean and how to use the features of the vehicle.
04-15-2007 10:16 PM
whynotthinkwhynot OH.. Zetec... how old is your belt? A timing belt that is too lose will sometimes cause conditions in the engine where cylinder temps go through the roof very quickly- although it would take about 5 minutes, so this seems unlikely unless you were driving.
04-15-2007 10:14 PM
whynotthinkwhynot Tom has worked on more Focis than all of us put together, and he says it's an important light to pay attention to.

Check it out, I'd shoot for the battery first, but it could be showing early problems due to a bad oil pump, bad water pump, etc. Are there any sounds coming from the engines that might help diagnose one of these more serious problems? Water pumps tend to make hella noise and draw off power from the engine that you'd notice.

I'd check the cables coming off the battery- both positve and negative to be sure that all the connections are tight and there's no excessive corrosion at the battery. You might also want to inspect wiring that is close to the exhaust carefully for any shorts that might have been causing a low voltage issue. Best of luck, I was hoping it was a "Don't Drink and Drive Light" by your descriptoin.. LOL
04-15-2007 09:43 PM
Originally Posted by Primaris View Post
This light is not applicable to the SVTF.
Yes it is.
04-15-2007 09:42 PM
Originally Posted by nickouellettesvt View Post
I had this happen also would come one while driving, but I would just shut the car off and restart it and it would clear. I found out later that it was caused by the battery, cause I replaced it a few days later and have not had it come back yet.
Reviving this thread just because I was searching the other day what the hell that little light with the '!' was, and on the forum it is either automatic transmission (I have an SVT - no auto) or temperature related (coolant levels and temp levels never left normal levels). Battery light came on about one minute after the "!" light and found out the battery was shot. I got the battery replaced and haven't seen the light since.

So like everyone else, I don't know what the hell purpose that warning light serves , but it fixed my problem. Seems like a "CHECK GAUGES" light. Stupid Ford, making us do all the work. Hope this helps somebody else like it helped me.
12-09-2006 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by Primaris View Post
This light is not applicable to the SVTF.
so why is it even on the SVTF dash?
12-05-2006 11:58 PM
Primaris This light is not applicable to the SVTF.
12-03-2006 11:37 AM
CaysE Well with all the information at hand so far, I'm willing to guess that the problem is with the fail-safe itself. I don't know what components make up the fail-safe (just a temp sensor and the ECU? maybe more?), but this is the best place to start. Perhaps the bad battery causes a voltage issue with the sensor?

Normally I'd think that this kind of system would run off the alternator when the car is running, but perhaps it is wired to the battery because of its fail-safe operation?

Just some educated guesses... hopefully we can make more of the situation from here.
12-03-2006 06:33 AM
QQQQ ??? the air bag lite is much different looking and you can actually figure that one out without a manual...this is the one below the air bag lite.
12-03-2006 12:54 AM
02blksvt that light is your air bag light
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