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Old 01-15-2015, 09:08 PM
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Hi all... i am concerned about the panel where there are the gears listed ..... on the steering column... R N D2 D1 .. etc... does it light up please? or not.....
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:31 PM
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Hi Geoffrey, yes, the PRNDL should light up. Either the bulb is dead, or the wiring to it might be disconnected. IF your gauge lights work, your PRNDL light should also. If your gauge lights do not work, the light switch has a rheostat built into it. Turning your light switch knob to the right should increase the amount of light to your gauges, and the PRNDL as I recall.

Since we are talking about the PRNDL section, many people do not know what I am about to say. Some people start driving their car by putting it into D2 instead of D1. When you start out in D2, you are bypassing low gear. Drive the car in the D1 position.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:46 PM
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Yes, and only the gear selected (the red/orange ring) should light up. Old bulb # is 1445.
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There is a snap in plate on the shift selector housing on the top. You can pry off the plate and it will expose the bulb. There is a screw that holds the socket for the bulb. Remove the screw and pull out the socket to replace the bulb.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:57 AM
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Will try to find one for slae at a service station.. because it was black .. .

i heard you commented about driving on D1 or D2... normally i just put it on D1.. ... is D2 only used for long roads?... I mean.. if i`m driving on the road.. .. and I`d like to put it on D2 ... all i need to do is just switch it to D2 .. and drive...

here on our island we dont have highways :/ ... longest roads are a few km in length... so I think I`d stick to drive on D1

thanks a lot friends

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Geoffrey, you are probably not going to find that #1445 bulb on Malta. I would be surprised if you did. It will probably be something that you are going to have to order from one of the Tbird parts houses. As for D1 & D2, stay in D1 and you will be fine. Many people drive in D2 and wonder why it never goes into low gear... That is because D2 bypasses low gear...
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Not sure if it's true or not, but I heard the D2 option was for driving in icy or slippery conditions. By starting in second gear, you have less torque applied and less of chance to slip or spin the rear wheels. This probably isn't a big problem in Malta.
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Not sure if it's true or not, but I heard the D2 option was for driving in icy or slippery conditions. By starting in second gear, you have less torque applied and less of chance to slip or spin the rear wheels.
That is one story, but the real truth of why Ford made it this way is to give Chevy guys a chance at stoplight racing. Fords had so much torque they only needed to start in 2nd gear to beat a Chebby!!
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Very funny Joe.. Nyles is right, position (D2) can be applied for steep hills as well. Personally I think Ford should have made their Trans so you could go from L -D2-D1. Low, Second, Top to avoid any confusion. I must confess when I first got my Bird I was placing it in D2 as well & wondering why it wasn't taking off sprightly. After going through my owners manual I found out different.

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cool to know this ... in a months time or so.. i`ll be able to drive it legally on d roads so i can experiment with the gears too... as what regards the bulb i managed to find osmething similar at the service station.. but i can try it tomorrow mornning.. coz here its about 2am .. will keep u informed bout that fellaz
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