2019 Ford Fusion Owners Manual - Starting and Stopping the Engine

Starting and Stopping the Engine

WARNING: Extended idling at high engine speeds can produce very high temperatures in the engine and exhaust system, creating the risk of fire or other damage.

WARNING: Do not park, idle or drive your vehicle on dry grass or other dry ground cover. The emission system heats up the engine compartment and exhaust system, creating the risk of fire. WARNING: Do not start the engine in a closed garage or in other enclosed areas. Exhaust fumes can be toxic.

Always open the garage door before you start the engine.

WARNING: Exhaust leaks may result in entry of harmful and potentially lethal fumes into the passenger compartment. If you smell exhaust fumes inside your vehicle, have your vehicle inspected immediately. Do not drive if you smell exhaust fumes.

If you disconnect the battery, your vehicle may exhibit some unusual driving characteristics for approximately 5 mi

(8 km) after you reconnect it. This is because the engine management system must realign itself with the engine. You can disregard any unusual driving characteristics during this period.

The powertrain control system meets all Canadian interference-causing equipment standard requirements regulating the impulse electrical field or radio noise.

When you start the engine, avoid pressing the accelerator pedal before and during operation. Only use the accelerator pedal when you have difficulty starting the engine.

Note: The system may not function if the intelligent access key is close to metal objects or electronic devices, for example keys or a cell phone.

Note: A valid intelligent access key must be located inside your vehicle to switch the ignition on and start your vehicle.

The keyless starting system has three modes:

Off: Turns the ignition off.

• Without applying the brake pedal, press and release the button once when the ignition is in the on mode, or when your vehicle is running but is not moving.

On: All electrical circuits are operational and the warning lamps and indicators illuminate.

• Without applying the brake pedal, press and release the button once.


Start: Starts your vehicle. The engine may not start when your vehicle starts.

• Press the brake pedal, and then press the button for any length of time. An indicator light on the button illuminates when the ignition is on and when your vehicle starts.

When you start the engine, the idle speed increases. This helps to warm up the engine. If the engine idle speed does not slow down automatically, have your vehicle checked by an authorized dealer.

Note: You can crank the engine for a total of 60 seconds without the engine starting before the starting system temporarily disables. The 60 seconds does not have to be all at once. For example, if you crank the engine three times for 20 seconds each time, without the engine starting, you reached the 60-second time limit. A message appears in the information display alerting you that you exceeded the cranking time. You cannot attempt to start the engine for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you are limited to a 15-second engine cranking time. You need to wait 60 minutes before you can crank the engine for 60 seconds again.

Before starting your vehicle, check the following:

• Make sure all occupants have fastened their seatbelts.

• Make sure the headlamps and electrical accessories are off.

• Make sure the parking brake is on.

• Make sure the transmission is in park (P).

Note: Do not touch the accelerator pedal.

Note: You must have your intelligent access key in your vehicle to shift the transmission out of park (P).

    Fully depress the brake pedal.
    Press the push button ignition switch.

The system does not function if:

• The key frequencies are jammed.

• The key battery has no charge.

If you are unable to start your vehicle, do the following:

    Remove the key blade from the transmitter.


    Remove the rubber covering (A) from the cup holder. With the buttons facing upward and the unlock button facing the front of your vehicle, place the first intelligent access key into the backup slot (B).
    Press the push button ignition switch.

If you cannot start the engine after three attempts, wait 10 seconds and follow this procedure:

    Apply the parking brake.
    Fully depress the brake pedal.
    Shift into park (P).
    Fully press the accelerator pedal.


5. Briefly press the push button ignition switch.

The fast restart feature allows you to restart your vehicle within 20 seconds of switching it off, even if it does not detect a valid passive key.

Within 20 seconds of switching the engine off, press the brake pedal and press the push button ignition switch. After 20 seconds, you can no longer start your vehicle if it does not detect a valid passive key.

Once your vehicle starts, it remains running until you press the push button ignition switch, even if your vehicle does not detect a valid passive key. If you open and close a door while your vehicle is running, the system searches for a valid passive key.

After 20 seconds, you can no longer start your vehicle if it does not detect a valid passive key.

This feature automatically shuts down your vehicle if it has been idling for an extended period. The ignition also turns off to save battery power. Before your vehicle shuts down, a message appears in the information display showing a timer counting down. If you do not intervene within 30 seconds, your vehicle shuts down. Another message appears in the information display to inform you that your vehicle has shut down to save fuel. Start your vehicle as normal.

Note: You cannot permanently switch off the automatic shutdown. When you switch it off temporarily, it turns on at the next ignition cycle.

You can stop the shutdown, or reset the timer, at any point before the 30-second countdown has expired by doing any of the following:

• Interacting with your vehicle, for example pressing the brake or accelerator pedal.

• You can temporarily switch off the shutdown any time the ignition is on using the information display. See Information Displays (page 97).

• During the countdown before shutdown, you are prompted to press OK or RESET (depending on your type of information display) to temporarily switch the feature off (for the current ignition cycle only).

Note: The ignition, all electrical circuits and all warning lamps and indicators will be turned off.

Note: If your vehicle is left running for 30 minutes without any interaction, it automatically shuts down.

    Apply the parking brake.
    Shift into park (P).
    Briefly press the push button ignition switch.


WARNING: Switching off the engine when the vehicle is still moving will result in a loss of brake and steering assistance. The steering will not lock, but higher effort will be required. When the ignition is switched off, some electrical circuits, including air bags, warning lamps and indicators may also be off. If the ignition was turned off accidentally, you can shift into neutral (N) and re-start the engine.

    Shift into neutral and use the brakes to bring your vehicle to a safe stop.
    When your vehicle has stopped, shift into park (P).
    Apply the parking brake.
    Press and hold the push button ignition switch, or press it three times within two seconds.

WARNING: If you smell exhaust fumes inside your vehicle, have your vehicle checked by your authorized dealer immediately. Do not drive your vehicle if you smell exhaust fumes.

Carbon monoxide is present in exhaust fumes. Take precautions to avoid its dangerous effects.

Important Ventilating Information

If you stop your vehicle and then leave the engine idling for long periods, we recommend that you do one of the following:

    Open the windows at least 1 in (3 cm).
    Set your climate control to outside air.


WARNING: Failure to follow engine block heater instructions could result in property damage or serious personal injury.

WARNING: Do not use your heater with ungrounded electrical systems or two-pronged adapters. There is a risk of electrical shock.

Note: The heater is most effective when outdoor temperatures are below 0°F


The heater acts as a starting aid by warming the engine coolant. This allows the climate control system to respond quickly. The equipment includes a heater element (installed in the engine block) and a wire harness. You can connect the system to a grounded 120-volt AC electrical source.

We recommend that you do the following for a safe and correct operation:

    Use a 16-gauge outdoor extension cord that is product certified by Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This extension cord must be suitable for use outdoors, in cold temperatures, and be clearly marked Suitable for Use with Outdoor Appliances. Do not use an indoor extension cord outdoors. This could result in an electric shock or become a fire hazard.
    Use as short an extension cord as possible.
    Do not use multiple extension cords.


• Make sure that when in operation, the extension cord plug and heater cord plug connections are free and clear of water. This could cause an electric shock or fire.

• Make sure your vehicle is parked in a clean area, clear of combustibles.

• Make sure the heater, heater cord and extension cord are firmly connected.

• Check for heat anywhere in the electrical hookup once the system has been operating for approximately 30 minutes.

• Make sure the heater system is checked for proper operation before winter.

The engine block heater plug is located in a housing in the left fog lamp bezel. Open the hinged, circular door and make sure the receptacle terminals are clean and dry prior to use. Clean them with a dry cloth if necessary.

The heater uses 0.4 to 1.0 kilowatt-hours of energy per hour of use. The system does not have a thermostat. It will achieve maximum temperature after approximately three hours of operation. If you use the heater longer than three hours, this will not improve system performance and will use unnecessary electricity.


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