Radio Frequencies and Reception Factors
Note:   Listening to loud audio for long periods of time could damage your hearing.

Radio reception factors  
Distance and Strength   The further you travel away from an FM station, the weaker the signal and the weaker the reception.  
Terrain   Hills, mountains, tall buildings, bridges, tunnels, freeway overpasses, parking garages, dense tree foliage and thunderstorms can interfere with the reception.  
Station overload   When you pass near a radio transmission tower, a stronger signal can override a weaker signal and can cause interference in the audio system.  

CD and CD Player Information
Note:   CD units play commercially pressed 12 cm (4.7 in) audio compact discs only. Due to technical incompatibility, certain recordable and re-recordable compact discs may not function correctly when used in Ford CD players.
Note:   Do not insert CDs with homemade paper (adhesive) labels into the CD player as the label may peel and cause the CD to become jammed.You should use a permanent felt tip marker rather than adhesive labels on your homemade CDs.Ballpoint pens may damage CDs.Ask an authorized dealer for more information.
Note:   Do not use any irregularly shaped discs or discs with a scratch protection film attached.
 Always handle discs by their edges only. Clean the disc with an approved CD cleaner only.Wipe it from the center of the disc toward the edge. Do not clean in a circular motion.
Do not expose discs to direct sunlight or heat sources for extended periods.
MP3 and WMA Track and Folder Structure
Audio systems capable of recognizing and playing MP3 and WMA individual tracks and folder structures work as follows:
  • There are two different modes for MP3 and WMA disc playback: MP3 and WMA track mode (system default) and MP3 and WMA folder mode.
  • MP3 and WMA track mode ignores any folder structure on the MP3 and WMA disc. The player numbers each MP3 and WMA track on the disc (noted by the MP3 or WMA file extension) from T001 to a maximum of T255. The maximum number of playable MP3 and WMA files may be less depending on the structure of the CD and exact model of radio present.
  • MP3 and WMA folder mode represents a folder structure consisting of one level of folders. The CD player numbers all MP3 and WMA tracks on the disc (noted by the MP3 or WMA file extension) and all folders containing MP3 and WMA files, from F001 (folder) T001 (track) to F253 T255.
  • Creating discs with only one level of folders helps with navigation through the disc files.
If you are burning your own MP3 and WMA discs, it is important to understand how the system reads the structures you create. While various files may be present, (files with extensions other than MP3 and WMA), only files with the MP3 and WMA extension are played; other files are ignored by the system. This enables you to use the same MP3 and WMA disc for a variety of tasks on your work computer, home computer and your in-vehicle system.
In track mode, the system displays and plays the structure as if it were only one level deep (all MP3 and WMA files play, regardless of being in a specific folder). In folder mode, the system only plays the MP3 and WMA files in the current folder.