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Ford Windstar Electrical Problems



  • captblycaptbly Posts: 2
    :cry: ah98. When I read your problem I saw me last night. 12:00AM last night on a road with no street lights. I've never been so scared in my life. had my daughter in the car with me and was just waiting to be slammed in the back from a car behind me. (talk about a law-suit waiting to happen) Couldn't see the side of the road to pull off finally by the headlights of the car coming behind me i was able to pull over. turned off car and restarted it. Lights came back on giving me enough time to pull in to the 711 up the street. Tried to get it back home but did it again and had a police officer escort me to nearest store off the road where it is right now. Would like to see how much this is going to suck me dry and if there is a recall on what ever is the problem. I should sue Ford for scaring 20yrs off my life span. After looking at this web site i would think that ford would take responsablity for some of these problems before they kill someone.
  • You will have to reset the computer. While you are at it change your PCV valve It may fix your check engine light and thats only a few bucks.
  • azharjazharj Posts: 3
    I have 2000 windstar the door switch fuctions at its own will. Sometime functions nice while at times the light in dashboard remains on, front foot light remains off but rear foot lights are on. How to fix it, where the contact switch is located?
  • Can you give any more information about the headlights and blower motor on, with the ignition off. My Hayes manual does not show C-239 wiring harness. I did find a wire attached to the pin #11 on one of the wiring harnesses, on the back of the fuse box. this also corresponds with the fuse #16. Does this wire go to the front module, and the back of the instrument cluster? Did you have to remove the cluster? Do you remember the color code on the wire? Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.
  • I had to buy the ford wiring diagram (ebay 10 bucks) to find the wire. It goes from the back of the instrument panel to the interior fuse box. The instrument panel had to be removed, I cut the wire at both ends and connected a new wire to both ends instead of trying to find out where that wire was shorted.
  • tkelly1740: Thanks so very much for your help! I purchased a complete color wiring diagram from . With the information you provided, I was able to make the repair today, and get the van running again. This internet thing is great.
  • Hello all I am having a heck of a time with this van. The headlights stay on tailligths stays on the windows roll down and the wipers work all with the key off. The starter will not engage and I have no power to the key switch.(when I turn the thing on or off I get nothing) I took the dash apart and unhooked the light switch. The lights were still on. I pulled all the fuses in the interior fuse box out and still lights were on. I had to pull both the relays out in the battery fuse box to shut head lights off. I can take a jumper wire from pos post on battery and with the key on and all the fuses in and everything hooked up and roll the starter by jumping pos to energizer post on solenoid. Unit will not start up. I know I am not getting current to my key switch to turn on the ignition. Does any body have any idea where to look for porblem. I have chased wires now for two days and can find no fault. I even went into fusebox and looked for short. Is this a computer problem or a wire problem? I did unhook ecm by drives inside fuse box with every thing else hooked up and got a clicking inside box like a relay was working. Any advice would be a great help :sick:
  • Take a look at post # 89
  • For some reason the fuse blows that controls the Speedometer, the Brake Safety interlock, and the A/C-Heater, I'm thinking it may be the damper motor cuz when it did work I couldn't get cold air to blow even though I could hear the blower. If I replace it, it may work for a day a week or 5 mins, I don't want to waste money on fuses. Anyone have a similar problem that could enlighten me? Thanks.
  • I have a 2003 Ford Winstar with 65k miles. A few months ago the interior lights will come on and off at will when I am driving. Now the interior lights do not come on when I open the door. Also the door locks do not automatically lock. When I turn the car off the radio does not stay on like it use to. Now when I lock the car a few minutes later the horn starts blaring and the light go on and off as if someone broke into it. This happened when the door locks started working again and the radio stays on after the car isshut off. Any ideas?
  • When our '95 Windstar had the same list of problems (except for the radio) I sprayed some WD40 (or other penetrating spray lube) into each door (including the two hatch door locks, Left & Right sides) lock, then the problem was cured for another year or so. Any of the door switches not correctly setting or being intermittent could cause these symptoms. This may or may not be your solution..but it takes only a minute to do, without having to disassemble anything.
  • I tried spraying the locks of all of the doors including the hatch. I sprayed both locks on the sliding doors. I started the van up and everything works. Thanks for this information. Maybe someone should tell Ford how to solve this problem. What a savings from haveing to take it to Ford and still not get the problem solved as some I have read about. Yes event the radio works the way it should

    Thanks again :)
  • I have a 2003 Windstar and every time I pull into a parking lot my wife always tells me where to park. Very confusing,,, WHY? Any suggestions will be GREAT! LOL
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I would try sitting in the passenger seat and see if the problem with the confusing sounds still occurs. Of course, you will need someone else to drive (your wife, perhaps?) as it would be dangerous for you to try to drive while sitting in the passenger seat.

  • The Ford garage fixed my neighbor's window once, but it's doing it again. I just fixed my Town Car windows with the three little plastic lumps that go into the gear case, so thought I might take a stab at this. Problem is the window does not work from either driver or passenger switch. No noise or anything. Anybody had the same problem? Broken wire somewhere? Thanks-- Charlie
  • I have a 2002 Limited. We only drive the car on weekends now. Has 38k miles on it. We were out last weekend driving home from the store. We were at a stop light, the A/C shut off. We proceeded after the light turned green, then the a/c came back on. A mile down the road, it quit again, this time the information center went out, the car stating running rough, the windows would not go down and who knows what else. We were able to get home and the doors and locks would not open with the buttons. I charged the battery overnight, the next day, all was working normal. Yesterday, a week later, we drove on the freeway to a store and on the way home, the windows stopped working. My wife had rolled hers down, but would not go back up. I put the charger on the battery when we got home. 1 hour later, she went and tried the window, it rolledup just fine. What is going on? Help.
  • It was the Alternator that went bad.
  • I am having a problem with the rear window washer and wiper. The #7 fuse in the relay box under the hood keeps blowing immediately after installing a new one. I took it to a mechanic and he tried disconnecting the wiper and later the washer pump, but the fuse keeps blowing. He said it would take a while to trace all the wiring to find the short.
    Has anyone else had the same or a similar problem related to the wiring in the 2001 Windstar or close model years? I would like to know if there is a good place to start the search.

    Thanks, Dale
  • I have a 2003 Windstar with 48K matter how hard I slam the liftgate - the "ajar" light stays on. Yes - I have tried WD40 with no luck.......My battery has also died three times in the last 2 weeks. I have a 16 month old and a disabled husband....I really could use some help to try and fix it myself. I did purchase an extended warranty with the van but the dealer said they would charge me $80 - $90 just to diagnose the problem. :confuse:
  • drew77drew77 Posts: 1
    I just recently had my power steering fixed, when i got it back the radio wasn't working, before it was working fine. Now there is no sound, and the digital display is blank, nothing. Then later I removed the radio console to replace the heating actuator and when I put the radio back in place the rear control for the radio began working. Now it is just the front radio control console that isn't working. All the fuses have been checked and are fine. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Thanks
  • I am having a starting problem with my 2000 windstar, when i turn the key dash lights up heater comes on but nothing from the starter, i am also having major charging issues, i have replaced the altenator, battery and still never know when it will be chatrged when i try and start it, sometimes it will be almost stone dead 5 minutes after turning it off.
    Please help ready to BURN this piece of junk
  • Hello,I have a 2001 Windstar and recently had problems with the electrical system too. However my problems were different from yours. Mine started with a rear wiper and washer pump that wouldn't work due to a blown fuse in the fuse block under the hood. Then a few days later, the fuse for the rear quarter windows kept blowing if you tried to open them, and my keyless entry pad would not work either. That fuse was connected to my radio so I couldn't live without that. I needed to find out what was causing the problems. My mechanic finally traced the problem to some melted wiring in the harness in the drivers side door. He traced the wire going to the rear windows from the fuse block under the hood and also from the fuse block under the dash on the drivers side. That one is the one for the rear windows and radio in my van. He literally had to tear apart the interior of my van to trace the wiring at a cost of $865.00, and that was with a 10percent discount because I bought the car from this particular lot. They first have to diagnose the problem before they can fix it. He charged $75 per hour do to that. They had the van for the better party of 5 days and he didn't even charge me the full amount of hours he could have. I guess he felt sorry for me. I had bought the car there only a year before. If you have the money to spend, I would have a mechanic begin to look at all the wiring and trace it along the way and see if he can find where the wires are shorting out. Maybe he will get lucky and be able to find it right away so it won't cost you so much money. If you have a mechanic that you use regularly, he may cut you a little slack on the labor. We had to find a new wiring harness for my van at a cost of $118.00 and it was the last new one in the country as far as the internet seach was concerned. But you may find one in a junk yard as I guess Ford doesn't make parts for these cars any longer. Good luck and I hope this has helped you a little. Dale
  • jkg3jkg3 Posts: 3
    I guess I'm not alone after reading these posts. My '99 Windstar will do things like flash all the interior lights a few times as you drive along with all doors closed, the rear AC system will start blowing intermittently without switching it on, and now the lights (headlights and panel) will dim for a few seconds and then brighten again. It's intermittent but will do it the whole time you're driving. Interestingly, now the van won't start when you shut it off after it's warm. It will crank, and almost start, as if out of gas, but no go. At best it will catch, run rough for a few seconds (low RPM's), then die. Wait an hour, and it will start. I was thinking two different problems, but now I'm wondering...any ideas?
  • I have a 99 also- a few ideas for you. A couple months ago mine was trying to start and barely running before dying much like you described and it was the fuel pump fuse # 5 in the engine compartment. Just a shot in the dark- but check that. As for the blinking lights, try taking off the plastic cover on the passenger side front pillar and examine the wires very closely- these cars are known for shorting right there because the wires rub- you should just need to cover with tape.
  • jkg3jkg3 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the tip, I have to find that fuse. The plot of my mystery thickens...

    When I turn the key to the "On" position, prior to starting, I can sometimes hear the fuel pump hum for 2-3 seconds, building pressure, then shut off. When I hear this, the van starts every time. When I turn the key "On" and don't hear the pump - you guessed it - the engine cranks but won't fire.

    Does this help anybody with a diagnosis? Thanks again.
  • ZUULUZUULU Posts: 2
    when I try to start my 2002 windstar all i get is a click click click click... noise and when i turn the key of and pull it out my front headlights flash on and off. stereo will not come on.... and it's hard to turn the key to the off position at times. happened 2 days ago as well but jumped it and started fine.. drove 300km home from parents with wife and kids and no problems at all.. next day tried to start and nothing but click click click click.... charged the battery..... and still click click click..... the only way i was able to stop the front headlights from flshing with key out and doors closed was to disconnect and reconect the battery......... does anyone know what i can look for to solve this issue.... my van is in a parking garage..... i'm going to try and tap the starter motor next.. however i do not know the location of the starter... need lots of help...... please reply
  • I am experiencing the exact same problem. At first I thought it might have been a relay. I replaced the relay but the problem still remains. Therefore I think it is the fuel pump.

    Have you found a solution yet?
  • jkg3jkg3 Posts: 3
    No, sorry, I have not. I also replaced the relay after asking a couple of mechanics for advice. Immediately after replacing it, the van wouldn't start. I waited a bit, turned the key to "On", heard the fuel pump for a few seconds, and the van started. I have to believe that this is more common than just you and I, and somebody out there has to have the answer. I am a shadetree mechanic, but I don't think the intermittent problem is the pum itself.
  • This problem is almost always a bad battery. It most likely has a bad cell or two since it seems to happen in the am.Have your battery tested free at your local auto parts store.
  • I just put a brand new battery in my van. The problem still exists.
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