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#782 of 804 Radio Issues For 1999 Ford Windstar
Nov 01, 2009 (5:45 am)
My uncle took out my after market radio to fix the heater gear in the back of the dash. when he put my radio back in, it would not turn on. But i have power to it and can put in a CD and press eject on the face plate and the CD comes out. Then After i looked at it, i tried to put my original stock radio in it and it doesn't turn on, but i can put in a CD and eject it. And also the clock shows up on the stock radio when i turn my lights on. Any help with this would be great
#783 of 804 Did You disconnect battery first?
Nov 02, 2009 (9:36 am)
If you didn't disconnect negative battery cable before removal or during installation. it you may have subjected it to intermittent power when you disconnected it or reconnected it, The radio may have accidentally been ON when you reinstalled it.
If the radio makes some noise, but no stations received, it may be the antenna wire is not installed or connector/wire got damaged during process.
If its real dry and you've experienced any static shocks lately, google the web for ESD precautions when working with electronic devices. Your typical consumer electronics for your home is designed to eliminate this problem, but when you are doing your own technician work, things are different.
Look for a replacement radio on the internet.
#784 of 804 Power Steering Moan?
Nov 10, 2009 (8:57 am)
My '95 Windstar with a 3.8L has a power steering pump that moans - mostly when doing low-spped turns or when turning the wheel while not moving. It has plenty of fluid, and works OK, and other Ford products I've had also moaned - should I replace the pump, or just let it moan? Its not real loud, but sometimes is makes itself known when accelerating in a strainght line.
#785 of 804 check engine light
Nov 18, 2009 (9:52 am)
my engine coded, and will be fixed this week but i would like to know why the light would flash and not come on steady like i have seen?
#786 of 804 Re: check engine light [jtremblay]
Nov 18, 2009 (11:26 am)
As I recall, the owners manual says something like the flashing light means there is a significant problem and you should stop driving immediately to avoid damaging the engine.
Dec 20, 2009 (11:46 am)
Has anyone put snow cables/chains on the standard 225/60R16 Windstar tires? I have a trip planned that might need chains but I see that the owners manual specifically says not to put chains on these tires. Indeed the clearance between the tire and the spiral metal suspension component inside the wheelwell is very tight. Presumably you are supposed to fit smaller tires, e.g. 215/60R16, but that's a pain.
#788 of 804 Re: snow cables [mickjordan]
Dec 21, 2009 (7:13 am)
You might want to consider a pair of "winter" tires for the front. I used to live in Pa. and before front wheel drive, chains were very common. With fwd all the weight over the tires improves traction. If fwd+snow tires doesn't make it, chains will probably not make it. Take a metal shovel and a bag of sand. Your biggest problem might be that the Windstar does not have much ground clearance.
One drawback of chains is that the main roads might be clear and then you'll have to take them off.
#789 of 804 Re: snow cables [rwengr]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:42 am)
I live in the SF Bay Area so only need to carry chains for the pass over I80 to Reno. When the CHP imposes chain controls you are not allowed on the road without chains or 4WD. I'm pretty sure I used chains on this vehicle way back in 2001 but they were installed for a fee by one of the professional chain installers. To me it looks impossible given the clearance. What I am assuming is that the chain (cable) probably rubs against the pad at the bottom of the steel coil but doesn't do any damage. Annoying as I just has new tires installed and I could have got 215/60R16. It pays to read the manual, although I am amazed that a US company would outfit a vehicle with tires that cannot take chains.
#790 of 804 many problems with my 2003
Jan 05, 2010 (10:11 am)
I purchased a 2003 Winstar SEL about a year ago. I have done the usual mechanical stuff to the van. Tune up, oil changes, etc. But I have been having some major problems with it. Started about a week after we left the lot. Have taken it to several mechanics and they have not been able to figure it out. The auto slidding doors wont unlock, open when you push the button, or close when you push the button. Does not happen all the time but most of the time. The interior lights flicker on and off at all different times. When I am at a stop light the motor sputters like it is not wanting to stay on. Kind of like it is not getting gas but everything flickers, radio and headlights for example. Can someone help please.
#791 of 804 Re: many problems with my 2003 [aseger02]
Jan 05, 2010 (12:03 pm)
I don't know if this helps but I was working on my 96 Windstar and had to remove and reinstall alternator. The control wire was loose and during test drive I began to notice weird electrical symptoms. Vehicle will try to run off battery if alternator not putting out sufficient current. In my case it quit before I got home. Recharged battery and secured control connector. It was OK.
If you really like it(engine/ride/trans/paint OK) one option is to replace alternator and battery and go from there. Alternator problems can be tricky. On my Windsar, alternator is easy to get to. You will need a special tool to remove serpentine belt.
I've owned 2 Fords. Each had power window or power lock actuators replaced. If a button control assembly is bad you can get one from a salvage yard. I use a body shop. I'm a DIYer but not for doors,locks, and windows.
Always disconnect (-) of battery before working on any electrical system.