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#2427 of 2608 2000 ford Windstar - Fuse problem
May 30, 2006 (9:51 pm)
I have roughly 93,000km on this used vehicle I bought a year ago. The problems were minimum and up to now the most expensive fix were the brakes on all tires.
(This all happened at same time) Ok, I have my ABS light on, my air conditioning does not work, my cruise control does not work, and my odometer and speedometer does not work. Now, I replaced fuse 10 in the fuse panel just left of the brake pedal. Everything works except for Cruise Control .
After while The fuse would blow again, I tried this a few times and there is no pacific time it does go. So, I checked all the wiring, that I could see (I do not know much of anything about vehicles - I know how to change a tire, hehehehehe) nothing seems to be broken or frayed. Also, I looked for leaks, like the master cylinder leaking on wires and melting the sheathing down till they short, but nothing there, everything seems pretty dry in there. (Under the hood and down by my feet).
(Is this True)
Then, I was told it could be a relay in the fuse box in the cab. I was told to replace the blown fuse (10), then start the vehicle and turn my A/C up full blast and to make sure to monitor the relays for how hot they might get. Supposedly a bad relay will get hot before it blows a fuse. I did this and one got a little hot (R2) and the one above it got Hotter(R1). So, if I replace this hot relay will that stop my fuses from blowing?????? Is this all true or hog wash?
I still have now clue how to fix my Cruise Control, but, I am not worried about it, as long as I get my speedometer and odometer fixed.
I am new to this forum, so any help is greatly appreciated.
#2428 of 2608 brakes failed with no warning
May 31, 2006 (9:09 am)
my 02 windstar has been wonderful i have never had any major issues and have had just regular maintence done on it. Now the brakes have failed and the pads and rotors are in normal condition and there is also normal brake fluid. Had it taken to a ford dealer mechanic who after they checked everything told me he took it for a test drive and all is normal. i asked him to keep vehicle and rec check it as i dont want this to be a recurring problem. Any help?????????????
#2429 of 2608 Re: brakes failed with no warning [stama]
Jun 01, 2006 (7:48 am)
I have an 02 Windstar currently in the shop for brake problems (see posting # 2412). It has been at the dealer every week for the last three weeks. My problem is that the rear brakes and/or emergency brake engages when backing up and the brake light on the dash comes on. A couple of times the brakes were grabbing while driving forward. The dealer has been on the Ford hotline multiple times. They have just put on new shoes and resurfaced the drums. I doubt this will help, though. Just be careful driving as I have heard other issues where the brakes fail altogether. You may want to check mycarstats.com
#2430 of 2608 1996 windstar v8, 3.0 liter
Jun 02, 2006 (7:41 am)
okay, i thought i had gotten a good deal when my trusty plymouth voyager bit the dust, now I'm not so sure. I paid $750.00 USD for it and have spent about $600.00 in repairs. The windshield needed replaced, the lock actuator was bad on the drivers door, the rear wiper motor didn't work, there was a brake job, the cylinder switch for the speed control. Some of the things I was able to take care of cheaply (least expensive being the .80¢ repair to the drivers door the fix the switch the previous owners had disconnected, I had to have it because stupid me leaves the lights on and I had been jumped 3 times)
Now the ac isn't blowing cold and I am wondering if I can use a recharge kit from autozone to fix it? I don't know what type of refrigerant it has? Any thoughts?
#2431 of 2608 Re: 2003 Windstar [avw4mud]
Jun 03, 2006 (4:02 am)
I had that problem and it turned out to be a broken piece in the upper intake ( the black piece that you see as soon as you open the hood)you could replace it yourself for about $200 to 300. you have to get it from the dealer.
#2432 of 2608 Re: 1996 windstar v8, 3.0 liter [acelady]
Jun 03, 2006 (6:03 am)
I paid $600 for my 1995 Windstar. Then I turned around and spent $2100 to rebuild the trans with custom (non Ford) parts. Have a 3 year warranty on it so it's not all bad. Rear wiper doesn't work. Previous owner said it quit working after it went through a car wash. You can hear the motor working, though. All doors are fine but also had to replace a fuel injector, plug wires, coil pack, and computer. Not too bad yet. Sway bar is busted but it's an easy fix and the junk yard has one for $45. Engine was rebuilt 2 months before I bought it.
As for the AC. I recharged mine and it blows 47 degree air. You can go to Auto Zone to pick up the R134a and a filler hose. I recommend one with a guage. You shouldn't put more than 2 cans in unless it's bone dry. Walmart also has the stuff for cheaper than auto zone.
#2433 of 2608 Re: 2002 Windstar hesitates after battery and alternator replacement [pdbecker]
Jun 03, 2006 (6:06 am)
It does need to relearn but that shouldn't take long. 3 drive cycles should do it. Bring the van up to 60 and then drop it to 40. Do that 3 times and it should be fine. If not then you may have a bad computer.
#2434 of 2608 Re: 200 Windstar wicked shimmy [mrshead]
Jun 03, 2006 (6:13 am)
Mine did the same thing. You can pick up an injector at Auto Zone for $32. Easy to replace.
However, the injector didn't fix the problem. I replaced the computer and it was fixed. 3 weeks later it did the same thing and said misfire #4. I drove it for another week and it stopped. I'm thinking another bad computer but I could be wrong.
#2435 of 2608 Re: 200 windstar=many problems... [nennay31]
Jun 03, 2006 (6:19 am)
Go to a Ford dealer and ask for a "good faith" repair. Or call Ford direct.
#2436 of 2608 Re: brakes failed with no warning [stama]
Jun 03, 2006 (6:26 pm)
I had an acura and a chevy which did that with intermittent brake failure, it was the master cylinder both times.