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#135 of 355 Re: please help! Interior lights wont go off after car is off and locked! [fordsux]
Jun 02, 2009 (5:44 pm)
Well the interior light problem is very common. Your ford dealer lied. Imagine that!One of your door latches isn't working properly. On my 2000 windstar its the passanger sliding doors rear latch. you have to spray a lot of WD40 (or other penetrating spray lube) into each door (including the two hatch door locks, Left & Right sides and 2 latches on each sliding door) lock, then open and close each door just after its sprayed several times. After the sticking latch is loose and the lights go off you need to spray white lithium grease in to each latch to keep it lubed. But dont be fooled it will stick again! I have to redo mine every few months or so depending on weather exposure etc.
#136 of 355 Re: please help! Interior lights wont go off after car is off and locked! [van7188]
Jun 02, 2009 (8:59 pm)
thank you! I will do that... You sound like you figured it out and im very happy! Ford wanted 100 dollars an hr to figure out what it could be. Geez do they know this sire exsists and that we help each other stop investing into ford
#137 of 355 electrical t.v./entertainment system
Jun 05, 2009 (5:28 am)
Just recently purchased used 2002 windstar SES. The rear speakers dont work on the radio or cd mode. The Ford entertainment system t.v. / VCR screen doesnt come on and no sound but the VCR plays the tape. Any idea's. Also the A/C really works good in front but not cold in rear. Fan blows good and heat works.
#138 of 355 Amber ABS and red brake warning lights light occassionally.
Jun 05, 2009 (10:15 pm)
My 2000 Ford Windstar's passenger side wheel hit a curb and damaged the wheel bearing. I had the bearing replace. But now on occassion the amber ABS and red brake warning lights light up simultaneously on my instrument panel. They light randomly, but always simultaneously regardless of driving condition. This problem did NOT exist prior to replacing the wheel bearing.
The brake fluid reservoir is full, and the brakes seem to operate just fine. I cleaned the electrical contacts on the brake fluid level sensor and pressure sensor. I even disconnected the negative battery cable for several minutes to clear the brake computer and that didn't resolve the issue either.
I then removed the front passenger wheel. I inspected the large wheel bearing nut to ensure it was tight. I also inspected the ring to ensure it was free of damage and that it had all its teeth. Finally the sensor wire seemed in good condition.
What could possibly cause this problem? Could I possibly have damaged the front passenger wheel sensor when I hit the curb? Any ideas??? Thanks.
#139 of 355 Re: Amber ABS and red brake warning lights light occassionally. [sieglinde]
Jun 08, 2009 (8:57 pm)
The problem with your car has nothing to do with hitting the curb. On these windstar's there was a problem with the ABS module. They were made defective. Over time they warp and become problematic. There is a whole website dedicated to this (www.fordwindstarrecall.info) Anyways when you buy the replacement part make sure its BRAND NEW not used otherwise it will continue to have problems. And make sure you buy the correct year because they vary. Good Luck
#141 of 355 Windstar Gremlin electrical problem
Jun 08, 2009 (9:29 pm)
I can't figure out a mystery problem with my 2001 Windstar SEL. The car says the passenger door is ajar when it isn't i have played with the door ajar switch and determined it wasn't the cause. However when i yank on the wires (in insulated ribbed rubber type thing in between the door and dash). The car gets mixed signals (ajar not ajar). Also under 65 degrees the car will function normally. I am not sure if this has to do with the expansion and contraction of the wires. Any idea of how much it would cost to repair this gremlin electrical problem? I mean it has to do with like whether or not the door is open and the wires are stretched out. (THIS IS NOT THE SLIDING DOOR this is the passenger front door)
Jun 11, 2009 (6:22 pm)
Electrical, electrical....ELECTRICAL! Shortly after buying this windstar the issues started.First it was the back windows sometimes not opening, or one would and the other not.Then they'd up and switch which one would or would not open.Then my front door locks quit working properly or not at all.And you can forget about the alarm system!What a joke! I replaced all the fuses finally last summer and that still didn't help.The dealership said they can look at it but it will be $75 p/hr with no garuantee on how long it would take just to locate the issue.Now my brakes are locking up and they squeal horribly.Yes, I've done to required maint and had them changed etc and gone back to dealer but they just changed the cylinders on the back wheels??After reading several other owner's with similar issues how can there not be a recall for electricl issues??Has anyone figured out what is goingon with this model?We even had to replace the transmission 1 year after we bought it.Hind sight definately makes this model smell I may be a female but far from stupid so I won't be purchasing a Windstar again.
#143 of 355 Re: Nothin but issues! [allshortedout]
Jun 12, 2009 (9:33 pm)
Okay, i replaced the front door lock actuators on my windstar, that's why they wouldn't open. As far as the alarm do you mean keyless entry (replace the battery)? It could just be that it needs to be reprogrammed. Somehow mine came undone. Look online anyways. I think to reprogram it. You get in your car with the doors CLOSED (if not all the doors are closed it won't work). Anyways you turn the key to the off position and from there you rotate the key to the ON position (the engine is not started just to that notch before you start the car) anyways rotate doing that 8 times (ON - OFF) do not start the engine. After the eighth time your car doors should lock and unlock press the lock button on your keypad and it should be programmed. As for the back windows don't worry all windstars have that problem don't even bother having the motors changed (i have had 2 windstars) with the same problem.
#144 of 355 1995 Windstar - Shorted Out Wiring Harness
Jun 30, 2009 (9:59 am)
Brought this damn thing new... a few years after I had it my passenger electric window quit working, drive side was ok...
Read a few articles as this problem grew...there's a wiring harness (wiring bundle) that was supported by some brackets. Apparently, where the wiring was resting, the bracket was sharp enough to cut through the insulation and shorted it couple of wires that powers the electric window.
Ford knew about it, technical bulletin was issued, but no recall. Can't seem to track this problem down.
Does anyone know, where the short or it's location of this problem?
If this post is similar to another post that I'd missed, please re-direct me...
thanks in advance...any help is appreicated