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Jul 14, 2011 (5:10 pm)
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar, the driver-side power window stops working. If I loosen up the screws holding the window motor/regulator, so that I can move it slightly, it will work. But the next day it will probably stop working again. I have measured the volts at the motor connector while pressing the down switch, it shows about 11.5 volts for a second or two, but the motor does not turn. I have tried 2 different remanufactured motor/regulators from NAPA Auto Parts. Same thing happens with them. Could there be something wrong with the mechanics of the window assembly?
#231 of 355 Electircal problems?
Jul 18, 2011 (10:35 am)
We have a 2001 Ford Windstar SEL...we have several issues that we would like feed back on:
1.) brake light and ABS light come on periodically.
2.) Driver and passenger windows work periodically.
3.) Rear windows do not work at all.
4.) Radio works intermittently, and now down to only 1 speaker working on drivers side.
5.) A/C powers down when going up hill or increasing speed.
6.) Power locks on both back doors no longer work. We have to manually unlock and lock.
7.) All of the buttons on the radio dash..only the right side of each double button works...the left side of a button will not work...weird!
Are any of these issues things that we can fix ourselves? We are not looking to put a large amount of money into labor.
Thank you for any input that you all have.
#232 of 355 Ford Windstar electrical issues
Jul 24, 2011 (8:49 am)
1999 Ford Windstar drove home and parked vehicle went into house came out and my wife could not start the van. Checked the battery connections there was corrosion we cleaned the battery cables and posts with bake in soda and water and used vaseline to lube the posts.
No luck lights were on inside but the odometer and driver side window stopped working. PLEASE HELP with any advice you can give. Starter was replaced in 2009 battery was replaced in 2007.
#233 of 355 Re: Ford Windstar electrical issues [rzellers]
Jul 26, 2011 (10:35 am)
sounds like your PATS maybe messed up, look and see when you turn the key if the anti theft light is blinking rapidly in the on position. Should blink once and if there is a problem count any extra blinks after
#234 of 355 Re: Electircal problems? [dthib]
Aug 03, 2011 (9:06 am)
If I did not know better, I would have thought you posted for me.
I have exactly all the problems you described. What a piece of junk 2001 Ford Windstar is?
I have spent soooo much money on this van, and it is still coming up with newer problems. I have fixed the windows, door locks, windsheld wiper motor, on and on.
Now the latest issue at 95,000 miles is the transmission is shifting badly. First it strted off having issues between 3rd and overdrive. Now it is slipping and having issues in most all gears. Where will this stop?
Anyone having transmission slipping problems and if so, what did you end up doing to fix it?
#235 of 355 Re: Electircal problems? [ghetia]
Aug 03, 2011 (9:43 am)
The transmission on these cars are notorious for failure. I don't know why you are so surprised. I have read about some failing at 30,000 miles when they were relatively new. And the majority of the time the electrical problems are the Alternators or batteries. Seldom it may also be attributed to a bad battery wiring harness (which I happened to replace)
With this car you are going to get constant problems with the Upper Intake Manifold seals isolator bolts etc. (Clean the EGR ports while your at it)
You will get problems with the door lock actuator and rear windows..
And don't forget the abs module.
Just something you learn to live with and perform your own repairs.
My 2001 Windstar has 217,000 miles. I don't complain because i get all my money out of a van.
When people start screwing around with ECM/PCM's is when they create problems for themselves.
The antitheft light will blink and the car won't start if the Alternator is bad!
1999-2000 vans without the the jewel keys may have problems with PATS but its rare.
Check out www.fordwindstarrecall.info
#236 of 355 Re: hazzards, left turn signal stays on [eddiefalero]
Aug 09, 2011 (5:56 am)
it has been excatly 8 months again. the problems started last week. 1st left brake light...replaced. 3 days later, right brake light. Accidently left the headlights on while testing. Van would not start 3 hours later. Assuming not enough cranking amps but still have 12.1 volts on battery. Gave it an all night slow charge on 12volt 2amps. the next morning the van turns on fine, drives fine, no warning lights on. Later on that they after driving all day with no problems,It starts to rain heavy and accidently drive to a small puddle. an hour later, all goes haywire. electroni odometer reads ---------. ABS light on, Brake light on, AC doesn't work. what is going on... going to start checking wiring harnesess. the van still drives ok.
#237 of 355 Re: hazzards, left turn signal stays on [eddiefalero1]
Aug 09, 2011 (6:25 am)
First off the battery has to be the right size and right CCA. Second off what it sounds like is you have a bad alternator or/and a bad battery. The bad alternator may be screwing around with your bulbs. When the alternator goes bad on this windstars the electricals will get funky. All the gauges will go around lights will blink, the ac won't work, the headlights might not work, among other other things. (It will buck and feel as if it is going to stall)
We replaced the alternator on our current van about 2 years ago and it more recently went bad again. (The one we purchased before was from Ford)
Best bet is to get a new alternator (probably rebuilt from autozone etc.) And a new battery. Junkyard alternators are probably failing too.
#238 of 355 Re: hazzards, left turn signal stays on [oyokidude1]
Aug 09, 2011 (10:15 am)
i have checked the alternator and battery. i have a battery acid tester and checked each cell. they all seem to be fine, just a little (about 1/4 cup) low in 2 cells. added a little distilled water. recharged the battery yesturday. the van idles fine and starts up quickly but have not driven it. it seem to be the REM. going to look for prices around since almost everyone in these forums seems to point at the REM. already replaced alternator 3 times and battery twice in the 3 years i have owned this van.
#239 of 355 Re: hazzards, left turn signal stays on [eddiefalero1]
Aug 10, 2011 (12:25 pm)
still having the problems. here's what I have noticed... Speedometer does not work. odometer reads ----------. RPM guage, fuel guage, temp guage work fine. AC does not work. ABS and BRAKE lights on and overdrive light flashes. while checking the master cylinder, i noticed that the speed control switch attached to the bottom of it. it was leaking into the wiring harness. Had to clean it since autozone do not have that part in their system. while i had the breather hose disconeted I remembered the someone in the forum notice a cluster of wires being pinched by a braket. I moved the cluster of wires from behind the battery away from the braket. (have not opend it to see if that was the problem). found a fuse that was blown (#8) under the instrument panel by the driver side door. replaced the fuse and the odometer reads 99887. somehow it added another 20,000 miles to my van. then the fuse blows. replaced again and it blows again. it takes about a minute to blow, but, the odometer, and overdrive and speedometer work in that min. I guess its time to start checking that circuit.