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#255 of 355 Need Help With Electronic Problem
Sep 09, 2011 (6:18 pm)
Recently, while driving my 2003 Ford Windstar on the road with the AC on, the cold air suddenly began blowing out of the defrost vents and 15 seconds later it began blowing out of the lower air vents (near the accelerator pedal). The cold air does this weird cycle every 5-10 minutes. The air also changes speeds (high and low) while this is happening. At the same time all the gauge needles are bouncing back and forth and all the lights (check engine, abs, brake light) turn on. My right front door window stopped working also. I hope someone can help me trouble shoot this problem. Thank you.
#256 of 355 Re: Need Help With Electronic Problem [davidi46]
Sep 10, 2011 (10:31 am)
Alternator and or Battery. Gauges bouncing back and forth are a tell tale sign.
#257 of 355 Re: Need Help With Electronic Problem [oyokidude1]
Sep 11, 2011 (9:15 pm)
Thank you. I replaced the battery six months ago and the alternator two months ago. The alternator was refurbished though.
#258 of 355 Can someone plz help me
Oct 07, 2011 (5:41 am)
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar SE, I just recently started having problems with it. My front windows stopped working so I replaced the driver side one with a new window motor, it worked for about 5 months then stopped working again, when u push the window button it makes a clicking noise under the dashboard, now my air doesn't work, after that my radio went out and now my rear windows don't work.the engine light stays on, I took it to Advance Auto and they checked it and said it needed oxygen sensors so I replaced all 4 of them with new parts and it still stays on, every once in a while my brake light comes on, I cant afford to buy another car, can someone plz help me.
#259 of 355 ford windstar electrical problems
Oct 07, 2011 (6:39 am)
I've seen many posts on here about elictrical problems I've heard from people I talk to that some or all of these problems can be caused by the front or rear body control module if your batttery is drained and have to get it jumped by other vehicle or give someone else a jump start that the body control module can go bad there are two of them a front and a rear and a friend that does body work said one time that the headlight dimmerr switch caused it to shoot fuses for interior lights I have not tried either of these solutions this is only suggestions to fix or a possible lead to fix problems
#260 of 355 Re: Can someone plz help me [jennet]
Oct 07, 2011 (11:27 am)
First off. The window problem, just happens..
Regardless, the clicking you hear is not under the dashboard its behind the radio. Basically it is an actuator with a bunch of gears that adjusts a trap door that controls the amount of heat/ac coming out through your vents. The "AC BLEND DOOR ACTUATOR" as it is called is known to fail.
The clicking you are hearing are gears in that actuator not catching...
There are directions on how to fix that on this website..
Scroll down to where it says NO HEAT..
The check Engine light is most likely the MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR which can be found in the air box where the engine air filter is located.
Try cleaning it...
If not research the specific codes that ADVANCE AUTO PARTS is pulling up with their device!
Your brake light coming on is probably due to low fluid, also you should have had the cruise control deactivation switch recall repair completed...
Check to see if you have open recalls
#261 of 355 2002 Windstar Electrical issues
Oct 07, 2011 (6:45 pm)
So, is my problem the scds or the rem? About 1 1/2 years ago we replaced the altenator. About 10 months ago we replaced the starter and then the battery only to find out that the wiring harness wire that goes from the battery to the fuse box had been bent right as it goes into the fuse box and caused a short. I bought the wiring harness and replace it myself about 2 days after spending all that money for a mechanic to replace the starter and the battery. Drove fine, other than than having to replace the power steering pump and pully and charge the a/c.
Now, last week, I went to put some rack & pinion conditioner in the power steering and realized I was out. I closed the hood and finished the yard work, but while I was mowing the back yard, my wife went to the store and I had left the cap off the power steering fluid. What a mess, but now I had room to put a bottle of conditioner in it.
That helped for a couple of days till my wife called and said that the van died. The lights flickered and the a/c stopped working and it completely died when she stopped at the bank. She waited a few minutes and it started so she drove it back to our church. This was on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, after Church, I got in it, started it, high rpms idling, left the parking lot, kept a/c and radio off, headlight on, gauge lights started to dim, still running high rpms. about a mile down the road the gauge lights were really dim and then the headlights and taillights went out. I made the right turn, then the left onto my street. Drove about 1/8 more mile and the engine finaly quit and I coasted into my driveway. The gauge lights were very dim, but would not go off even when the key was out and I opened the door. No locks or lights worked so I had to manually lock the doors.
Any ideas? 106,000 miles, but we have babied this thing.
#262 of 355 Re: 2002 Windstar Electrical issues [notamechanic7]
Oct 12, 2011 (5:15 am)
We are having the exact same problem with our 2002 Windstar SE. Our van only has 65,000 miles. I picked her van up 30 minutes after it broke down and was able to start it and drive home. Took it home and it sat in the garage for 3 months. Went to start it, everything was dead. I disconnected the battery completely from the car and charged the battery. Van has been driving good for the last 2 weeks, however passenger window still will not roll down and engine light did come on a couple of days ago. Still hear the clicking noise in the drivers side window when pushing the buttons. I don't want to put this in the shop until I can really clarify what the issue is. Please let me know if you find anything out.
#263 of 355 Re: 2002 Windstar Electrical issues [herschel13]
Oct 12, 2011 (8:18 am)
Well, I just got mine back from the shop yesterday. It was the alternator, or so they say. They checked the battery and it was still good. I told them to make sure they did not bend the wiring harness connector at the fuse box. I got the previous alternator at Oreilly's with the lifetime warranty so I only payed for labor. I had them check all electrical connections on the wiring harness because I did that myself about 10 months ago. This van seems to be very sensitive with the electronics. Make sure your alternator is in tip-top shape or it will kill your battery again and cause other electrical issues. I am still going to replace the REM and the sensor that others have talked about.
#264 of 355 Re: 2002 Windstar Electrical issues [notamechanic7]
Oct 12, 2011 (1:39 pm)
Our alternator goes out basically 1-1/2 year intervals as well. I replaced the harness that goes to the (battery/starter/alternator/fuse box/ground) . I also got a brand new battery and Alternator (not re-manufactured) with a lifetime warranty.
at the same time a little while ago
Our 2001 SEL has 221,000 miles and counting..
Oh and a major fail on your part!!
FORD WINDSTARS TAKE ATF (AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID) in the POWER STEERING.
SO IF YOU HAVE POWER STEERING FLUID running in it, PLAN on purchasing a new RACK AND PINON