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Ford Windstar, Ford Windstar Cargo, Van
Jan 29, 2012 (4:45 pm)
i have a 2003 windstar once i start driving i hear 5 dings 5 times no lights come on and is a different ding from the turn signal on or the keys or the door. please help
#284 of 334 Re: ford winstar electrical problems [eddiefalero1]
Feb 08, 2012 (2:01 pm)
there is a module mounted to the bottom of your master cylinder that is get soak with brake flood or water. they sale an adapter to go on here to keep this from happening. this will take care of your problem
#285 of 334 Re: 2000 Ford Windstar Electrical Probs [cdog707]
Feb 08, 2012 (2:10 pm)
There is a module plugged into the bottom of your master cyl. the dealership will sell you a extension cable to use that will fix these problems. the module on there now is getting wet and shorting out
#286 of 334 Re: 2002 Windstar Electrical issues [notamechanic7]
Feb 26, 2012 (11:50 am)
From the sounds of it is the Rem. This is the same problem we are having in the 2003 model and the casings on everything are good. On the downside, it seems that the drain has also destroyed our battery.
#287 of 334 Re: Need Help With Electronic Problem [davidi46]
Feb 26, 2012 (12:28 pm)
Ok so here is the deal with the 2003 ford windstars. First, you need to go to the ford website and look up recalls. Enter your vin in. Apparently for the 2003 ford windstar there is a recall for the scds and the abs module. Both of which could be causing the drain on the battery. The other night when my van was completely drained, there was smoke emitting from the engine even though I know for a fact the engine is fine because we jumped it and it started right up. However, it seems that this problem has also destroyed my battery causing it to leak. Beware of this issue, take your van in for the recall before doing anything else to it.
#288 of 334 CHECK TRACTION CONTROL message/COMPLETE ELECTRICAL FAILURE 2000 WindstarSEL
Mar 05, 2012 (10:47 am)
While driving to work the other day, I noticed (almost immediately) that there was a CHECK TRACTION CONTROL message on my 2000 Windstar SEL. I have NEVER seen this in my almost 12 years of driving this vehicle. I pressed the Traction button on and off. Then, the message screen and odometer went blank. Along the 16 mile trip to work (going about 60 mph) warning lights appeard on the dash ( I think ABS, check engine, etc). About 15 miles into the trip, the radio went dead. I realized the turn signals were dead. Then the van sputtered....I thought it died completely but I was able to idle in the berm (accelerator did nothing). I idled 1 mile into work. I parked it and tried to start 30 seconds later. It DID turn over (but not strong)....would not start.
I called Ford and was going to have it towed. About 3 hours later, right before called for a tow, I decided to start the van.....I started like nothing happened!!!!
Worked fine the entire weekend and so far this week.
The ONLY thing I notice that isn't right.....the Windshield Wipers are not moving as fast as they used to in HIGH speed....also, the Fan (for heater and A/C) is not blowing as fast as it used to (you drive a vehicle for 12 years....you know the sounds and what is and is not normal).
The day it died, we had a snowstorm and I was driving in snow and slush. I also got snow on my keys.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any suggestions before I take to Ford? Will Ford be able to look back at "history" and see if there were error codes?
Mar 05, 2012 (3:13 pm)
sounds like the slush made its way into the compartment where your BAC is at by rear passenger behind the taillights and it shorted out the brain. this will cause your alternator to go bas and also kill cells in your battery. happens to me every heavy rainfall. replace the module twice then seald that bad boy up... no more problems.
Mar 05, 2012 (8:10 pm)
What are REM & BAC? And where are they?
#291 of 334 Re: CHECK TRACTION CONTROL message/COMPLETE ELECTRICAL FAILURE 2000 WindstarSEL [snoopymatt]
Mar 26, 2012 (1:14 pm)
This sounds very familiar because a similiar situation happened to me in the rain.
The dash lights flashed on and off twice, then an ABS and Airbag light illuminated before all the dash lights and headlights went out. The van sputtered as if it were dying and as I pulled off the road it died. I got a jumpstart and it died 150 feet later. I got another jumpstart and drove it home (5 miles). After returning home I shut it off and restarted it with no problem or jumper cables. I used an expensive handheld professional code reader/diagnostic tool to try and find the problem or codes, and while using the tool got an extreme low battery indication. It died and required a jumpstart. I checked the battery voltage while it was running and it was low (9V). I disconnected the battery cables and it died; an indicator of a bad alternator.
Now for the fix. I replaced the alternator and have had no other problems.
#292 of 334 Re: stalling when idling in gear [smercer]
Apr 01, 2012 (5:34 pm)
I just had this very same problem in my 2000 winstar. The backup lights are now working again, and the bucking is gone by replacing the ignition wires. However, after fixing that issue they shop had to take out the relay switch because the interior lights were drawing on the battery. Still haven't quite figured out the entire problem.