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#301 of 355 2001 ford windstar relay chatter
Aug 11, 2012 (4:01 pm)
Recently my wife was driving "ole reliable" when it shut off, she waited 10 started it and drove about 5 miles and it quite again. just stopped no fan, no radio, nothing (but no noise at all). when it was towed home, I popped the hood and started charging the battery (which was dead). has soon as I started I heard a noise from in the car....... #1 relay interior chattering, so I pulled it, then #2 chattered, pulled it #3 chattered.... all the way through #4 then it stopped. allowed charger to charge the battery(after I diconnected it) and reinstalled the relays. after battery was charged hooked it up, same damn thing. I did recently have the ground repaired between the fuel pump and pcm, but other then that flawless. any ideas?
#302 of 355 Ford Windstar – Bizarre Electrical System Issues
Sep 08, 2012 (6:31 am)
I purchased an 03 Windstar Limited as a second vehicle about four years ago. Every now and then the interior lights would start flashing on and off – by themselves! Very strange. Once the vehicle was shut off and restarted the lights stopped flashing. I did notice that the flashing interior light syndrome always seemed to occur when it was raining or very damp. Temperature did not seem to be a factor. Since the occasional flashing on and off of the interior was lights seemed a relatively minor issue, we chalked it up to the ghost of old Henry Ford just having a little fun with us.
It did occur to me, however, that the cause of the problem had to be a door switch or sensor that was being affected by moisture and/or and an accumulation of dirt. This could produce a signal that the vehicle’s onboard computer might interpret as an open door. The most likely candidates were the multiple contacts on the power sliding side doors. These contacts, there are 7 on a Windstar Limited, are open to the elements and can easily become damp and/or dirty. So, the next several times that the interior lights began to flash on and off, I simple cleaned the sliding door contacts. A little isopropyl alcohol on a clean cloth and the careful cleaning of each of the contacts usually kept old Henry’s ghost at bay for a month or two.
Recently, however, this minor annoyance turned into a major electrical issue. Out of the blue the battery kept discharging. When this first happened, I noticed that the interior lights had remained on. After charging the battery, at which point the engine started without hesitation, I shut the engine off, exited the vehicle, and locked the doors. The interior lights, however, did not shut off. Even when I turned the interior lights off using the timer wheel on the dash, the interior lights stayed on until I used the remote to lock the doors. I discovered later, when again the battery had almost completely discharged, that although the dome lights were off, the foot lights had remained on.
The alternator had recently been replaced but once the engine was started the battery recharged. So, the charging system itself was not an issue. Being that the battery is original (yes, it’s 10 years old) I did suspect that it may be on its last legs. I removed the battery, cleaned the posts and terminals, recharged it and performed a load test. The battery tested good. I also again thoroughly cleaned all of the sliding door electrical contacts. The battery is no longer discharging and the interior lights function exactly as they should.
The Bottom Line
I suspect that most of the problems associated with the Windstar’s electrical systems may indeed be the result of misinformation being provided to the vehicles on-board monitoring systems by poor sliding side door electrical contacts. So here’s what I suggest for those folks who are experiencing the flashing interior light syndrome and/or a battery that keeps discharging:
1 - Remove the battery from the vehicle
2 - Leave the battery out of the vehicle for at least 2 hours. This should clear any false codes or light settings that may have been prompted by poor sliding door connections.
3 - Thoroughly clean the battery posts and battery cable terminals
4 - Charge the battery (If possible have it load tested as well)
5 - Clean all of the sliding door electrical contacts (both the spring loaded contacts in the doors and the stationary contacts on the door pillars).
6 - Reinstall the battery
7 - Start the engine and check voltage across the battery posts (should be at least 13.2 volts or higher)
8 - You will need to reset the information display (language, units of measure, fuel mileage, outside temp, etc.) as your original settings will have lost when the battery was removed.
No guarantee folks but this worked on my Windstar. Good luck.
#303 of 355 Re: electrical problem, ford windstar 2003 [toydude111]
Sep 15, 2012 (7:23 pm)
I just had the same problem this week: 3 power door locks were inop, (drivers door power lock worked), gas gauge went wacky, interior lights would not shut off with out using cluster dimmer, all rear lights, rear ac fan controls all stopped working. I checked all fuses and grounds, all were ok.
I installed a 2000 windstar Rem YF2T-13b524-AA I did NOT have to get this reprogrammed either as many people had said i would have to.
This was a $30.00 part at a local U-Pull it Bone yard
Original Rem was a 2F2T-13b524-AA . Im Very disappointed of this typed of failure as i only have 106000 Miles on it and could have caused a major accident as there was no indication my brake lights or signals were not working.
I think the key to interchanging rems may be make sure the donor has all the same features as yours or those features may not work.
#304 of 355 Battery drains after 4 hours of sitting?
Sep 16, 2012 (11:39 am)
I have a 2001 Windstar. Every Morning we have to boost it. we can turn it off right away and it will start again. We replaced the battery 3 times and it killed them too in 4 days. as long as we start it every 4 hours it starts no problem, We've turn off all electrical, not using the automatic doors, radio or interior lights. Still dead after 4 hours. We recently replaced the wiper motor and coil pack and this problem started after we did so. No check engine light comes on, no warning at all and once running there are no problems at all even says that the charging system is running fine. Removed the automatic start that was installed that our Mechanic said might be the problem didn't help.
Have any idea that might help find the problem
#305 of 355 Ford Windstar Electrical Problems
Sep 16, 2012 (9:12 pm)
I solved almost all my problem but most importantly the charginging problem by replacing the battery as well as the altenator. But be sure to replace with non Ford parts. I used Puralator for the alt. I have had this done for almost a year now & I have had no more electrical problems. I still have a lot of sensor problems but as long as the systems they monitor are working, I am not concerned as it is too expensive to search out & replace these sensors. (ABS for example)
#306 of 355 Ford Windstar Problem
Sep 20, 2012 (2:16 pm)
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar and ever time l plug my trailer, or camper to it.Then turn on the running light, then put a blinker on. Then all the lights on what my car is pluged into, blinks. I hooked up another truck to it. And didnt do anything.
Cant find what. Any answer thanks jon
#307 of 355 Re Electrical Issues with Windstars
Sep 24, 2012 (7:36 pm)
He everyone, I have a 2001 SEL and have been having alot of the same problems that alot of otheres have. I took mine into the local Ford store and found that most of these electrical problems have started because the Powertrain Control Module seal had broken allowing moisture to get into it causes alot of warning lights and run rough etc.....
We had Ford reseal it and all has been well now for a few weeks. Something to perhaps check into yourselves.
Like alot of you I cannot afford to go buy another vehicle and my wife and I both love the practicality of the Windstar.
Hope this helps someone else out.
#308 of 355 Re: Re Electrical Issues with Windstars [jonnypagan]
Sep 27, 2012 (3:28 am)
How much did they charge for labor?
#309 of 355 Re: Ford Windstar – Bizarre Electrical System Issues [bdonca]
Sep 28, 2012 (5:27 pm)
SOME 1999-2003 WINDSTAR VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT AN INOPERATIVE/FLICKERING DOME LAMP, LAMP STAYING ON ALL THE TIME, COMING ON BY ITSELF. THIS MAY BE CAUSED BY WIRES BEING CHAFED AT THE TOP OF THE RIGHT C-PILLAR. REMOVE THE HEAD LINER AND INSPECT THE WIRING HARNESS NEAR THE TOP OF THE RIGHT-HAND C-PILLAR. THE BROWN AND PINK WIRE CIRCUIT 1360 CONTROLS THE UPPER INTERIOR LAMPS. REPAIR ANY CHAFED WIRES AS NECESSARY AND APPLY TAPE TO PROTECT THE HARNESS.
#310 of 355 Power Door Locks Not Locking
Sep 27, 2012 (5:25 am)