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#73 of 355 multiple windstar issues
May 07, 2008 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar. We bought it used in 2005. Shortly after we got it the window motor died. We had it replaced and it lasted about one year and now needs to be replaced again. The rear window also does not work on the same side of the van. The interior lights seem to have a mind of their own sometimes flickering on and off. The front heat stopped working this past winter(only blowing out cold air) although we still have rear heat. But I noticed today that the front air seems to be working fine but the rear air is not very cold. It almost seems like it is just blowing from the vent. And the first time I drive the van in the morning (mainly when it's colder outside) it bounces at the first red light I come to until I give it some gas.
#74 of 355 Electrical problems, where to begin
May 28, 2008 (7:11 am)
Hello. I bought a 2002 Windstar SEL last summer, and everything worked except the driver window. Within two months, the heater, rear window and rear right blinker went out. Also, the check engine light is stuck on, and sometimes when idling the RPMs jump from 600 to 1500 and it almost dies on me. I managed to fix the rear right blinker. Then I had the heater checked out, and the mechanic said it could be an actuator (spelling?) or a problem on the heater box itself. He said I should be prepared to pay dearly if they rip everything apart...expensive to replace the box and many hours of labor. Any ideas on how to begin fixing all these problems? Or, has anyone else had these problems and have some advice (like sell the van..haha)? Now I believe the old joke of FORD being an acronym for Fixed Or Repaired Daily.
#75 of 355 Re: Electrical problems, where to begin [fixeddaily]
May 28, 2008 (7:14 am)
Me again. I forgot to mention that you can hear a clicking inside the dashboard, and it may be that the door on the heater box is stuck and allows outside air only. The heat in the rear works, just not up front. Also, the A/C works up front and it blows air, just not hot, so it's not the blower motor.
#76 of 355 Re: Electrical problems, where to begin [fixeddaily]
Jun 01, 2008 (12:19 pm)
I just fixed my heater this morning.It blew hot air only. The clicking noise under the dash is the Heater control box that regulates the temp. It is a little white box attached to the black heater housing with 3 small screws, it has one electical plug. it is located right behind the ash tray.a gear gets inside and i just got one at a salvage yard. really an easy fix. I had the same problem with electrical and it was because when I had new brake put in the Mechanic disconnected the battery and never told me. My check engine light would come on and the interior lights would flash on and off and the idle speed would go from 600 to 1500. You just have to reset.the computer. Look in you manual and it will tell you how to do it. Do it exactly as it says in the manual. I did Mine over 1 1/2 years ago and it has been fine every since I reset it. If you can,t find it in the manual post again and I will try to help.
#77 of 355 Re: my van went haywire now it wont start [whenry2]
Jun 08, 2008 (7:06 am)
I just wanted to let you know that i just had similar issues with my 99 windstar, It ended up being a bad connection on the fuse box inside by the drivers feet, the whole wire loom connection became unattcahed to its proper socket, I advise checking all these, mine was a on the top right hand corner of the fuse box if you are looking straight at it, iI had to remove the fuse box to discover this, took about 10 minutes to take apart and fix, I have no clue how it became dislodged, but it did.
I hope this helps best regards.
#78 of 355 Electrical problem draining battery
Jun 10, 2008 (11:38 am)
I have a 2002 Windstar with 100,000 miles. Last week my car was dead but I have a new battery. The garage I took it to said that the drivers side sliding door was not disengaging the switch, that when the door was slammed hard, the battery did not go dead. They replaced the switch, claimed there was no more drain on the battery, we took it home around 5pm, next day went to start the car around 10am and the battery was dead again. Anyone having this problem?
#79 of 355 Re: theft light [a1mike1a]
Jun 11, 2008 (9:32 am)
Did you ever find out what was wrong. I'm having the same problem and no one seems to be able to find the problem.
#80 of 355 Re: my van went haywire now it wont start [gee7879]
Jul 06, 2008 (10:26 am)
Can you tell me your issues? I just had the dash go completely dead, turned the car off and all the lights came on, the radio wouldn't go off and the fan stayed running. Then, when trying to re start, I didn't even get a click. Right now I am confused with the battery disconnected.
#81 of 355 Re: Post alternator nightmare [firststrike]
Jul 06, 2008 (10:35 am)
What ended up being your problem? I just had my dash go dead so I got out and turned the car off. Then the headlights went on, the blower wouldnt stop, and the radio would not shut off- and to top it off - the engine wont even turn over now. Please help.
#82 of 355 Re: Electrical problems, where to begin [bnecollins]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:01 am)
So did you buy the whole white box from the salvage yard, or just a gear?
Also, the guy who sold me the van didn't have the owner's manual? could you tell me how to reset the computer, or direct me to a website?
Thanks for your help.