Ford electrical. *sigh*
Any fix for the fact that the driver & passenger window & lock
switches in our 98 Windstar seem to be going? Intermittent fuction at
best, maybe 10% success.
We also have a lot of "door open" indicators when all the doors are
tight. Cleaning the contacts on the rear and side sliding door seems
to help a bit but this last time, that trick didn't work. Ideas on
BTW - read there's a FAQ somewhere but my newserver has no copy. How
frequently is it posted out?
The door indicator lamp on with the doors closed is usually caused by a
problem with the switch located in the door/hatch latch assembly. This
switch is serviceable and can be tested using a scan tool. Ford dealers have
this tool. The cost of testing is approx. 1/2 to 1 Hr @ the shop rate which
is usually between $65.00 and $80.00 depending on your location. You
mentioned cleaning the contacts on the slider. A new contact plate set is
also available from Ford.
Test the circuit/switches/contacts and repair. The lock/window concern could
and probably is an effect of the door open indicator problem.
Hope this helps,
It's probably the front door switches; use WD-40 (a lot) in the latch
If all the door & window switches are intermittent, I'd suspect a branch
connector somewhere upstream that's corroded/loose.
The front windows controls (driver & passenger) are dependable. The
remote switches to the rear windows will work one window OK most of
the time and the other will go out but not in.
Both door-lock release are buggy - the driver side is better than the
passenger side. The rear door-lock release (in the cargo area) always
I'd take the door's armrest apart and spray the switches out with
electronic cleaner if I could figure out how to get the thing apart.
Any hints? I've felt all over the thing and can't find any screws.
I'll try WD-40 into the latches for the door-open indicators. Love
WD-40 can cause rust, according to some things I've heard. I usually
prefer to buy a silicone-based lubricant anyway. Just don't use it on the
engine block while it's still hot.. good way to poof,smoke,burn
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