Have a 2000 windstar and although I turn my headlamp knob to the off position, the headlamps and breaklights will randomly turn on through out the day and night. Help!! When I come out and find them on, the knob is still in the off position. why does it do this and how do I fix it? Surely its draining my battery life.
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Re: 2000 ford windstar headlamps/breaklights
Although I am not there to do a hands on diagnosis, the most I am able to do is diagnosis thru the email, so here goes. I would purchase a new headlight switch.
I have seen them heat up and then short out.
What you want it is the most direct route to your problem and nothing can go pass the headlight switch unless it allows it.
Unfortunately, automotive electrictricy is the most to diagnosis from a distance. Hope this helps.
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How to remove headlamp
James, Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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If you bought your truck at a licensed dealership or used car lot, most states require that if the vehicle will not pass inspection, the seller must repair the vehicle at their expense. First check for corrosion in the headlamp bulb socket. Also check the headlight relay and for damaged wiring between the bulb, relay and fuse box.
WARNING: THE REPLACEABLE HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB CONTAINS GAS UNDER PRESSURE. THE HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB MAY SHATTER IF THE GLASS ENVELOPE IS SCRATCHED OR THE HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB IS DROPPED. HANDLE HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB CAREFULLY. GRASP HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB ONLY BY ITS PLASTIC BASE. AVOID TOUCHING GLASS ENVELOPE. KEEP HALOGEN HEADLAMP BULB OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Position headlamp switch (11654) and headlamp time delay switch (13736) in the OFF position.
Remove two bolts retaining headlamp (13008) to upper support assembly and loosen pinch bolt. Remove headlamp assembly from vehicle.
Remove park lamp bulb and socket (Sable only) and headlamp bulb and socket from Headlamp Assembly as outlined.
Headlamp Assembly (Taurus Shown, Sable Similar)
Turn lamp socket and wiring (13410) assembly 1/2 turn counterclockwise and remove from parking lamp (13200) housing.
Remove screw from park/turn signal housing.
Using 1/4 inch drive socket extension and swivel, insert tool through two access holes in upper radiator support. Remove screws from park/turn signal housing.
At the back of the headlamp, pull two retainer pins up to release the headlamp assembly. Pull headlamp assembly forward disengaging the lamp from the rear retainer to expose the back of the bulb. Remove bulb socket by turning it counterclockwise, then slide it out of the lamp assembly. Carefully pull bulb straight out of the socket and push in the new bulb. To complete installation, follow removal procedure in the reverse order.
The headlamp switch is retained to the instrument panel by a tabs
which are located on the switch. This procedure must be followed exactly
or damage to the switch and/or instrument panel will occur. This
procedure releases (lowers the tabs into the switch body) so that the
switch can be puled out.
Rotate the knob counterclockwise until the knob points to the
position then rotate the knob clockwise one full turn.
Remove the headlamp switch from the instrument panel and...
The entire headlamp housing assembly sits inside of a mounting bracket
- this means it is very easy to fully release, and remove the headlamp
to make bulb replacement much less *painful*!
There are 2 headlight retainer clips to find - they are:
1. black, upside-down L-shaped metal clips about 1/2 inch wide
2. located just behind the top edge of the headlamp glass, inside the
engine compartment. (Do not confuse these with the two small lens clips)
Release by pulling the top towards you while pulling the clips upward.
The headlamp assembly will now pull forward providing great access to
the electrical connector and bulb retainer ring.
The dash and insrument illumination lights are both controlled off the same circuit within the headlamp switch. You can try finding a happy spot for the lights by very slowly pulling out the switch after the running light position and turning the knob back and forth, but, this is purely temporary. You need a new switch and it's very easy to change. If you disconnect the battery positive cable. Pull the switch all the way out to the headlamp position. After doing this reach around the back of the switch on each side and you'll find a small button that you can push in. This button allows You to remove the knob/shaft combination. Then just take out the 6-8 screws that hold the cluster face plate(or it may just pry off) and unscrew the collar that secures the headlamp switch to the dashframe.. The harness comes of in one piece and that's it. Good Luck Dana
The sensor is either in the dash near the windshield at center or integrated into the inside review mirror. 1st check these fuses - Fuse 33 (15A), 23 (15A). on the fuse box in the vehicle.
CHECK HEADLAMP SWITCH OPERATION