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Re: need to reprogram 2000 windstar instrument cluster to...
Unfortunately , no you can not. Ford is good like this... they make their own tools for any number of FORD ONLY items , such as fasteners and etc. so that you can not work on them without buying their tools first. The security features are definitely something you will need to contact the dealer about. Wish I had a more positive answer for you!
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Not exactly. If you replace the key lock and the sensor is functioning, you should be able to start the van. The computer and instrument panel are in sync, so if you replace either component they have to be reset by a Ford dealer. The sensor in the key lock sends a signal to the instrument cluster, and if the signal is right, the cluster sends the signal to the computer which then activates the necessary circuits to start the engine. The key code has to match the cluster and the computer.
Thats correct, the instrument cluster contains the anti theft module , well part of it, it runs through the cluster, you will now need to have it reprogramed at the dealer, the dealer needs to program the new cluster to the cars computer, make sure to bring all key to car so they can be programed at the same time. its getting crazy with these computers and programing.
If your car starts and after a second it would shut off, your problem is from the immobilizer transponder. Try the second key fob see if still acts up. What happens is that the immobilizer fails to recognize the key the first few tries and cuts the ignition off. It's a sign you will need to replace the instrument cluster where the immobilizer control module is located. Your old set of keys will have to be reprogrammed to match up with the new cluster. Also if you want to match the odometer reading to the new one, it has to be done before the reading reaches 100mi. After that it would be burned in starting 100mi and can't alter the reading.
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If the rest of the instrument cluster is working properly then you probably need a new instrument cluster. A new or working used instrument cluster will likely fix your problem, but a dealer will have to install it and transfer the programming from the old cluster to the new.
Purchase a new keyless remote FOB. The signal from the remote is weak and loses contact with the anti-theft module in the instrument cluster. We have 2 sets of keys and 1 worked while the other caused the instrument cluster needles to jump and jam the gear selector. The problem is not the car's battery, alternator, wiring or instrument cluster.
The cluster on your car is not just gauges it is a module also and they go bad. And when replacing I am almost 100% positive you have to let ford reprogram or it will not start. meaning if you find a used one or new one they will still have to be reprogramed . I have replaced a few clusters on the windstars that have gone bad. The tach is on a live feed from eng and the gas gauge is also from fuel tank.
You can't just swap out odometer or instrument cluster. You have to do a programmable module installation and then reset the PATS keys. The dealer can do this, or someone with access to a Ford scan tool.
I JUST HAD THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM ON MY 2000 WINDSTAR SEL LAST WEEK..IT WAS JUST ELECTRICALLY DEAD..I CHECKED OVER THAT THING WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB AND COULD NOT AT FIRST FIND THE PROBLEM..WELL AS IT TURNS OUT, MY INSTRUMENT CLUSTER WAS BAD AND IT WAS CAUSING ALL THIS HAVICK !!! I REPLACED THE CLUSTER ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE DEALERSHIP HAD TO PROGRAM IT BEFORE THE VEHICLE WOULD START DUE TO THE ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM..IM NOT SURE IF THIS IS YOUR PROBLEM BUT IT IS IDENTICAL TO MINE AND I REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS..
P.S.-I GOT MY CLUSTER AT A JUNKYARD BECAUSE A NEW ONE CAN BE PRICEY !!