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Windshield wipers, heater blower fan & power windows just stopped

My son has a 1995 Ford Escort W/1.9 engine. When he came home from school he said that his Windshield wipers, heater blower fan & power windows just stopped working. I have checked all the fusses, pulled down the cluster of relays from under the dash on the driver’s side. I was able to bench test 3 of the relays and they seemed to work. I also went out to the back 40 and pulled the relays out of another Escort that did work when I parked the car. What am I missing? Is their some place that all three of these are linked? Does anyone have a complete (or incomplete wiring diagram for this car? Let me thank you in advance for your help with this problem.


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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same problem

  • mgb4325 Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem as described above............I haven't a clue what to check next.

  • ambercalvert Jan 14, 2009

    same exact thing happened to my 95 escort. i don't have power windows though. i have no idea how the wipers and blower are related at all. my dad is going to check if there's a common ground and he's also going to check the ignition switch. (the one inside the steering wheel, not the external one)

  • gotfire Jan 21, 2009

    I have the same issue with my 95 escort. The heater blower motor and wiper motor and washer fluid suddenly stopped working. No power to fuse box for either circuit. I have ground to both units, not sure if its the CCRM or maybe relays located under hood, front of drivers side fender, it's hidden you have to look for it. I will be checking that next, appreciate it if anyone knows what the problem is.

  • pmag1998 Jan 25, 2009

    I have the same problem. No wipers and no power on my heater fan. I have looked on the internet and this seems to be problem with the escort during cold weather and the escort's fuse box seems to be a problem corrosion.

  • gotfire Feb 02, 2009

    I inspected the ignition switch there is a heavy guage wire in the top plug going into the ignition switch that is black with red stripe that powers the blower motor for the heater and the wipers. I crossed the wire from a constant power to that connection and both units work. Next step is to check the ignition switch to see if there is a failed connection in it, that is the wire that powers the internal fuse box. i'll post again when i know more. consolo automotive

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    Spirit J Tomczyk Feb 03, 2009

    I swapped out the fuse box also but did not help.

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    Spirit J Tomczyk Feb 03, 2009

    I did trace the black wire w/red stripe back to the fuse box under the hood, & still no power. After about 6 hours I got tired of playing with this problem. I found a switched wire from the ingition switch & tapped into it. I then attached that wire to the black wire w/red stripe. This got everything working. I know it is a cheat but you can only pull your hair out for so long.

  •  Spirit J Tomczyk
    Spirit J Tomczyk Feb 04, 2009

    I changed the fuse box under the dash. I did go into the fusebox under the hood and checked it out with my VOM meter and it seemed fine.



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Replaced the ignition switch, the circuit breaker in the ignition switch wears out, the ignition switch powers the fuse box. You can get a new ignition switch from napa for $128.00 do not get it from the dealer, they sell it as a kit with door locks as well so that the key matches, and then you are lookin at $249.00. Unhook the steering column and drop it so you can drill out the ignition switch assembly, that is a short cut so you do not have to pull the entire steering wheel off. Consolo Automotive

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  • gotfire Feb 12, 2009

    if you want to get something from autozone, most people do not understand their stuff is junk, which is why it is so much cheaper. If you dont mind replacing the ignition switch from autozone every 6 months, go right ahead, just saying...!!!!!!!

  • Gregorio Aleman
    Gregorio Aleman Aug 26, 2013

    Yes I had same problem and replaced ignition switch, that is the solution to the problem, US Auto Parts has the switch for $ 50.00


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Okay. It is your ignition switch. The one inside the steering wheel. It's really difficult to reach, and you have to dig pretty deep inside the wheel. [You're supposed to take it off, but we didn't.] Anyways, the ignition switch is bad. If you replace it (or get it replaced by someone else) the problem will be solved. My '95 Escort was doing the same thing. Me and my dad switched the ignition switch, and now everything works perfectly.

You're Welcome:]

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  • ambercalvert Feb 07, 2009

    You need to replace your ignition switch.
    I am 99.9% sure that will fix your problems. My car did the same thing.
    A way to sort of test if it is the ignition switch is to shake the key while it's in ignition and the car is on. The heat and wipers may gain power after a shake or two...but this only works for very short periods of time or not at all. The best thing to do is to just get the ignition switch replaced. [The internal one, deep inside the steering wheel]

  • ambercalvert Feb 10, 2009

    You can also get the ignition switch from Autozone for $65, rather than Napa for $128.

    just saying.

  • Gregorio Aleman
    Gregorio Aleman Aug 26, 2013

    Thanks guy's same problem same answer to the same problem, no wiper no heater/fan, I notice that US auto parts has the switch for $ 50.00,


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I changed the full fuse box and this is ok now. The problem was that water filtered inside the box and produced corrosion around the printed circuit traces which are under the relays 9, 10, 11.

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  • tecster Feb 04, 2009

    Which fuse box have you replaced?.
    There is one attached to the battery, and the main is beside the driver, under the dashboard, this is the one i replaced.

  • tecster Nov 16, 2013

    Ok, the fuse box besides the driver.


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