Question about 1999 Ford Explorer
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This could be a combination of electrical issues, although i feel that the timing is coincidence in this case. When the combination is elec. windows, wipers, and dome lights this is indicative of the GEM module located behind your radio. The GEM (generic electronic module) is an electronic body control module that regulates electrical flow through a number of accessories.
These factory module boards are notorious for acting quirky by failing to ground intermittently until failing completely. I would be cautious in replacing ignition switches, locks, etc. as the issue can be also compounded by corrosion of the main battery ground wire in the engine compartment and which can cause frying of your under dash wiring into the main wiring harness which can get expensive (i speak from experience having had the exact same syptoms). My issues were that these symptoms occurred only in full ON. When in key BACK ACC mode, they disappeared.
New price for one of these modules is around $280-$300 and easily replaced.
Posted on May 21, 2009
I have the exact same problem. 97 sohc. power windows, front/rear windshield wiper, dome light/moon roof stop working all at the same time, then work for no clear reason, then stop again.
Can I replace the GEM with a used?
Posted on Apr 29, 2010
SOURCE: WIPERS AND DOME LIGHT AND
This has been a common problem in fords. The issue is generally simple to fix. The Problem is the ignition switch. Not the Ignition tumbler where the key goes in but, the actual Electrical portion of the Switch.
Because you have not listed the exact year and model I will tell you that the ignition switch is generally located directly across from the key. This requires removing the sterring column cover over the ignition, just behind the steering wheel. Once removed you will see a switch located on the opposite side of the keys( Generally on the left) It will have a push on wiring harness and 2 or 3 mounting screws. Simply remove the wiring clip, remove the screws and then remove the switch. A switch can be purchased at your auto parts dealer. I do not recommend using a junk yard part unless you want to do this again in a few months.
Posted on Aug 03, 2010
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