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96 taurus wagon interior lights and power windows

Just bought 96 taurus wagon.Interior lights flash constantly and power windows jittery. There is clicking from the relays, remome battery saver relay clicking stops but no interiors or windows. Sometomes when I start car with drivers door open(with relay in) the problem goes away.Any ideas?

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  • kurt_ttllon Jan 03, 2009

    Went and tried that didnt seem to do anything. The door ajar light is also flickering with the lights.If after i shut the engine down the clicking from the relays continue but sometimes when i open my door it stops but not always>

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Just a guess but Id look for a bad chasis ground. I say this cuz the interior light switch for the door is a normally- open - grounding. The test for this theory would be to run a jumper wire from the neg batt terminal to the body, or from the eng to the body/chasis.

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    Lee Jan 03, 2009

    when u remove the batt saver, did u re-connect the power leads that the saver is controlling?

    shoot me an email with your # .... there are too many questions to ask on this. dragonzride@aol.com

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