Re: 1995 Ford Windstar NO Dash Lights no radio no tail...
I would check the wiring on the radio. Lot of cars (especially nowadays) the electricity like the lights and raido is hooked on there. If any of the wires went bad, or maybe even the radio would make it cause that.
So just remove the pannel around the radio
unbolt the radio
Pull the radio out and check all the wiring.
If the wires are not bad, maybe check to see if the radio is working.
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I HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. THE GROUND WIRE FROM THE NEW RADIO IS PROBABLY HOOKED TO A WIRE. IT SHOULD BE FASTENED TO SOME METAL FRAMEWORK UNDER THE DASH. IF THAT IS THE CASE, RELOCATE THE WIRE, REPLACE THE NECESSARY FUSES, TAIL LIGHT &/OR INSTRUMENT.
Check your park light fuse. You may have blown the fuse for the dashlights/park lights by accidentally grounding the night illumination wire, located in the radio wiring. That wire runs from the dash lights to the radio, to illuminate the radio at night. Alternately, if the park light fuse keeps blowing when you replace it, you might've hooked that night light wire up to the wrong wire on your radio.
you have to check all fuses with a test light both fuse boxes under hood and under dash... if good next to look for is the light switch itself... has any radio work been done to the lately... if so alot of times hooked up wrong will blow park fuse as one of the wires to radio is the park voltage to tell radio to dim down some
Fuse #34 is detailed as "TAIL", but it also operates the dash lights too. If your dash are not working and the fuse is good the most likely cause would be your dash dimmer switch. If you press on it and the lights come on. Simply replace it.
Sounds like a short circuit here ? You will need to locate the short circuit . Most probable is the tail lamps and their connections , then number plate lights , then any hinged wiring going from body to a door or trunk (ie No plate illum lights) area . Sometimes the dash dimmer can be a problem . Good luck
I had a similar nagging problem once, though I do not recall the dashlights being involved. For me, the lines from the brakes went up the steering column to the turn signal. I pulled the wheel and inspected all the connections, and just like that everything worked again. I believe I could have tugged on the wiring harness without pulling hte wheel and obtained the same results.