Changed the ignition in my 2000 Ford Winstar 3.8 Litre, two days later (about 500 kms) the lights started to flicker and she shut off completely and drained the battery. I replaced the altenator thinking that's what it was but when I replaced that, I boost the van but it wouldn't keep going. The van would stay going till the battery went again then she would shut off again...several times I repeated this and same thing happened over and over again.... Do u have any solutions to the problem?
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Re: Ford Winstar ain't startin'
Yes the alternator you installed is fried. Take it back and then when you put the new one in disconnect the battery first before installing. If the battery is connected while installing it will ALWAYS fry the alternator. Most parts guys don't tell you that so live and learn. This should help.
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In some 1999/2000 Cougars the wire between the battery and the voltage regulator(altenator) had a resistance reading that is too high. Ford has issued an TSB 00-25-6 that has instructions on how to replace this wire. The part # for the replacement wire is
1S8Z-14A411-AA. I'm in Michigan and a local dealer found one for me in South Bend,IN
Fords have a chip in the keys and a reader in the ignitions switch, when you insert the key and the theft light stays on solid then the key has passed. If the light flashes quickly then the key didn't pass the check and the vechicle will not start. This can some times be a key problem and some times a reader problem . But the keys can only be programed with a computer in this situation. The dealer or most lock smiths have these computers.
Firstand foremost,this snota problem for a echanic tooodagnose. Ifurbatery isdrainng, u shouldcek to cifur charging system is functioningproperly. Ifur ABS lite iscoming on, probaly during dis-assemby, something went wrong witur sesors. check it out with someone knowledgeable and experienced