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1991 Ford Explorer Radio and Windshield Wiper Problem

I just bought a 1991 Ford Explorer, the engine runs great, but there is one little quirk that needs to go.

In order for the Radio and Windshield wipers to work, the key has to be turned just past the on position. Then when I drive over a bump, both the radio and wipers stop working and I have to turn the key again. I am hoping that this is just an ignition swith problem.

Any one have any suggestions or have delt with this before?

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    jpstuhr May 11, 2010

    Sounds like the ignition switch to me, Or loose harness wire for the switch

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Change the ignition switch

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Hello I have a 1997 Ford expedition Eddie Bauer with 233K mikes. Engine runs great. The problem: Whne I first start the vehical in summer or winter the windshield wipers will not work until the truck warms...


Hi MeTV,

I was expecting to hear, 'And the radio only plays the theme from the twilight zone'. I'm glad you're an Engineer.

Process of elimination then:
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Maybe it's not so much the engine warming up as the length of time.

What's left are Fusible links. Self resetting fuses that may (and I'm reaching here) be popping during startup. They take a few minutes to reset.

They are normally running through the firewall on the engine side. You will need a meter to check them. It has to be done while nothings working. They are regular wires with little barrel in line.

It's the only component that could be responsible

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