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My 99 Windstar won't start. The battery and alternator are new. All connections are tight and clean. No corrosion. When the key is turned, the starter only makes a bump sound. Possibly like the solenoid is trying to kick in, but the starter won't turn. Also, when the key is turned, all the dash lights go out. The van ran and started great 3 days ago. Think possibly the brushes are bad in the starter motor? Thank you so much!

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I think your right about the starter being bad.
When you turn the key, it will draw all the energy that it can from the battery. That's why your dash-lights go out.
When you take it in to be replaced, have them test out the old and the new starter.
I've gotten a defective starter before that was brand new.

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I have the same problem. I am half way through. I removed the starter but don't think that is it. The van always starts when jumped. The driving lights, clock, and radio work even though the key is not in the ignition. Something must not be disengaging and drains the battery in a few hours as if the key is on!!

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