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Air Bag Light, Brake Light, & ABS Light came on in the dashboard.

I was driving home a few days ago. I was roughly 0.5 mile from home and in the left turn lane. I gave the left turn signal and looked at the dash. As I was turning, I noticed the Air Bag Warning Light, the Brake Warning Light, & the ABS Warning Light come on. I went through the intersection and the brakes still worked, so I continued to drive home. As I left the intersection, the signal arm cancelled but the signal light itself continued to flash (this eventually caused the alarm bell to come on). I limped on home. It had been misting / raining and I had the headlights on, but no wipers. After I got home, the Air Bag Light, the Brake Light, & the ABS Light had continued to stay on and the signal light was still on. In an effort to get the warning lights to go off, I turned the car off and the Air Bag Light, the Brake Light, & the ABS Light and the signal light went off. However, the headlights were still on. I went in my house and got a wrench. I unhooked the battery and the headlights went off. I repeated the trip through the neighborhood today and drove approx 0.5 mile round trip. It is even worse. When I first started the van, there were no warning lights on -- then after about 0.25 mile, the Air Bag Light, the Brake Light, & the ABS Light came on. But after about another 0.25 mile the car started running roughly and the motor died. I had packed a spare battery and I jumped myself. It made it the 0.25 miles back to my driveway. The check engine light has NOT come on through this ordeal. Car has approx 61,000 miles.

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  • barnett10 May 11, 2009

    aasvmom was correct. I replaced the alternator and the problem has disappeared.

  • barnett10 May 11, 2009

    natally lopez, If you are talking about the turn signal light staying on in the dashboard, it usually means that one of the bulbs has burned out. It could be either the front or rear signal light bulb burned out on that side of the car.

  • natallylopez May 11, 2010

    I have a 2003 Ford Windstar and all of the sudden the front left light turned ON. The lamp is not flashing but it remains ON even after I stop the vehicle. I even disconnect the battery and after 5 mins I connected back and the light remains ON after this. Any ideas?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    way to long for free forum, use the live chat option for any hope of fast help.

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Check and see if your alternator is charging
Low voltage will cause those lights to come on, as the computer is shutting down.

To check your alternator you will need a volt meter... WITH the engine running you should have about 14 volts coming out. IF NOT you need to replace the Alternator!

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