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Battery dyes after not running 48 hrs+ ? 2003 Windstar minnewan.

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There may be a factory service bulletin (FSB) for your Windstar that can correct the problem. It took three battery changes and replacement of a rear wiring harness to fix my 2000 Windstar. Also, using the rear blower and leaving it on with the vehicle shut down may be the source of the problem

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