Question about 1999 Ford Windstar
Hi my 99 windstar will not start at all replaced the battery still nothing head lights are stuck on can manually turn on interior lights radio & heat fan still work nothing else
Do you have a factory Ford alarm / anti theft system installed. Does your key have a large plastic end on it? is there a flashing red LED in the dashboard that may or may not flash double speed when you turn the key to crank? When you changed the battery, was the bad one DEADER than DEAD for a long time or did you take the old battery out and leave it out for several days before installing the new one? If yes answers any of these, the anti theft circuit has been triggered. If you have the Ford alarm system and if the battery has been out of the vehicle for several days or dead empty, The program in the computer that governs the anti theft system no longer recognizes your key as the correct one. There is a little chip in that big plastic head on your key similar to the things at Walmart that catches thieves or the chip that they inject into dogs so they can be traced back to their owner. In the case of the car, there is a sensor in the steering column next to the starter switch. When you start the car, it scans your key. if it's the right key / chip, the car will start. If some car thief gets ahold of your key and makes a wax cast of it and cuts a key like it. He can unlock your door and glove box but if he tries to start the car, it won't recognize the key and won't start the car. I was warned by Ford to NOT buy a "valet key". This is a key that you might give a valet to park / retreve your car instead of your whole ring of keys. Some people used to do this so some dishonest valet or car mechanic wouldn't make a key copy, find your address on you papers in your car, take his copy and rob your house. Back on track, Ford said that some vehicles,(This happens at random for no apparent reason), some vehicles if a key WITHOUT the chip is tried in the ignition, it will deprogram the system and will need to be reset. If ANY of this is the cause of your problem, it will need to be
towed to a dealer, have BOTH keys in hand, and be reprogrammed.
When it happened to my 2001 Windstar, the battery was defective so I had it towed to Walmart as the battery was almost new. They installed a new one and got all out of shape when they couldn't start it to verify that my charging system wasn't the cause of failure. I called AAA back and had it towed to Ford where I had to buy a $20.00 key as my wife still had hers at home 12 miles away. Nobody said that they had to have 2 keys to reprogram it. (plus $65.00 labor in 2009) Anyway, good luck. Jeff M.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: ford windstar wont start
TRY TO START THE VEHICLE IN NEUTRAL IF IT STARTS YOUR NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH HAS MALFUNCTION, OTHERWISE ITS MORE THAN LIKELY THE STARTER, TRY BOTH KEYS ,THE COMPUTER COULD HAVE LOST THE CODE IN THE KEY
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
is the battery going dead? if so then you have a short , also colud be a pully locking up not letting the belt turn properly
Posted on May 30, 2009
SOURCE: no heat in 99 ford windstar
Check the coolant level. If it's low, what you describe will happen. There is not sufficient coolant to flow through the heater core at idle. At 60mph the water pump is spinning quickly, managing to get some coolant through the heater core, so you get heat until the rpm's drop at idle. If it is due to low level, keep an eye on it to see if it drops again, as you may have a leak.
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
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