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I have a 98 ford explorer, my power windows, sun roof don't work, my windshield wipers will only come on if I open a door any door or if I put it in nutral and then only for 2 or 3 swipes, and the display on the stereo doesnt work, and no dome lights work, any ideas?

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  • You need to open up the drivers side door and look at that harness that stretches between the door and the door frame. Inside that harness are the wires for the electronics in the cabin and then some.

  • Over time those wires get pinched and crack and break. So you need to splice the casing open the long ways ( or slide the casing for the harness one way and then the other) and inspect the wiring. Your looking for broke, split, rusted, bulging or otherwise negated wiring. The boots on either side may need to come off to look up inside for broke wires as well. Usually it's pretty evident which wires are messed up but sometimes you have to do a little digging.


  • When you find the broke wire[s] splice some new wire[s] in and use electric tape to re-insulate.


  • This is a common problem across the board with many car manufacturers and repairing the harness almost always is the fix in a situation such as yours.

  • Hope this helps.

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