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I replaced an alternator and battery on a 2000 ford windstar sle with a 3.8 and it won't even crank the engine.

The vehicles charging system had an issue and after replacing the alternator and battery the vehicles engine won't crank over or the warning lights on the dash don't light up either

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Check the fuse links for a loose connection. A shop manual will show the locations.

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Why won't my 2000 Ford Expedition turn on. Is the battery dead when lights won't come on or it won't light up inside. Dash won't light up. Nothing comes on.

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You might also try and start the vehicle using jumper leads connected to another vehicle. After the leads are connected properly , start the engine in the other vehicle and then try to start your engine. You do not always need to start the other car but you will if the battery fitted to the other vehicle has insufficient cranking amps to turn over the starter motor in your car. If your vehicle starts and you have normal power to lights and accessories once your engine is running (and you are disconnected from the other vehicle) then you know your battery is possibly the only issue.

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2. However, your alternator must also be providing power to the vehicle when it is running and the alternator also charges the battery whilst your engine is running.. If the alternator is faulty and not generating the power supply, your battery will be the only power source and it will run down very rapidly. In your case(with a 2000 model vehicle) I would definitely have the alternator checked to ensure it is generating the required power because eventually these components do fail and need to be replaced.


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Battery light stays on after changing battery,alternater & plugin.

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If the vehicle is not even running or begins to die after as you say an hour that means you still have a charging problem. basically the only reason the battery is there is to start the vehicle. The alternator/charging system is what runs the electrical system in the vehicle. In the power distribution box (a fancy name for a fuse box) under the hood of the vehicle there is a fuse for your charging system. Below is a picture of the layout of the fuses in the panel under the hood of the vehicle in the engine compartment. I marked the fuse you need to check. It's a 15 amp fuse and will cause the same thing as if the alternator was bad. I hope this helps.


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Won't start, even w/a jump it just clicks

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Dear sirs, I have a 2000 Ford Explorer which won't start. All light in the dashboard turn on but the engine won't crank. We've tried to crank the engine direct from the battery and it cranked....

yea got get you more troubles
just check the alternator is charging well and no battery light on dashboard it indicate the bad alternator
monitor your battery if it got old and cannot hold the charge any more
you said when you used another one your car turned on

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What kind of battery is recomended fora Ford Winstar 1999 in terms of durability and capacity to feed the alternator properly?

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2000 ford windstar check charging system light stays on when I just replaced the alternator and the battery, and both have been checked again after installation

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Hi, I can't tell you exactly what is wrong because there is too much involved at this point, what with 2 shops working with it, but I can give you some advise on what else to check. On the alternators and the wiring that supports them a small volt charge is taken off one of the slip rings, where the brushes ride, for the purpose of turning out the light. As I remember, this is a yellow wire that runs back to the dash.

To the alternator, it would be one of the wires that plug into the side of the alternator case.

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