Question about 1991 Ford Festiva
If the red charging light is on, it generally means one of two things: either your alternator is not charging or your battery is too weak and is not charging properly. It also could be a wiring problem in the charging system. The method of testing the charging system is to use an inexpensive alternator tester that clips over the battery cable and indicates positive current. Some of the major auto parts stores have testers available for free loan and may help you with it if you desire to try to fix it yourself. The problem is that the alternator is expensive, so you will want to be sure what the exact problem is before spending money. Inexpensive current/charging testers are available to determine if your alternator's output is sufficient. This should be your first thing to do, which is to determine where the problem is and if its not the alternator, its probably a wiring problem and/or poor battery or corroded battery terminals. It's also possible that your system is charging but there is a current drain somewhere. An in-line current tester connected to the battery will determine if that is the case.
Posted on Oct 14, 2009
Unless you have a fuse gone you should have a problem like not charging 13.5 volts when doing 1000 RPM so get it checked out before you have a bigger problem .
So check the fuse.out first.
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: battery wont hold a charge,
There are two possibilities here. One the battery could have a short inside, and the other is you have something on the car draining the battery. To learn which it is you unhook the postive battery cable from the battery and leave over night, if the battery is still charged the next morning you have a problem with the car, if the battery is discharged then the battery has a short inside and must be replaced.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
SOURCE: WON'T STAY TURNED OVER
have you checked for a fuel cut off switch? I was rearended last year and had the same issue right afterward and it was b/c the fuel cut off switch had kicked in and I had to 'unclick' it - it was located in the trunk of my crown vic - not sure where it may be in the Winstar - in the back somewhere.
Posted on Oct 08, 2008
Are you sure the alternator isnt "over" charging? if not, you may have a "loose" connection somewhere with the cables, or a malfunction in the dash cluster. Also, are you positive the battery is forsure good?
Posted on Jun 02, 2009
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