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Blowing Fuse My 2000 Windstar is blowing the fuse that controls the air conditioner and mileage on the dash board. First time it blew was 2 weeks ago, we replaced the fuse and it blew again immediately. We upgraded the fuse and it worked for two weeks. Now that fuse has blown along with smoke coming from near the fuse panel box. We aren't putting in any more fuses until we take it to the shop.

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  • Cassie12 Jul 15, 2008

    My husband and I have had the same exact problem with our fuses in the 2000 Ford Windstar. The first instance was the speedometer and the milage. And then he replace the fuses and they would blow as soon as he put them in. This weekend he decied to go up on the amp and it work for 2 days and then my entire dash went dead. Now we have no power in the windows, the radio, all of the dash is dark including the signal lights. I have an appointment with the local guy at the auto repair shop and I am hoping it wont cost to much.

  • keefe421 Jul 17, 2008

    I also have the same problem , no a/c speedometer, ABS light is on. replace the fuse and it blows almost immediatly. It only happens in the summer.

  • maryed93 Jul 24, 2008

    OMG! I have the same issues with mine but just add rust to the body of the van too. My A/C only works when it feels like it, my speedometer goes wacky and my cruise doesn't work, now my seat fuse(power seat on drivers side) is broke, we think it is just the fuse but need a idea of the layout of the fuses to see which one to replace. It seems like I have one electrical problem after another and I did buy an extended warranty but it although it was the top of the line from Gaurdian, it doesn't cover many of the issues, I also bought a $700 electronic rust proof system which they won't honor b/c the company said that it is an issue with Fords and some of their cars made in the late 90's and early 2000's were rusting excessively and Ford is "biting the bullet" reps. exact words. Therefore they won't cover it either. If anyone knows about the fuses on these 2000 windstars let me know, Thanks!

  • Anonymous Aug 01, 2008

    i upgraded the fuse for the air conditioning and it worked againg with the mileage and the speedometer but just yesterday when i started the engine the radio went off, the whole gauges panel went of and when i put the key all the way to the back the radio works and the windows work but when it is on they dont work and i cant tell how much gas i have or how fast i am going



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There are a few possibilities here. First, you may have high starting amps on the compressor. You mentioned the run capacitor being changed. I'm not sure if you have a start capacitor, but that should also be checked. If you don't have a start capacitor, I would recommend having a hard start kit installed in the unit. It's basically a start capacitor with an internal relay to take it out of the circuit when the compressor is running, and wires up in parallel to the run capacitor. Also, check all of your line voltage wiring. Make sure all the wiring connections are tight (wire nuts, screw terminals, etc.), and that there's no issue with wiring insulation rubbing off from vibration, etc. Finally, check the points on the compressor contactor. If the contacts are black and pitting, it causes arcing, which means excessive amp draw through the contactor.

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I had the same problem replace the brake switch located at the master cylinder

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