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I\'m assuming you have the 3.8 engine,although i believe the firing order is the same on all there v6 sideways mounted front wheel drive Windstars. That firing order is 1-4-2-5-3-6, with 1-2-3 going from left to right on the back side of the engine and 4-5-6 left to right on the front side of the engine.Looking straight down at the coil from the front of the car,you\'ll see 2 rows of coil terminals.The row on the right side is 1-2-3 going from top to bottom,row on left side is 6-5-4 going from top to bottom. Hook the number 1 coil terminal to the number 1 spark plug ,being careful to use the spark plug wire that is closest in length to the length you need. If your just replacing wires,yuo shouldn\'t have to much trouble. If your nreplacing the spark plugs you will find the ones in the rear,especially the number 2 [the middle one} are pretty difficult without removing the cowling. A total pain brought to you by the designers at Ford!

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Check for plugged fuel filter or line. check fuel for water in the gas.check gas pedal linkage for binding.check transmission is shifting check air box and filter make sure you didnt suck in a plastic bag. check exhust that tail pipe is not blocked.with anything plastic bag ,potato,ect.check for pcv valve or vacuum line off. Check your emergancy brake is not on. check for overheating front or rear brakes they could be stuck on . If this was helpful please leave good feed back

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Your power steering is draining the power then.Check power steering pump and flush fluid / replace unit if required.

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You will have to obtain a workshop manual it will show the specs. Most panel shops have a rail the chassis is fixed to and the frame can be aligned from that.

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Sounds like the safety valve is not centered in its fixture. What happens is the system has diagonal braking control which is used to prevent the complete loss of brake fluid. This shuts off the wheel that is losing pressure from complete fluid pressure loss One front wheel and one diagonally opposed rear wheel are used so that the car will not pull left or right when stopping.

The situation may clear if you attempt to bleed the brakes using the longest line first and progress to the shortest line last.

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Sounds like a typical failure caused by corrosion at the battery terminals or the terminating ends at the chassis (negative) ground point, the starter or starter solenoid.
To clean these, always disconnect the NEGATIVE battery terminal first and re-connect it last.

If you already haven't lost it, your alarm system and radio may not be accessible without reentering one- check before disconnecting.
A simple device available at parts stores that uses a 9 Volt block battery can protect against this loss for hours.

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That would be the fuse marked just that way, park/tail, in the fuse panel under dash on driver side.

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Did you check each side of the fuse with a test light ?.I have been caught out checking fuses with a meter that tested ok only to find them go open circuit under load. If ok test again with the light at the wiper motor , if light shines bright fault is in the wiper motor, repair or replace.

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  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2. Remove the front wheels.
  3. Insert a steel rod into the brake rotor to prevent the rotor from turning and loosen the axle wheel hub nut. Discard the nut.
  4. Remove the ball joint-to-front wheel knuckle retaining nut. Drive the bolt out of the front wheel knuckle using a punch and hammer.
  5. Remove the front brake anti-lock sensor and position it out of the way.
  6. Separate the ball joint from the front wheel knuckle using a prybar. Position the end of the prybar outside of the bushing pocket to avoid damage to the bushing.
Use care to prevent damage to the front wheel driveshaft joint boot.
  1. Remove the stabilizer bar link at the front stabilizer bar.
Make sure the CV-joint puller does not contact the transaxle shaft speed sensor. Damage to the sensor will result.
  1. Install a CV-Joint Puller (T86P-3514-A1) or equivalent between the inboard CV-joint and the transaxle case.
  2. Install a CV-Joint Extension (T86P-3514-A2) or equivalent into the puller and hand-tighten.
  3. Using an impact slide hammer, remove the driveshaft from the transaxle.
Do not allow the front wheel driveshaft and joint to hang unsupported. Damage to the front wheel driveshaft joint may result. Do not wrap wire around the front wheel driveshaft joint boot. Damage to the boot may result.
  1. Support the end of the driveshaft and joint assembly by suspending it from the chassis using a length of wire.
Never use a hammer to separate the outboard front wheel driveshaft joint from the wheel hub. Damage to the outboard front wheel driveshaft joint threads and internal components may result.
  1. Separate the outboard front wheel driveshaft joint from the wheel hub using a Front Hub Remover/Replacer (T81P-1104-C) or equivalent. Make sure the hub remover adapter is fully threaded onto the hub stud.
Do not move the vehicle without the outboard CV-joint properly installed, as damage to the bearing may occur.
  1. Remove the front wheel driveshaft and joint assembly from the vehicle.
To install:
Do not reuse the retainer circlip. A new circlip must be installed each time the inboard CV-joint stub shaft is installed into the transaxle differential.
  1. Install a new retainer circlip on the inboard CV-joint stub shaft by starting one end in the groove and working the retainer circlip over the inboard shaft housing end and into the groove. This will avoid overexpanding the circlip.
A non-metallic mallet may be used to aid in seating the retainer circlip into the differential side gear groove. If a mallet is necessary, tap only on the outboard CV-joint stub shaft.
  1. Carefully align the splines of the inboard CV-joint stub shaft housing with the splines in the differential. Exerting some force, push the inboard CV-joint stub shaft housing into the differential until the retainer circlip is felt to seat in the differential side gear. Use care to prevent damage to the inboard CV-joint stub shaft and transaxle seal.
  2. Carefully align the splines of the outboard front wheel driveshaft joint with the splines in the wheel hub, and push the shaft into the wheel hub as far as possible.
  3. Temporarily fasten the front disc brake rotor to the wheel hub with washers and two lug nuts. Insert a steel rod into the front disc brake rotor and rotate clockwise to contact the front wheel knuckle, to prevent the front disc brake rotor from turning during front wheel driveshaft and joint installation.
A new front axle wheel hub retaining nut must be installed.
  1. Manually thread the front axle wheel hub retaining nut onto the outboard CV-joint stub shaft housing as far as possible.
A new bolt and nut must be used to connect the front suspension arm to the knuckle.
  1. Connect the front suspension lower arm to the front wheel knuckle. Tighten the nut and bolt to 40-55 ft. lbs. (54-74 Nm).
  2. Install the front brake anti-lock sensor.
  3. Connect the front stabilizer bar link and tighten to 35-45 ft. lbs. (47-65 Nm).
Do not use power or impact tools to tighten the hub nut.
  1. Tighten the front axle wheel hub retaining nut to 157-212 ft. lbs. (213-287 Nm).
  2. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  3. Using the recommended type of fluid, fill the transaxle to the proper level.

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Could be the windshield wiper motor if the fuse isn't blown!

Hope it Helps,
Good Luck!

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If it is making clanking noises it is already bad. Replace ASAP or you will end up broken down somewhere inconvenient or dangerous.

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There are diagrams on the Autozone site after you register your vehicle. Or do a Web search on "1998 Ford Windstar fuelpump wiring".

Hard to know if you are talking about just the rear-end wiring for the tank pump or the whole vehicle. There is a safety device called an Inertia switch which should remain connected. The fuel pump gets power from the front of the vehicle. Once you see the diagram you will see what I mean.

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First check the power window fuse and relay.
The fuse is located in the underhood fuse box, it is maxi-fuse G (30A) {actually its' a 30A circuit breaker}. Make sure that power is getting to the circuit breaker using a testlight. Also check to see if power goes through the circuit breaker by checking its' other terminal while a partner operates (or attempts to) the power windows. If power goes in to the circuit breaker but does not come out, replace the circuit breaker. (some circuit breakers reset after a while, but I'm assuming you've have this problem for a while, so you're past the time it needs to reset)

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your door switches are probably dirty spray them with wd40 then scrub them with a tooth brush

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sorry I do not speak French

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locate the ac compressor, and follow the two lines that connect to it. the port on the larger diameter line should be your low side port.

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the Vss is located on the transmission it picks up vehicle speed from the drive shaft ,and since this minivan is front wheel drive yep it's crammed in a tight spot but just can barely be seen from top it's just infront of steering wheel shaft on drivers side of car it;s made from a black plastic and looks to be held in with two small bolts , but does have a wire harness connection at a right angle . if your gonna take that out yourself i;ll caution you to unhook battery from car first this sensor goes right into your main cpu and any occasional grounds of this may dammage cpu and as tight as this looks to be to get out id say your gonna have it hitting ground few times

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No spark is the key. look for a loose wire first, then if that does not work test the power source for the coil to see if it is energized. the coil must be supplied with 12 v in order to charge for the spark.

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do you have the keys in it? if not there is a sensor that connects to the key cylinder i had that problem i fixed it and so far it worked it only dings now only when the key is in it.

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there must be a shorted line

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