Question about 1998 Ford Windstar
My 1998 Windstar has an electrical problem: the alarm bell chimes constantly when I start the car and only goes off when I drive over 5mph and then comes on again when I slow down under 5mph. The icons for "abs", "service engine soon" and the icon for "open door" are constantly on. Please help me!
The warning chime is on because the GEM - generic electronic module think's the door is open . Your best bet ,have a qualified repair shop check it out . Unless you have a scanner that will talk with the GEM & the engine computer & ABS computer , checking DTC'S - dfiagnostic trouble codes . If you don't know about this , take it to a repair shop.
Posted on Jan 24, 2018
SOURCE: chime goes off
Open the drivers door and look at the hindge area and you will see a black rubber accordian tube between the door and the pillar.This is the protective cover for the wiring harness. Now take a screw driver and stick it into the latch that latches when u close the door and trip the latch. Now start up the vehicle and wiggle the black tube and see if you can duplicate the concern. If so then pull the cover back and inspect the wires for a broken wire. these models are bad for this happening.
Posted on Feb 03, 2009
I can't help with the chimes, but as far as the awful smell, try changing the cabin air filter. It's under the hood on the passenger side. Close to the wipers up near the firewall is a rectangle cover about an inch thick and about 12-15" long. Inside is a filter. It's very easy to remove and replace, and this fixed the funky smell in my van immediately.
Posted on Apr 03, 2009
Sound like one of the door jamb switches is bad. Try taking a pencil or screw driver and pushing in on each door switch. Push the switch beyond the "flush" point to see if the switch is just not fully closing.
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
An anti-lock braking system, or ABS (from the German, Antiblockiersystem) is a safety system which prevents the wheels on a motor vehicle from locking while braking.
A rotating road wheel allows the driver to maintain steering control under heavy braking by preventing a skid and allowing the wheel to continue interacting tractively with the road surface as directed by driver steering inputs. While ABS offers improved vehicle control in some circumstances, it can also present disadvantages including increased braking distance on slippery surfaces such as ice, packed snow, gravel, steel plates and bridges, or anything other than dry pavement. ABS has also been demonstrated to create a false sense of security in drivers, who may drive more aggressively as a result.
Since initial widespread use in production cars, anti-lock braking systems have evolved considerably. Recent versions not only prevent wheel lock under braking, but also electronically control the front-to-rear brake bias. This function, depending on its specific capabilities and implementation, is known as electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), traction control system (TCS or ASR), emergency brake assist (BA, EBA or HBA), or electronic stability control (ESP, ESC or DSC).
You can read the complete article at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-lock_braking_system
Posted on May 10, 2009
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