2001 FORD WINDSTAR MINI-VAN HEADLIGHTS, DOME LIGHT,
THE HEADLIGHTS AND DOME LIGHTS AT TIMES DO NOT TURN OFF WHEN THE VAN AND LIGHT SWITCH IS TURNED OFF. WHEN I RE-START THE VAN, THEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT. ALSO NOW THE ODOMETER AND SPEEDOMETER IS NOT WORKING, CRUISE CONTROL IS NOT WORKING EITHER NOW AS WELL. THE O/D LIGHT
HAS STARTED FLASHING. AND FINALLY THE AIR CONDITIONER DECIDED NOT TO COOL ANYMORE. THE ELECTRICAL NIGHTMARE.
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In Windstar models the problem can be caused by the side sliding door contacts, but either of the two other switches in the right and left doors can also cause the light to blink on at times or just stay lighted. The issue is most noticed when the van is turned hard right or left when driving or on a rough road. A Ford dealer can run a test with a special scanner and ID exactly which switch is at fault.
Your owners manual will show you the location of the relay, for the lights, swap the lights relay with another on. Also, if the light switch is working, and the fuse is good, you will be able to hear the relay click. Have a helper run the light switch while you listen for it to click.
If you have a light control module then that is probably failing. However if the dome light is activated by small switches in the door pillars it is possible that the contact points may be rusty or have a bad earth.
fist unclip wire,then unscrew it with a 28mm spanner ,fitting procedure is the reverse .It turns anticlockwise to unscrew and clockwise to screw up ,torque setting is a grunt and two scuffed knuckles and max of 3 swear words