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WINDSHIELD WIPERS, WINDOWS, INTERIOR LIG

1998 Ford Explorer

Computer problem
1998 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 190000 miles

I own a 98 Ford Explorer Sport. The windows, interior lights, windshield wipers and the rear defrost work sometimes but at other times they dont. They all come and go at the same time. What could possibly cause this?
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Oebb1
July 29, 2009.



The only common item in the electrical circuit is the ignition switch,

but that doesn't explain the interior lights.

Are there any other items that stop working?

Buddycraigg
Jul 29, 2009.
I believe the 4 wheel drive goes out too.

Tiny
Oebb1
Jul 29, 2009.
I believe the 4 wheel drive goes too.

Tiny
Oebb1
Jul 29, 2009.
That's in the switch too.

When you said interior lights, what lights are you talking about.

Buddycraigg
Jul 29, 2009.
The ones on the headliner. When you say ignition switch, do you mean where you put the key in?

Tiny
Oebb1
Jul 30, 2009.
Now that part doesn't make any sense. Those are normally turned on and off by some sort of body control module.

No, the place you put the key is only the mechanical lock, I'm talking about the electrical switch that the lock is connected to.

Buddycraigg
Jul 30, 2009.
No, the place you put the key is only the mechanical lock, I'm talking about the electrical switch that the lock is connected to.[/Quote] Does replacing this swiitch require any special tools or equipment? Should I have a pro do this job?

Tiny
Oebb1
Jul 30, 2009.
It's pretty simple to do with normal hand tools.

The good news is they are cheap.
The bad news is you need to be a contortionist to be able to get to them.

it's mounted on the steering column, kinda above your knees.
and it looks like this


http://partimages.genpt.com/largeimages/647209.jpg


Buddycraigg
Jul 30, 2009.