Radio does not work

Tiny
THESAINT823
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  • 2000 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 136,000 MILES
One day my radio stopped working, I checked all the fuses and everything is good. I used my multimeter and there is power through the battery line and the ignition wire. There is a red indicator light on the radio that blinks but the radio does not power on. I tried three different decks and all three do the same thing. I tried the stock radio and still no power. I am stumped as to the problem. Like I said all fuses are good and according to my multimeter there is power. I checked the wiring, that is solid.
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Sunday, October 27th, 2013 AT 4:13 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

There are 3 different fuses that run that radio, here is a wiring diagram (BELOW) to help you test the system. Also check the grounds.

Here is a guide to get you started

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

Please run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Cheers, Ken

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:43 PM
Tiny
RUFUSRICH1979
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  • 2001 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 140,000 MILES
I changed radio and now the radio and power sliding doors are not working. I checked all fuses and they are good.
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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN
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Hey,

It looks like you shorted out fuse #6 15 amp in the fuse panel, here is a wiring diagram that will show you they share the same power.

Here is a guide that will help you test for the problem to get it fixed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

Please run this test and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Best, Ken

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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
REDFEATHER60
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  • 1993 FORD WINDSTAR
It seemed to have a dead battery; the battery was old so we replaced it. The car started right up but the radio and interior lights were not working. Then they started to work minutes later. Later in the day the headlights would go off and come back on and the radio would go off and come back on. Is this possibly an alternator problem?

Thanks, I really can't afford to take this to a dealership - hopefully with your help I can fix this.

Ray
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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CBAILEYII
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Assuming that you checked all the fuses prior to posting, I would say to have the alternator checked at Autozone since it is free anyway. Not too sure that it would cause the issues you are referring to however. What I suspect first, after fuse block of course, would be the power distribution box. That or you may also want to consider a new ground wire kit.
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Thursday, May 4th, 2017 AT 8:46 PM (Merged)
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REDFEATHER60
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Thank you for your response. I did further checks on the car, and I did find some connections that seemed lose and I tightened them. I also did a voltage test and was getting a low voltage reading. I decided to have a mechanic replace the alternator after viewing what was involved to remove the one that was in there; I decided it wasn't worth the headache. Thanks again for your help.
Ray
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