2001 Ford Windstar power windows

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
I am having a problem with windows I put in a new switch fuses and a relay and windows still wont work please help dont know what else to try
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 AT 3:10 PM

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Tiny
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Which window? If all of them don't work, it's pretty unlikely all the switches went bad at the same time. Do you hear any noises like one is trying to move?
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 AT 3:17 PM
Tiny
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None of the windows are working started with driver window would work sometimes then we blew a fuse changed it out with new one now passenger side doesnt work I got a different switch and changed a relay out and still nothing
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 AT 12:56 PM
Tiny
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And no noise at all in any of them
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 AT 12:57 PM
Tiny
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The blowing fuse suggests there's some wires broken or frayed between the door hinges. Check those first. If that's what you find, I'll describe how I fix them.
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 AT 8:20 PM
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We blew a fuse cause we were using a tester to check for power and touched a wire blew fuse radio went out changed fuse radio came back but windows still didnt work would not think a wire would be frayed or anything else cause window worked sometimes but now none of them started with drivers window
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Friday, September 12th, 2014 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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You need some punctuation in that huge sentence, otherwise it can be read at least three different ways, and none of them make sense.

You think there's no broken or frayed wires because the windows used to work sometimes? That's exactly how it acts when the wires are just barely still making contact. Now I'm more convinced you have broken wires.

The way I repair the harness is to pull as much of it as possible out of the door and the "A"-pillar, then cut out one wire at a time. On some models there will be two wires that are the same color and same diameter, and if you mix them up, everything will still work properly, except if two people push the window switches for the same window, you'll pop an auto-resetting circuit breaker. You'll avoid that by just doing one wire at a time.

Most commonly I remove a piece of wire 11" long. The wire I splice in is 22" long. Don't twist the ends of the wires together. Slide the strands into each other and check that no sharp ends are sticking up. Solder that splice, then seal it with heat-shrink tubing. Never use electrical tape in a car. It will unravel into a gooey mess on a hot day. Check a second time for sharp points sticking up before you heat the heat-shrink tubing. Push those points down so they don't work through the tubing.

Splice the other end the same way and seal it. If the wires were in a rubber sleeve, run the new wires through it too. If they had plastic wrap around the harness, use that stuff again. You only have to wrap the parts of the wires that will be between the hinges and flexing. The extra wire gets stuffed into the door where nothing will catch on it, or into the A-pillar. The spices should be inside the door and A-pillar too so they don't flex each time you open the door. The next time this repair is needed, pull that extra wire out and you'll be half done with the repair.
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Friday, September 12th, 2014 AT 6:50 PM

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