The place to look for the harness is at a salvage yard. New ones are typically only available from the manufacturer and are purchased by the dealer for warranty repairs. Otherwise it is normal to just repair them because they're very expensive.
Broken ball joints and crashes are REAL common on Ford products. A lot of damage results even before the tow truck / truck and chain arrives, so don't be too hard on the guys who moved it afterward. If you want to blame someone, blame the idiot designers at Ford.
I have to ask, just to be sure, but you did match the wires for repair by their colors, right? Did you solder the splices and seal them with heat-shrink tubing? Electrical tape is not appropriate as it will unravel into a gooey mess and let moisture in to corrode the connections. The Chrysler parts departments have some really nice tubing with hot melt glue inside to seal out moisture. You might find that at the other auto parts stores too. This is even more important near tires that will spray rain water around.
When you have the wrong circuits turning on, very often the cause is a missing or corroded ground wire. Ford, and many other manufacturers place the ground wires from multiple circuits into one common terminal, then bolt that to the body. When it's disconnected, current from the circuit you turned on can't complete its path to ground so it looks for an alternate path. That is backwards through some other circuit tied to the same ground terminal.
If necessary, I think I can get into the Ford web site on a different computer to look for the wiring diagram, but that is more useful when troubleshooting one specific circuit. For your problem, a better place to start is by rechecking the repaired wires and the grounds.
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 AT 3:31 AM