1998 Ford Windstar brake fuse blows #7

Tiny
TONERTAME
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  • 1998 FORD WINDSTAR
Electrical problem
1998 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Automatic

I have a issue with #7 brake fuse blowing as soon as you hit the brake pedal. I disconnected and cleaned the pressure switch connector as I have read that later windstars had the pressure switch fill with brake fluid and create a short. I also replaced the brake light switch at the pedal. As a result of this I cannot get the vehicle out of gear as this runs on the same circuit. I looked at the stop lamp bulbs, they appear to be ok, I am thinking it may be the shift interlock solenoid but, cannot find any info on this or where it may be located. Any ideas what may be causing this?
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 11:41 AM

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Tiny
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Lots of ABS problems most have to do with a bad Control mod, these can be had cheap now at the site posted in this LONG string.
http://www.2carpros.com/forum/54-vt49767.html?start=530
Rebuilt mods here:
http://www.modulemaster.com/
Check out the last page.
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 12:01 PM
Tiny
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Do you think the abs module is shorted? Causing #7 fuse to blow?
Thank you,
tonertame
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 2:12 PM
Tiny
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Are the abs and red brake lights on? If yes, it's likly, but try pulling the big 40 amp fuses talked about in the post, it may work.
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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No! There is no other lights lit also no other fuses are blowing.
Thank you for your assistance.
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Friday, October 1st, 2010 AT 8:09 PM
Tiny
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When you first turn the key to the on position, does the ABS light and red brake light, check engine light, do these come on then go out?
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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 AT 10:13 AM
Tiny
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I will check tonight. I thought I had it licked this weekend. I noticed a connector that was unplugged into the abs box and possibly grounding out. I plugged it back in and checked the the fuse and everything worked with no #7 fuse blowing. After driving it I realized why it was disconnected, the abs would go off almost every time I hit the brake. At this point I disconnected and drove it up until sunday night when it blew again Grrrr. I noticed some other connectors that I was thinking about disconnecting to see if the abs unit is shorting inside. What are your thoughts on this?
Thank You again for your help
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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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What did the pedal do? If it pulses at low speed, and NO ABS dash light comes on, check for play in the wheel bearings(hub). If the fuse blows you need to trace the wire from the fusepanel to the ABS or other circuit involed and OHM it.
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 AT 2:11 AM

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