1999 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 82,000 miles
1999 Windstar base 3.0, auto, 2wd, cruise, rear window defroster, pwr steering & Brakes.
Mileage is 82,000.
Driving home from the store, the ABS light went on, the Odometer went to dashes & the speedometer quit working. The temperature was around 80 degrees. The orange ABS light was the only light on. Not knowing what was going on, I called the Ford dealer and was told $125 to run diagnostics & the repair could be between $800-2500.
After reading internet Ford problems, I found out that fuse 10 was blown. I replaced it & all was well for about 10 minutes, then the fuse blew again. More reading led to checking the deactivation sw on the master cylinder. It was fine and had been replaced by recall a year earlier. All wires under the master cyl appear to be fine.
More reading told me to pull fuse 101 & 102 (ABS 40amp fuses). The Orange ABS light went on. (I could live without ABS for a while), Well after the car got warm, fuse 10 blew again. Thinking that the new deactivation went bad, I totally disconnected it by removing the wire. Put in a new fuse 10 and started up the car. All was fine. It sat there idling for about 15 minutes & fuse 10 blew. Not one item was turned on. Anything related to what fuse 10 controls was off.
I pulled all connectors around the master cyl looking for brake fluid or corrosion. None was found, they all look pretty good, no brake fluid or corrosion.
While most problems deal with the deactivation sw, this one appears to be different.
Also some info deals with hot weather, which has not been the case since this problem started.
To date, I’ve done this three times, put in a new fuse 10, started the car COLD and let it idle with no equipment on. Fuse 10 blows after about 10-15 minutes. Fuse 101 & 102 are out & the deactivation wire is disconnected. After fuse 10 blows, putting in a new fuse blows immediately while the engine is hot.
Playing around some more, I noticed that when the car gets hot enough to activate the fans, fuse 10 blows. I first thought it might be the fans, but when trying again, the fuse blew about a minute before the fans went on.
For the most part, the car functions fine with the abs light on & fuse 10 blown. Wouldn't mind driving, but without speedometer, it is difficult.
Any help you can give will be appreciated. I will make a donation, and if you can solve the problem, I’ll donate more.
If you need any other info, please let me know
have the same problem?
Saturday, September 11th, 2010 AT 12:33 PM