1999 Ford Windstar My Car Won't Start

Tiny
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  • 1999 FORD WINDSTAR
Electrical problem
1999 Ford Windstar Automatic

I don't know if this is the right category, but I can't get my van to start. It has done this before, but it seems to only do it when its really cold. The last time, the van started after several attempts, but this time it is not. When I turn the key, nothing happens. There is no clicking sound to make me think it may be the starter, so I feel the starter should be okay. When I put the key in, the dash lights go on and it dings to let me know the key is in the ignition, so I don't know if its the battery or not. Please help me! I am a single mom with three young kids. I rely on my vehicle immensely! Thank you for your time!
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 AT 12:59 PM

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Tiny
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Have the battery load tested if it won't hold 9.6 volts in 10secs its no good-if okay make sure its clean and properly tighened then try again don't work come on back-

Your possible problems are Ignition switch, park and neutral switch, starter relay and starter itself-
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 AT 1:25 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like your battery connections are dirty or loose. During electrical high demand times such as during cranking, bad battery connections can cause your symptom as you describe. However, your lights and accessories may magically reappear after you cycle the key from on to off to on again. Then when you turn the key to start the car, you hear a little click (or nothing at all) and all electrical stuff goes dead.

If this is the case, definitely check the battery terminal posts and connections.

Other variables: Try wiggling the gearshift lever and/or moving the gearshift to Neutral and try to start the engine in Neutral. There is a safety switch which prevents the starter from cranking the engine. If it is misaligned just a little, the engine will not crank. Moving the gearshift gives the switch a chance to land on it's happy spot where it allows the starter to energize.
Good luck.
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 AT 9:52 PM

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