2002 Ford Windstar Auto will not start after short drive (5

Tiny
JAHAZIEL
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  • 2002 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 144,000 MILES
After driving about 5-10 miles and then stopping and shutting off the engine, I have to wait for the car to cool down before it will start again. Jump starting does not work either. Thinking that it may be the starter, I replaced it with a new one. The problem is still present. All fluids are at the proper levels. I've owned this vehicle for four years and this problem seemed to have started with-in the last year. When I turn the key, there is no "clicking" or any discernible sounds. All the lights work fine; The initial dashboard lights come on as normal; The radio, windows and other electrical systems work. As a Government retiree, I can not afford a full electrical dealership diagnoses at this time.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 AT 3:36 PM

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Tiny
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Have you checked for power to the starter relay?
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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 AT 10:43 AM
Tiny
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No, I've not tested for current to the starter. After waiting for awhile the car starts. I did change the starter. How would I test for intermittent power to the starter?
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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 AT 1:36 PM
Tiny
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Have a helper turn the key to the start position while you check for power to the smaller wire on the starter. You may also want to check for power to the starter relay.
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 AT 8:14 AM

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