Lights not working

Tiny
ELLEN GAUTHIER
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  • 2001 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
Left Rear turn signal and right rear stop light are not working, book that came with car says they are on the same fuse. Fuse tests okay, turn signal tests okay, replaced burnt out bulb on of the brake but neither bulb sockets are testing positive. Is it wiring? How could I check it?
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Sunday, March 20th, 2016 AT 11:52 PM

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Tiny
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If my ford Windstar problem is not the wiring, could it be the control module that is under the dash to the left of the break peddle, where all the wiring goes in and comes out? I have now pictures, but saw a picture of one something like mine on your web site that my brother in law showed me, when he had sent you a question about my car.
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 12:29 AM
Tiny
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There is a rear electronic module at right rear quarter panel that may be screwing up. If your top and lh stop light work ok then check the wire marked in pic for power with brake applied. If it comes out of there then you have a short between that and taillight. It can also be scanned to see if it's bad auto parts can't do that though
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 2:14 PM
Tiny
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I forgot it will also effect your turn signals.
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 2:14 PM
Tiny
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I checked and there is no rear electronic module at right rear quarter panel. The only thing there is a place to put a jack.
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 10:52 PM
Tiny
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Here is pic of where rear module is supposed to be it does have it otherwise you will not have any lights in rear. Pic is from ford manual. Also check fuse 8 and 16 in central junction block. Also fuse 119 in battery junction block although I don't think that would be the problem. If you cannot find the module then have it scanned for codes a mechanic will need to do it.
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 11:54 PM
Tiny
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One other thing check for corrosion on plug in at rear module if it is clean what you can then put dielectric grease on contacts you can get a little package at auto parts for around $2
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Monday, March 21st, 2016 AT 11:57 PM
Tiny
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Do you have to take the whole rear left panel off to find it? There are not sections that come off easy, except for the jack storage area.
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 AT 1:51 AM
Tiny
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Yes the whole panel may need to come off to access it as it is probably above the jack area. We don't have instructions for that
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 AT 1:01 PM
Tiny
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I didn't get the back Right panel, looked like I would have to remove the strip that goes close along the carpet inside the Right sliding door, and it didn't want to budge. Also, I would probably have to remove the rear seat to have room to pull the bottom of the panel out so I could get it out of the top that it slides under. ANY WAY, WHAT I DID DO WAS TAKE THE COVER OFF THE JACK STORAGE UNIT, AND I FOUND A LARGE CLUMP OF WIRES AT THE BOTTOM AREA BEHIND THE FOAM LIKE SHEET, AND I FELT AS FAR AS I COULD ALL AROUND IT, BUT FOUND NO OTHER WIRES OR LITTLE BOXES. RATS!
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 AT 4:17 PM
Tiny
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I can't help you any further it should be there your only option is to find someone who is almost a mechanic to remove the panel as I can't find any pics to help you out.
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 AT 4:58 PM
Tiny
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I just wanted to let you know that we were unable to resolve the problem with the break & turn-signal lights on the back of our car. We dropped the price and sold it so no longer have it. Thank you for trying to help us figure it out, but when we found the electrical problem was more than we could handle, and didn't have the money to pursue it any farther. Hope I never have serious issues with a car again, but if I do, I'll look you up again.
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Sunday, March 27th, 2016 AT 8:11 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for using 2carpros
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Monday, March 28th, 2016 AT 6:42 AM

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