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7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$113.00
Average Mileage:
105,627 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. check the light contact on lock cylinder (#7) (2 reports)
  3. clock spring assembly in the steering column (1 reports)
  4. shaking the ignition key forward fixes it! key is loose! (1 reports)
2003 Ford Windstar lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 272012

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

interior lights would flicker intermittently, especially when getting ready to shut off the vehicle, putting the trans lever into park. Also when driving. Noticed that moving the ignition switch would stop the flickering. When I found this solution on this website, I knew it was probably the solution and it is.

- , Flushing, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 012009

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I HAD THE FLICKERING LIGHT ISSUE WHAT I DID TO FIX THE ISSUE WAS TO PULL THE LOCK CYLINDER IN THE COLLUM AND TO USE DIELLECTRIC GREESE ON THE CONTACT FOR THE LIGHTS I ALSO BENT UP THE CONTACT A LITTLE SO THE HAD A BETTER CONTACT WITH THE COLLUM .

IF U DONT KNOW HOW TO PULL THE KEY CYLINDER IT IS VERY EASY ALL U HAVE TO DO IS TO TURN THE KEY TO RUN AND TO PUSH THE RELEASE PIN UNDER UT CYLINDER THERE IS A HOLE IN THE PLASTIC THEN PULL OUT THE CYLINDER THE LIGHT CONTACTS ON MINE WERE IN A ORANGE PLASTIC CASE ADN COPPER I DIDI THE REPAIR MY SELF IN ABOUT 20 MIN AND A FEW $$ LES THAT 10 FOR THE GREASE

- , Streator, IL, USA

problem #6

Mar 012010

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

the inside lights start to flicker, almost as if someone is opening a door - except the van is moving, all doors are closed and locked, and there is no explanation. Sometimes it is ok, but at night if we have to drive around with the lights on in the van very long I can't stand it!

- , Columbia, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 022010

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The lights blink on and off damn near ALL the time...I'm scared to drive it!

- , Garner, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 162010

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

My vans interior lights keep flashing while I'm driving it is draining my battery and causing a fuse to blow. I paid cash up front for an extended warranty so I took it to ford for service they kept it for three days and couldn't duplicate the issue which means they have no idea what the problem is. So since they couldn't figure it out I had to pay for all the diagnostic fees and rental car, all of which is supposed to be covered by the warranty. I picked up the van from Ford service and took it back three days later, it was in the shop a few days more and they still have no idea. I contacted ford customer service & they want me to bring it back again. I guess so they can charge me more money for doing nothing. Why pay money for a warranty if you cant use it. I think they need better trained technicians at World Ford Pensacola.

- , Milton, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Windstar LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have a 2003 Ford Windstar LX with 110 thousand miles and the interior lights just began flashing on and off randomly. Ford does not know why. During the day it is not a big deal because you can't really see it happening as much as you do at night. Perhaps thats why Ford can't see a problem. But after some investigating on my own I noticed that you can simply push the ignition key forward, or all the way on, DO NOT turn key all the way as if you are starting the ignition while the van is running! Simply push very softly forward on the ignition key. Your keys hanging from the ignition are pulling the ignition back as if you are turning off the van. I also have my van key and key fob on there own keychain, for less weight. Perhaps replacing the ignition, you know just they key and the ignition control would fix this problem. My brother thinks there is a spring loose or becoming weak in the ignition so maybe someone can open the ignition and fix it. I won't take it back to Ford because they got enough money from me on this and several other problems. Pushing forward on the key solves the problem for now and KNOWING this is the problem i just put up with it. Perhaps this is why doors are opening and lights are draining batteries on other peoples vans. Make sure the key is either all the way on when driving or all the way off when parked. I am not a certified mechanic but I have worked on my van and many other fords we own so I am 100% confident this is the problem, atleast on my van it is. If nothing else this is a perfect place to start on your van. This is a free test you can do any time. While driving your van simple shake, or turn the key very slightly forward and back and see if the lights flash. Just be sure your knob on the dash board is set to turn on the lights when you turn off the ignition or open a door. If the knob for the interior lights is turned down, or OFF you will not be able to tell if this works for you. Everyone should atleast try this if they own this van.

- , Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Windstar SEL 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

LIGHTS HAVE FLASHED SINCE I BOUGHT THIS CAR USED.I HAVE HAD IT AT FORD NUMEROUS TIMES AND THEY DONT WANT TOO HEAR ABOUT IT.YOU GET CHARGED FOR DIAGNOSING THE CAR.I BOUGHT IT WITH THIS PROBLEM AND STILL HAVE IT.I BOUGHT A NEW BATTERY ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND NOW THEIR SAYING THATS BAD AND MY ALTERNATOR IS BAD.EVERY BEEF I HAVE READ ON THIS VAN I HAVE.DEPRESSED IN THE BURG.

- , Pgh., PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162009

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,013 miles

I took my Windstar to Ford for flickering lights. They act like they never heard of this before. They charged me for diagnostics and wound up replacing the clock spring assembly in the steering column. $336 later I have a minivan that doesn't look like a disco anymore!!

- , West Deptford, NJ, USA

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