pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,450 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. unplug lights (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. clean the contact points on door frame (1 reports)
  4. remove the interior light fuse (1 reports)
1998 Ford Windstar lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #7

May 302011

Windstar GL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,768 miles


dome light on plug it and sidedoor light to and your door ajar will go out........ but you will be in the dark..........but problem gone

- gjoe, Ruthven, Ontario, canada

problem #6

Oct 222008

Windstar 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,273 miles

I really feel That there is enough of these vehicles having the same problem and Ford should do a recall on them for it. Or at least tell us how to fix the damn thing.

- superchef64, Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada

problem #5

Nov 012009

Windstar V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

For months my lights have had a mind of their own (interior and exterior lights). During the day all is good. But after it gets dark my lights stay on... with the delay switch in the off position. The lights continually click once you turn the key in the ignition.Then after you turn the vehicle off the lights stay on. I have tried changing the fuses, but that of course didn't work. Tried to find the censor box in the van and that was unsuccessful. Tried calling dealerships to locate the censor box, yea... no help. They want you to bring it in, so they can do it for you and charge you an arm and a leg. Every time I get out of my car, I have to pop the hood and disconnect the battery, to get the lights to come off. Doing this in this harsh winter weather. With the amount of complaints you would think they would be a little more considerate. NEVER WILL I BUY ANOTHER FORD- if anyone can fix this problem PLEASE HELP!

- williewin, Indpls, IN, US

problem #4

Aug 022009

Windstar Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


Talked to a friend, and he said to clean the 4 contact points on both the sliding door, and where they contact the door frame with Hydrogen Peroxide to remove and oxidation so that a solid contact can be made. He said if this didn't work, to take some extremely fine sand paper after it, but I never had to since the Peroxide seems to have been enough to fix the problem.

- Kelly D., Audubon, MN, US

problem #3

Nov 112008

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Well first I started noticing that my interior light were staying on a little to long after entering the van, then a neighbor came over and said I left my lights on inside the van.So I went to shut them off and the switch wasn't on but all interior lite were on still,So I unhook Battery.Next day I went threw everything with a test light and couldn't find anything wrong.So in the long run had to pull all bulbs to keep from running battery down.

- Howard S., Jefferson City, MO, US

problem #2

Feb 012009

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

well, i tried the advice to tape the two wires together inside the sliding door ,it didn't work.the stupid interior lights still stayed on,and the door ajar light. so i took the packing off the rear lift door ,and unplugged the two switches on either side (inside) the door .and it works great now ,and the ajar light is off. the switches are plugged into the latches. now i am pretty sure this bypassed the ajar light so be very careful.

Update from May 29, 2009: well, it actually didn'y disable the door ajat light it only comes on when a door is open now!

- bbsr72, Newcomerstown, OH, US

problem #1

Mar 312009


  • Manual transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I tried all the doors and i tried taking out the key in a different position.they also take a while to turn off after i start driving it really sucks. my batteries gonna die and everyone i know is not vehicle saavy. what do i do?

- jessiewi, Wisconsin, Rapids, WI, US

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