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Old 06-22-2007, 12:10   #1 (permalink)
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2001 van won't start

Hello all, first post here;

Windstar has been acting up lately (surging) and OBD II codes reading EGR insufficient flow and bank 1 too lean so I replace the EGR valve and 02 sensor. Cleared the codes and the same ones came back on after new parts installed.

Then, couple of times driving around town I got in and turned the key and no start. The next day turned the key, all panel lights come on; turn all the way and all panel lights black out with NO noise whatsoever coming from under the hood ie.... starter clicking, fuel pump humming, etc.

Got in the manual (Haines) and diagnosed the starter by running wire from the POS battery terminal to Solenoid and starter fired the engine right up. Starter and Solenoid are good, Right?

Moved on to the ignition switch, diagnosed it w/ multimeter per the manual... good.
Then to the Transaxle relay thingie aka "neutral safety switch" from autoZone; checked the harness w/multimeter per the manual and it's good. Replaced the Neutral safety switch and still got the same problem.

Checked the fuel pump shut-off, the ignition switch relay, most other relays by switching like ones around and all fuses in the engine compartment and inside the cab box.

After using the search feature I have come up with a few more possible culprits;
Smartlock?, coil, voltage regulator, ignition control module? Could the starter solenoid still be bad? Now when I "hot wire" the starter it will crank but the engine will not start.

Any Ideas before I give in and take it to the "Dreaded Dealer"?

Thanks in advance,

JB
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Old 06-22-2007, 19:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2001 van won't start

Is the "Theft Light" blinking rapidly?
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Re: 2001 van won't start

I have the same problem with 2000 Windstar LX THIEF flashing very fast and will not start over.
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Is the "Theft Light" blinking rapidly?

Yes how do I get the windstar lx 2000 to start.
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Re: 2001 van won't start

will no van start for a sec and then die or it wont fire at all?

if the van starts for a sec and then dies unplug the mass airflow sencer (located beside the throttle body) and try to start it if it runs then you now its the mass airflow sencer they range from $75-$150 depends on where you go
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Re: 2001 van won't start

It just keeps getting worse. I am having a problem with the engine, the gas milage has dropped and the engine's power seems to have dropped off. I get a message that bank 1 and 2 are too lean. I replaced the O2 sensors and had the messages cleared. It came back. Now my side doors won't open automatically from the outside handles. The 'theft' is blinking faster, but not really fast. I think there is a vacuum problem somewhere, but not sure where. I can't find a new vacuum hose for the fuel regulator. Any suggestions on any of this?
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