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Old 07-05-2004, 21:24   #1 (permalink)
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Question '98 Windstar - Power seat problem

I have a '98 Ford Windstar Limited with a driver's side power seat problem. I had Ultimate Electronics install a new cd player & ever since, the fuse blows every couple of days. I've tried to pinpoint a trigger for the power spike, but without success. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could do to fix / diagnose the problem? I have a multimeter, but I'm not an expert at using it.
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Old 07-06-2004, 19:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '98 Windstar - Power seat problem

Sounds to me like the power seats and stereo are on the same fuse. The CD player they installed is most likely a much more powerful unit than the stock stereo, causing the fuse to blow due to excessive current flow. The size of fuse required is based on the wire size so going to higher amp fuse probably wouldn't be a good idea. You may end up with a mess of melted wires if you do.

Does the fuse blow when the CD player is off or only when the stereo is on and you're adjusting the power seat?

I personally would take it back and have the stereo installer double check things. It's their responsibility to make sure the stereo gets all the juice it needs, even if that means running a new circuit.
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Old 07-08-2004, 20:11   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '98 Windstar - Power seat problem

I've tried many different combinations of using the seat & functions of the radio, but I can't pin down anything. They also rewired the front & back speakers & redid the ground for the stereo. They are not on the same circuit, as the radio still works when the power seat fuse is blown. I'm wondering if when they did the ground, they did something to the power seat circuit. I know there are 2 set of wires for the stereo. One for the speakers & one for the power. They said they used a wiring harness for the power & manually wired the speakers to bypass a factory sub in the rear of the van. I've already brought it back for them to look at it & all they did was put a fuse in & said "It works now". REALLY! They said I could have it looked at by another shop & it they could prove it was due to the stereo installation, they would pay for the fix. I think my next step is to rip the thing out & check the wiring myself. If anyone can think of anything else, please let me know, thanks.
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