light on 1999 Ford Windstar

my car is off but my light are on. i try to turn on the car but dosnt want to turn on. this is the first time its done that

by in Hoffman Estates, IL on October 24, 2010
3 answers 9 comments
ANSWER by on October 24, 2010
It may be that your battery has gone dead from the light being on so that is why the car will not start. Do you mean the interior light? If so check all of your doors and hatches to make sure that they are completely closed. If they are and the light still won't go off, have a shop look at this.
COMMENT by on October 25, 2010
the doors are close. the light outside are the ones that stay on and the thing inside that are working is the radio the a/c and all the lights outside but not the lights inside
COMMENT by on April 25, 2011
i am having the same problem with my 99 windstar. but my interior lights do stay on too . also the headlights tail lights stereo and heater blower but no dash lights and no power to engine. but i can hear the fuel pump kick on when key is turned on, any suggestions ?? please help
ANSWER by on October 24, 2010
Does your theft light flash in the dash? Important question for this concern. I take it to mean your dash lights are on, but the car will not crank.
COMMENT by on October 25, 2010
the theft light donst even turn on, the only things that are working is the a/c and the radio even when i havent turn on the car. the car dosnt even want to turn on
COMMENT by on October 28, 2010
Sounds like you will need to really have a qualified technician look at your car. The angle I was reaching for was that I have seen several of these vehicles with failed instrument clusters. When the cluster fails, it will not allow the PATS (passive anti-theft system) to function. The only solution in this case is to replace the cluster. And, they are not made you have to try salvaged. But, you could have several other things wrong good tech should weigh in. Good luck.
ANSWER by on April 29, 2011
i am the lady who posted about my own 99 winstar . we found if you pull fuse 16 in fuse box thats under your steering wheel . you will find that it is blown. well i replaced mine with another 10 amp fuse and it blew then a 15 amp it also blew. so i put a 25 amp fuse in there and its running fine now for the time being untill you can find out where your short is . but i was told that it is more than likely in the instrument cluster. thats what fuse #16 is for. please let me know if this helps. thank you . my email is
COMMENT by on April 29, 2011
Be very very careful - you could be asking for an electrical fire by defeating the circuit protection. You probably already understand this, but anyone reading should be made aware that it's very dangerous to bypass the proper fuse amperage. "until you can find your short is" -- indeed - just make it your #1 priority.
COMMENT by on May 01, 2011
ok thank you very much. now i have another issue i have no dash lights or gas gauge or speed guage , or rpm's , no turn signal lights nothing on dash . they still work outside the car just not on the dash . do you have any idea's
COMMENT by on May 01, 2011
The 1999 Windstar controls the Passive Anti Theft System (PATS) through the instrument cluster. When the instrument cluster experiences a failure or a software loss, it will keep the vehicle from starting. Replacing the cluster is the only solution. Circuit testing really must be done with a wiring diagram in hand to find out why the instrument cluster has no power. Since the whole thing is out, I suspect it is a wiring issue and not a communication cable issue.
COMMENT by on May 02, 2011
well my vehicle starts now . the only thing is no power on the instrument panel. but runs fine turn signals work on out side of vehicle just not on what do i need to do i have a wiring diagram so should i just start tracking wires..
COMMENT by on May 02, 2011
Yes, exactly; try to find a common fuse or common ground.
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