Common Problems of Ford Windstar Window Motor and Their Causes
Don't you just hate it when you have to open your Ford Windstar's entire door panel just to get a parking or toll way ticket? This happens when your vehicle's reliable power windows deteriorate and fail over time. Although this window malfunction can be caused by other window assembly parts, it is highly possible that the window motor is the primary culprit behind this frustrating problem. To confirm this, you can troubleshoot your vehicle's window motor and see if it has the following problems:
Window motor has no voltage
Lack of voltage in your Ford Windstar window motor can often cause your vehicle's windows to not function properly. If the power windows are not working, check the window motor's voltage using a test light. If the test light shows no voltage at all, examine the window motor's electrical connections for damage and corrosion. If the wires connected to the window motor are all fine, you may want to check the circuit breaker and/or the fuse using an ohmmeter. If all these parts are in good condition and yet the power windows are still not working, replacing your Ford Windstar window motor might be the solution.
Interrupted power flow
Interruptions in the flow of power to the window motor can also cause it to malfunction. Usually, short circuits and unnecessary openings in the electrical wirings disrupt the normal flow of electricity to and from the Ford Windstar window motor. You can test the wires' efficiency in transporting power through a test light or an ohmmeter. If the electrical lines are not the problem, checking the power source for damage might do the trick. Other possible causes of power flow disruption include burnt or blown-up fuse, busted fuse, and broken relays.
Since your Ford Windstar window motor is located within the vehicle's door panel, it is highly susceptible to physical damage caused by road accidents. In most cases, minor scratches and dents on the surface of the window motor do not alter its normal function. But if the damage is too severe, replacing the motor with a new one is your sole option.
Other troubleshooting tips
If your Ford Windstar window motor is producing grinding or humming noise while it operates, this may be an indication of an impending motor failure. It is also very common for electric motors to develop dead spots. When these happen, the window motor suddenly stops working. You can still make it work by tapping it with a rubber mallet, but this is only a temporary solution to the problem. Once your vehicle's window motor develops a dead spot, it is already considered defective.