Ford Windstar Dome Light Problems


The Windstar is a family mini-van manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Reports concerning dome light problems in the Windstar are found on many car review websites including Edmunds. The dome light illuminates the interior of the Windstar. Reported dome light problems range from bulb problems to major wiring problems.

Blown Bulb

  • The Ford Windstar has two dome lights, one located toward the front of the van and one at the rear of the van. Some Windstar owners may experience a prematurely blown dome light. This dome light problem occurs in the front dome light as well as the rear dome light. No specific cause is attributed to this dome light problem and can be easily repaired by replacing the bulb.

Light Remains On

  • Many complaints are reported by Ford Windstar owners concerning the dome light remaining on after the doors are closed. This dome light problem is attributed to a switch problem in the door panel. The switch is breaking or cracking, causing the contact of the switch not to engage. When the contacts do not engage, the dome light remains on. Because the contacts are not engaging, the dome lights still receive voltage.

Dome Light Flickers

  • The Ford Windstar could have a problem with the dome light flickering during normal driving conditions. A technical service bulletin was published concerning this dome light problem. The TSB states that a wiring problem is causing many of the trouble codes, warning lights and dome lights to intermittently flicker. This electrical problem can only be repaired by a qualified technician.

Dome Light Fuse

  • A TSB published on the Ford Windstar concerns the dome light fuse failing. Once the fuse fails, the dome lights do not illuminate. An overcurrent charge is causing the fuse to blow and is primarily happening during start-up. The fuse protects the dome light from this sudden surge of current, but blows. No specific cause is attributed to this sudden surge of voltage.


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