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Dash lights, power windows and radio goes off and on,

Customer Question

dash lights, power windows and radio goes off and on, sometimes as long asm3-5 mins before it comes back on.
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: Yes
JA: What year is your MINI?
Customer: I have 2003 F350
JA: Are you fixing your MINI yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I had new batties and alternator install
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: this started happening after the alternator was replaced.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Hello my name is***** am an ASE Master Technician and I am glad to help you out with your question.

Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Sounds like a loose connection or loose ground problem, this will require the wiggle test to diagnose, move around the harness and see if you can duplicate the problem.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This has been done
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Could be a problem in the fuse box itself, there is also a battery saver relay to check.

Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

here is a wiring diagram for the windows.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
is this connected to the dash lights and gauges
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

yes

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
all looks good any other areas to check
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Check inside the rubber boot in the drivers front door jam, the wires here will sometime break and cause problems.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No chafing or cracks in the wires
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

A scan for codes in the body control module would not be a bad idea at this point.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This has been done. No codes show up
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

What scan tool did you use?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I have seen some people talking about the radio ground being lose, and the dashboard lights are responsible for checking the grounding for the truck. Could this be i
Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

Yes this could definitely be a ground issue.

Expert:  Dan replied 6 months ago.

I will opt out and see if anyone else has any more ideas.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.

The other tech opted out, would you like me to help with this wiring or instrument cluster issue?

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 6 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

  • I am following up with you to see if you got everything you needed from my answer.
  • I have not heard back from you, so I assume you were not pleased. We're you pleased with my help?
  • If you were not pleased with my help, please let me know by replying so I can help more.
  • This post is coming up on the 7 day mark where it times out. When a post times out, that means it's no longer on my active list (you reply and I may never know it.)

Thanks Chris