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Just replaced the alternator...

Just replaced the alternator and battery in my 1999 Ford Windstar. The engine turns over, but never ignites. Any ideas? '

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the engine spark at all? Is there a trouble code or is your "check engine light" on?

The engine does crank.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Windstar yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am fixing it myself.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

The plastic clip on one of the electrical connectors broke while i was removing the old alternator (I'm obviously a novice and don't know what it's called).

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Ford
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Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 8 months ago
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So with the connector you can take that to your local auto prts store and have them match it up, if they dont have anything the junk yeard is a good place to look, that connectors could be on several ford models, and last but not least the dealer will have it

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok, that's easy enough. Would that broken clip on that connector impact the engine's ability to ignite?
Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 8 months ago

depending on the connector, can you send a few non blurry pictures of the connector and where it plugs into

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Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 8 months ago

if thats the broken connector that wouldnt cause it to not start, ok have you checked fuel and spark yet? do you have a check engine or security light on?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have a quarter tank of gas. No check engine light. I do not know how to check the spark.
Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 8 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UyxRc2lCvk

here is a video on how to check spark

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok, looks like i'm getting spark.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
The van has been sitting for about a month and a half. I don't know that's a helpful thing to know.
Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

I would check fuel pressure next you may just have bad fuel, also try spraying starter fluid or carb cleaner in the intake to see if kicks off

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Ford Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 7 months ago

hows it coming?

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