I had this on my 2000 windstar and here is the link to the steps I took: I had to replace the brake light switch(was old style and wet with brake fluid from having done brake jobs) and it also allowed my Cruise Control to work again.
the speed sensor is located on the side of the transmission, there is no physical cable like the older cars, the speedometer and sensor are electronic. If the speedometer is working and showing speed traveled but the trip meter (odometer) is not working, the speedometer itself is faulty, is the speedometer is not showing speed travel and the odometer is not logging miles travel, then most likely the speed sensor is dead.
Check the owners manual. On the 2004 you follow this procedure. Shut the engine off with the odometer[mileage] showing. Turn the ignition switch to the run position [one position short of start]. Hold the trip selector button[the one sticking out of the speedometer lens]down for more than five seconds. The odometer will show 00000000.Release the button. The odometer reading will show. Turn the key off.
First, make sure the vehicle has the right size tires. Look on the door plate or in the glove box to find the size recommendations. If the tires are sized correctly, the speedometer cable gear can be changed to affect the speedometer displayed speed. Remove the cable where it enters the transmission tailshaft, count the number of teeth and get a different size gear depending on whether you want the speedometer to display faster or slower. If the speedometer is showing slower than you are actually travelling, get fewer teeth on a replacment gear. If the speedometer is showing faster than you are actually travelling get a gear with MORE teeth on the replacment gear.
Start with checking the fuse. Should be fuse #10.If you have other functions that aren't working also, like the odometer showing dashes, radio, or A/C, then your Windstar is leaking brake fluid at the base of the master cylinder.Ford has just issued a recall of all Windstars for this problem. Check with your local Ford dealer for details.See "Related Questions" below for much more about these problems...
Read the owners manual in the glove box. It will have in the index the light you are talking about. Or find the picture of the dash components in the owners manual and read its description and go from there. It's the trip meter reset sticking out of the spedo lens. Turn the engine off with the odometer reading[mileage] showing. Turn the ignition switch to the "run" position. Hold the trip meter reset "button" down for five seconds or more. When you see 0000000000 showing,release the button. Odometer reading should appear and light will be out. I have to do it once a year since we only drive about 7500 miles a year.
In owner's manual see instrument cluster, see chart for "check light" which should footnote you to another section in the owner's manual. Here you'll find the procedure. I have an'05. To reset: have odometer (not trip odometer) display showing; push in the odometer reset knob; while holding it in turn the ignition switch to "ON" position; continue to hold the odometer reset knob for a minimum of 5 seconds. Odometer will show zeros or dashes indicating procedure is done.
With ignition on be sure odometer reading is showing in window, not Trip A or B. Turn car off. Hold trip reset button in while turning ignition on but not starting car. Odometer will display a dashed line, which will slowly disappear as you continue to hold in reset button. When dashed line disappears all together zeros will be displayed and maintenance required light will go out.
Reset the system by the following procedure: 1. Turn the ignition key to the "ACC" or "LOCK" position with the odometer reading showing. 2. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position while holding down the trip meter reset knob. Hold down the knob for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicates "000000" and the light goes off. If the system fails to reset, the light will continue flashing.
You just need to reset the system after oil replacement. 1. Turn the ingnition key to the "OFF" position with the odometer reading shown (the one showing the total mileage of your car, rather the one showing mileage of your trips). 2. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position while holding down the trip meter reset knob for at least five seconds. The odometer should now indicate "000000" and the maintenance request warning light should go off. Good luck! Edison, New Jersey
you might have a bare spot or some arcing going on somewhere. I would suggest inspecting your wiring to make sure nothing is rubbing or bare. It's a pain in the but to go through all of it, but worth it. Your problem is with what is called the "PSOM" or the Programmable Speedometer/Odometer module. I have a TSB from Ford and the Alldatadiy.com site showing your very concern as stemming from the PSOM. It is a board behind your cluster panel. Contact your local Speedo and Tach shop for info on a rebuilt. In the mean time you will need to get the calibration code for your PSOM. On your dash cluster push and hold the left button (I believe it is the Select button) and turn the ignition to the on position. You do not need to start the car. the speedometer will start a self check by the needle going to the right. Let go of the button. When the needle returns to 0 push the lt button again and in the odometer area a code will show like (925cal) or something specific to your truck. The new PSOM will need to be programmed by the Speedo/Tach guys with this cal # and the current odometer reading. Either the shop can do the whole job for you or you can remove part yourself if you know how. Hope this helps.
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