Wipers & Windows ignition problem

Asked by Sep 29, 2015 at 07:27 PM about the 1999 Ford Explorer

Question type: General

I have a 99 explorer.  The widows and wipers work sometimes and dont
sometimes.  I can get wipers to work by wiggling the key.  Got a new key,
not worn.  I can get windows to work by popping out key cylinder and
putting back in.  What am I overlooking to fix this on again, off again
problem?  The cylinder is a little loose, just tore apart dash to replace bulbs
in instrument cluster, not sure if that might affect anything.

8 Answers

300

One of the key tumbler is bad! You will have to change the ignition key and tumbler

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
18,780

Daughter had a similar problem with her 99. Had to change the ignition cylinder. Not difficult at all, but, depending on the security system in your vehicle, you may have to have a locksmith reprogram. Cylinders with security features come with new keys.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks, I thought that myself, just wanted opinions before I spent the money. Will post this next week if it works.

Lasted 2 days, problem back. What next?

18,780

There are two parts to the ignition, one is the cylinder, which the key goes in, and the other is the switch, which is usually bolted underneath the column. I purchased one from ORielly's a good while back for a 99 explorer. Check their web-site, there should be a photo of what it looks like. If you can wiggle the cylinder and sometimes it will work, the problem could be in the switch.

This one has been a nightmare. Tried everything, now down to The general electronic module. Part on order, crossing fingers it's the fix.

Yahoo, the GEM was the problem. Add that to possible fixes and thanks for the input.

18,780

Congrats that it worked right out of the box. On newer vehicles when one of those is replaced it usually requires it be programmed or initialized.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Wipers & Windows ignition problem 8 answers

    I have a 99 explorer. The widows and wipers work sometimes and dont sometimes. I can get wipers to work by wiggling the key. Got a new key, not worn. I can get windows to work by popping out key...

    1999 Ford Explorer

    -

    General

  • power windows inop 2 answers

    I have a 99 Ford explorer and all the Windows stopped working what could it be a fuse or relay

    1999 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLS 4WD SUV

    -

    General

  • Broken key in ignition 1 answer

    Someone tried to steal my 1996 ford explorer and broke a key in my ignition what can I do to fix the problem with out having to pay a lot of money for a mechanic

    1996 Ford Explorer

    -

    General

  • Frozen Windows or Frozen Switch?? 7 answers

    I have a 2002 Explorer XLT. Recently the temps dipped below zero and I wasn't able to roll any of the windows down. Now that it's a little warmer, my windows still won't go down. It was in the garage ...

    2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

    -

    General

  • When I turn on headlights high beams work but not low beam both sides! What could the problem be? 5 answers

    When I turn on my headlights, only highbeam works not low beam! What could be the problem?

    1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited AWD SUV

    -

    General

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 70,249 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $997.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 10,310
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,150
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,014 Great Deals out of 72,235 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Expedition
438 Great Deals out of 24,826 listings starting at $1,150
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
556 Great Deals out of 31,361 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,068 Great Deals out of 207,301 listings starting at $1,499
Used Dodge Durango
266 Great Deals out of 21,282 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota 4Runner
259 Great Deals out of 19,034 listings starting at $2,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
279 Great Deals out of 22,990 listings starting at $1,499
Used GMC Yukon
379 Great Deals out of 19,293 listings starting at $2,000

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
67 Great Deals out of 42,794 listings starting at $22,123
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
169 Great Deals out of 4,827 listings starting at $14,400
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
145 Great Deals out of 4,774 listings starting at $10,450
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
253 Great Deals out of 6,063 listings starting at $7,990
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
84 Great Deals out of 2,852 listings starting at $7,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.