Things can go wrong on older vehicles in just seconds, and a 1996 Ford Windstar fits that category. It may be perplexing to try to figure the problem out. Yet the fact that the vehicle cranks but won't run may not be as serious a repair as it may seem. A little vehicle detective work will get the Windstar back on the road in no time, even if you're not a professional mechanic. If nothing you try solves the problem, you should then call in a professional.
Make sure there is gas in the tank. The gas gauge could be faulty and is not giving a true reading about the amount of gas in the vehicle.2
Clean the battery post cables and tighten them if they seem loose. Battery cleaning tools are available at all auto parts stores.3
Check the fuel filter for clogs that are preventing the fuel from getting to the fuel injectors. Listen for a humming sound when you turn on the ignition. This will indicate whether or not the fuel pump is working.4
Examine the fuses and relays in the fuse box for a blown fuse. A bad fuse will cause an engine malfunction.