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#1407 of 2519 2000 Villager Excessive Front Brake Wear/Noise
Dec 26, 2003 (7:02 am)
I thought I'd pass along some information on my front brakes. I have a 2000 Villager with 34,000 miles. I've actually have gone through 4 sets of front brakes and a pair of rotors!. I'm an ASE mechanic so I know what I'm doing when it comes to brake replacement but I couldn't understand why my brakes were wearing out so soon.
Everything was checked out to include the proportioning valve. Well, as it turned out Ford/Nissan had made a change to the friction material they use on the second generation Villagers/Quests. The brake pads I was purchasing from my local parts store still had the old style material so I continued to experience excessive wear and noise. I'm not one for buying parts from the Dealer but that was the only way I was able to fix the problem. As soon as I installed the Dealer pads the noise went away and I still have 95% of the pad left after 6,500 miles.
#1408 of 2519 low washer fluid light
Dec 26, 2003 (8:50 am)
The low washer fluid warning light came on recently on my 99 villager. I refilled the fluid, but the light does not go out. I did a search and saw where this issue was previously raised, but with no resolution noted. Any thoughts on this? Has anyone ever replaced the sensor? Not something critical that I want to spend a lot of money on, but the light is annoying.
#1409 of 2519 low washer fluid light - what I did
Jan 08, 2004 (11:08 am)
My light also came on (2000 Quest) and would not go off. I'm guessing you would have to replace the entire tank for a proper fix. As I recall, there is a floating part in the tank that is detected by the sensor when the fluid level is low, which turns on the light. In my case, this part no longer floated, thus the light stayed on. I was able to remove the sensor from the tank, with wire harness attached, and tie it off somewhere nearby. This causes the light to stay off regardless of fluid level.
#1410 of 2519 low washer fluid light
Jan 09, 2004 (5:29 am)
I guess that I will either have to replace the sensor or do what you did and disconnect it so that the light never goes on. On the Villager, you have to remove the right front wheel and fender liner to get to the tank. I'll do this when I get better weather.
Thanks for the reply.
Jan 09, 2004 (9:28 am)
I have a 97 Villager. In the past year or so, I have noticed delayed starting. I have pin pointed the problem to a leaky fuel pump check valve. So the remedy is simple, just turn the ignition key on for 5 seconds, let the line built up pressure, then one crank, it starts. But I know the fix is in the fuel tank, and more involved. I think a new fuel pump assembly, since my guess is that the fuel pump assembly will be all one unit. Has anyone experienced the same? And what was the cost for this repair? I assume there is no TSB on this.
#1412 of 2519 price for throttle body cleaning
Jan 10, 2004 (1:56 pm)
We got sticky throttle body.
We tried to clean it.
We couldn't remove the air filter.
(That is first step, right?)
We couldn't open the box...
We fond TWO clamps, where are other twos?
We will bring the car to the mechanic ...
Anyone knows how much is reasonable charge for this?
we will have turn-up same time.
For tune-up, he will charges $250-300.
2000 quest se
#1413 of 2519 throttle body cleaning
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 11, 2004 (3:34 pm)
I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to open the box the first time I swapped the air filter on our '99 Quest.
There are three clamps on the air filter, one on top and two on the bottom.
That said, the throttle body is another foot towards the center of the engine compartment. Look for the 2 cables that end in a semi-circle gizmo downstream of the air filter box stuff. That's connected to the throttle air plate or whatever it's called.
You'll see a radiator type clamp near the cables - loosen that and pull the hose back to get access to the throttle plate and all the carbon that needs to be cleaned out.
If you can't get the hose back far enough, then you may need to unclamp the air filter box and finagle it out of the way.
It sounds harder than it is, and there's probably a better description in here that you could find with a Discussion Search.
#1414 of 2519 IR-Repairable Quest/Villager???
Jan 16, 2004 (2:41 pm)
Bought 1998 Ford Mercury Villager in November 2002, after two weeks test driving it. Had 65,130 miles and no serious problems listed on carfax. Drove great until 8 months later, August 6, 2003. The transmission was slipping. We had bought an extended 24/24 bumper to bumper warranty from DaimlerChrysler so, only had to plucked down our $100 deductable to keep it fixed and let out a big sigh of relief. Speed forward to today, January 16, 2004. They have put 4 new and rebuilt transmissions into this van, and it still send a "service engine" lite warning out. When they put it on the computer, it always says something is wrong with the transmission; some code starting with 10 I was told. I am told part of the problem is that its a hybrid build; Nissan and Ford agreed to make this van together, and sell it under their own van names. Ford put it together and Nissan supplied the parts. I've been told Nissan service centers are well aquainted with this problem and know all the ins and outs of fixing it. I even called up the nearest repair center and asked if he'd be willing to talk to my Ford service manager to help him out. He was happy to do so, but couldn't get the service manager to call him.
Bottom line - I am applying presurre to the dealership I bought it from to do a buy-back by writing essages on my van windows,
"Don't Buy a Ford & Don't Trust **** Dealership! Beep At Me and I'll Tell You Why!"
If they do beep me, I hand them a nicely printed out sheet explaining in detail my situation. I am also hitting all the internet consumer sites telling my story. Last I heard the two service managers involved were pressuring the dearlership owner to do something cause they are tired of seeing me in person and getting calls. THey haven't seen the message van yet, but I am sure when they do that will make their drop in sales and service more understandable. Especially in such a small community as we are, 18,000. I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.
Jan 16, 2004 (4:00 pm)
Another plug for the search tools - if you look for transmission posts in here, you really won't find all that many. It sounds more like a dealer issue than a tranny issue.
fyi, pre-'04 Quests were built (mostly) with drivetrains shipped over from Japan to Ohio, where the parts (including sheetmetal from TN) were assembled by Ford employees.
#1416 of 2519 Response to Host Steve #1415
Jan 16, 2004 (4:42 pm)
Did I post my comments on the wrong thread? Topic Title of Discussion says
"Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager Problems"
I figured that included my problem. If not can you suggest another thread that is more appropriate?