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Ford Windstar, Ford Windstar Cargo, Van
#343 of 804 windstar whoas, too late?
Jan 31, 2001 (10:52 pm)
I too have a 1998 windstar which pulls to the right even after 3 wheel aliengments! the dealer did attempt to do a ''camber adjustment'' at no charge (even though it was out of warranty). They continue to say ''pulling to the side '' is normal, NOT!!! I say. Oddly the front right brakes on rotors were replaced twice within 5 months of being repaired. Dealer said this was not a warranty issue, so I was forced to pay a private auto repair shop to fix it, since more money had to be put into a van which FORD says ''No problems found''why should they take anymore money from me. Anyone with this pulling problem out there? please reply!
signed, Burnt in Cali. JC>
Feb 01, 2001 (7:23 pm)
see my post earlier this month. We are having the same problem with duplicating what happened. We have started an insurance investigation as we had an accident. We are refusing to sign off on the repair and have requested ford buy back the car. They basically laughed. We will not drive the car again and have left it with the dealer. We called ford motor credit and stoped our payments. Ford Motor must be used to it, they have given us a 60 day extension to work out the buy back. We would like to know how you are making out.
Feb 01, 2001 (8:15 pm)
I have a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country as well as a 2001 Ford Windstar Limited. If you would read your owner's manuals, I think you will find that it the ABS system does a test when the vehicle is first started and then again as you drive. During this time you may here the ABS motor engage which makes a grinding noise.
Feb 01, 2001 (8:16 pm)
I have a 1996 Chrysler Town and Country as well as a 2001 Ford Windstar Limited. The skidding of the front tires is perfectly normal for a minivan. Most minivans have soft "Luxury" suspension which when you take off the wait shifts to the back resulting in easy spinning of the front tires. My Town and Country will spin the tires with only rain on the ground or while turning the corner even slowly.
Feb 04, 2001 (6:40 pm)
Someone has given our school a '95 Windstar. It needs an engine.
Everything else is working fine.
Is there any reliable engine that can be installed in this vehicle other than a rebuilt
Ford engine. I'm worried about the blown gasket problem.
Thanks in advance for any help on this.
#349 of 804 amigonian1
Feb 07, 2001 (7:51 am)
This might be a good time to do a little research. Although I'm not certain of this, I'm pretty sure the head gasket problem is a direct result of using an aluminum head with a cast iron block. The head expands faster than the block causing the gasket to wander around. Supposedly, the problem is reduced by using a newer, multilayered gasket.
Supposedly, Ford "fixed" the blown head gasket problem mid 1996 model year. This to me suggests they have gone to a different gasket; maybe there is an aftermarket supplier that makes a good gasket for the 3.8l engine.
#350 of 804 96' Windstar - Many Problems
Feb 08, 2001 (10:23 am)
I have 1996 Wind star which have shown many problems in the last 6mths. I have 50K miles on it.
1) Speedometer - cost $500,
2) Mass Air Flow sensor and Oxygen Sensor - $600,
3) Power Steering Pump - $300.
All this in a span of 6months. Its becoming very expensive to maintain this car. Its becoming more of a liability, then a asset.
#351 of 804 96 Windstar - Few problems
Feb 08, 2001 (1:25 pm)
Presently has 79000 miles on it.
Replace Battery $70 (it was actually fine, more preventative than anything else)
Replace PCV Valve and hose $89 to diagnose about $35 for parts and labor
Feb 08, 2001 (9:09 pm)
My mechanic is waiting for your reply to my question. Sounds sensible and very good.
I will find out what I can. Thanks for the information. If we can get some mileage out of
this car everyone at school will be indebted to you.