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Ford Windstar, Van
#1471 of 2608 re:ford windstar problems [tug731]
Sep 03, 2004 (4:50 pm)
tug- out of curiosity, did you ever have the automatic transmission fluid changed out in your windstar prior to the transaxle failure? The AX4N (2001+) & AX4S transaxles seem to fail early unless you do regular ATF changeouts on them- like every 25K miles. The large/heavy windstar puts a HUGE load on these transaxles & overheats the ATF. The ATF in my 2001 LX looked & smelled BAD 34K miles. Sorry to hear yours bombed so early. You will find this same situation is true with any domestic minivan. Gotta keep the ATF clean & fresh!! Make sure to use ONLY Mercon 5 in newer fords (1999+)
#1472 of 2608 96 Windstar Problems
Sep 03, 2004 (7:48 pm)
reading this made me make a list:
35k, tranny shot, rebuilt by Ford.
67k starter and torque converter problems. Replaced starter, new seal on torque converter.
88K beginning of serious coolant leak. We all know what that probably means....
No support from FORD or dealer. Even tried to trade it in on another Ford, but the trade in value SUCKED! Ford dealers know they are a problem car. Got a much higher trade in quote from a Toyota dealer.
My wife has an Explorer, NO Problems and it's older. Why won't Ford built a decent mini van?
Now, is it time for a Nissan, Toyota to Honda?
Yes, that's my real question, I have enough stress in my life without worrying about about a "family hauler" breaking down.
Sep 07, 2004 (6:05 am)
I had the fluid changed at 40,000 miles, I was told it was also changed prior to my buying with 13,000 miles on it. It was a dealer demo vehicle. I did not change it again after that. My fault. I learned from that and will get it changed regularly after that. Thanks for your input joel.
#1474 of 2608 Windstar 2000 LX Power Sliding Door
Sep 12, 2004 (10:45 pm)
The power sliding door won't close completely automatically. I have to manually push the door in to completely close it. A Ford dealer technician suggested that I clean the contacts. Have done so, but the problem remains. Any leads on how a similar problem has been resolved?
#1475 of 2608 98 Windstar stalling
Sep 14, 2004 (12:23 pm)
Stalling is occurring while driving at regular speeds. Have had it at the dealer 2x now but van will not re-create issue while there. No codes are coming up. Stalling is becoming more frequent. Can anybody give me a hint at the possible problem(s)????
#1476 of 2608 Re: 98 Windstar stalling [drt]
Sep 15, 2004 (5:14 am)
Does it stall under power or when you lift off the throttle?
#1477 of 2608 Re: 98 Windstar stalling [wijoco]
Sep 15, 2004 (2:27 pm)
Both. It is now stalling under power, off the throttle, in turns and at idle. The dealer has had their computer hooked up but it doesnt catch anything as it stalls. They seem to be waiting for the computer to tell them what is wrong instead of looking for the problem.
Sep 16, 2004 (11:19 am)
There is a TSB from Ford on stalling while in turns. Since your's is at highway speed, I don't know if this is applicable. The 2 times I have had it fixed involved a computer reprogram, not very expensive. Or replacement of the TPS (throttle positioning sensor). I believe that was the name. It sits on top of the engine a little to right of center as you face the engine. It is sort of barrel shaped about an inch and a half in diameter and maybe 3 inches long. Has a hose or two coming out of it. Maybe someone else can confirm the name. It is a common problem and dealer should be aware of it. I can dig up the paperwork if you can't confirm that it is the TPS. It solved my stalling problem.
#1479 of 2608 Check Engine light
Sep 16, 2004 (9:37 pm)
I have a 96 WS 3.8L engine with 80k miles on it. I regularly change the oil at 3k miles but, regretfully, have been less attentive to other tune up and replacement parts. Anyway, last week the "Check Engine Light" came on.Checked the gas cap first and it was tightly screwed on. My air filter was changed within the last 6 months. Went to a Ford Dealer and he ran the diagnostic codes and said that the engine is starved for fuel. He rercommended I get a new set of ignition wires, a new set of spark plugs and reprogramming the ECU. I decided I couldn't afford the $600+ tune up at that time as I was on vacation.
He did a "chemical" clean of my fuel injectors and replaced the (I'm embarrassed to say) original fuel filter. He also cleared the code so that the "Check Engine" light no longer lit up. After driving 900 miles I find that this light has come on again.
Is it time to get that tune up? What ignition wires and platinum plugs would you recommend? I can't afford to trade the WS in and besides the trade in value would be too low.
By the way, the best mileage I got on my trip, averaging 60-65 mph was 28 mpg. There is definitely a loss of power in the car going uphill.
#1480 of 2608 Re: Check Engine light [eaglewings]
Sep 18, 2004 (12:59 am)
At 80K it's due for servicing, but before you do anything else go to any AutoZone and have them retrieve the stored trouble codes (no charge). Post the code #'s and we'll go from there.