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Ford Windstar, Van
#1508 of 2608 Re: Windstar Repair Question [rebecca65]
Nov 14, 2004 (4:31 pm)
Q1: No, that's ridiculous. I wpouldn't pay half that price for those services mentioned
Q2: If you're husband doesn't have experience with modern cars and about $500 worth of diagnostic equipment, no.
You need to run from that shop and never return. Not only are they overcharging you, they clearly have no idea what they're doing. Those codes on a Windstar are almost never the fault of the O2 sensors. Below is a bit from MotorAge summing up basically the problems you're most likely looking at. My advice is to take it to a good local Ford dealer for this problem, you most likely need a lot of small parts on top that engine replaced.
"Ford: 1999-2003 Windstar with 3.8L engine
MIL illumination with DTC P0171/ P0174 indicates a lean running condition. There are several possible reasons for the codes. Problems with the intake manifold gaskets and/or with the vacuum line to the fuel pressure regulator can cause a vacuum leaks and improper fuel pressure. Oil leaking from the old-style left side valve cover can contribute to both problems. The bulletin lists several possible fixes for these problems, along with PCM calibrations, part numbers and an illustration for identifying the valve cover.
#1509 of 2608 Re: Windstar Repair Question [wijoco]
Nov 14, 2004 (4:51 pm)
I thought so. I didn't let them do any work on the car. I'll check with a local ford dealer. It maybe time to trade. Thanks for your help..rebecca
#1510 of 2608 UGH! Ford - Never again!
Nov 15, 2004 (9:17 am)
We have a '99 LX with 46K. Decided to take a weekend trip to DC (we live in Richmond, VA). Van is fine on the highway, but as soon as we made it into the city and slowed down, engine starts smoking and the smell of burnt tranny fluid fills the air. We are on the side of the road, in DC, (in not the greatest of neighborhoods) with two kids in the car. Fortunately a National Park Service officer stopped and called a tow for us. We are stranded 90 miles from home, on a weekend, no less, when hardly any repair shops are open.
Next morning, the AAMCO (only place we could find)guy tells us 2250 for rebuilt tranny.
We decided to bite the bullet and fix the thing. UGH! I hate Ford. I guess it was too much to ask to have our family hauler's tranny last more than 46K. Needless to say, we are ditching this thing and buying a Toyota Highlander ASAP!
#1511 of 2608 Re: UGH! Ford - Never again! [fraublucher]
Nov 15, 2004 (1:14 pm)
Don't blame you. $2250 isn't a bad price for that transmission rebuilt.
I like your name, by the way..."Neeeeiiigh! Snort!"
Nov 24, 2004 (10:11 pm)
I have just bought a 99 windstar LX 83k miles and the front blowers will not blow heat and it makes a clicking noise. What is going on? Of course all the dealers want you to bring it in and tell you after they charge a bunch of $$$. My husband can fix anything but just needs some help of what this could be since we have been searching what this is from. The back heater and air all over works just not HEAT in the front. Any help or suggestions?????
#1513 of 2608 Re: help! [laughalot]
Nov 25, 2004 (11:15 am)
Probably the blend door assembly has failed. It's up inside the dashboard and it's many hours of labor to remove and install.
#1514 of 2608 stripped drain plug
Nov 30, 2004 (2:48 pm)
Dasher when my drain plug stripped it was the plug only not the threads on the oil pan. I just bought a new plug. Also WIJOCO did FORD ever change the valve cover issue ? When ?
Dec 05, 2004 (1:09 pm)
Engine Dead at 82,338. Minimum of $1600 to repair. Head Gaskets are suppose to last the life of the car.
#1516 of 2608 Re: Windstar Head Gasket [obrien040362]
Dec 05, 2004 (9:28 pm)
Not on 3.8's.
#1517 of 2608 '99 Windstar transmission shudder
Dec 06, 2004 (9:22 am)
I have a '99 Windstar with 74K miles, transmission shudders from first-second, especially from standing start. Can I live with this, it this the beginning of the end, should I dump it now? Any ideas?