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#1527 of 2608 Front/Rear Main seal problems?
Dec 16, 2004 (6:47 am)
Merry Christmas from Ford..just spent Christmas bonus at Ford dealership to replace REAR main seal(and other assorted items)on 2001 Windstar LX..52,000 miles. At 28,000 miles FRONT main had to be replaced(under warranty of course).
I have read and didn't see any problems with these. I am going to have to "attempt" to get some $$ back on this..any ideas on who to contact?
OH btw after reading all these posts I think I'm afraid to drive it!!!!!!!!!!
#1528 of 2608 Re: Front/Rear Main seal problems? [ford6]
Dec 16, 2004 (7:35 am)
Afraid to drive it? Well, I just returned my '02 Windstar (lease end) without any major problems. There was a few minor things, and even some "check engine" stuff, but everything was repaired within hours under warranty.
BTW, how could it be that you still have your warranty on an '01 model? Isn't it for just 36 months? Do you have an extended warranty?
#1529 of 2608 Re: Front/Rear Main seal problems? [samnoe]
Dec 17, 2004 (4:26 am)
I don't have it under warranty..the FIRST Front Main was under warranty at 28000.
Yeah..lol..after reading all these problems with them I'm wondering what's going to go next!!!
#1530 of 2608 Check Engine light code P1131 & P0135
Dec 20, 2004 (12:30 pm)
Check Engine light on my 2000 Windstar.
DTC code P0135 and code 1130
Thanks a lot
#1531 of 2608 Re: Check Engine light code P1131 & P0135 [matrai]
Dec 20, 2004 (4:17 pm)
P0135 = O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 1)
P1131 = Lack Of HO2S Switch - Sensor Indicates Lean
Make sure the rear upstream O2 sensor harness isn't unplugged or melted to the exhaust manifold
#1532 of 2608 Sliding doors "03 Windstar
Dec 22, 2004 (8:49 am)
The electronic sliding doors on my Windstar are sometimes not closing. I hit the button, it starts to go, gets to the point where it is suppose to close, then they go open again. Also, sometimes when they close, they make a funny noise. Has this happened to anyone else, and if so, and you had it fixed was it under warrenty?
#1533 of 2608 Sliding Doors
Dec 22, 2004 (7:33 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2000 SEL. It took the dealer a few times to adjust the doors, so they work correctly 99% of the time. On occasion, depending on the slant of the parking surface, the problem will occur. Once the van is level again, there is no problem. Let the dealer fix this problem, you can really make a mess of your door or paint job if you try to do it yourself.
#1534 of 2608 Re: 1996 Windstar head gasket..... [wijoco]
Dec 27, 2004 (5:28 pm)
The 96 Windstar be gone!
The sealer pellets put in by my mechanic worked and the van was running better than it has in a long time. My wife and I decided to ditch the Windstar while we could still get something for it so we traded it in while everything "appeared" to be working well. The dealership gave us $1,200 for the van not knowing of the head gasket problem and I also started getting a buzzing noise when I activated the right turn signal. I checked it and it was definitely something within the steering column because I could push up the lever without locking it in place and it would work (as long as I held it in place) but once I pushed it into place, it started buzzing and wouldn't work on the exterior. At this time, I'm not happy with having a new car payment but I feel much better when my wife takes my vehicle with the kids.
Good luck with your Windstars! I won't be buying another again.
#1535 of 2608 Re: '99 Windstar transmission shudder [4wheels1]
Dec 27, 2004 (7:19 pm)
The "diagnostic fee" should be included in the repair price. I would have them fix the problem and only pay the deductible. If you have problems my response is "If I have it repaired by another dealer or transmission shop should I just have the bill sent to your dealership for payment under the warranty and reimburse for the fee since your dealership could not find or fix the problem ?" They usually are more cooperative. The so called "diagnostic fee" is a new way to charge money to chronic complainers and when they can't "verify" a problem. I don't get mad. They are in business to make money. I have been through the diagnostic fee can't verify problem. I just save my receipts and demand a credit on future visits when they "verify" and fix the problem.
#1536 of 2608 Re: 1996 Windstar head gasket..... [mikejojo]
Dec 30, 2004 (11:36 am)
I don't know what's more amazing-you doing what you did or posting it here. I regret my wasted time trying to help you. I guarantee if you'd bought the van from the dealer and they sold it knowing it had major engine troubles YOU would be screaming bloody murder and threatening lawsuits. Sure, "little guy" good, "big guy" bad. You don't consider that some poor cash-strapped family who can't afford new-car payments will get stuck paying $2200 for that van and then be left with a $2500 engine repair bill a few months down the road. Or you did consider and didnt care. My only consolation is that in my experience people who trade in wrecks usually get stuck with another lemon. I call it "carma." Good luck indeed, mikejojo!!!