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#1560 of 2608 2002 WS Falling Apart?
Feb 03, 2005 (11:31 am)
Bought an 02 WS Certified with 32K miles. One month shy of the 36/36 warranty -- but 1000 miles OVER the limit, my odometer, lights, and all electrical started acting like something from Poltergeist. Barely made it to my usual mechanic, who found an overcharging alternator and EXPLODED battery. Now, two days after picking up from service, my brakes failed while driving... completely! Managed to stop safely and, when I started moving again, the brakes feel like they are not power brakes (remember the old "pump to stop" on your 70s car?). Called dealer - not much they can do, of course, but may be able to get the brakes fixed under NY Lemon Law.
Am concerned because my pregnant wife uses the car to haul our two other infants -- is all this unusual...am left wondering what will the next week bring...
Can I pursue with Ford to get back the $600 for the alternator? My mechanic says its unusual for a car with only 37K on it -- but doesnt seem so unusual for a Windstar, according to you folks!
Any suggestions or advice are REALLY appreciated. Sorry for the ramble.
#1561 of 2608 Re: 2002 WS Falling Apart? [pitchking]
Feb 03, 2005 (4:23 pm)
Lemon Law won't apply in your case. Unless you had the repair done at the Ford dealer, it's unlikely you'll get any financial assistance. Unfortunately you'll probably have to pay up and hope for better luck. If i had to guess, the previous owner probably traded it in because of the mystery problems and you got stuck fixing them.
#1562 of 2608 Re: What is the noise in my '99 windster? [cdesjar99]
Feb 03, 2005 (4:27 pm)
I don't believe Ford uses the noisemakers some manufacturers llike GM use on their brakes. If you're hearing grinding noises, the pads may have broken and cut into the rotors, especially if you haven't had pads replaced in a while. Have them checked.
#1563 of 2608 Re: Rattling manual sliding door [hault]
Feb 03, 2005 (4:30 pm)
I think it was 98-00, but it may have been 98-99. You can probably find it on Google. You can pull the PCV andcheck it and the hoses for oil soaking. If they're OK you probably have the updated design.
#1564 of 2608 Re: What is the noise in my '99 windster? [cdesjar99]
Feb 03, 2005 (6:18 pm)
My experience with my 2000 SEL is:
A Wheel Bearing Problem. My van is on it's third set.
I was lucky, the extended warranty covered the cost.
Are there any other wheel bearing problems out there?
#1565 of 2608 Re: What is the noise in my '99 windster? [seloo]
Feb 04, 2005 (4:26 pm)
No, it's unusual. Are you having the work done at the dealer or an independent shop? If they're using bad information and overtorquing/ undertorquing the bearings they may be destroying them.
#1566 of 2608 Re: '99 Windstar transmission shudder [jay5978]
Feb 04, 2005 (7:22 pm)
I don't know. It still does it and I haven't gotten it fixed. Definitely not the torque converter, as the shudder is from first to second.
#1567 of 2608 burning odor
Feb 06, 2005 (4:43 pm)
2000 Windstar w/40,000 miles. After driving for 20 minutes or so when I get near walls etc I can smell a burning odor. My wife noticed it a while back. I usually notice it when I am going through drive thrus. I thought it was other vehicles. It smelled like burning cigarettes or a burning exhaust system. Something like the smell a catalitic converter makes when it overheats. No engine lights. Any ideas?
#1568 of 2608 Re: What is the noise in my '99 windster? [wijoco]
Feb 07, 2005 (7:45 pm)
Dealer. One in Europe and the other in AZ.
I think the third set is starting to go.
What else could it be?
#1569 of 2608 Transmission - '02 windstar
Feb 08, 2005 (8:09 am)
My '02 Windstar was in the shop last week for check engine light. Replaced DPPE sensor, code P0402. Less than a week later check transmission warning comes on. They say I need a new transmission. Van has 36,050 miles on it.Still under factory warranty, but wondering how it can need a new transmission this early with no previous transmission problems.Any thoughts?