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#1659 of 2608 Left turn wheel noise when accelerating
Apr 14, 2005 (11:33 am)
I have a 2001 Windstar SEL with a problem. On cold mornings, when making a left turn and accelerating, I hear a grinding or shaving noise coming from the left wheel area. It sounds like the tire may be touching something, but I checked and found nothing loose or out of place. Also, it happens even with just a slight left turn, so the wheel does not have to be turned all the way left to hear the problem. Also seems to only happen under power.
Iíve had CV-joints go on some other cars in the past, and this is not the same noise (cluck-cluck). I also searched this forum and could not find any problem that resembles this exactly. My Ford dealer is one of those where you have to do the troubleshooting yourself. They could not find anything wrong when I had the car with them the last time. Also took it to some trustworthy transmission guys for a service. They found the transmission to be in good order with little wear.
Any advice on where to start looking?
#1660 of 2608 Re: popping when turning on 99 Windstar [mossfive]
Apr 14, 2005 (1:25 pm)
I had the same with my 01 sport windstar
Have Tie-rod checked and link kit .
#1661 of 2608 Re: Left turn wheel noise when accelerating [chrb]
Apr 14, 2005 (1:56 pm)
We had a similar problem with our 2001 that ended up being caused by low power steering fluid levels. When we would turn left, the fluid in the system would slosh to the right and apparently cause the steering system to be "unlubricated" briefly. The way it is designed, it wouldn't happen if we turned right. We topped off (dealer actually) the fluid level and it hasn't happend since. They could not find out, nor explain, why the fluid level was low.
#1662 of 2608 Re: Check engine light diagnosis [vwkurt]
Apr 14, 2005 (3:43 pm)
Autozone will scan and read the codes for free and can reset (turn off) the light.
If no Autozone, perhaps another parts store would.
#1663 of 2608 Re: popping when turning on 99 Windstar [mossfive]
Apr 15, 2005 (5:31 am)
Sounds like the first signs of CV joints going out. They usually make this kind of noise when the wheels are turned full right or full left and rolling at slow speeds. If that's it the problem will only get worse. Usually you can check the rubber boots on the ends of the drive shafts and if they're showing signs of cracking, more than likely that's the problem.
#1664 of 2608 Need Door Lock Actuator Advise
Apr 15, 2005 (5:39 am)
I've got a '00 Windstar SEL and the driver's side door lock actuator seems to be on the fritz. It's getting to the point where it won't go up or down completely. Has anyone replaced them theirselves that can provide me with some advise. I'm in search of actuator part numbers, and possible suggestions of where to buy them (other than the "stealers"). And any advise or lessons learn on removing the door panel.
Please advise... Thanks
#1665 of 2608 Door Lock
Apr 15, 2005 (7:39 am)
I had the same problem with my 00 SEL, but I had an extended warranty to cover the cost.
Here is the information off of the work ticket:
'Found that the door lock actuator is very weak in it's operation, door latch/lock cot sticking at this time. Replaced door lock actuator.
1 3L3Z-25218A43-AA Actu Frt Dr
2 94978 Lever Clip
I hope this helps.
#1666 of 2608 1995 & 2000 Windstar
Apr 15, 2005 (12:44 pm)
I had a 1995 Windstar. Blew THREE headgasket then Ford bought it back only if we bought another Ford. Bought 2000 Windstar 7/00 and since have had the following problems: stereo speakers at 1000 miles, rack and pinion at 30,000, minor head on fender bender(20mph) with no air bag deployment, and on 4/13/05 at 67,000 the transmission went out. i am no longer a loyal Ford owner. I will get rid of the van and by another brand of van.
#1667 of 2608 Re: Transmission Problem? [timberlake]
Apr 16, 2005 (2:18 pm)
My course of action would be to have the flush service done at a Ford dealer. Hopefully the shudder will disappear. But you may be looking at torque converter replacement down the road. Not a good track record in the Windstars.
#1668 of 2608 Re: popping when turning on 99 Windstar [mossfive]
Apr 16, 2005 (7:28 pm)
On the front of your subframe are two big washer-looking things with rubber bushings inside them...these are the torsion bar bushings. The center is occupied by a steel bushing (tube) that fits permanently inside. These are twisting and creaking and popping everytime the front suspension articulates. You must have these spot welded to the frame to stabilize them or they will make a larger hole created by wear. They are NOT supposed to move with the front end bouncing.
I think once you secure them, the popping and creeking will go away. I have a '96 that was doing that and spotted that problem...ten dollar spot welding and no more problems with it, at even 230,000 MILES!