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#1678 of 2608 2001 Ford Windstar brake failure
Apr 24, 2005 (5:11 am)
I have experinced brake failure on two different occasions. When I come to a stop and apply the brake the pedal goes to the floor and nothing happens. I here the anti lock system chatter noise, but the car does not stop. I pump the brake and nothing. On both occasions I was lucky not to get in a accident. The brake will reset itself after I apply the emergency break, stop and re start the car, the brakes work again. I have brought the car to the dealer twice, one time they claim it was a brake line and replaced it, the other time some sort of electrical sensor. Now I am wondering if they really know. Of course I am not driving the car anymore till the problem is found and fixed. Does anyone have any ideas or experience on what is going on with the brakes?
Apr 24, 2005 (5:56 am)
has this happened to anyone? we have no reverse. it runs great now (no shifting or shuttering). but can't go backwards. we took it to a ford dealer and he said $3100. for a new tranny but he never told us what caused reverse to go out?
#1681 of 2608 Re: popping when turning on 99 Windstar [wrestler]
Apr 26, 2005 (2:31 pm)
My '96 Windstar just started doing this on the front right side. I checked out the Torsion Bar Bushing and its blown. It looks like it is bolted to the frame with two bolts. One is accessable, the other is very hard to get a wrench on.
Anyone know how much to replace these bushings (parts) or how much the dealer wants to gouge you to have them replaced?
#1682 of 2608 99 windstar dying problem
Apr 26, 2005 (8:02 pm)
i have a 99 windstar , wife driving it the other day, it died, has power but won't turn over , 20 mins later starts fine, driving home died again, power but will not turn over, 20 mins starts and makes it home, any ideas something seems to get hot then cools
#1683 of 2608 Re: Fuel too Lean (Bank1 & Bank2) [tomyy]
Apr 26, 2005 (10:22 pm)
I had a similar message in my 99 WS, and a mechanic diagnosed it as a sensor that thought the car was at 3000 ft, so it thought the fuel mix was too lean. (We're in flat Florida, no where near that altitude.) He said to get the computer bios flashed. It took care of that problem, but not other electrical mysteries, like the compass that registers only between north and northeast and a Check Taillight message for a light that worked. Replacing the taillight bulb finally left it not working. Turns out the taillight had a short in the wire from the jack being "improperly stowed" which also blew a module. The dealer quoted me over $500 -- to fix a bad taillight!? They said the compass module is also $400; then I found a receipt from a previous owner which showed the compass module was replaced in 01. The passenger window motor was replaced once and promptly quit again. I also had that ticking in the dash that was the blender (is that the right term?) switch for the AC/heat. That was replaced once, I am afraid it's going again too. This $500 taillight thing is the last straw... I think I need to go shopping again.
#1684 of 2608 blown fuse
Apr 27, 2005 (6:37 pm)
I had asked for help about my fuse blowing in my 2000 WS. My great mechanic found the problem. Blake fluid was leaking into the cruise control switch...the same problem that has caused fires in F150's. There is a recall on some Fords but Windstars aren't listed...apparently they should be!
#1685 of 2608 98 windstar prob's like the rest of you
Apr 28, 2005 (5:16 pm)
i have a 98 windstar check ingine light came on and had it checked at auto zone said it was egr valve replaced it and still says same thing after it was reset does anyone know what the problem could be . also the steering wheel shakes when you reach 30 or 50 mph think it may be in the steering wheel but not for sure please help this is driving me nuts instead of me driving my windstar
#1686 of 2608 Re: AC in back gets cold but air in front does not [abegearig]
Apr 29, 2005 (4:43 pm)
Check front temp control rotary switch. Sounds like front blend door which allows air thru heater coil or over evap (or a mix) to reach the cabin front outlets. Is there hot air blowing out of the front outlets when it's set to cold? Blend doors can stick in full hot or cold; I recommend not dialing full hot or cold on the front rotary control switch. All this is vacuum controlled. Let me know what u discover. I replied once before but apparently did not make it to posting.
#1687 of 2608 Re: Fuel too Lean (Bank1 & Bank2) [tomyy]
Apr 30, 2005 (5:50 am)
I have a1996 Ford Windstar 3.8 doing the too lean in bank 1 and bank 2 ,we have
changed 3 oxygen sensors and still not corrected the problem. Did you ever find
out the mystery. I would appreciate if you could tell me where to begin looking.