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#1742 of 2608 Re: 2001 windstar top end noise [dadsbus]
May 20, 2005 (3:18 pm)
My 00 had the same noise, when the engine was idling and the transmission was in the drive position. At a normal idle (in park), I had to increase the RPMs to get the noise.
It turned out to be my intake manifold. You can check this by setting the conditions for the engine to make the noise and then press down hard on the intake manifold, if there is a change in the noise, then you have found the problem.
That is how the guy at the Ford dealership found the problem. It only took them 3 years to figure it out.
Hope this helps.
May 21, 2005 (3:22 pm)
We have a 1997 Windstar with 92,000 miles on it. The vehicle has been free of any major problems until now. Told today that intake and timing cover gaskets need replacing at a cost of $1700. I am thinking I do not want to put that much into this vehicle since its value is only about $3700 (based on Edmunds private party for "clean" condition).
Other than the engine getting dirty, what are the longer term consequences of letting these leaks go?
#1744 of 2608 Re: 2001 windstar top end noise [dadsbus]
May 21, 2005 (5:19 pm)
I have heard of replacement intake gaskets curing that noise
#1745 of 2608 Re: let it leak? [jeffyscott]
May 21, 2005 (5:21 pm)
Coolant and oil will mix eventually destroying the engine. But I wouldn't put $1,700 into a 3.8 with almost 100,000 miles. You can get a remanufactured 3.8 for around $1000 more. If it were mine I would wait until it blows and spring for the new engine.
#1746 of 2608 Re: let it leak? [wijoco]
May 22, 2005 (5:30 am)
That sounds like a good plan. There is a local company that remanufactures and installs, I am going to get a price from them for confirmation...but from looking on line it does appear that a remanufactured 3.8 engine is maybe $1500-1700 and installation should run about $1000. Plus the remanufactured has 3yr/75,000 mi warranty.
This is to be an extra vehicle for about 9 of the next 12 months, and will see limited use. That limited use may continue after that too, extending the life of the current engine.
With a remanufactured engine, I assume those gaskets and other gaskets and seals on the engine would all be new, correct? That (plus the warranty) would definitely makes it a better solution, as I would not want to replace these gaskets and then have head gaskets blow or something.
#1747 of 2608 door open warning light
May 22, 2005 (12:29 pm)
My 2000 Windstar has the door open light on all the time.I know it is the tailgate that is triggering it but maybe I'm just blind but I can't find the contacts to clean them or whatever I have to do to make this work.Up to and including bypassing the sensor if I have to.I am already looking at an emission warning light triggered by a vaccuum leak no one can find.I would be happy to be looking at only 1 warning light again.Thank you
#1748 of 2608 Re: 99 windstar dying problem [snoopysnoop]
May 22, 2005 (12:46 pm)
hello there sound like your fuel pressure is low. IT could be fuel pressure regulator or the fuel pump or injectors.the only way to find out is to check fuel pressure with a gauge
#1749 of 2608 1998 Ford Windstar Passenger Window Motor
May 22, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I am looking for some technical advise, the passenger window of my 1998 Ford Windstar stopped working, I consulted a mechanic who has replaced the motor. Few weeks later the motor stopped working and I decided to replace the motor myself. The new motor stopped working after few hours, and when I unplugged the motor it started to work, I noticed that the new motor is faster than the old one for the driver window and considerably overheats after testing it 6-7 times. The voltage to the motor is 12.5 volts and the window mechanism and all relays seem to work fine. I can not find anything that can possibly be wrong and I appreciate any advise.
#1750 of 2608 Re: Transmission stays in 2nd gear when warmed up. [kgregg1]
May 22, 2005 (5:10 pm)
I have the same problem with my 98 Windstar. Did you solve yours? What did you have to do?
#1751 of 2608 Re: let it leak? [jeffyscott]
May 22, 2005 (8:51 pm)
That depends on the inegrity of the rebuilder. Obviously you would want to bring that up with them before purchasing, but I would also shop around dealers and price their factory certified rebuilds. With a Ford rebuilt engine or transmission you get a 3/36 warranty and all the latest gaskets and hardware. If it's within 10-20% of an independent shop, the dealer motor may be a better deal.