Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 8:51 PM
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Ford Windstar, Van
#1782 of 2608 Re: System to Lean Banks 1 & Banks 2 [jcohen2004]
May 30, 2005 (2:39 pm)
PLEASE PLEASE read older posts on this. The problem is anywhere from a $200 to $1200
fix. There is a TSB from 2002 about this. Everyone will have this problem and it should be a recall. I believe there is a post from an aggresive consumer that had Ford pay for this. My fix cost me $600. LET's BITC... TO SOMEONE AT FORD!!!!!
Thank You and have a nice day anyway.
My Windstar doesn't run in the rain. Error code P0303. Wires and plugs changed $220 because you cannot get to them... AND IT DID NOT FIX THE PROBLEM!
#1783 of 2608 Re: Check engine light diagnosis [vwkurt]
May 30, 2005 (4:49 pm)
Go to AutoZone and buy a hand held code reader. My check engine light would come on frequently. It has more than paid for itself in saved diagnostic charges. As I recall, I paid around $125 about 4 years ago. I have a '96 Windstar with 140K miles.
#1784 of 2608 How can you tell if the head gasket is going bad?
May 30, 2005 (5:10 pm)
I have a 96 Windstar with 140,000 miles. When we changed the air filter, there was some anti-freeze in the intake. We changed the PCV valve and I haven't checked it since. Original engine and transmission. For any Ford diehards out there, this beauty is for sale.
#1785 of 2608 Re: 96 Windstar- Belt Tension Pulley [wes7]
May 30, 2005 (6:28 pm)
I had the same problem and found out that the dealer belt is slightly larger than the one called out by ALL auto parts stores. Just get the next larger size belt and it will work fine. I actually managed to get the auto part store belt installed and the extra tension shredded it within 6 months. Do not force the belt tensioner, the pulley nut is soft and will round out easily. Save yourself the headache and get the next size larger belt.
#1786 of 2608 Ford Windstar transmission problems
May 31, 2005 (7:31 am)
Hi everyone! I'm now 2 for 2 in having to replace the transmission on my Ford Windstar vans....This time, the transmission quit while we were 1000 miles from home, so not only are we having to foot the bill for a new one, but we had additional costs just to get our family of six back home (or foot the bill for hotel and meals, plus lost work time!). I've just begun looking for information on the internet, and it seems as though there's lots of people with similar problems. Any advice as to possible solutions? Thanks!!
#1787 of 2608 Re: Transmission Problem? [mehmetarik]
May 31, 2005 (10:21 am)
I've been reading about transmission problems for the windstar , are you guys sure that is the transmission or maybe the speed sensor. I had similar problems as been described and it came out to be the speed sensor which when it goes bad affects the transmission, it only cost me $80.00 and problem resolved.
#1788 of 2608 98 Windstar Plagued with Multiple Issues
May 31, 2005 (11:00 am)
As the sole owner of my 98 Ford Windstar LX, I assumed replacing the fuel pump three times during warranty was the single engineering flaw with my vehicle. I was very wrong.
At about 60,000 miles, the dome lights would not automatically shut off and had to be pulled out permanently to prevent the battery from draining.
Around 65,000 miles, the "Service Engine Soon" light remained on permanently. The dealer could find no explanation for this condition.
Around 70,000 miles, the passenger door power window stopped working. It goes down, but doesn't go back up!
Around 75,000 miles, the cheap plastic hubcap covers began falling off each tire and were gone within a few months.
Around 80,000 miles, the power steering began howling and leaking badly.
Finally, at 92,000 miles, the head gasket blew and rendered the vehicle worthless, even though I religiously maintained fluid levels on the vehicle.
Luckily, my 1997 Nissan Maxima with 100+ miles in perfect working order will be able to tranport me to my next auto purchase.
And it won't be a Ford product.
#1789 of 2608 Re: fuse blowing [klk]
May 31, 2005 (11:58 am)
Did you ever get this problem resolved?
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar that also is blowing the same dash fuse!
#1790 of 2608 Re: blown fuse, master cylinder, brake and cruise control pressure switch [sharony]
May 31, 2005 (4:50 pm)
I had a similar problem. The blown fuses were accompanied by the ABS light being on, no AC and no cruse control. The cause of the problem was traced to a faulty cruse control switch. Once replaced the problems went away. The prpblem with the dealership is that their first step is to do their OBD diagnostic at the falt ~$75 fee. The switch itself costs less than $20.
It's almost cheaper to buy and replace the switch yourself to see if this cures the problem...
#1791 of 2608 Re: Towing [themainman]
May 31, 2005 (7:03 pm)
I also tow a bass fish and ski boat; nothing above average. I plan on putting in my own transmission radiator ($30.00 at the parts store with a $6.00 converter kit) to keep the transmission cooler during towing. You can have this done at U-haul for $150.00.