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#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.
#1792 of 2608 Re: Belt (?) squeal and loss of power [bonniemac]
May 31, 2005 (7:11 pm)
My 2001 Windstar began a noticable noise while running in the rain tonight; not quite a squealing but a noise when the van was engaged in gear. Anything, Anything?
#1793 of 2608 Seat Adujuster Windstar
May 31, 2005 (7:13 pm)
Anyone lose a controle switch to a power seat adjuster on a Windstar-2001. Mine seems to have went out. It will go forward (although I dont test it because I am quickly losing leg space) but not back or up?
Jun 01, 2005 (9:35 am)
Doors are all closed interior lights stay on as well as indicator for door open. not sure exactly where the contacts are on the back door.
#1795 of 2608 Re: System to Lean Banks 1 & Banks 2 [deadstar]
Jun 01, 2005 (11:59 am)
'99 LX 93K Mi same problem here, it won't pass smog which cost me $843 ouch...from a local dealer. here's there correction: replaced intake manifold gaskets, isolator bolts, valve cover, and recal PCM. $200 for the parts and the rest you can figure out. this was in April 2005, since then the front fan motor broke (started smoking), $485 for the part, apparently the whole assembly (left and right fans) has to be purchase, just can't buy the motor, that's ford for you.
needless to say this is my first and last ford vehicle, against my better judgement and family and friends.
#1796 of 2608 Re: Any Edmontonians out there? [2akitas]
Jun 01, 2005 (9:36 pm)
Get back to us. Spent $2100.00 at Healy Ford today replacing the whole front end on a 2002 Windstar. P*ssed right off with the lousy service and lack of respect and concern about a crappy product.
#1797 of 2608 Re: Unknown lite on dashboard [ehall]
Jun 02, 2005 (2:26 am)
This light is NOT FUNNY!!!
If oil level is checked to be ok there is only one really important thing!
Check the CMP sensor! Please believe me!
This sensor is not only for the fuel injection system!
It drives the oil pump too!
But the pinion of the CMP used to get worn and so there won't be any oil pressure any more, resulting in a damaged engine!
Don't drive any miles longer, as long as you didn't check the CMP!
Please let me know your results of checking CMP...