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#1802 of 2608 1999 Windstar driver's side sliding door problem
Jun 03, 2005 (8:16 am)
Hello--recently the driver's side manual sliding door on my '99 Windstar stopped opening. It opens about an inch then feels as if it's still latched and won't move further. I took it to the local Ford dealer for an estimate and they just looked puzzled, said they've never seen anything like it. They said it would take at least a couple of hours just to troubleshoot. I'm selling the car now and need to get that door in working order, so I took it to a body shop. The fellow there brought out a really long screwdriver, opened the door as far as it would go, then inserted the screwdriver in the lower, posterior gap. He managed to pop it open. The problem seems to be with the hook type catch mounted in the door frame, which latches to the opposing "U" on the door itself. (Sorry, I don't know the correct terminology.) For some reason, the catch is not releasing the "U", but I don't know if it's a mechanical or electrical problem. I did notice that when I started the car to drive away, there was a faint "ding dong" or chiming sound. Any suggestions? Since I'm selling the car, I don't want to invest more than I already have in this "Junkstar".
#1803 of 2608 Re: blown fuse, master cylinder, brake and cruise control pressure switch [gdab]
Jun 03, 2005 (8:37 am)
You are right. It came out that the brake pressure switch and the cruise control switch got brake fluid and that's why the fuse kept blowing off. I changed the brake pressure switch which cost me $15.23 and cleaned the cruise control switch with air pressure until I removed the brake fluid. Now everything is working perfect!!!!!
#1804 of 2608 1996, 3.8l windstar engine knocking noise
Jun 03, 2005 (9:09 am)
my winstar 1996 with 3.8l engine start to make strong knocking noise...but this noise is intermitent on the following condition.
* when engine start until oil lanp get off ( 3 seconds)
* when tranny in neutral and press gas pedal after 1800 rpm
* when driven over 2,500 rpm
* when going downhill and gas pedal completly at idle....
on all condition oil lamp remain off and engine temp stay 1/4---1/2
more than 3000 miles with exactly same condition
engine shows strong power and not any funny sign ( like when crankshaft is worn out)
can be the lifters??????
#1805 of 2608 Re: How many transmissions in '99 windstar? [cptplt]
Jun 03, 2005 (12:43 pm)
Thank you. I was hoping to get more replies from folks with 99s. But they all seem to have transmission problems!! I think it's time to get rid of it before all of these other problems listed on pages 88 -91 start happening to mine. It's too bad one cannot finish making payments on a vehicle and have some good years out of it before it starts failing and literally falling apart.
#1806 of 2608 Re: Rear a/c malfunction [venturanomad]
Jun 04, 2005 (7:08 am)
The door you seek is located under the same panel as the rear a/c -heat fan switch, It is a vacume valve that is not working( mechanically attached to the vent switch door). I fixed mine by simply moving the door by hand to allow a/c - heat to flow from the top vents at all times and Zipped tied the valve to remain in that position ( I live in Buffalo and was great this winter for heat). Now whether I have the heat or A/C on, It comes out the top vents. My children and passengers like this better, because they have more control over where to force the heat - A/C. Cost? a Nickel for a Zip tie ( big thick one) and 30 minutes of work!....... Better than the dealer cost of $537.00..... if they could have even figure it out?
#1807 of 2608 Windstar Radio/Electrical Problem - any help?
Jun 04, 2005 (7:39 am)
Last fall replaced the original Ford radio with a new am/fm/cd radio. Worked fine. All of the sudden it, while driving, it began to shutoff. After trying to fins the problem, it appeared to be related to heat in the van and/or heat in the dash when running the heat/ac. Thought it was the new radio and took it back for repair and re-instlled the old radio Guess what - problem continued. Everything that was new, was taken out and the old replaced it. Went abck tot he new and problem still continues.
It is not that it loses power completely. When it comes back on, the station presets are there and you are on the station you were on.
Baffling. Any thoughts?
#1808 of 2608 Re: 1996, 3.8l windstar engine knocking noise [noisywinstar96]
Jun 04, 2005 (7:48 am)
Check your intake manifold!
#1809 of 2608 1999 Ford Windstar, Possible switch problem
Jun 05, 2005 (3:20 pm)
Can anyone help with the above vehicle which has a problem of the manual climate control stays stuck on defrost or you can turn it off. It won't do anything else!
#1810 of 2608 Traction Control and ABS Light
Jun 06, 2005 (2:52 pm)
A while back the battery died on our 2000 Windstar. After recharging, everything seemed fine except now the TRAC OFF and ABS lights stay on. There does not appear to be any obvious problems (noises, leaks, etc) before or after the battery incident. We've been just ignoring the lights.
I hate to take it to Ford if there is instead a way to simply reset the idiot lights. Or should this be something to worry about?
#1811 of 2608 Fuse 6 Keeps blowing
Jun 05, 2005 (8:57 am)
I have a 2000 Windstar and the 15a fuse in the 6 spot keeps blowing. This fuse covers the power to the sliding doors, the remote entry, teh CD and radio. Not the end of the world, but frustrating none the less. has anyone had the same problem or know of a solution?