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#1891 of 2608 1999 Windstar Window Problems
Jul 05, 2005 (5:37 am)
I have a 1999 Ford Windstar and out of the 4 power windows that I have 3 have stopped working. The driver's side and the 2 vent windows in the back have just stopped working. They were working when I first purchased the vehicle on June 21, 2005. I am having trouble trying to figure out which fuse (or fuses) may control these windows. Can someone tell me exactly which fuse (or fuses) may be causing the problem or if there is something else that may be causing the problem (short in wiring?).
#1892 of 2608 Stalling Correction
Jul 05, 2005 (6:30 am)
The correct part on the low speed stalling is the Air Bypass Valve. Same location as in previous post. Also, cleaned throttle bore and replaced vacuum line to positive crank case valve. Problem gone and has not come back. Done in December 2003. Sorry about error on part.
#1893 of 2608 Re: System to Lean Banks 1 & Banks 2 [prguy]
Jul 05, 2005 (9:21 am)
Hello Prguy, The other 2 oxygen sensors will be easy to find after U go up under the van. The first one is located on the exhaust pipe under the van close to the middle of the exhaust pipe. Now the other one is a tough one. You will have to make sure U jack your van up far enough and please stable it because U will need to be under it completely. This one is located pass the transmission up by the other pipes that lead to the transmission and engine. You will see it just look up after U are all the way under there. It is a tight spot to get to.
#1894 of 2608 How do you disable the ABS on Windstar?
Jul 06, 2005 (6:50 am)
I have a '99 Windstar with a 104k. My ABS light comes on intermittently. When it is on, the brakes work fine. I would be happy if the light would stay on all the time (ABS are disable when light is on). When the light is off, the ABS will activate when I am just about to come to a complete stop. What I would like to do is save some money and just disable the ABS. I've called a few dealers and they say you can't do it. Question, how do I do it. There are 2 ABS Modules in the Power distribution box. The manual says that these are high current fuses. Can I take out 1 or both of them out?
#1895 of 2608 1999 Windstar Loss of Speedometer, odometer, air cond. ABS & cruise ctrl
Jul 06, 2005 (8:29 am)
On 7/2/05 I was leaving downtown when my a/c, speedometer, odometer, tripometer and cruise control all failed. Additionally, the ABS light is stuck on. I took it to the dealership and they are in the process of ordering the parts to replace a blown fusebox and will need to rewire everything......total cost 1800.00. I called Ford Motor Company 1-800-392-3673 to seek assistance from them and spoke to Jean who told me basically, no warranties, no recalls, no assistance. I spoke to a supervisor Donna who said she has final say and Ford will not assist me. She stopped short of accusing me of tampering with the wiring saying, "You've had the car for so long that you could have made repairs which caused this to happen." I have had 2 Fords and 2 Mazdas (made by Ford) and have had trouble (EXPENSIVE REPAIRS) on all of them. Buyer beware, and do not expect help from Ford, they do not care about the customer. If anyone else has experienced this problem I encourage you to contact Ford at the number above, enough calls could prompt a recall. If you have already paid for the repairs they will reimburse you.
#1896 of 2608 P0174 - Valve Cover/Intake Manifold Gaskets - Ford Stinks!!
Jul 06, 2005 (8:57 am)
I'm back to the board. Its been a couple years since my 99 SE 's tranny went with 38K mi on it. At that time ford stepped up and replaced the transmission and extended my Power Train warranty at a cost of $500 to me. So a few months after my new 'freebie' warranty expired, the CE light is on!! Took in to get the code pulled at Autozone and it was the P0174 - System too lean left bank. It's at the dealer today and sure enough, they say it needs the redesigned valve cover that will prevent oil from traveling into the intake manifold via the PCV Valve and ruining the internals of the intake manifold.
The dealer quoted me over $600 for parts (valve cover, gaskets, isolater bolts) and labor. The labor included the work needed to install the above parts and to scrape all the crud that builds up in the EGR ports.
For any of you that have not had this problem, there was a design flaw (my opinion - the ford rep won't accept blame 'our engineers are always redesigning perfectly good parts' , he says - yeah) with the original valve cover that let oil splash up into the pcv valve. Ford apparently discovered this long ago but did not notify owners!! So if you've got a '99 (maybe other years??) you drive around with a valve cover that's slowly letting oil seep into the intake and then after a while oil fouls up the intake manifold until the point that the oxygen sensors pickup the lean condition and the check engine light pops on. So then instead of an easy valve cover replacement, you've got to disassemble the intake and replace parts in there too.
At any rate, I called the customer service number, 1800-392-3673, but the rep was just giving me the run-around and told me there was nothing he could do.
So it looks like I have to eat the $75 diagnostic fee and then I'll get the parts and do the work myself. When I get the parts list I'll post again. I'll also post a link to a very good 'how-to' page that shows how to do the repairs listed in the Ford TSB for this problem.
Has anyone else had any success in getting Ford to cover any of the cost of this repair (for codes P0174/P0171) for an out-of-warranty windstar?
#1897 of 2608 Re: How do you disable the ABS on Windstar? [guyl1]
Jul 06, 2005 (10:45 am)
Why don't you have the stored trouble codes retrieved then repair the problem?
#1898 of 2608 Re: Refueling Problem...
Jul 06, 2005 (12:34 pm)
Ok... I'm a newbe here... so any advice would be appreciated... I own a 2001 LX... When trying to fill the tank I can only get about a half a gallon of gas in before the nozzel kicks off... Anybody have this problem and if so what was the fix?
#1900 of 2608 Re: Refueling Problem... [mgraphic]
Jul 07, 2005 (5:56 am)
I've got a '99 SE and I have the same problem. Usually it takes a few attempts and then it fills normally. I just try to change the angle of the nozzle a little bit and then start the pump again. I remember seeing a TSB about it when I was looking for info on one of my more serious problems. You can probably find the TSB with a good google search. The dealer service rep might even be able/willing to look it up and give you the info over the phone.
Good luck and post any info that you find!