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#1924 of 2608 Ford Windstar 2000 SEL Manifold Problem and Driver Side Sliding Door Motor
Jul 17, 2005 (8:22 pm)
Well, I've been through all the messages and I seem to have two "common" issues with my 2000 SEL(78,000 mi). Check engine lights been on about 9 months (I gave up after several unsuccessful attempts by dealer to keep it off) - now I went in to Ford for a power sliding door that opens halfway and stops, then has to be closed manually. While there, I talked them into checking the engine light again without charging me the hookup fee. The sliding door repair will be $800.00 (new motor) and the engine light has now been pegged to a manifold gasket vacuum leak. The repair will also be around 800.00 - less if they don't have to replace the manifold with the "new, redesigned" manifold, which they'll know when they get in there and shake the old one. I guess something rattles if its bad?
FYI - they also tried to replace my steering pump and assembly some months ago ($1300.00) to cure a bad squealing and burnt smelling fluid. GoodYear found that two end caps or joints in the steering assembly (forget the proper name- some kind of joints) were shot - they replaced them, changed out the power steering fluid, and I've been fine with that since.
Anyway, does anyone have info on the door and manifold issues - maybe suggestions or info, or an idea for a cheaper alternative? Unfortunately, we didn't take the extended warranty.
#1925 of 2608 Front Macpherson Strut
Jul 18, 2005 (5:23 am)
The driver's side front wheel bearing has gone on my 1996. I have a 1995 I that I use for parts. I am trying to change entire spidle\knuckle assembly from the 95, which still has a good bearing, to the 96. I am having trouble with the pinch bolt that secures the bottom of the strut in the knuckle. I broke three wrenches on the weekend and tried heating it up an eventually rounded the head of the bolt. I want to take the assembly off and drill out the bolt. Here's my question... Is the bootom section of a Macpherson strut pressurized at all, or can I cut the bottom 6 inches or so off safely? Thanks for any help you can provide.
#1926 of 2608 2000 ford windstar rattling
Jul 18, 2005 (6:41 am)
My 2000 ford Windstar engine makes a rattling noise when driving on
ruff or bumpey roads, it almost sounds like something going to fall off.
Any advise on what this might be?
#1927 of 2608 Re: Yet another Windstar transmission problem [spycatcher]
Jul 18, 2005 (8:04 am)
My wife is having the exact same problem with her 2003 Windstar. She has had transmission problems starting at about 30,000kms. She now has around 70,000kms on it. She has had the transmission rebuilt once and replaced twice. Luckily for us all at Ford's expense. After the transmission was replaced the second time, she still had problems. She took it to a different dealership and when the technician understood the problem, he said he knew exactly what the problem was. He said there was a coolant leak from the rad into the transmission. He said that the rad had to be replaced. So we had the rad replaced and the transmission flushed, but still have the problem. Tomorrow (July 19th) two people from Ford in the United States are coming up to the dealership in Ontario to look at my wife's van. My wife's intention is to have Ford replace the transmission again at their expense, or take her van back (she leases it) early without any penalties. My guess is it will take Ford a couple of days to investigate the problem and then a few more to figure out what to do about it (and more importantly who will pay). I will let you know what happens.
#1928 of 2608 Re: Yet another Windstar transmission problem [bljones]
Jul 18, 2005 (1:27 pm)
Thanks for replying...i look forward to the outcome of inquiry.
#1929 of 2608 99' Windstar Stalls When A/C is On, Help
Jul 18, 2005 (5:57 pm)
I have been having this problem for over a year now and the dealership can not figure out what is wrong. They have had my van three times and keep changing out fuel and air parts. When I drive more than a few miles with the A/C on and then come to a stop, the car shudders and then dies. It starts right up again, but as soon as I come to another stop, it dies. If I don't run the A/C then I don't have a problem. Anyone else have this issue? Any help is appreciated!
#1930 of 2608 Re: Service Markup [msmacy]
Jul 19, 2005 (1:55 pm)
not sure what you can do about this, its like hospitals/doctors and contracted prices, its not that your price is "excessive", they will say the price paid to Ford is discounted!!
#1931 of 2608 RE: 2001 WINDOW OUTAGES
Jul 19, 2005 (3:49 pm)
WHEN I FIRST GOT MY VAN, EVERYTIME I STOPPED AND WENT (TOLLS) CONSECUTIVE WITH PUTTING MY DRIVERS SIDE WINDOW UP IT WOULD NOT RISE; FORD MECHANICS COULD NOT FIGURE IT OUT-STILL CANT. NOW NOT ONLY IS THAT WINDOW NOT WORKING AT ALL, BUT MY PASSENGER BACK WINDOW IS NOT WORKING. CHECKED THE FUSES, THE RELAY SWITCHES AND NOW I PURCHASED NEW MOTORS. I JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. THE MECHANICS TELL ME THAT THEY HAVE TO FIRST FIND THEM (A BIT WORRISOME). CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THEY ARE LOCATED IN THE ACTUAL DOOR AND WHERE IN THE BACK? RATHER KNOW BEFORE I START.
#1932 of 2608 RE: 2001 WINDOW OUTAGES [lucca]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Jul 19, 2005 (10:39 pm)
Welcome to the Forums, lucca! Someone here is likely to have an answer for you. By the way, typing in all caps makes it look like you're shouting, so it's best to take your caps lock off.
#1933 of 2608 Re: Ford Windstar 2000 SEL Manifold Problem and Driver Side Sliding Door Motor [tecnobob]
Jul 20, 2005 (6:50 pm)
Hey that sounds like my car. I dont know about the manifold gasket, but the sliding door probably just needs adjustment. This is done by grabbing the bottom of the door and lifting. I was told by a Ford tech that they seem to bend when people are going in and out and hanging on the door. I would try it before spending $800