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Ford Windstar, Van
#1934 of 2608 Re: 1995 Winstar still going.......... [rmm1717]
Jul 22, 2005 (11:22 am)
I have a 1998 windstar that the back blower blows hot air and the front switches from a/c vents to defrost automatically. I had planned on sending it to the shop but after reading posts here and elsewhere. I called ford dealer they quote me $45.00 for the part but told me thats not the problem that its elsewhere and it would be $500.00. Well I needed a new battery anyway so I was talking with the guys at a local auto store and they had the part for $11.00. He I can't go wrong ( part will be in tomorrow) So I came home installed the battery ripped the dash apart and sure enough while the engine is running I can hear a vacuum leak from the switch. Hope it does the trick.
P.S. the switch in the back is due to my daughter dumping too many sippe cups in the cup holder, It leaked inside and on the switch.
#1935 of 2608 Re: door open warning light [benner]
Jul 22, 2005 (1:45 pm)
I had the same problem after buying my used 98 windstar the door ajar and ding ding stayed on, after lubing everything I traced it to a faulty switch inside the driver door. I removed the switch and cleaned it, Everything is fine after.
#1936 of 2608 Thinking of buying a 2001 SE
Jul 23, 2005 (3:45 am)
I'm thinking of buying a Ford Windstar 2001 SE. Would anyone wave a red-flag in front of my eyes or would you say "go for it". In case you're interested, here are the stats:
Fully loaded & then some, but no power doors
V6 3.8L engine
paint peeling on roof
vcr not working
I look forward to hearing from many of you owners!!! Thanks!! Christine
#1937 of 2608 Re: Yet another Windstar transmission problem [bljones]
Jul 23, 2005 (2:21 pm)
Ford has faulty PLANET GEAR SETS IN THE WINDSTAR. The bearings, Tork Converter, Forward Pistons and seals, Veins in the pump all go bads due to poor pressure and lube dispersion through out including the entire valve body of the transmission. If you don't get the upgarded palnet gear sets to replace the old you will continue to have problems every few months with your windstar tranmissions. This is something Ford needs to do something about if they want to be competitive in the marketplace.
I believe this and other issues, like tie-rods, are manditory for a recall for all windstar owners under 100,000 miles in the spirit of good will in order to survive. If Ford did this and did some smart marketing to show their "good intentions" which are clearly backed without hesitation then I'd have good reason to consider buyying a ford again, (I've had bad transmissions in the Tempo 80's and Taurus 90's as well). OTHERWISE... I guess Ford has learned nothing from its “You Light Up My Life” Pintos... judging by the many complaints of transmissions and breaking tie-rod ends on Taurus and Windstar models.
My next purchase will probably be back to Toyota or Honda unless Ford considers a reimbursement on my 2003 Winrdstar trandmission last week.
#1938 of 2608 Re: 2000 ford windstar rattling [icats]
Jul 23, 2005 (2:57 pm)
Take that thing to the shop that same thing happened to my moms windstar maybe a month ago i forgot what it was from but i do know that the day it broke down we took it in because there was like coolant or something running down the side of her car
#1939 of 2608 The money pit (aka van)
Jul 23, 2005 (5:39 pm)
Well update time, I just finished the lower intake gasket on the 3.8L windstar. It ran excellent firing on all 6 cylinders for about 3 min from cold start. Then it started to misfire on #6 again. I could here a high pitched whistle but could not find it. I was pretty tired so I got upset and left it over night and started it again in the morning. Same thing happened but this time I listened for the whistle at the start and it was not there as soon as the whistle came the engine started to act up. I kind of pinpointed the sound to driver side just inside the wheel well. You can really here it from the wheel well but you really have to strain to hear it from the top. I looked all over and sprayed everything to see if I could make engine do something but nothing. I think it is a gasket because the engine runs great until it warms up a bit but where I do not know. Does anyone have an idea. I replaced IAC gasket, egr valve gasket, throttle body gasket, lower/upper intake manifold gaskets, valve cover gaskets, and replaced the fuel pressure regulator.
#1940 of 2608 Re: 1995 Winstar still going.......... [rob43]
Jul 23, 2005 (6:49 pm)
I have the same exact problem! The front a/c blows through the defroster, and my back blows hot! Please tell me what I need to get to fix it, and how to do it.
You will be a lifesaver!
Jul 23, 2005 (6:59 pm)
I have another problem. I've had mine stall on me when i've stopped and then try to speed up. But I think I've figured it out. I happen to be very hard on my van , if I don't slow down enough before I need to brake hard, it will stall and the only way to get it to proceed is to just keep on the gas, and that makes it rev way up. After about 15-30 seconds, it will just kick into gear. I'm concerned that could be a indicator of a transmission problem. Anyone have this happen? Please share!
#1942 of 2608 Vaccuum Line
Jul 24, 2005 (4:49 am)
I have a disconnected vaccuum and my air doesn't work. It is somewhere behind where I can't see it. Tried reading the book (Haynes) no help on the location. Any ideas?
#1943 of 2608 A/C thumping
Jul 24, 2005 (12:38 pm)
I have a 99 Windstar that has a thumping noise behind the control panel. Further more it will not change from air to heat. The A/C will turn off but if I turn the thermostat up the air coming from the vents does not get warm. The thumping changes sounds a little but still continues. Any ideas?