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#1981 of 2608 Re: 2000 SEL Power Door Problem [clmielke]
Aug 09, 2005 (10:19 am)
I have had my 2000 SEL Windstar at the Ford dealership many times because the Power Slidings Doors open and close by themselves. Thankfully it has never happened while driving. The only way to deal with it is to lock the doors while the sliding door is in motion-after that I can hear it clicking and trying to open. AnThe problem is especially bad when it is damp outside. I have almost gotten squeezed by the door closing on me. Has anybody had this problem?
#1982 of 2608 Re: Follow-up information
Aug 09, 2005 (1:01 pm)
I worked on the van today. While I was at it, I checked the oil and it was clean (no water). Checked the radiator, and it is also clean (no oil). It has not been overheating, and the temp has not been fluctuating.
I changed the #2 spark plug, and the problem stays the same. The old plug was not a pretty brown ash, but was not wet or fowled either. I started the engine and unplugged the #2 spark plug wire at the coil, and there was no RPM change. I hooked up a "test" spark plug, and there was no spark. Tried the test plug right at the coil, still no spark. Maybe this is an electrical problem, and not a head gasket or something worse? If there is no spark coming from the #2 coil tower, where do I look next? Thank you!
#1983 of 2608 Re: Tranny Clunk, Reverse Only [gvad]
Aug 09, 2005 (3:04 pm)
My wifes 2000 w/s did the same thing today. Big clunk and nothing left but reverse.......now what?
#1984 of 2608 Re: 98 Windstar rear whining sound at 60 km/h (40 mph) [leach27]
Aug 09, 2005 (6:15 pm)
Many thanks for the advice. I will try it out for sure.
Aug 09, 2005 (7:40 pm)
Turned out to be a bad coil. Put in a new coil, and it runs great again.
#1986 of 2608 Re: 2001 Windstar won't start after driving on a hot day [bk3187]
Aug 09, 2005 (7:45 pm)
I am having the same problem with my 2001 Windstar. Occasionally on very hot days the van won't start again until the engine has cooled for about 30 minutes. The dealer has not been able to find anything. Where you ever able to find a solution? We are tired of getting stranded as well. Thanks.
#1987 of 2608 Re: 1998 windstar rough idle [kitch4]
Aug 10, 2005 (4:55 am)
I have a 98' with the same rev and stalling symptoms when turning a corner or suddenly deaccelerating from a low speed.
Unfortunately, we have learned to live with it. In our case it does not stall often and only during hot weather when the A/C is on. If you found a solution I would be interested in hearing about it.
#1988 of 2608 Re: transmission shudder/99 windstar se [djamsoil]
Aug 10, 2005 (8:30 am)
Check the transmission fluid level. I bought our 98' used and noticed the shudder at highway speeds usually going up inclines and also when going through rainstorms on the highway (extra loading on drivetrain from puddling). I found the tranmission fluid was past the top mark on the dip stick. I changed the fluid and refilled to the proper level and the shudder ceased.
#1989 of 2608 Re: Ford Windstar Problems II [KarenS]
Aug 10, 2005 (2:04 pm)
Trying to save a little money...I too have problems with my emission light and have been advised to change to fuel filter. Can anybody give me good clear directions? Not to engine smart so please be patient. Thanks!
#1990 of 2608 1995 AND 1998 Windstars
Aug 10, 2005 (8:45 pm)
Hello everyone, I have owned a 1995 and I currently own a 1998 WS. I had the '95 from May of 1994 to March of 1999. I traded it in on a1998 Canadian market WS. The '95 had
152,000 miles on it. You might say I drove a lot. The van was crashed at 8,000 miles into a light post during a downpour. The repairs basically replaced the front end. Still drove like a champ. At about 44,000 miles my dealership(North Bros) rebuilt the transmission, ran excellent.
Then I took it in for service at 72,000 miles and , oh well they replaced ththe headgaskets.Best of all they gave me for FREE the front struts and even replaced the swivel bearing that the strut attaches to that was bad.
The strangest thing happened at 102,000 miles. I put a tankful of Sunoco gasohol and the next day the car turned into a pos. I took it to the dealer again and $2,000 later I had
2 fuel injectors replaced. My question is: what did they do? The car ran fantastic until
I traded it in on my '98.
In all that time I only had 3 sets of tires on it, no front bearings or tie rods NOTHING like
the POS problems you have had.
I purchased my '98 with about 15,000 miles on it. In 129,000 miles I have really had no
serious problems. At 22,000 the right rear brake cylinder froze. Fixed under warranty.
I did the usual replacements of the fan belt at about 85,000 miles and a tuneup with
plugs, wires and fuel filter just before I moved a 1,000 miles away. I towed a 2,000
pound trailer and got 20 to 22 mpg while towing it
At 99,2000 the alternator died and the outer tie rods were replaced under my 100,000
mile warranty. Also replaced was the driver's side window frame, a weld broke. I finally
replaced the front pads and the rotors at about 117,000 miles, the rears at 124,000.
I also need to get new inner tie rods and front bearings.
So in my driving 266,000 miles on my 2 WS I really have had no repeated problems