Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 7:51 PM
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#2014 of 2608 1998 ford windstar starter and ring gear replacement
Aug 22, 2005 (2:15 pm)
My 1998 ford windstar just cracked out a tooth in the ring gear and has a cracked tooth on the starter pinion. Wow. What a bummer. Is it really that hard to design the ring gear and starter so that the easily replaced starter is the "expendable" component and the ring gear is more duarble? I find myself in the position where I need to replace both on the 3.8L six.
How difficult is the ring replacement? Wouldn't it be great if the ring gear was replaceable in thirds or perhaps quadrants (without breaking apart the engine/trans)?
I really want to cry. The car had been sitting for a few days and I just hit the starter and the engine didn't even crank a few degrees. It felt as though the starter cracked through the teeth on the ring gear just as soon as it spun out to the end of the shaft. The starter teeth are still in place but one is definately cracked. My only advice to the masses: have a ford?--keep a spare ford handy, you'll need it sooner or later.
#2015 of 2608 Re: Engine Stalls [claires]
Aug 22, 2005 (2:21 pm)
I had a very similar problem in my 98 3.8. I replaced all 6 spark plugs.(back 3 are VERY difficult but it can be done from the underside.) No improvement. I turned my attention to the fuel side and replaced the $75 second cyl fuel injector. Whamo. No more rough running at operating temp. If you have a diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) from the check engine light, you should obtain the exact verbage behind the codes and start from there.
#2016 of 2608 Re: check engine light [wojo2]
Aug 22, 2005 (2:27 pm)
Me second cylinder misfire was a bad $75 fuel injector. Though spark plugs are cheaper. I would start with those. If you are a 9?-98 3.8L you can reach the number one cylinder spark plug from the passenger wheel well.
#2017 of 2608 Re: DRN [kkirk] blend door actuator
Aug 23, 2005 (10:15 am)
Does anyone know if there's been a recall of this blend door actuator (though I imagine not)? I have the same problem with my '99 Windstar; there's a cyclical clicking sound behind the radio and temp controls when the temp is on cold. When I turn the controls up to the hottest setting the clicking stops, and when I turn them back the clicking starts in again. I guess I can't complain too much since I haven't had any major problems. Just this and the tie end rods are going...oh, and the power door on the passenger side is dead as well...
#2018 of 2608 cel flashing oil light flashing rough idle
Aug 23, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I have had new plugs wires sensors everything checked and still not fixed anyone have any ideas. we took to autozone and had mis fire in cyl. 6, the problem is the oil light flashing when we come to a stop then rough idle and missing on take off
#2019 of 2608 Re: Tranny Clunk, Reverse Only [peterz]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:45 pm)
I'm had the same problem with my vechicle. Were you able to get some answers from Ford as why this is a know problem.
#2020 of 2608 Re: Yet another Windstar transmission problem [bljones]
Aug 26, 2005 (2:13 am)
Sorry for the delay in updating everyone on my wife's Windstar problem. The dealer had her van for almost 3 weeks trying to figure out what to do and who should pay. The dealer had sent transmission fluid samples to one of Ford's labs in the US for analysis and had 2 or 3 technicians from the Windstar assembly plant in Oakville come to the dealership to help work on the problem. After all of the hassle and being stuck in a Focus rental car, Ford finally agreed to replace the transmission and the cost would be shared between Ford and the dealer. We have had the van back for a couple of weeks and it is currently running like new. Hopefully this will be the last of our problems with this van until it is returned at the end of its lease in January.
#2021 of 2608 Re: 95 Windstar ABS problem-activates @ <10mph [notlem]
Aug 26, 2005 (10:24 am)
Having same ABS problem with my 95. How was your's fixed?
#2022 of 2608 RE: mirror
Aug 26, 2005 (2:10 pm)
Does anyone know how to cheaply replace the passenger side mirror glass. I cracked it scraping ice off during the winter.
Thanks Ho11yw00d. I will try it soon.
#2023 of 2608 RE: mirror [wojo2]
Aug 29, 2005 (10:44 am)
You're welcome, wojo2. Also, remember that the car has only three coils-the right and left bank cylinders spark off of the same coil. The passenger mirror is an assembly.