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#2039 of 2608 Windstar 3.8 Intake gasket replacement club
Sep 08, 2005 (2:20 pm)
I have just joined the "Intake manifold gasket $600 replacement" club. This included replacing a "updated" valve cover, isolator bolts, intake gaskets and vacuum lines on my 2001 3.8 Windstar.
I am going after Ford to cover all or portion of the bill for this design flaw. At some time in our upcoming discussion, I would love to hear from any other memebers of the gasket replacement club to reinforce my claim. I am prepared to go all the way to a court date.
I am in Canada, though all Windstar owners comments would be helpful.
#2040 of 2608 Re: P0174 - Valve Cover/Intake Manifold Gaskets - Ford Stinks!! [bythebay]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:40 am)
Been there on my '99 about 3 years ago. Ford told me tough, although a design defect, it was 14000 miles over the warranty. Ford dealer said he was embarassed by this, and offered to fix it for $200 with the rest coming from a slush fund he gets from Ford for "customer relations". I took him up on his offer. $600 Canadian sounds like a "deal" if you have to pay for it yourself.
#2041 of 2608 Re: 2000 Ford Windstar Pulley [lonnyc]
Sep 12, 2005 (1:14 pm)
I may be late in responding, but my van's problem was a tension pulley that had to be replaced. I paid almost $200 at the dealership. It might be your problem .
#2042 of 2608 Re: 2002 WS Falling Apart? [pitchking]
Sep 15, 2005 (8:32 pm)
I'm on my 3rd alternator for my 2002 with over 75000 miles.
First one went at about 60,000 miles ,no X warranty 350$ at a local shop. They claimed overuse of front and rear A/C, but I suspect my wife jump starting a friend's old diesel P/U too many times.
Shop claimed the 2nd one must have had a fault and failed JUST shy of one year later, so they replaced for labor only (40$).
The vehicle give almost no warning when the alternator in going.
It just runs a little rough for a few hours (engine sounded like it was working extra hard), the battery light comes on and it dies.
No additional trouble other than needing to get a sliding door lock re aligned.
#2043 of 2608 Re: Not moving Windstar [tmp888]
Sep 16, 2005 (11:15 am)
I've tried all of them up and down and does not grab any gear. No other code shows up. Thanks!
#2044 of 2608 Re: 95 Winstar running rough @ idle when cold [zgiles]
Sep 16, 2005 (3:19 pm)
I am having the same problem with my 2000 Windstar, 74k miles on it.
I have replaced the EGR sensor on the back of the motor, and the EGR valve on the front. The sensor was a real pain in the neck.
If you get any great advice, please let me know as this is getting very frustrating. I have never owned a vehicle that I had to drive around with a CEL on all the time, and it really bugs me.
#2045 of 2608 200 Windstar won't start
Sep 16, 2005 (5:20 pm)
Okay I need some help for about a year now my 2000 Windstar has had the engine light on, we did a test on it, it said the # 1 piston was misfiring so we changed the plug wires it is still not on the heater has not worked for a couple of years, air conditioning does, heater blows out cool air now today I stopped at my daughters house for about 2 minutes I came back out to the car is was running fine all of a sudden it made a loud clicking noise and, and shut off, when I try to start it it just makes a loud clunking noise, and really shakes the car, any one have any idea what it could be?
it is a 3.8. My husband wants to know if it is a free wheeling engine. The engine acts like it is locked up.
#2046 of 2608 Re: I hate my 2001 Windstar SEL! [mikec123]
Sep 17, 2005 (3:23 pm)
I posted #2035 re my same problem: leaking manifold gasket, new cover, isolator bolts etc.
Did you go after Ford for the repairs? I've tried but so far only polite kiss offs. I am going all the way to small claims court to get them to pay for defective engineering. If it comes to that, I'd love to document your and anybody elses story regarding the intake manifold problem.
#2047 of 2608 Re: 95 Winstar running rough @ idle when cold [docheller]
Sep 19, 2005 (8:16 am)
My 2000 Windstar has the same problem. We drive around with the CEL on all the time. Usually, the code indicates that an O2 sensor needs to be replaced, but if we replaced one everytime that CEL came on, we would never stop replacing them. In the last two weeks, the Windstar has been idling rough and, as described in the original forum message, after it has warmed up about 5 minutes, it's fine, but still idles rough. In fact, it has nearly died on me during those initial warm up 5 minutes several times. It would make more sense to me if this was happening in the winter, but it's summer and is at least 72 degrees outside as an early morning temp.
If anyone knows what the real problem is with our van, please let me know. I am equally frustrated and don't want to throw away money on multiple oxygen sensors with the hopes that we will eventually, through trial and error, solve the problem.
#2048 of 2608 Windstar Woman with ABS problem
Sep 19, 2005 (11:11 am)
Ok, I bought a 96 Windstar and now the ABS light comes on. At first, it came on at start up and then shut off. Maybe a few miles down the road, it came on and stayed on. Now the Brake light (red light beside ABS light) comes on when applying brakes and then goes off. I have fluid, and my husband isn't inclined to fix this at all. So I need help. I need to fix this. Ford dealer wants $74 just to run Diagnostic and then who knows what to fix problem. I have read on ABS systems, I need to know how to run on-board diagnostic myself, if there's a way, a tool to buy, and how to get ahold of the NVRAM codes so that I can fix this problem. If anyone can help, it is appreciated. Like I said, husband is no help! Also, is it true that if ABS is not working, regular brakes will still work? I know about the steering control issues and the locking up of tires. But I am a cautious woman driver and I look out for idiot drivers.