Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 7:51 PM
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Ford Windstar, Van
#2056 of 2608 Re: Windstar Woman with ABS problem [elizabeth9353]
Sep 24, 2005 (4:48 pm)
I have a 2002 Windstar and have been experiencing the same problem for months. I had the car looked at by a very good local shop (Not a Ford Dealer) and he was able to determine that the actual components (speed sensor or whatever, I have forgotten what he said the part was) were working even though the warning light was on. He also assured me that if the brakes would continue to work even if the ABS system did not. We took my son to college 14 hours away through the Smokey Mountains without an incident. Although I will admit I was thinking about the "Brake Warning Light" being on during the 1/2 hour drive down a 6 % grade decline coming out of the mountains.
Interestingly enough my dashboard cluster has the "Airbag Light" on even though the affected part has been replaced once at the dealer (It was the seat belt buckle so I know it is working even though the systems says it is not working). The "ABS" and the "Brake" light is on even though I had the system checked. The best is now the "Check Engine Light" is on. Probably the oxygen sensor. Obviously the guy that made the part to run the dash board cluster is the culprit. I don't feel like taking the car to a dealer for a "Carte Blanche" parts replacement. I really think the problem for Ford is when somebody gets killed because of these defective parts that the dealers can't really fix. I was told by the dealer after they kept the car for 2 days about the AirBag that they had talked to Ford and Ford had no idea how to stop the 'AirBag Light" from coming on even after the part was replaced. The dealer told me to"Just be carefull". Gee, I never thought of that.
So what if the Brakes really are bad and my wife and kids get injured because no one can fix it properly and we've been told to drive the car but there really is something wrong. I guess I only have the "Battery" light and the "Oil Pressure" light left to go on before the dash board looks like a Christmas tree.
#2057 of 2608 Re: Windstar Woman with ABS problem [brd3]
Sep 25, 2005 (5:19 pm)
Interestingly enough my dashboard cluster has the "Airbag Light" on even though the affected part has been replaced once at the dealer (It was the seat belt buckle so I know it is working even though the systems says it is not working).
is it possible that at one time, it was the seat-belt buckle, but now something else? for example, wonder if it is your clock-spring, the device that maintains electrical continuity to the bag as the wheel is turned from the far left to the far right and back and forth...
#2059 of 2608 Re: Windstar Woman with ABS problem [user777]
Sep 27, 2005 (3:18 am)
Thanks for the tip. I'm going to bring the car to a Ford dealership that someone the family knows to have this problem looked at again. Unfortunately they are about 30 miles away and scheduling is difficult. I don't mind paying to get a broken part fixed, I understand things don't last forever, but after experiencing an $ 800 dollar oil change "Plus a bunch of stuff I didn't need or ask for" at a Ford dealer I'm a little apprehensive using Dealer repair shops.
The seat belt buckle involved 3 trips to the dealer, without a car for 5 days and I was told they had no idea what was wrong after consulting directly with Ford about the problem. The distrustful side of me wonders that no one is really looking for the source of the false readings because of the "Repair Bonanza $$" it brings the the Dealership repair shops.
Hopefully all will be fixed on the next (I hope and last) visit to the Dealer.
Thanks for your thoughts
#2060 of 2608 Re: "Windstar 2000...Sliding Door": Related Problem [jimwood]
Sep 27, 2005 (9:08 am)
MOTORIZED SLIDING DOOR - Another Suspect
First, thanks for the fix.
Another potential problem we found was in the door gasket area.
Located at the top of the van's sliding door opening is a gasket that had shifted forward when compared to the other door. The end of this gasket was trapped against the pillar (between the sliding and front doors) when the door closed. The gasket bulged out at the end causing it not to latch properly.
We re-adjusted the gasket (OK, we just slid it back into proper position..a little) and while it wasn't a 100% fix, it is closing more frequently now.
We'll try your uplifting door experience/experiment. Maybe then we will experience 100% 'closure'. We'll let you know.
Just say no to FoMoCo,
#2061 of 2608 2000 windstar service engine soon light
Sep 29, 2005 (6:58 am)
The service engine soon light has been on for a year. The van runs fine, and I am not going to waste any more money having it "FIXED" only to have the light come back on with in a day or so.
How can the service engine soon light be disabled????
#2062 of 2608 Re: 2000 windstar service engine soon light [marvster]
Sep 29, 2005 (1:45 pm)
I once had another brand of minivan that was in bad enough shape that I did not want to spend much on repairs. I took care of the service engine light with black electrical tape. Then eventually the light burned out.
#2063 of 2608 1998 Windstar check engine light
Sep 29, 2005 (3:56 pm)
I picked my 1998 windstar up for the mechanic today. After paying $450 last week and $790 today to get the check engine light to go off. If this was the only problem, there wouldn't be one. Since I've owned the van, July 2000, I have had problems with that light. My first mechanic, would fix the problems, reset the computer, the light would go off and within the week IT CAME BACK ON AGAIN!
This happened over, and over again. Until he just disconnected it. No problem until last year. Our state required an EMISSIONS TEST when the car is inspected on models 1996 and older.
The check engine light had to come back on, and the real problems began. I had two 02 sensors replaced, along with some other sensors. within two weeks because the light kept coming back on and I had to continue to take it back to the mechanic. After paying $1,000 (Sept 04) I thought I was through. But before I could get it inspected, the light came back on. I just left it, no inspection, and took it back in last week. IN about one year I have spent $2200.
Is there any end to the check engine light problem????
#2064 of 2608 Re: 1998 Windstar check engine light [brinda]
Sep 29, 2005 (7:41 pm)
the flippant answer is to find another ride.
seems like it's possible it may be mis-diagnosed by your mechanic... if you want to stay in the vehicle, i suppose i'd bring a record of everything done to it, and take it to someone else.
#2065 of 2608 Re: 1998 Windstar check engine light [brinda]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Sep 29, 2005 (9:53 pm)
Brinda, you could always ask the people in the "Check Engine" Light discussion -- they might have some ideas.