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#2134 of 2608 Re: My moaning.. whining van.. please help [adksboi]
Nov 12, 2005 (1:16 am)
Hey I own a 2002 ford windstar lx my power steering moans and whines been replaced, rack pinion replaced strut mount plates replaced power steering pressure switch replaced high pressure power steering line replaced pump pressure checked ran at 1475 lbs. 295 degrees showed to be fine. Power steering still moans especially in cold weather. I have no clue I think it is a defect somewhere probably in the rack,pinion.Oh by the way mine has stiff hard steering especially in cold weather does yours also mine goes from easy steering to stiff steering does yours give me a answer thanks.
#2135 of 2608 Re: My moaning.. whining van.. please help [waterbayou]
Nov 12, 2005 (4:01 pm)
We have the same problem! I have had the power steering pump replaced. It was good for 12,000 miles now the noise is back when we have been driving for a while. I have had one mechanic say I should replace the rack and two others say that is not necessary. I am hesitant to do anything b/c it does not seem that after everything you did it made a difference. My other friends van, same as ours, is doing the same thing. Ford told her it is normal that Windstars are notorious for loud power steering. Right! So loud you can hear it above the radio? I am tempted to drive it until it goes.
#2136 of 2608 2000 Windstar Power Steering
Nov 12, 2005 (5:26 pm)
I checked the power streering fluid and it was a blackish color and was hoping someone could help me with this. I thought the fluid was supposed be a light color. Any help would be grateful.
#2137 of 2608 Re: check engine light [alcan]
Nov 14, 2005 (6:06 pm)
Will someone PLEASE tell me what each warning light represents? I can't seem to find any descriptions on these lights. I have 2002 Windstar SE. And A yellow light has just came on with a yellow exclamation point!
Thanks for your help!
Nov 14, 2005 (11:11 pm)
Traded in the 1996 windstar GL today. I feel like a big weight has been lifted.
Martin Luthor King said it best: "Free at last..free at last...thank God almighty, I'm free at last!!!"
#2139 of 2608 Re: 2000 wind star sel codes and problems [ckriley]
Nov 15, 2005 (2:04 pm)
Ckriley in response to your question on code po171. We changed the PVC valve and the air filter which eliminated po171 . Code po174 is still on. We have checked the vacume lines they look good, we did a tune up even though the van ran great the orginal wires were on (140000). Our defrost vents are the only ones that work and the back vent that blows hot air not cold. If anyone has hints for us we would be glad to hear them.
#2140 of 2608 What do I do about my loud power steering?
Nov 16, 2005 (12:52 pm)
I have a '99 Windstar and the power steering is really loud. It started as a sqeak when I would turn the wheel but now it moans all the time. Does anyone know what this problem is and what do I do about it? Or should I take it to my mechanic? Now it is so loud that I can hear it even when the radio is on! Help!
#2141 of 2608 Windstar upper plenum failure
Nov 17, 2005 (7:02 pm)
2001 Windstar SE. The upper plenum is broken (part under the plastic cover above center of engine). The dealer says that they must remove the intake manifold to repair. I have an aftermarket warranty and that company will only pay for the upper replacement. The dealer says it can't be done like that. Does anyone know of any technical documentation that supports the dealer's fix. The warranty company says that they will reconsider the claim if I can get support to show that this must be done in order to make the repair. Thanks
#2142 of 2608 Re: check engine light [craftychica]
Nov 18, 2005 (12:45 am)
It could be the low tire pressure warning light. Check for a low tire. After correcting problem start the car and hold tire reset button in until light goes out.
#2143 of 2608 Re: Windstar upper plenum failure [nick2006matrix]
Nov 18, 2005 (12:53 pm)
The dealer is totally lying to you or does not know how to repair their own vehicle. Knowing FORD service departments, I believe the first explanation.
The upper plenum is held on by 14 bolts. The bottom is exposed once that is removed. Then the bottom comes out with 8 bolts. You'll have to remove the throttle body from the bottom plenum as well. The moral of the story is that the intake manifold does not have to come out to replace the plenum.
How did you break the plenum?