Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 8:51 PM
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#2144 of 2608 Re: Windstar upper plenum failure [fordneveragn]
Nov 18, 2005 (8:54 pm)
The car was originally making a noise which sounded like internal engine noise to my local mechanic. When I took it to the dealer the mechanic diagnosed it as a plenum failure after driving it and listening to it for a little while. I have to look over the invoice to see exactly what was done. The service advisor did give me a printout of a TSB that stated that some 2001 Windstars have this problem. It said that the noise will sound like a connecting rod failure. That is exactly what it sounded like. I think I am done with Fords also. I just got rid of a 94 Explorer that was falling apart. I think the Explorer is the most overrated vehicle ever manufactured.
#2145 of 2608 Re: check engine light [craftychica]
Nov 19, 2005 (2:44 pm)
I bought a manual on eBay for my Windstar 2000 - it shows the meaning of all the various lites. If you can be more specific on what the yelloe iceon looks like, I'll probably be able to help. Still, i suggest you get an owner's manual. Cheap - about $10 - on eBay
My yellow engine light comes on and off, but I've been driving like that for almost a year and it is not a cause for alarm.
#2146 of 2608 non working left rear parking / driving red light on Wind2000
Nov 19, 2005 (2:47 pm)
#2147 of 2608 defective rear left parking/driving lite on Wind2000
Nov 19, 2005 (2:53 pm)
The bulb for the light has a dual function and has 2 filaments, one for the brake light and one for the parking light. I replaced the bulb but the probem persists. The fuse is good and controls both lights. What can be wrong - the socket looks brown and maybe burned?
#2148 of 2608 2002 windstar check engine light and idle noise
Nov 21, 2005 (1:11 pm)
Does anyone have a problem where the check engine light stays on, and after a few minutes traveling in all forward gears(automatic trans), the sound of the engine gets louder when the idle slows, but goes away when given more gas. The engine light is on constantly, and there is no apparent drop in performance at any time. When the engine is in neutral, the sound is gone at all idle speeds.
#2149 of 2608 Re: 2002 windstar check engine light and idle noise [shumate1]
Nov 21, 2005 (1:20 pm)
Could be wheel bearings.
As for the CEL check your PVC value, fuel filter, and air filter.
Anything else requires a trip to the shop.
#2150 of 2608 Intake manifold problem, Front struts
Nov 21, 2005 (2:02 pm)
I too have joined the Intake Manifold Gasket problem club on my 2000 Ford Windstar. Dealer has just informed me it will cost $590.00 to fix. I found on another site that the tsb 03-16-1 issued from Ford addresses this problem and this person states the tsb states it is covered under the emissions warranty (8yr/80000 miles). Has anyone had sucess in having Ford cover this problem since it seems to be a design fault of Ford? If so please post, also has anyone had to replace the front struts at 70000 miles, this seems like a normal wear and tear issue but just wanted to check with the board to see if it really is. Thanks
#2151 of 2608 Re: 2002 windstar check engine light and idle noise [shumate1]
Nov 21, 2005 (3:51 pm)
First step is to have the stored diagnostic trouble codes retrieved (AutoZone will do it no charge), post the code #'s, and we'll go from there. Any other approach is guesswork, and guesswork gets expensive in a hurry.
#2152 of 2608 Shutters
Nov 22, 2005 (10:20 pm)
2002 windstar sel, 60,000 miles three problems.
#1 passenger door window will not roll down.
#2 sliding door passenger door doesn't always lock/unlock.
#3 only happens when A/C or heat are on. Engine shutters, almost feels as if you are running over a rumble strip, and it happens about every 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes, whether at a stand still or moving.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. HELP!!!
#2153 of 2608 Re: 99 Windstar pwr steering noise
Nov 23, 2005 (6:39 am)
I have a '99 Windstar,78k miles,which has just developed the loud noise from the pwr steering pump.the fluid is blackish in color,and when new fluid was added, the sound ceased for a few days.Before adding fluid however,I noticed that fluid reservoir was wet.I started the vehicle,and had my wife turn the steering wheel back/forth,and sure enough,it was backing up through the cap.It seemed to back up more when the wheel was turned to the left.There is also now a stain in my driveway.Could this be:A)leaking rack,or B)pressure relief valve.If so, where is this valve located?