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#2174 of 2608 Re: 2003 Windstar Transmission not working [runninnowhere]
Dec 02, 2005 (6:39 am)
My previous post was deleted as it "appeared to be selling something". But it looks like you read it before it was gone. Just to be clear I have nothing to do with any company that sells anything.
I had suggested that maybe you want to look into reman transmission from a local company that actually does the remanfacturing and will install their remanfactured engine or transmission. A guy I work with had good luck going this route. But he did end up doing both the engine and the transmission...this was in a Buick.
I have the same thoughts as you though, when I consider installing a reman engine...what if the transmission goes next? On the other hand I think what if I spend $1600 on repairs and the leaks have damaged the engine and it dies in 6 months anyway? I am in a holding pattern because I can't decide what the better option is and this is an extra vehicle for now.
I may buy another Ford, but not with a V-6. Their 4 cyl zetec seems to have been a much better engine than their 6s.
#2175 of 2608 Re: 2003 Windstar Transmission not working [runninnowhere]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:07 am)
99 windstar 75k miles.Sudden, massive tranny fluid loss on highway(it would only happen on Thanksgiving holiday).
Transmission overhauled for $1500-new torque converter,
epc solenoid, tcc solenoid, etc.
- just prior to tranny failure,developed problem w/pwr steering(grinding/grunting noise,shudder).I was told to check for a pressure relief valve.
-also,my ticking, mini-baseball card sound was solved when i removed the center cap/lug nut cover from my rims.I have the 15 in. rims with the slanted "starburst" cover.There are aftermarket covers available on ebay, way cheaper than the dealer.
#2176 of 2608 Re: Bad Paint [smann]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:26 am)
We own a 99 Windstar, and the paint is peeling from the roof as well.It gets worse each time we wash it.The color
of the van is Arctic White. Our dealer told us that this is not covered.
#2177 of 2608 Power Steering Noise
Dec 02, 2005 (9:56 am)
I have a '99 Windstar and whenever I turn the steering to the right, there is a loud noise as if there is no fluid in the reservoir or loose belt. Turning to the left is OK
My engine light came on today. Auto Zone check it and get a reading P0171, told me it is the oxygen sensor but could not point me in the direction it is
Dec 02, 2005 (12:38 pm)
My 1995 Ford Windstar has quite suddenly, gone from a normal temperature gauge reading, to no reading whatsoever. Once the vehicle warms up, the needle just barely rises off the bottom, and thats where it stays. Also, it seems like now, I'm not getting very good heat from the vehicles heater. Could it simply be the thermostat or temp sending unit or is the problem more serious than that?
#2179 of 2608 Re: Poor heat [jallenjr]
Dec 02, 2005 (1:18 pm)
If you are not getting normal heat, then it is not the sending unit as that would just affect the gauge not the the actual temperature. Seems like the thermostat could be a possibility, if it is stuck open it makes sense that the heat would be weak in the cold weather.
#2180 of 2608 99 Windstar - steering noise
Dec 02, 2005 (1:42 pm)
My Windstar has 92000 mi and has just started making a whining type noise when I turn left. It doesn't do it all of the time and only when I turn left. Not sure where to begin, but I would like some suggestions before I just take it to Ford. Our experience in the past, they ALWAYS find something whether it is really necesary or not.
#2181 of 2608 Re: Power Steering Noise [chance4]
Dec 02, 2005 (5:07 pm)
"My engine light came on today. Auto Zone check it and get a reading P0171, told me it is the oxygen sensor but could not point me in the direction it is"
The diagnostic tool has not been invented yet that will say "this part is defective, replace it". AutoZone sells a lot of oxygen sensors. They'll retrieve trouble codes no charge because they're hoping to sell you parts. After all, that's what they're in business for.
PO171 = Fuel Trim System Lean (Bank 1). Read the post in the link below, and start by looking for a deteriorated PCV valve grommet or hose.
alcan, "Got a Quick, Technical Question?" #2217, 2 Dec 2005 6:54 pm
#2182 of 2608 Re: 2002 Ford Windstar [dani65721]
Dec 02, 2005 (9:20 pm)
">I have a 2000 Ford Windstar that has 85,000 miles on it. My van has been doing the same thing. The engine light has come on. I took it to the repair shop where I was told I needed a new airfilter and some new sparkplugs. The problem did not go away. I was wondering if maybe it has something to do with the fuel injection system. Please let me know if you learn what it is on your van. Thankyou!
Dec 02, 2005 (10:27 pm)
We have a 1996 windstar. For a couple of years we have had problems with misfiring...horrible! No one could find the problem. Finally they found a broken head gasket. We got it fixed along with some other stuff. It finally stopped misfiring and the engine light doesn't blink any more. BUT.... it keeps stalling on us. We also left for a trip over the mountains for Thanksgiving and it died on us going up I70--Lookout Mtn area. It just lost more and more power going up the mtn. We were stuck there with 3 kids and a dog for about an hour. It finally started again an hour later (waiing for a tow truck). The mechanics, who are great, can not find a thing wrong with it...nothing shows up on the computer and everything seems to look great. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or have you had the same problem. We also had a broken speedometer several years ago. Ford said we had to have it replaced for $400, but we went to a speedometer place in Denver and they fixed it for $100. Other than all this, we have loved our van and hadn't had any problems for years. It has 100,000 miles on it.