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#2196 of 2608 "Tire Reset" button
Dec 10, 2005 (6:07 pm)
Thanks for reading our message.
We recently bought a 2001 Ford Windstar LX, and noticed a light illuminated on the dash board. It has a "!" symbol with an open circular figure around it. There is a "Tire Reset" button to the left of the steering wheel that has the same symbol. There is no noticable effect when we push the button.
We really don't know what the symbol means, or the function of the button. We didn't know much about the vehicle beforehand, and it didn't come with an owner's manual. We've bid on one on eBay, but thought we could find somebody willing to enlighten us in our plight.
We appreciate your help.
Tim and Brenda
#2198 of 2608 '95 Brakes "grinding"
Dec 10, 2005 (6:58 pm)
My 95 Windstar's front brakes started squealing a few months ago (as if they were getting worn) and soon after I started getting a grinding feel in the pedal right before the van stopped. Upon inspection (I was replacing the front pads, and was expecting to find damage to the rotors) I found that the pads were only about half worn, and the rotors were in good shape. In heavy or moderate braking, they seem fine...no problem stopping, the braking seems smooth and even. When I am pulling up to a stop sign, into a parking space, or any slow-speed braking, I get what feels like a slight "pop" in the pedal, what feels like a slight release of the brakes, and the "grind". Is this an ABS problem? Thanks for your time!
#2199 of 2608 Re: "Tire Reset" button [craw624]
Dec 11, 2005 (4:27 am)
The light indicates that one tire is underinflated. Adjust the tire pressure in all 4 tires and start the car. With the car still in park press and hold the tire reset button. I think the light on the dash will start to flash and then shut off. Release the button and all should be ok.
#2200 of 2608 Re: '95 Brakes "grinding" [bwheels]
Dec 11, 2005 (2:53 pm)
Have you removed the rear brake drums and inspected them and the shoes?
#2201 of 2608 Re: What do I do about my loud power steering? [csw1]
Dec 12, 2005 (1:13 pm)
Your tie rods need lubricating. You will need a needle that you can buy that goes on the end of a greese gun. Stick the needle through the rubber cup on the tie rod end and fill.....or you can replace the tie rod ends with new ones that have a valve on them where you can lub them when they dry up.
#2202 of 2608 Code 1518 - 2001 Ford Windstar
Dec 12, 2005 (1:39 pm)
Does anybody know what Code 1518 refers to on a 2001 Ford Windstar?
#2203 of 2608 Re: My van suddenly had several problems at once. please help! [toryandmichell]
Dec 12, 2005 (5:21 pm)
I am new to the forum, and came hoping to get some answers. In answer to your question, YES your van is possessed! Seems both our van are possessed with the same ghost! My toubles are exactly the same as yours. My trouble started last summer and I have had the recurring problem now 4 times in the passed 6 months. In all honesty, I don't think the Ford Quality care folks have any real idea what is going on...We lost our speedometer, odometer, A/C, power doors, trac control, back-up sensors and a few more things I can't recall in the list. If you find the culprit, please let me know!
Thanks and good luck!
#2204 of 2608 Re: My van suddenly had several problems at once. please help! [charliewin]
Dec 12, 2005 (6:11 pm)
Here I am replying to myself. As with all of us I am so frustrated with my $32K vehicle that I could scream. But I do have a sense that I have accomplished something very worthwhile tonight. I bet my van too is leaking brake fluid onto the wires and shorting them out. The first issue was the cruise control sensor and that was replaced. I doubt that this event would show up on regular diagnostics. It's not a computer/technical problem, it's a mechanical problem. I will send my mechanic searching for a leaky master cylinder tomorrow. Can you imagine a 30-something woman getting all this info and sending the men to do the work, hopefully correctly this time?
Gentlemen on this forum, "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!" I will sleep so much better tonight as I believe I have solved this 6 month long mystery!
Good night and Blessings!
#2205 of 2608 Re: Left turn wheel noise when accelerating [chrb]
Dec 13, 2005 (7:08 am)
Try checking the power steering fluid. This same thing happened to me and I put some power steering treatment/conditioner in and the noise went away.