Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 8:51 PM
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Ford Windstar, Van
Dec 19, 2005 (1:07 pm)
No actually our 1997 was pretty free of significant problems until this. I was a little bothered by some re-welding of the subframe that they had to do just after the warranty expired. That was only about $120 at a body shop. The only other repairs were a couple leaky parts on the transmission...what is it with Ford and gaskets. Oh and I just had to replace the alterntor.
I keep records of maintenance and repairs for each of our vehicles. In 95,000 miles we have only spent a total of about $2200 on all maintenance and repairs on the Windstar.
Because of that, I would not even really be bothered much by the current leaky gasket problems, if they could be replaced without needing such a huge amount of labor. The charge must be like 16 hours of labor for my problem.
#2220 of 2608 Re: HELP...Now it won't start [stimsonm]
Dec 22, 2005 (6:03 am)
I have the same problem and the local Ford dealer has had this van in 4 times. I have never been billed and the problem has never be repaired. After the shop works on it, the problem goes away for about 2-3 weeks and then recurs. I can jump the van immediately and it will run but then after shutting it off and when trying to restart it, it acts like a dead short but no one has found it...Can you help? Did you get your problem with the draining battery solved? How did you do it?
#2221 of 2608 Re: Reliabilty of new Transmition [lsg1]
Dec 22, 2005 (10:52 am)
from what i learned your better off without the original transmission.
#2222 of 2608 tranny rebuilt
Dec 22, 2005 (10:57 am)
just wondering, had to have my tranny rebuilt in 99 windstar, two weeks later o/d light flashing, ford says it's the speed sencer and has nothing to do with the tranny repair, i figure it must have been effected by the rebuild some how ???
#2223 of 2608 CEL P0171 Code (2000 SEL)
Dec 22, 2005 (2:22 pm)
After Ford replaced the bottom half of my engine, I developed the following problems:
CEL stayed on
Loud Spark Knock
Clicking Noise from engine (driver's side)
Back to the Dealer:
Found Code P0171
Fixed the following:
Intake manifold leak, plugged EGR ports, replaced isolator bolts, 6 gaskets, new value cover (silver not black) and gasket, fuel pressure regulator vacuum hose.
So far all is well, with the exception of some spark knocking at the higher end of the 3rd and 4th gear.
Cost $0 Ford Extended Warranty (Only 3 months left)
#2224 of 2608 2000 SEL
Dec 23, 2005 (10:07 pm)
After the recent repair (message 2219), I have noticed a vibration in the gas pedal at different times in the operation of the van (mostly in the first and third gear).
#2225 of 2608 Pedal Vibration
Dec 24, 2005 (2:25 pm)
After further investigation, I found that the dealership left off a support bracket on the throttle cable. Once I re connected the bracket to one of the studs on the top of the driver's side strut the vibration disappeared.
That is a very sensitive cable. While doing that I found the female portion of an electrical connector (near the wiper motor). I am still for its mate.
Dec 24, 2005 (3:07 pm)
check engine light
#2227 of 2608 Re: speedys69 [speedys69]
Dec 24, 2005 (6:43 pm)
It's an amber warning light which is illuminated by the engine control computer when a fault is detected.
#2228 of 2608 Windstar TRAC OFF light
Dec 25, 2005 (2:12 pm)
Hello, to all the experts on a Ford Windstar,
I live in Germany and just recently bought a Ford Windstar, produced in 1998.
The car is running smoothly, but there seems to be a constant problem with that TRAC OFF light that ever so often flashes although the Ford dealer has tried to solve the problem. They replaced that control module (ABS), replaced the cables from the break cylinder and cleaned all the cable ends. But without any proper result.
Can anyone help on that problem???
Ford Germany is obviously at a loss here.
Please, help me, as I still got guarantee on that car, which is great fun to cruise in.
Enjoy your holidays and have a happy New Year.
Reinhard from Germany