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#2231 of 2608 Failure of air bags and engine shut off on windstar
Dec 28, 2005 (6:09 pm)
I am writing to see if anyone has had a problem with airbags on 2003 Ford Windstars. My mother had a serious potential problem with a head on collision. A young kid went left of center around a corner, and hit her head on in her lane. She saw him coming, and got as far to the right as she could. Any further, and she would have gone over a fifteen foot ravine. He hit her head on from the center of the van over to her drivers side. She had four other passengers also in the van. All were taken to the hospital.
The bumper was all the way back to the tires, and the air bags did not go off. The engine also did not shut off, as it was supposed to. The person that hit her had skid marks 150 feet long, and hit her really hard, probably totaling both vehicles. Luckily, no one was injured very seriously.
Everyone had injuries. Has Ford addressed this problem with both the airbags not deploying, and the engine not shutting down as designed in an accident? In addition, she has had continuing problems with the transmission not shifting correctly, and no one has fixed this problem.
This vehicle is not a safe vehicle for my mother, who is 70 years old. I don't feel safe having here drive this vehicle, and wonder what Ford will do about this problem. We have gotten no where with Ford.
#2232 of 2608 1995 Ford Windstar Problems
Dec 29, 2005 (3:17 pm)
After a 800 mile drive over Christmas, my "95 Windstar's windshield wipers and front power windows stopped working. I checked the fuses, they look okay. Does anyone know to resolve this electrical or mechanical problem?
#2233 of 2608 Re: 96 Windstar- Belt Tension Pulley [wes7]
Jan 01, 2006 (6:33 pm)
Hey, did u ever get that tensioner off, I am going through the same prob with my 1995 STAR. I have all the bolts off but can budge the large on going through the center of the tensioner.
#2234 of 2608 Re: 96 Windstar- Belt Tension Pulley [rmarcotte]
Jan 01, 2006 (9:05 pm)
If the tensioner has to be rotated counterclockwise to release belt tension, the centre bolt is usually left hand thread.
#2235 of 2608 Re: Front A/C Vents stuck on Defrost [jvs]
Jan 03, 2006 (9:30 am)
Have the same problem. Have found a vacuum hose that is disconnect but am unable to find where to plug back in,must be somewhere in back of engine block but it is almost impossible to see back there even tried using mirror. Anyone know where connection is.
#2236 of 2608 ENGINE LIGHT IS ON
Jan 04, 2006 (6:32 pm)
I HAVE A 2001 WINDSTAR. IT SEEMS TO BE RUNNING GREAT, BUT LAST WEEK THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. THE DEALER WANTS A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS JUST TO DIAGNOSE. IT HAS ABOUT 45K MILES ON IT. I AM NOT SURE WHAT ALL THESE POSTS MEAN WHEN THEY SAY "WHAT CODE"? tHIS IS THE YELLOW LIGHT THAT IS A PICTURE OF AN ENGINE. ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHAT IT MAY BE?
#2237 of 2608 Re: ENGINE LIGHT IS ON [mcotter]
Jan 04, 2006 (8:19 pm)
Check the simple things first: Replace the Air Filter, then fuel filter, PVC Value. After that check on the vacuum hoses in the back on the engine.
If it is not something simple, then the intake manifold gaskets or EGR ports maybe the problem.
#2238 of 2608 Re: ENGINE LIGHT IS ON [mcotter]
Jan 05, 2006 (6:31 am)
"I AM NOT SURE WHAT ALL THESE POSTS MEAN WHEN THEY SAY "WHAT CODE"?"
They mean which stored diagnostic trouble codes were retrieved from the engine control computer when a code reader or scanner was connected to the vehicle's diagnostic port.
"THE DEALER WANTS A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS JUST TO DIAGNOSE."
AutoZone will retrieve DTC's no charge.
"ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHAT IT MAY BE?"
No, and neither does anybody else without the trouble codes.
Btw, please turn off your CAPS LOCKS. It's the internet equivalent of shouting.
#2239 of 2608 Re: ENGINE LIGHT IS ON [mcotter]
Jan 05, 2006 (12:39 pm)
If that is the current version of the "check engine" light, I'd check with what other dealers in your area charge. Nearest one to me is down to $70 for that diagnostic charge.
#2240 of 2608 Re: ENGINE LIGHT IS ON [mcotter]
Jan 10, 2006 (3:33 am)
an engine light is most likely a sensor ex. m.a.p,o2,egr valve if you have an auto zone in your area they do the diagnostic for free.