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#2300 of 2608 Ford Windstar 2000 not auto shifting to higher gears/speeds
Mar 04, 2006 (11:38 pm)
Have a Ford Windstar 2000 with 108K miles. Runs in Drive, but would not auto shift gearup to higher speeds (max is about 25) unless I manually shift lower to gear 2, then it only runs as fast as 40. Check engine light also came on. Battery was weak bcos the van has been sitting for a while, but appears to charging back up.
Later checked transmission fluid and added some Mercon V. Runs a little faster in Drive, but soon started flashing O/D light.
After about 2hrs of resting the van, started the van, the O/D light did not come on again even when driving but the speed issue returned - runs in Drive, but would not auto shift gearup to higher speeds, runs as fast as 40 in gear 2. Check engine light still on.
#2301 of 2608 Re: Electrical [the5fours]
Mar 05, 2006 (1:27 pm)
we just took the alternator out of my 2003 windstar and can't get the belt back in without an extra 2 inches. any ideas on what ere doing wrong? I think extra isn't good.
#2302 of 2608 Re: Ghost in the Machine [drohrer]
Mar 05, 2006 (1:40 pm)
hi having some what the same ploblem. this is my first time on this web forum did you get any answers
#2303 of 2608 98 windstar
Mar 05, 2006 (1:42 pm)
door ajar light stays on interior lights stay on can anybody give me a clue
#2304 of 2608 Re: 98 windstar [paulk4]
Mar 05, 2006 (2:13 pm)
Hello .. We are encountering the exact same problem. It started when my husband was walking away from the van and double clicked to check to see if he had locked the vehicle. We get ding, ding, ding. We have interior dome lights that stay on. We have a constant "door ajar" message on the dash. We tried to remove the fuse, thinking that even if we didn't have an interior light, at least it wouldn't drain the battery. Guess what? Couldn't open that damned panel door. Our son suggested we remove the bulbs. Haven't tried that yet. Were you able to find out anything?
The air has been replace, the original rack and pinion has been replaced twice, the rear wiper motor has been replace and is down again. The paint is chipping away.
If you can offer any advice that assisted you, we would trulyl appreciate hearing from you. Thanks. Helen McLaughlin
#2305 of 2608 Re: '98 that idles rough when started warm [groman]
Mar 05, 2006 (2:23 pm)
You know, it's funny you should mention the fuel injectors. I figured it was either spark or fuel so I had the mechanic replace my plugs are 85k, a little early, to rule them out. Then, since we were starting to notice the problem around town this winter I put some STP injector cleaner into the tank. Things seemed to have cleared up, but we occasionally still notice the problem. I'll have my mechanic look at replacing injectors. Can they isolate a bad one, or do they have to replace all at once?
#2306 of 2608 Re: 98 windstar [paulk4]
Mar 05, 2006 (4:57 pm)
The door switches are built into the latches and the grease on them hardens over time, holding the switches open. The driver's door is most common. Open the doors and spray a liberal amount of WD40 or equivalent into the latches. May take a while to dissolve the grease.
#2307 of 2608 Re: 98 windstar [paulk4]
Mar 06, 2006 (2:44 pm)
I won't say that I cured the problem, but the liberal application of WD-40 seems to help. I have sprayed it on all the latches I could find a couple of times with great success.
The lights and chimes can be a little slow to stop, but not like before. I plan to use it often and hope the problems don't reappear.
#2308 of 2608 Re: Failure of air bags and engine shut off on windstar [ron49]
Mar 06, 2006 (6:24 pm)
My brother was recently in an accident in his 2003 Ford Windstar cargo van. He was hit in the passenger side on the rear corner of the van. This impact swirled the van around into a telephone pole. The front-end was severly damaged. The van was totaled. The airbags DID NOT DEPLOY !! His injuries would have been less, had the airbags worked. Is this a wide-spread problem with this vehicle?
#2309 of 2608 96 Kelyess Romote inoperable
Mar 07, 2006 (6:41 am)
My keyless entry remote only works intermittently to not at all. I'm thinking grounding problem. Where is the receiver box that I might check for proper grounding? Does anyone have some other solutions? The remote battery is good?