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#2345 of 2608 1995 Windstar GL check engine light and poor running
Apr 09, 2006 (10:47 am)
OK, I'm one of the unlucky Windstar owners. I have recently had the tranny rebuilt with cutom parts because the first 2 rebuilds were Ford parts. All seems well and I have a 3 year unlimited mile warranty on the tranny.
The engine had all the gaskets replaced along with the spark plugs, water pump, thermostat, cam position sensor, ECR valve, ECM all in the past year. I recently took it for Illinois Emissions and it passed.
So my problem began last night when I drove it to the store it ran fine. I was in the store for nearly an hour and when I came back out I started it as normal and it was missing and ran like crap. The check engine light was on and I smelled gas. So I drove it straight home and every time I would try to excel it seemed to shutter. Especially at 40MPH. So I tried to pay attention to the tach and at 2000 RPM is when I would feel it. I checked the spark plug wires and those MAY need replacing but no obvious burns or grounding. Checked PCV valve and it may need replacing. MAF sensor doesn't show any obvious problems. VCacuum hoses look fine.
I disconnected the neg battery cable and now the check engine light is off but the van runs bad and the exhaust odor is strong.
Any ideas? I mean other than running it into a brick wall and buying a Chevy.
#2346 of 2608 Re: 1995 Windstar needs new engine! [gwb1]
Apr 09, 2006 (12:57 pm)
I assume that you engine is not making a knocking noise. Just because the check engine light came on is no reason to change the engine even if the dealer said so. Get a second opinion from a reputable mechanic. Have the oil pressure checked at the oil pressure sensor. My problem was corrosion on the wire that hooks to the sensor. Charlie.
#2347 of 2608 Re: 1995 Windstar needs new engine! [gwb1]
Apr 09, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I bought my 1995 Windstar for $600 and they had just put over $2000 into it 3 months prior when the tranny lost reverse. So far I have put $2150 into for a complete tranny rebuild with custom (not Ford) parts, $250 for a new set of tires, $45 for a new sway bar. Now I have the check engine light on and it's clearly missing. I just took it to Auto Zone to have it hooked to the tester and it came back with P0302 code. #2 misfire.
This particular van has some serious issues and the only reason I bought mine was because they had complete service records for it and most of the Ford parts that go bad on the 95's have been replaced with custom parts.
So I'm starting at the bottom with the latest problem and replacing the plugs and wires. If that doesn't fix it then I will check the coil and so on. Anyone with other ideas?
#2348 of 2608 TIGER IN THE TANK?
Apr 09, 2006 (4:12 pm)
I have a 1999 3.8 windstar that has a month with a growling noise that is heard in the rear by the gas tank. I have changed the gas tank cap without success. Except for the noise it idles and runs good. Has this occurred to you. Thanks TGR.
#2349 of 2608 Re: TIGER IN THE TANK? [josephm4]
Apr 09, 2006 (4:35 pm)
I've never heard this. Was your's involved in the tank recall?
#2350 of 2608 Re: TIGER IN THE TANK? [mlpntr]
Apr 09, 2006 (4:40 pm)
I purchased used, has there been a tank recall?????
#2351 of 2608 Re: No heat coming through [glennwny]
Apr 09, 2006 (6:06 pm)
I have a 99 Windstar and I found that the door that controls the heat broke where it pivots in the temp select motor. I have to take apart the whole heater housing every fall to put a screw in to hold the door open for heat, I just remove the screw in the summer. It costs about $1000 to fix at a ford dealer and eight to ten hours labor.
#2352 of 2608 Re: 1995 Windstar needs new engine! [cemckilligan]
Apr 09, 2006 (8:14 pm)
Thanks for your input. I will get a second opinion on it. I did have a new sensor put in a month ago because the local mechanic here in town thought that would solve the problem. Spent $75.00 for nothing.
#2353 of 2608 '01 Windstar drivers-side sliding door stuck
Apr 09, 2006 (9:04 pm)
'01 Windstar manual sliding door on drivers side is stuck in an almost-closed position. No amount of locking/unlocking the door, lifting the handle, pulling on or pushing in the door seems to move it. It's stuck as-is with both front and rear latches locked, although the handle behaves as if it's unlocked. I have enough room (maybe 1/2 to 1 inch gap) to get to the front+rear latches but don't know where to go from here.
Please Help! Thanks!
#2354 of 2608 Re: TIGER IN THE TANK? [josephm4]
Apr 10, 2006 (10:18 am)
On some of them. Check www.cpsc.gov