Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 7:51 PM
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Ford Windstar, Van
#2369 of 2608 Re: WINDSTAR PROBLEMS.... [ptownb]
Apr 17, 2006 (5:27 pm)
An offhand guess would be the power steering pump may have locked up causing the belt to smoke.
Just recently got rid of a 1999 windstar (purchased new, driven easy) with a long list of major problems than one could imagine, all just after the warrentee period. The car was assembled properly, and was very nice for the first 38K, then the heaterbox air door broke, then the transmission blew, then the cruise control quit, the interior lights started flashing on and off (not a door problem-the dash light wasn't comming on), engine stalling and rough idle due to a bad air servo, the radio scan stopped working, leaking fuel injectors causing the emmissions light to come on and causing hard starting, leaking brake fluid from a defective sensor, bad ball joints and growling power steering. At 53K, yes only 53,000, I'd totally had it with this peice of junk and drove it straight to the Chevy dealership and traded it in. (no way could I sell it on the open market with a clean conscience like I usually do). There used to be 5 Ford mini-vans on our street, including ours, and now there are none. Everybody had engine and drivetrain issues with these things. Stay away from the Ford Junkstars!
#2370 of 2608 Re: WINDSTAR PROBLEMS.... [hudsonmohawk]
Apr 17, 2006 (6:27 pm)
Now you tell me........... 3 trans rebuilds and an engine rebuild later. 3rd tranny rebuild was done with custom (non ford) parts so it should last for more than 20k.
#2371 of 2608 p-codes 1450,171 &174
Apr 19, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Another 1999 windstar problem, fuel too lean bank 1 and bank 2. This problem is intermittent engine light comes on approx. every 200 miles or once per week. Runs good execpt for the noise in the tank which is also intermittent in idle.
#2372 of 2608 Re: p-codes 1450,171 &174 [josephm4]
Apr 19, 2006 (12:12 pm)
MAF sensor. It's fairly cheap and so easy to change. Chekc out Fords TSB for it.
I still have not figured out what's wrong with mine. I'm about to take it in for diagnostics.
#2373 of 2608 Re: Anything good about a Windstar?? [amp3]
Apr 20, 2006 (8:51 pm)
I BOUGHT MY WINDSTAR THREE YEARS AGO , AND HAVE HAD NO UNUSIAL PROBLEMS , UNTILL CT. EMISSIONS TEST..... WHAT A JOKE , MY CHECK ENGINE LITE WAS OFF AND I FAILED THE TEST... IT COST ME SO FAR , NEW PLUGS , THE PRICE OF TWO EXPERTS TO TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM (COULD) BE AND THE LIGHT IS NOW ON..... ALL THE TIME, AND STILL WON'T PASS , I NOW HAVE A NEW POWER STEARING HOSE...$360.00 MORE FROM A FORD DEALER WHO AGAIN WANTED TO CHARGE ME ANOTHER $85.OO TO PUT THIS ON HIS COMPUTER. TODAY I INSTALLED ANEW IMISSIONS CONNECTOR AND A PVC VALVE...$18.00 AND THE LIGHT IS STILL ON ! HELP. HELP HELP COULD THE HEAD GASKET COUSE THIS ? SHOULD I REPLACE IT? THE COST AGAIN $300-350 RHIS THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH MY CAR.. MY WINDSTAR HAS BEEN GOOD, UNTILL THIS. NLYNN
#2374 of 2608 Re: Anything good about a Windstar?? [nlynn]
Apr 20, 2006 (9:51 pm)
Power stearing hose would not cause emissions failure. You need to have diagnostics done to get the codes. If you have an autozone near you take it there and they hook it up for free. Then let me know what the codes are. Also the year of the van would be helpful. I don't think the head gasket would cause this.
#2375 of 2608 Re: Anything good about a Windstar?? [mlpntr]
Apr 22, 2006 (5:32 pm)
THANKS , I'LL GET BACK TO YOU WITH THE CODES .
#2376 of 2608 Re: Windstar/ Fuel overflow valve? [smarvin]
Apr 22, 2006 (5:34 pm)
tHANKS FOR YOUR HELP I'LL TRY
#2377 of 2608 overdive slipping
Apr 25, 2006 (10:19 am)
I have a 99 windstar 120000 k mi, transmission rebuild at 115000, few months ago. Problem persists, soon as trans warms up, it jumps out of overdrive. Specially when going on a slightly uphill like an overpass. Installed a trans cooler, no difference. Trans people said it is a computor problem, dealer say it is not. PCM does not have to be reflashed.
Drives fine in the city except for engine light now and then due to lean bank one or two.
Still leaking trans fluid too since last attempt of shop. cycling this week to work.
#2378 of 2608 Re: overdive slipping [keesie101]
Apr 25, 2006 (12:24 pm)
How long is the warranty on the trans rebuild and who did it? Was it done with Ford parts or custom? I had mine rebuilt in February for the 3rd time at 135,000 and had them do it with the custom parts. It started leaking within a month and they replaced the front seal. It does seem to be slipping at times so I will probably have to go back in with it. I had other issues (misfire on cylinder #2)that turned out to be a bad fuel injector and a bad computer. Tranny guy said I needed to get them fixed before they could road test it for the trans.
Lean bank 1 and 2 is usually a bad MAF sensor and very easy for even a woman with no car knowledge to replace.