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#11 of 227 1998 Ford Windstar Transmission Problems
Dec 11, 2006 (8:58 am)
My Ford Windstar (3.0L) has approximately 110,000 miles on it and has recently developed a serious transmission problem. The van will not start when Drive "D", or the first gear "1", or reverse gear "R" is selected. The only way it starts is to select the second gear "2" and move to "D" when it picks up speed. It then drives well and can even do reverse parking.
This causes probles at traffic lights, stop signs and other stoppages. I have to manually move the gear selector to "2" and then move it back to "D" when the van is moving.
It appears that my transmission is on its last legs. Any ideas/sugegstions for fixing this problem will be gratefully appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
#12 of 227 Re: windstar tranny problem? [dabreleu]
Mar 31, 2007 (7:13 am)
new to this site and not sure how to find what answers were to dabreleu 9/21/06 question as i have same problem with my 1999 windstar. pulled out on highway and lost gears. could only drive in reverse. garage says must be transmission-could have towed to transmission garage as they don't do. quoted $2,500 for rebuilt -but no one's even looked under the hood. only 27,000 miles on the car and never any indication of problem before this. just passed inspection week before this happened. should i have towed to another garage to check out? was result for dabreleu that transmission was shot or something else? would appreciate any input.
Mar 31, 2007 (9:20 pm)
i have a 2000 windstar 3.8l tranny seems to be slipping when in drive at about 55 mph slips back and forth from D to overdrive and shifts VERY hard at high rates of acceleration. took it to the shop they thought it was something internal in tranny but would not know for sure til they put it on a bench and opened her up but they want the payment up front which is like 4-600 dollars. is there anyone that had the same problem or similar that might know what my best options are???
#14 of 227 P0315 crankshaft position
Apr 17, 2007 (6:01 am)
Emission light came on. Computor check suggests,"crankshaft position system variation not learned." How do you teach it? What is it referring to ?
#15 of 227 Re: 1999 Ford Windstar Tranny Probelm [aparkhillp]
Jun 02, 2007 (9:29 am)
Replace the fluid every 2 years with a good fluid with a good additive thats what i did ,the fluid wears out and we cannot use the good whale oil any more.Rick
#16 of 227 Change your fluid & filter.
Jun 02, 2007 (11:18 pm)
I'm thinking it holds 12qts total. At normal filter change time 30,000mi only 5qts is changed out. So by 60,000mi over half the fliuds been there a long time, and so on, throughout its life. The other 7qts needs renewed also. This is same as any auto transmission. At every 15,000 I suck out the 5qts in the pan through the fill tube with a hose & pump and refill. At every 30,000 replace the filter & 5qts again. Although I never have all completely new fluid, certainly this can't hurt. Many stations will back flush the system adding all new........for 50 bucks or more, but the filter will still need changed. I'll find out. As of now only 80,000mi but will probably keep till it aint worth a dime. Depreciations terrible with these huh?
Jul 04, 2007 (10:18 am)
I have a Ford Windstar van that has had more problems than imaginable!!! Check engine light on twice, ABS light on, have replaced the alternator 2 times in 6 months, and on and on and on. my deal now is I was driving and the O/D light on the dash was flashing that the O/D was off. I stopped and turned car off and light went off. Made sure O/D was on and drove 2 miles and light began to flash again.
Van begin to smoke like running hot. Pulled over and turned off van and tranny fluid went everywhere underneath. Had it towed to dealer. They just said it ran hot and "pewked" they sealed all the leaks and said the tranny wasn't going out. Everyone I talk to says that when that happens damage is done. I only have 3000 miles left on extended warranty. Need to know your opinion before warranty goes out too!!
#18 of 227 Re: Tranny problems [blush4aflush]
Jul 04, 2007 (6:06 pm)
I had the exact same thing happen to me. Your transmission is probably shot. My experience was even worse. The van smoked so badly and all the fluid ran out. The police officer who was helping me told me I was lucky it did not catch on fire.
I had to wait 2 hours in the hot sun for a tow truck. While I was waiting, a sound like a bomb went off. That was the transmission exploding.
At the repair shop, they said it had gotten so hot the transmission parts had melted. A new one cost me $2200 and they told me the transmission had been replaced before. I bought the van used and it has 92000 miles on it. We don't drive it much and in the past 2 months it has left me stranded twice. The repairs since January were almost $5000 for a cracked water pump, transmission and brakes.
We are going to sell it before something else goes wrong. This is the worst vehicle I have ever owned. It will cause us to go broke if we keep it any longer. It cannot be trusted.
I have read that Ford put Taurus transmissions in the Windstar. That transmission was meant for a car, not a van. There are so many horror stories about Windstar transmissions that Ford should be ashamed of itself.
For those of you who bought a used Windstar, I would check to see if the transmission was replaced even before you bought it. Some people have had 3 transmissions put in with less then 100,000 on the van.
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#19 of 227 Same problems as above.
Jul 25, 2007 (12:33 pm)
I am having the same problems as above, Tranny slipping, low pressure, sometimes D wont engage, 1 or 2 seem better, R always works fine.
I was told that it could be something cracked, I'd love to hear what the problem was with the other van's out there, and some fix's. Thanks
#20 of 227 winstar tranny Wow
Sep 11, 2007 (12:44 pm)
does anyone know whats up with this transmission, i guess it has a high failure rate, I can not find a salvage one as of yet. 4 years ago my brother was driving his 95 ford windstar, it just stoped pulling, (fwd). he had it rebuilt and two weeks later , the reverse went out, the clutch drum was broke in half. the local ford expert said he had never replaced one and called for help and his ally told him those don't break very easy, so he thought maybe user Error, he would not replace the part but ate the labor, within a month the reverse went out again. (drum is cracked in two again) my brother let it set, i offered to by it for 600.00, I know it has a new engine (3.8 that was defective, ford replaced it), and virtually a new trany. Am I going to have to replace the main car computer that sends the signal to the tranny also? is this gong to cost more than it's worth, any Ideas with this freak?