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#112 of 217 Re: 4th transmission out with 178k kms [jimmyto]
Aug 12, 2009 (6:28 am)
I have just experienced similar major breakdown of the transmission in my 2003 Windstar. It died unexpectly on a major highway while en-route to a funeral. A replacement transmission has been installed but the O/D indicator light goes on immediately. At low speeds a clunking sound and jerking motion occurs. The autoservice shop blames it on having been supplied a faulty replacement transmission, while the transmission supplier says it is an electrical problem. I have paid $3300 for the work and still do not have an operational vehicle. The autoservice company has returned the Windstar on a flatbed to our driveway. What can you tell me about the special transmission program operated by Ford? Any other suggestions would also be welcome.
#113 of 217 Re: 4th transmission out with 178k kms [badluckgirl]
Aug 14, 2009 (8:57 am)
It is a bad tranny. Same thing happened to my 1999 Windstar. After 3 tranny,s later seems to be running fine. As for Ford, good luck. Your machanic should replace it without charging again.
#114 of 217 Windstar 2001 transmission
Aug 14, 2009 (7:04 pm)
Today my wife and daughter and friends were going to see American Idol when the van started to hesitate and then nothing!! Now the van won't go into D,1,2,or R. Although N works well when I pushed it off the highway completely. It is still sitting there until I decide what to do with it. It had no symptoms accept the odd tug like an Ironman was connected to the back trying to pull the van from behind. The tranny only has 25000 miles on it!!(second). Is the whole tranny shot, or is it another problem? I hate to drop more money into this heap but cannot afford a new car. Oh by the way the codes are 00/00 so that's what's perplexing me?
#115 of 217 Re: 4th transmission out with 178k kms [badluckgirl]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:49 am)
They call it the Good will program, only applicable once to clients. This whole thing is a rip off trying to convince my girlfriend to switch to another vehicle. 4 transmissions is simply not acceptable.
#116 of 217 1995 windstar shifting problems
Aug 22, 2009 (1:09 pm)
I have a 95 windstar with a 3.8 V6. The transmission was recently changed with a salvage transmission that operated properly when taken to the salvage yard and was guaranteed. Was installed and will run fine in low gear, but while in drive when it is supposed to shift to second, it shifts into neutral until you slow down enough, then it will shift back into low. Reverse works fine and it does not slip or shift hard, it just wont shift past low. All sensors on the transmission itself have been changed with the old transmission. Any ideas?
#117 of 217 Re: 1995 windstar shifting problems [jeaks4]
Aug 22, 2009 (2:15 pm)
Sorry to hear about your Tranny problems.
The problems with these tranny's are common and unless you are getting a rebuild expect to replace it every couple of years. Rebuilds are the way to go as they correct the problems that have been plaguing these tranny's for the last 15 years. Therefore, the salvaged one while cheaper will not do you much good, unless you put one in and sell it. However, that would not be very nice.
Good luck. The Tranny will have to be pulled. I have a PDF of the 95 tranny's that tells you how to problem solve this problem if you want it. Let me know your e-mail.
#118 of 217 '95 tranny for '98? Both 3.8L engines
Aug 24, 2009 (6:44 am)
I'm selling a transmission that was pulled out of a 95 Windstar. It was rebuilt by Ford and only has about 5000 miles on it. A guy e-mailed me and asked if it would fit into his 1998 Windstar, which also has the 3.8L.
I'm a diesel mechanic, not an auto mechanic, so I don't want to steer him wrong.
Thanks in advance!
#119 of 217 2003 Windstar tranny failure - 2nd time
Aug 29, 2009 (7:23 pm)
This happened 1 1/2 years earlier and had it fixed at AAMCO for $2400. I was in stop and go traffic when all of a sudden my RPM shot way up and and I had no drive. I pulled over only to find out I only had park and permanent neutral. They said I needed an new torque converter, new pressure control sensor, new assy. Kit, filter - 2nd design, and new overdrive band.
Well, at 1:30pm today I was returning home and was turning a corner, at 5mph, when all of a sudden my RPM shot way up and I had no drive. There was no noise associated with this at all. I coasted off to the side only to find out I had no R,D,1,2 and only park and permanent neutral again.
If the work was done, could any of this actually have fixed the issue I'm having?
Now, I'm wondering if this all was even necessary or if they even did the work? I have been reading about this problem all over the net and it seems to be a big problem with this model. I have read it could be the TRS, a mis-programmed PCM or even the VSS.
Does anyone have a possible solution? Or, has anyone had this same problem and have it fixed properly? And if so, what was done to solve it?
#120 of 217 Re: 2000 Windstar blew transmission fluid everywhere! [mswatson27]
Sep 27, 2009 (2:59 pm)
seal it, sell it and buy a honda.
Oct 24, 2009 (8:52 pm)
I have a 1996 windstar with the 3.8 v6. About a year ago the trans went i did not have R D 2 1. About 6 month ago we found a van same year with rebult trans. put that in and a week after it started hanging in second gear. the van sit untill 3 weeks ago when we put in a new computer. Van ran great untill about 3 days ago then after running awhile its starts to hang in second again. it was doing this when it had the other trans in it before it went. i just replaced the speed sensor on the back of the trans yesterday and now it will shift but very hard. i am lost at this point. dose anyone have any sugestions? all info will help Thanks