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#213 of 229 Re: 1999 Ford Windstar Tranny Probelm [gretagogo]
Apr 01, 2013 (6:34 am)
I understand they fixed your problem. The switch the recall is referencing is for disengaging the cruise control. When mine failed after the recall was done on my F150 the only symptom was the cruise control quit working. The switch is just an on/off pressure switch that goes on the master cylinder. I believe it is a redundant switch, because with it bypassed the cruise still turns off with the brakes applied. I am fairly confident the switch has no bearing on the transmission or speedometer. It may have leaked brake fluid on another component and caused a problem.
#214 of 229 Re: 1995 windstar tranny problems [boss302j]
May 03, 2013 (8:39 am)
tock off the lines to see if it pums out fluied and it does that mean the torque converter is bad
#215 of 229 Re: 1995 windstar tranny problems [susansnapp52]
May 03, 2013 (2:44 pm)
If it is pumping fluid out the lines when you start the van, then the spline problem I spoke of earlier is not your problem.
#216 of 229 Re: Windstar Transmission [michael2269]
May 05, 2013 (11:58 am)
I am wondering if you can tell me were to find a forward clutch cylinder (drum) for my 95 windstar, 3.8, I am at my 3rd used transmission with this van. Unemployed, DAV, so I just cant go out and buy even a used car.
Sending this out as an S.O.S.
Thanks for the great info.
#217 of 229 TRANNY? OR COMPUTER?
Jun 07, 2013 (2:31 pm)
1998 WINDSTAR 3.0 WITH AXOD TRANS RUNNING FINE, NO CLUNKS,PINGS,GRINDING OR ANY INDICATION OF IMPENDING DOOM. SLOWING FOR RED LIGHT,LIGHT TURNS GREEN,FOOT OFF BRAKE,ON GAS. STARTS TO DOWNSHIFT,BUT INSTEAD GOES INTO NEUTRAL AND STAYS IN NEUTRAL. COASTED TO A STOP,TRIED ALL THE GEARS,NOTHING.CHECKED FLUID.FULL,NOT BURNT,NO LEAKS. HAD MY OBD2 WITH ME. PLUGGED IT IN. SAID "READ" THEN WENT TO "ERR" COULDN'T GET A CODE OR ANY READING FOR ANY PART OF THE CAR.TRIED OBD2 ON OTHER CARS,WORKS FINE.HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED THE TRANNY AND THE OBD2 SYSTEM BLOWING OUT AT THE SAME TIME AND HELP ME OUT WITH THE CONNECTION,IF THERE IS ONE.MY GLIMMER OF HOPE IS THE COMP.CAUSED THE TRANNY TO FAIL AND THEN JOINED IT.IF THE TRANNY FAILURE BLEW OUT THE COMP.,PLEASE LOOK FOR ME HITCHHIKING,OR PROSPECTING FOR A WHILE!
#218 of 229 Re: bring car to garage for burnt relay; end up with burnt transmission! [jackrenode1949]
Aug 14, 2013 (6:21 pm)
I am a Windstar victim. I bought a 1999 Windstar, the Tranny went out in 2002 at 63K miles, only 3K past the warranty. The miles I had put on were mostly easy highway miles between san diego and Portland. Anyway, I did a little research and found the Windstar had an exceptionally high number of Transmission failures.
Being that I was only 3k out of warranty, I wrote a nice letter to Ford asking that they split the cost of the transmission with me. I explained I was a loyal customer and would remain if the "made things right".
My request was denied and, being a man of my word, have never purchased another Ford.
#219 of 229 Re: bring car to garage for burnt relay; end up with burnt transmission! [sobmaz]
Aug 14, 2013 (6:23 pm)
FYI, I may be off on the time line but I remember I was within the 3 years but over on the mileage.
#220 of 229 Re: TRANNY? OR COMPUTER? [silverpitt]
Aug 16, 2013 (9:24 pm)
I've read about so MANY people having the no more forward motion problem on here. No noise, smoke or any indication. I've also read about so many people replacing the transmission for thousands of dollars, sometimes 2 or 3 times. My 2003 did this same thing. I backed out of the driveway and put it in drive and nothing. Never to move again. Heres what i found out. Some of these vans have the most crappy torque converters that should never have been used to begin with. The hardened shaft shears all the teeth off the insides of the torque converter. Hard to believe it but its true.I saw this with my own two eyes. No extra metal in the bottom of the pan either. My local small shop put in a used converter for me for 800.00.If what im thinking is true, then a bunch of people have been screwed by these tranny guys just to make a couple thousand off of you. Before any of you plunk down the high dollars for a transmission that might not even be bad, make these guys show you the inside of your torque converter to see if the teeth haven't been sheared off. Dont fall for their junk transmission speech if its only a torque converter that you need. The transmissions weren't bad, the torque converters were.
Aug 17, 2013 (4:25 am)
Here is my post from 2007
I agree, I am sure a lot of trannys get sold for this reason
#54 of 220 Re: transmisson problems [buzfreely] by boss302j
Dec 13, 2007 (10:28 pm)
Replying to: buzfreely (Dec 12, 2007 6:20 pm)
Same exact thing happened to me, the splined piece that turns the pump shaft stripped out in the torque converter. I replaced my converter and all is well now. I did it myself and it cost me about $250.00. 150.00 for a rebuilt converter, $50.00 for fluid and the rest was new front seal, filter etc. I would say if you aren't a mechanic I would not even think of doing this yourself. Expect to pay a decent amount for labor.
#222 of 229 Please help!!! O/D light flashing!!!
Sep 03, 2013 (5:18 pm)
Hey guys. So desperate mom of three here with one vehicle for my family. Two years ago we bought a 2001 ford Windstar. No major problems until a couple months ago. The van was idling rough so took it to a "friend" who's a mechanic. He popped the hood and said the engine was "swelling" a sign our cadalyc converter was clogged. He cut one off emptied it out in front of us and welded a pipe back on until we had the required $900 to get it properly fixed. My van was fine until two weeks later. My husband comes home from his first job long enough to change clothes and off to the second job. Well 10 mins after leaving he is home telling me the van has no "power" suddenly. Battery turns the car on but as soon as you hit the gas it shuts off. I do a bunch of research and we replace the #15 and #19 fuses. Van starts acting normal again. One week later the o/d light starts blinking and same problem comes back. Fuses are fine. If the van is in park the engine revs fine and everything sounds good. As soon as you put it in gear there's a loss of power. You can somewhat stomp the peddle and get the van to stay on. It will drive and the tranny seems to be shifting fine once you get it up to speed but you have to repeatedly stomp the gas to get it moving and even then you can tell there's no real power. O/d light still flashing. Here's some extra info too. Transmission fluid is good. Abs system is completely gone although they said my van is not covered by recall. The little bolt looking switch that was said to leak had been replaced as well as wires right there before I bought it. Battery is sometimes drained due to break lights coming on whenever they want so new battery in van. Replaced the egr valve and the throttle position sensor. Fuel button is down. Can anybody please please PLEASE help????? My hubby's email is kbrooks703yahoo.com. We have called ford many times but as most of you know they give NO SHITS about us consumers. Thanks y'all!!!!