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#53 of 216 transmisson problems
Dec 12, 2007 (6:20 pm)
I have a ford windstar 2002, have no history of trans problems, will today as I was turning a corner, the trans just stoped working. After pushing it off the road checking the fluid,which was full and fine. The van runs great but now it will not move. I can rev the engine in gear it acts like it's in park. It's like the thing isn't even there. Now no matter what I do the van will not move forward or rev. It just quite for no reason..Has this happened to anyone else..Help me please
#54 of 216 Re: transmisson problems [buzfreely]
Dec 13, 2007 (10:28 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.
#55 of 216 Re: 1997 Ford Windstar [chabot1]
Dec 13, 2007 (10:35 pm)
My guess is the splined piece in the converter that drives the pump drive shaft stripped and that is all that happened. The tranny was probably fine, just needed the converter.
That is the exact same symptoms mine had when this happened. That is all mine needed. I would hate to think how many trannnys get sold just because of the torque converter failure. From what I understand, the torque converters are good about doing that.
#56 of 216 2000 Windstar on tranny #4 @ 125k miles
Jan 12, 2008 (6:24 am)
My 2000 Windstar with 125k miles is in the shop waiting on transmission #4. At 30k miles I replaced my first tranny while under warranty.
At 95k miles I purchased my third tranny. Recently the over-drive light started flashing at 125k miles and it was time for the trans fluid to be replaced, so I took it in to the dealer. I got the call that my #3 tranny was shot, and then, Ford has taken a week to decide what to do for me.
Ford has decided to rebuild this transmission going against the mechanic's rec of replacing it. My warranty on this tranny expires in 5k miles and you know I will need another one soon.
I know the cruise control recall was replaced a long time ago on my Windstar. So something is causing my transmission to fail repeatedly. I drive 20 miles to work and back and that is it!. This is no excuse.
All of my transmissions were replaced by the dealer. After hearing of the issues with Windstar's trans I decided to keep it repaired at the dealer so I would not be accused of using substandard quality work on my trans. It apparently is not the mechanic but the poorly designed trans from Ford.
I am a victim of the 1995 Windstar that blew a head gasket and Ford made me a deal to swap it out for the 2000 Windstar at a reduced cost. We also own a Taurus SHO and Five Hundred. Both Windstars have repeatedly been in the shop. The Taurus needed one transmission after 9 years and 120k miles.
Since Ford decided to REBUILD a rebuilt trans rather than replace my 3rd transmission, I have decided to say good-bye to Ford. I have been a loyal customer but no more.
#57 of 216 Re: transmisson problems [buzfreely]
Jan 12, 2008 (6:48 am)
it happened to my 2000 lx exactly same as yours. can only backward, not forward. replaced trans and costed $2500 for a used
#58 of 216 tranny slips windstar03
Mar 16, 2008 (7:18 pm)
About a week ago, I took my van to a car wash and had the undercarraige washed too. It was below freezing. Later in the day, the trans and ovd lights started flashing on the dash. In a while the trans started slipping, then stopped and wouldn't go. I turned the van off and then back on and it moved for about 1 block, then it would stop again. Turned it off then on and same thing would happen. Did this all the way home. I towed it to trans shop and he told me that shavings would get into trans and then it would freeze it up and stop working. He said that when I would turn it off the shavings would go to the bottom and when i started it up, they would get into the trans again and shut it off. I said just change the fluid and lets get the shavings out. Reluctantly he said he would. Next day I picked it up and it worked fine for the next day and 1/2. I got it home and checked the fluid and it was barely showing on the stick. To make a long story short, the van is doing the same thing and I don't think that they really changed the fluid and filter like they said. Can someone help me?
#59 of 216 Re: transmisson problems [buzfreely]
Apr 27, 2008 (9:42 am)
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar with 76,000 miles, last week I was turning the corner and the trans shifted into neutral. So far it cost me $2,500.00 to have it rebuilt at AAMCO. Since having it built, the O/D light flashes and the check engine light comes on after 20 minutes of driving (But it resets with the button and when you shut off and restart the vehicle). This is a new problem since having the transmission rebuilt. I have noticed that this is an ongoing problem with the Winstar since 1999. Ford will not stand by it's product. I contacted them and was told they would not provide any help, but did recommend I look at the Ford website for information on incentives for new FORD vehicles. Good Luck with yours.
#60 of 216 Re: transmisson problems [isd4]
Apr 27, 2008 (10:00 am)
I don't think it is reasonable to expect Ford to do anything since you had the transmission rebuilt at AAMCO.
#61 of 216 Torque convertor lockup
May 17, 2008 (6:15 am)
i was told on here that my torque convertor lockup is messed up causeing my jerking and fluttering while maintaining a constant speed. where is this located at and what does it look like and what does it accually do.
May 18, 2008 (7:44 pm)
I have 1999 Ford Windstar and lately after driving for awhile, when I stop at a light or stop sign, then try and take off it will either slip or jerk as if it does not want to go in gear. Then it will grab hold and go. It does not do this all the time. Then at the next stop light it may not do it. Just spearatically. It is driving me crazy. Anyone with answers. I am afraid to leave town. Thanks in advance