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#73 of 216 Re: 1998 Ford Windstar Transmission Problems [sramamur1]
Jul 30, 2008 (6:37 pm)
I am having the exact same problem with my trans. Was wondering what you found out also. Please email if you can bozie100hotmail.com
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,
#74 of 216 Windstar Transmission Sensor Failor?
Aug 26, 2008 (10:02 pm)
#75 of 216 Windstar Transmission Sensor Failor?
Aug 26, 2008 (10:02 pm)
After driving for a while transmission disengages. Pull over turn engine off, restart, van drives normal. After few minutes or if speed slows down at traffic light or to make a turn, transmission disengages again. Engine runs fine. After restart engine and transmission run again after slowing down, etc.
#76 of 216 131K miles and still going
Sep 07, 2008 (9:45 am)
I have had my 00 transmission serviced every 30K or so.
Just before my last flush, at 130K miles, I noticed the TC shutter and a slight slip in OD when the van was under a load (mostly uphill in 4th gear).
After the flush, these problems disappeared. I am not sure how long this thing can go!
30K drop plan and replace filter
63K Flush only
93K Flush and filter change
130K Flush only
#77 of 216 2000 Ford Windstar Transmission
Oct 10, 2008 (6:18 pm)
I see that other people have similar problems to mine. The tranny seems to have lost 3rd and sometime 4th gear, I can start in 2nd, get enough speed going, and put it in drive, sometimes it slips and I have to slow down and do it again. I overloaded it with about 600 lbs or more of tools one day and it messed it up.
I was just wondering if anyone knows how hard it is to pull the tranny out, Ive done many others and I am a good mechanic but never pulled any front wheel drives, so I'm lacking some confidence. I can get it rebuilt for about $600. but I gotta remove and install it myself.
#78 of 216 Transmission year compatability
Nov 04, 2008 (10:04 pm)
I have a 2000 Ford Windstar, 3.8 v6. Does anyone know what other years of trans are compatable? Prefferably will a '97 fit a 2000?
#79 of 216 Re: tranny slipping [mr_the2ofus]
Nov 04, 2008 (10:06 pm)
I have a similar problem, so I was just curious, what was the diagnosis?
#80 of 216 tranny making a whining noise
Nov 17, 2008 (6:21 am)
thought i would give this a shot here,see if anyone has any advice, besides dumping this 2000 Ford Windstar. It has a 3.8 in it too by the way. The transmission shifts fine,no clunking,between shifts,or hard shifts,just this whining all the way through all the gears. I took it to a transmission shop,they put it on the diagnostic machine,said it was the transmission range sensor. The odometer isn't working either or the cruise control. The transmission fluid is clean,no burnt smell to it. any help would be appreciated
#81 of 216 Re: tranny making a whining noise [conquest]
Nov 17, 2008 (5:16 pm)
You most likely have the classic brake fluid leak from the bottom (at the sensor) of the brake fluid reservoir
The fluid leaks down into the wiring that impacts the CC and other electronics.
There are a number of references to this issue in this forum. Good Luck!