Last post on Oct 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM
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#4 of 9 Windstar misfire and ABS/BRK light problem
May 18, 2009 (8:43 am)
My wife's 03 Windstar 77000 miles developed two problems: Started with misfire code, bog from a stop, flutter at speed. No codes anymore. Replaced: plugs, wires, (engine cylinder block is stamped 1,2,3 and should be 3,2,1!) coil pack, TPS, IAC, fuel filter (twice), air filter, camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensor. Cleaned MAF with CRC cleaner. Still no joy. Good fuel pump pressure, good fuel regulator response, manifold 'flappers' seem to function. Second problem, strange that ABS and BRK lights have acted up at the same time as engine issues. Replaced rear shoes, front ok, fluid ok. (don't ever lose a caliper slide bolt, dealer wanted $28! Got one at a bolt supply for free.) Still have occasional squeal and BRK light turns on. Jumpered per http://www.fordwindstarrecall.info/ discussion and ABS doesn't light. At wits-end due to engine bog and finally took it to dealership for both issues. Awaiting prognosis and will post.
#5 of 9 97 Windstar stalling and intermitent bogging
Jul 28, 2009 (2:28 pm)
Recently bought 97' windstar 3.8L has new headgasket and freeze plugs. Stalls when in gear and turning steering wheel.Acts as if timing is off.Starts slow and and has very little power during uphill travel.Re-Timed to correct setting and replaced cam sensor! New plugs.Ran well for 3 out of 7 miles but quickley went back to bogging down and misfiring??Any advice is welcome.
#6 of 9 Re: 97 Windstar stalling and intermitent bogging [gunslinger22]
Jul 28, 2009 (6:38 pm)
try checking the fuel pressure to see if it is good and also look at maybe replaceing the fuel filter
#7 of 9 Re: Windstar misfire and ABS/BRK light problem [03winded]
May 03, 2011 (8:09 pm)
Did you find the cause for the misfiring? I am wondering because I'm going through the very same thing right now with our van and it has me stumped. Any info would be appriciated greatly!!
#8 of 9 Re: Windstar misfire and ABS/BRK light problem [lil2low]
May 06, 2011 (6:31 am)
yes, it ended up being the spark control modules. I ended up taking it in to the dealer because none of the manuals had clear instructions on how to get in behind the top of the engine! As I discovered at a later time, all you have to do is take off the windshield wipers and all of the screws in that panel. The whole thing lifts off and provides easy access to the back of the engine.
#9 of 9 Re: Windstar misfire and ABS/BRK light problem [lil2low]
Oct 17, 2011 (3:53 pm)
windstars are plagued with these issues. First if the plugs are having fuzzy concrete like stuff on them when they are removed its a sign of oil fouling which is almost always cause by intake valve seals going bad. Its a called atomization. Abs/brake light comeing on means the abs module under the car near the drivers seat is not working any more. The module is very expensive so most people ignore the light. the van will still stop and brake normally without it.