Last post on Sep 01, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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Ford Windstar, Suspension, Van
#1 of 2 Windstar Suspension and Tire Wear
Aug 04, 2008 (6:10 pm)
I recently noticed quite a bit of outside shoulder wear on the front tires of our 2001 Windstar (101k miles). The van also pulls to the right. I took it in for a tire rotation and once the tires were off, the inside shoulder wear was even worse, especially on the front right tire. The conclusion was that the alignment was off.
I took it in for an alignment at a different shop, and once they got it set up they showed me that the camber is off. The camber was about -1 degree for both front tires, which would explain the excessive inside shoulder wear. Initially, the suggestion was to cut the strut plate to adjust the camber but that turned into a recommendation to replace the springs and struts on the front. The total estimated cost was $1,035. At that price, it may be cheaper to eat up tires.
I was just wondering if anyone else had this kind of tire wear and what they did for it. I had seen some scary posts about older Windstars breaking springs, but not so much on 2000 and newer models.
#2 of 2 Windstar various problems: Axle, ABS, Brake lights
Sep 01, 2010 (10:14 am)
My van has various problems. While traveling, my rear axle broke in 2. In repairing it, the shop had to replace the shock absorbers, rear stabilizer bar, spindles and spindle rod connectors. They also found when reapplying the emergency brakes, the rear brake cables had rusted through, were seized up and could not be reattached, so had to replace those. They recommended an alignment and found that the inner and outer tie rods were rusted. My van had less than 71,000 miles at that time. Unfortunately I have been told that I don'l live in the right area for the recall to apply.
My ABS and Brake lights also stay on most of the time. I was hoping that replacing the rusted brake cables would affect those lights, but they are on more than before. My brakes feel different now, not as tight. I had replace front brakes and rotors at 48,000 miles, and rear brakes at 44,000. The place where I had repaired the regular brakes could not find out why my 2 lights were coming on, after several trips to the shop suggested I go to dealer, because it is probably an electronic problem or an expensive mechanical problem. I have not checked that out yet. The lights have been off and on for at least a year.
My van did have a jumper harness installed according to the recall on the speed control deactivation switch recall. Since that time my cruise control has not worked. But I think it wasn't working prior to that. I never used it, so didn't notice, just my husband and son have noticed it the few times they have driven it on long drives. What is a jumper harness, and fix what the recall was for or just preventative?
From what I have been reading, the ABS and Brake warning lights as well as the cruise control could be related to each other and to that 2009 recall problem? And if it is related to isolated cases of driver's window not working, bulb warning light on with all exterior lights working, and inside light on once or twice?