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Ford Windstar Problems

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  • csw1csw1 Posts: 1
    I have a '99 Windstar and the power steering is really loud. It started as a sqeak when I would turn the wheel but now it moans all the time. Does anyone know what this problem is and what do I do about it? Or should I take it to my mechanic? Now it is so loud that I can hear it even when the radio is on! Help!
  • 2001 Windstar SE. The upper plenum is broken (part under the plastic cover above center of engine). The dealer says that they must remove the intake manifold to repair. I have an aftermarket warranty and that company will only pay for the upper replacement. The dealer says it can't be done like that. Does anyone know of any technical documentation that supports the dealer's fix. The warranty company says that they will reconsider the claim if I can get support to show that this must be done in order to make the repair. Thanks
  • It could be the low tire pressure warning light. Check for a low tire. After correcting problem start the car and hold tire reset button in until light goes out.
  • The dealer is totally lying to you or does not know how to repair their own vehicle. Knowing FORD service departments, I believe the first explanation.

    The upper plenum is held on by 14 bolts. The bottom is exposed once that is removed. Then the bottom comes out with 8 bolts. You'll have to remove the throttle body from the bottom plenum as well. The moral of the story is that the intake manifold does not have to come out to replace the plenum.

    How did you break the plenum? :confuse:
  • The car was originally making a noise which sounded like internal engine noise to my local mechanic. When I took it to the dealer the mechanic diagnosed it as a plenum failure after driving it and listening to it for a little while. I have to look over the invoice to see exactly what was done. The service advisor did give me a printout of a TSB that stated that some 2001 Windstars have this problem. It said that the noise will sound like a connecting rod failure. That is exactly what it sounded like. I think I am done with Fords also. I just got rid of a 94 Explorer that was falling apart. I think the Explorer is the most overrated vehicle ever manufactured.
  • I bought a manual on eBay for my Windstar 2000 - it shows the meaning of all the various lites. If you can be more specific on what the yelloe iceon looks like, I'll probably be able to help. Still, i suggest you get an owner's manual. Cheap - about $10 - on eBay

    Regards.

    sieg
    My yellow engine light comes on and off, but I've been driving like that for almost a year and it is not a cause for alarm.

    sieg
  • The bulb for the light has a dual function and has 2 filaments, one for the brake light and one for the parking light. I replaced the bulb but the probem persists. The fuse is good and controls both lights. What can be wrong - the socket looks brown and maybe burned?

    Thanks

    sieg
  • :lemon: Does anyone have a problem where the check engine light stays on, and after a few minutes traveling in all forward gears(automatic trans), the sound of the engine gets louder when the idle slows, but goes away when given more gas. The engine light is on constantly, and there is no apparent drop in performance at any time. When the engine is in neutral, the sound is gone at all idle speeds.
  • selooseloo Posts: 606
    Could be wheel bearings.

    As for the CEL check your PVC value, fuel filter, and air filter.

    Anything else requires a trip to the shop.
  • chudchud Posts: 1
    I too have joined the Intake Manifold Gasket problem club on my 2000 Ford Windstar. Dealer has just informed me it will cost $590.00 to fix. I found on another site that the tsb 03-16-1 issued from Ford addresses this problem and this person states the tsb states it is covered under the emissions warranty (8yr/80000 miles). Has anyone had sucess in having Ford cover this problem since it seems to be a design fault of Ford? If so please post, also has anyone had to replace the front struts at 70000 miles, this seems like a normal wear and tear issue but just wanted to check with the board to see if it really is. Thanks
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    First step is to have the stored diagnostic trouble codes retrieved (AutoZone will do it no charge), post the code #'s, and we'll go from there. Any other approach is guesswork, and guesswork gets expensive in a hurry.
  • spannspann Posts: 1
    2002 windstar sel, 60,000 miles three problems.

    #1 passenger door window will not roll down.
    #2 sliding door passenger door doesn't always lock/unlock.
    #3 only happens when A/C or heat are on. Engine shutters, almost feels as if you are running over a rumble strip, and it happens about every 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes, whether at a stand still or moving.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated. HELP!!!
  • I have a '99 Windstar,78k miles,which has just developed the loud noise from the pwr steering pump.the fluid is blackish in color,and when new fluid was added, the sound ceased for a few days.Before adding fluid however,I noticed that fluid reservoir was wet.I started the vehicle,and had my wife turn the steering wheel back/forth,and sure enough,it was backing up through the cap.It seemed to back up more when the wheel was turned to the left.There is also now a stain in my driveway.Could this be:A)leaking rack,or B)pressure relief valve.If so, where is this valve located?
  • I JUST BOUGHT A 1998 WINDSTAR WITH 90,OOO MILES ON IT. I EXPECTED TO CHANGE SOME THINGS BECAUSE IT IS AN OLD CAR, TWO OF THEM WERE SPEEDOMETER SENSOR AND TRANSMISSION SENSOR. AFTER JUST 600 MILES WITH THIS CAR ONE COLD MORNING IN MARYLAND (I MEAN NOT SO COLD AROUND 30-40 oF) THE LIGHT ENGINE COMES UP AGAIN, BUT AFTER 50 MILES IT TURNED OFF, JUST LIKE IT COMES IT GOES.

    DOES ANYBODY EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE.
  • My wife's 98 Windstar just blew the head gasket at 118,000 miles . Yes , coolant is in the crankcase . TMV only shows the trade-in value at $850 for this van in clean condition . This is a dog and supply hauler vehicle for her ,not the primary vehicle . But this van really serves a niche in our family and up until now it has been a good vehicle .

    The dilemma is should I replace the head gasket and hope the main bearings don't go in a few thousand miles since coolant was in the crankcase , replace engine with a reman or junk it . Any ideas prices for head gasket fix vs. reman engine installation ?
  • Hmmm.....tough call, very tough call. Retail value might be $2,500 or so. I wonder if you could find a replacement van for that in your area? Yikes rather severe depreciation on those, isn't it?

    I guess the way to look at it is not in terms of actual dollars but rather amortization. If you put in a reman engine, and the rest of the van was tip-top, and you drove it for another 5 years, then it makes sense. But if the transmission gives up next month, then you are really in the hole. Risky in that regard.

    I'd imagine replacing the head gasket is a lot of work on that van, and isn't going to be cheap, but it would be cheaper than a reman engine certainly. But sometimes there are reman specialists who can do the job pretty quickly.

    Right now I'm leaning toward advising you to check out the used van market before you make a decision.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I have a '97 with leaking timing cover and intake gaskets. Best price I got for replacing those is $1200 (dealer was $1700). There is overlap in the labor between those and head gaskets. I was told head gaskets could be done at the same time for 2 hours additional labor plus parts.

    The other "might as well" stuff that has been suggested (water pump, timing set) adds another $150 or so. So if I did everything it would be maybe $1600.

    I looked into a reman engine and got a price of $2900 for that. So for now I am just driving it on a very limited basis. Since the difference between engine replacement and repair is not all that much, I don't worry too much about completely wrecking the engine.

    Mine has 95,000 miles. Coolant is disappearing on mine, but the oil still looks normal. Ours is an extra vehicle right now too and we really don't need a minivan any more...though it is nice to have it available on occassion.
  • Ford recommends 5w20 oil for the 2001 Windstar. My local mechanic swears by 10w40. Is there a problem using 10w30 or 1010w40 in this engine?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Ford recommends 5w20 oil for the 2001 Windstar.

    I assume you meant 5w-30? Why would you not just use what Ford recommends?

    Here is information from someone who claims to be an oil expert:

    http://www.nordicgroup.us/oil.htm#5W30 versus 10W30
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