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Ford Windstar Climate Control Problems

fordmomfordmom Posts: 2
Last summer during a trip 1 and 1/2 hours away to take my daughter to her specialist my air conditioner quit working after finally getting in to the Ford dealer I had to have the air conditioner compressor(?) replaced. I think that is what it's called. Now this summer my rear air has quit working. Don't have the money to have hooked up to the machine? Any suggestions or ideas what may be wrong? My husband thinks it may be the thermostat control. Can we possibly repair ourselves without having to spend a ton? Thanks!!


  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    Is it blowing warm air or no air at all?
  • fordmomfordmom Posts: 2
    It is blowing warm air sometime hot!!
  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    go to post 2476 and read the replies to it. That should solve your problem. Here's a link t it for your convenience

    mikandjen, "Ford Windstar problems" #2477, 11 Jul 2006 4:47 pm
  • rossross Posts: 17
    Be careful. I replaced the switch for my rear A/C and front control and my Chilton book warns to disconnect the battery while working around the dashboard as it is possible to set the airbags off. I got rear-ended a few weeks ago and was going to repair it myself and the book also advised to disconnect the battery before working around the bumpers, for the same reason.
  • chance4chance4 Posts: 2
    Where do I find the Low side on a 2000 Ford Taurus A/C unit in order to add R134. The High Side is right in your face
  • pepper4pepper4 Posts: 10
    The front a/c works fine on my 95 Windstar but the auxiliary air only blows warm air out of the roof vents. I pulled the side panel off for the rear air i can see the vacuum can arm move the blend door. The carpet is dry and i do not see any grease build up around the a/c fittings so i am not low on 134a.

    Thank You
  • 97star97star Posts: 6
    Has anyone had the occasion to replace the control relay module that controls the fans and A/C. in the 95-97 models?
    It's amazing how they can find the smallest of places to put things.
  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    I've ried loking for mine but can't seem to find it. It's supposed to be next to the battery but isn't. It controls the fans, AC, and fuel pump.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    chance4, the best place to ask your question is in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable discussion.


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  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    Look around on the other tube leaving the condenser.
  • 97star97star Posts: 6
    I found it. Chiltons book makes it look like it's right there next to the battery, real easy to spot. It kinda is, but you have to remove the battery, the battery shelf, etc. I just priced it from Ford, it's $118.00 plus tax. It's down next to the radiator, below the battery. Should be interesting to remove.
  • mlpntrmlpntr Posts: 61
    I wondered about that. I didn't have the desire to move the battery to check, hough. LOL
    Thanks for the info.
  • Our 2002 SEL (107,000 miles) just had the heater motor replaced. When we moved the console dial to heat, all we got was cold air while we heard a clicking noise like something was trying to move into place. The door was failing. Very occassionally we got heat (door moved into place), but now with winter coming we brought it to the dealer. $70 for the Ford stock part and $225 for labor (3 hrs). They had to have gone from the inside of the car to get to it perhaps reducing the potential $1000 in labor without having to move an entire engine. It's probably 1/2 that time to actually do the work, but they go by the book.
  • lorac3lorac3 Posts: 8
    water leaking from somewhere. had the water pump replaced
  • I have the same problem on my 98 Windstar (3.8L). The post 2476 hyperlink doesn't work. Anybody can repost the message? Thanks a lot!
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,222
    Reggieche, post #2476 in our now-closed Problems discussion doesn't seem to be related to this problem, but this may be the one you're looking for: (Post #2484) Re: 98 windstar AC problems [telford] by reyndiesel Jul 14, 2006 (5:35 am) .


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  • I have a 2000 Ford Winstar and the interior side of the windows fog up when it gets cold, typically below 32 degress. Any suggestions how to correct the problem?
  • rdoanerdoane Posts: 1
    where is the heater control valve located at in a 1999 ford windstar lx,I have looked everywhere and cannot find it.
  • phymanphyman Posts: 2
    i have a 2001 windstar and recently the front blower is only blowing cold air but the aux. air performs fine heat/ac. Nothing in the front blows warm air. I have replaced the #3 module inside, but the problem persists. . .Does anyone have any suggestions? :cry: :mad:
  • I wondered if you found a solution to your problem. The front vents are blowing cold air, but the back half of the van is blowing hot air. Sound like the same problem you are having.
  • phymanphyman Posts: 2
    No help as of yet!! Let me know if u hear anything!
  • Hi there. Were you ever able to confirm what was wrong? I have an 03 Windstar, which is horrible, and am experiencing the same exact problem. We have changed the thermostat, but that did not help. Please let me know if you were successful! Thanks.

  • RizoRizo Posts: 3
    I have a 1999 windstar with front and rear controls. just recently i started using the heat(its cold out). Well the rear works fine it blowsnice toasty heat but, the front only blows cold air...I was told by a friend (but hes a mercedes mechanic) that I might need a climate control...I want to know if you feel the same and is that anafter market auto parts store purchase and I can change the part myself myself.
    My next issue is that my radio stopped working...I change all the fuses(I lost the owners manual so 2 be safe I changed them all) well other things I didnt know weren't working started working but the radio never came back on so, I got another ford radio and it doesnt work any suggestions....I puzzled :confuse:
  • RizoRizo Posts: 3
    Hey what's goin on I haven't gotten a solution yet and I really need 1 quick....
  • edgar4edgar4 Posts: 3
    I have just returned from the Ford Dealership after having this same problem fixed (sort of). Here are the details:
    I had proper engine temp, coolant levels, and heat from the rear blower, but only cold from the front. By moving front climate control from 'warm' to 'cold' I could feel absolutely no difference in air temp. This indicated that the problem was with the 'blend door' which separates hot air from cold air.
    Since time was short, I wound up having to take it in to the dealership which didn't turn out too bad. The mechanic said that he sees this problem frequently and there are (2) possible problems. First the 'actuator' could be bad. This is the part that control the blend door. If this is the problem, the part is about $60 and is located directly behind the radio. A complete description of how to reach this can be found by searching on Wikianswersdotcom for "How do you find and replace an actuator for a 1999-2003 Ford Windstar LX climate control switch"

    The second possibility is that the actual blend door is broken so that the actuator is no longer moving it at all. (Apparently the default position for the door is 'cool', so if it breaks, cool is all you will get even if you haven't moved the control lever.) If the door is broken you are looking at a $500 part (because the have to replace the entire unit, not just the door) plus it takes a professional mechanic about 8 hours so the labor is going to be astronomical.

    In my case, the door is broken. However, the mechanic did not replace the door which is why I began by saying that I sort of had this problem fixed. Instead of replacing the door, he was able to lift the door by hand into the 'warm' position and then run a couple of long screws into the casing to hold it in place. THIS IS ONLY A TEMPORARY FIX because I cannot change it to cool air now, but until summer I can get by.
  • i have the same problem but the air on the rear vents dont come threw just a noise of air blowing from the back. but main concern is hot air in front i get warm air when it heats up but not enough to defrost. did u ever get yours fix cause its not getting any warmer outside if u know what i mean. :lemon:
  • RizoRizo Posts: 3
    Yea I feel u. I figured out a temp (but viable ) fix. My actuator motor was locked in cool so What I did was found out it was located behind my radio panel(after I took the panel out, I removed the actuator door motor(small white box just below and behind the radio mounted with 3 or 4 screws). It has a control arm sticking out the back of it when u remove it(that's the guide) I through it in the glove box. So now I just stick my hand through the radio slot(I left the radio out) and rotate the door using the control arm I removed from the actuator. Now I call around and its not an over the counter part but Autozone and Murrays offered to order it (2 day turn around) at $59.95+tax. If u don't mind a being venturous it tok me about 25 min to take the old 1 out remove the controll arm, (u cud also use a short but large flathead) and place it in the guide hole. The down side is once u turn the van or the blower off it goes back to cool. So u gota rotate the door each time u start the van. It works for me 4 now. Also u can orfer the part online 4 about 39 bucks. Good luck
  • I cannot seem to get trim off radio/climate control center dash... lower tabs pull out but something is firmiley holding top of trim snug... Is the radio holding this trim on looks like it wants to all come out together but cant budge it... need to get to blend door components and at worst the blend door it-self?
  • My wife was driving her 2001 Windstar and she was hearing a knoking noise behind the radio. She said it made no difference if she went faster or slower. Well she tried adjusting the blower no difference. She changed from different heating positions still no difference.

    Did you experience any of this before your heat was giving you any issues?

    Thank you,
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