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Ford Windstar Problems



  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    "My engine light came on today. Auto Zone check it and get a reading P0171, told me it is the oxygen sensor but could not point me in the direction it is"

    The diagnostic tool has not been invented yet that will say "this part is defective, replace it". AutoZone sells a lot of oxygen sensors. They'll retrieve trouble codes no charge because they're hoping to sell you parts. After all, that's what they're in business for.

    PO171 = Fuel Trim System Lean (Bank 1). Read the post in the link below, and start by looking for a deteriorated PCV valve grommet or hose.

    alcan, "Got a Quick, Technical Question?" #2217, 2 Dec 2005 6:54 pm
  • ">I have a 2000 Ford Windstar that has 85,000 miles on it. My van has been doing the same thing. The engine light has come on. I took it to the repair shop where I was told I needed a new airfilter and some new sparkplugs. The problem did not go away. I was wondering if maybe it has something to do with the fuel injection system. Please let me know if you learn what it is on your van. Thankyou!
  • amyl2amyl2 Posts: 2
    We have a 1996 windstar. For a couple of years we have had problems with misfiring...horrible! No one could find the problem. Finally they found a broken head gasket. We got it fixed along with some other stuff. It finally stopped misfiring and the engine light doesn't blink any more. BUT.... it keeps stalling on us. We also left for a trip over the mountains for Thanksgiving and it died on us going up I70--Lookout Mtn area. It just lost more and more power going up the mtn. We were stuck there with 3 kids and a dog for about an hour. It finally started again an hour later (waiing for a tow truck). The mechanics, who are great, can not find a thing wrong with it...nothing shows up on the computer and everything seems to look great. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or have you had the same problem. We also had a broken speedometer several years ago. Ford said we had to have it replaced for $400, but we went to a speedometer place in Denver and they fixed it for $100. Other than all this, we have loved our van and hadn't had any problems for years. It has 100,000 miles on it.
  • amyl2amyl2 Posts: 2
    Along with the head gasket being replaced, we had the intake runner control replaced. I think that is what got rid of the enging light. We had the same problem for years...It is wonderful to not see that light on any more...even though we have other problems :-)
  • I have the same issue with my 200 greem windstar. Roof is peeling and I now have rust on one of the sliding doors on the bootom. No coverage great deal.
  • As you had, on my 2000 winstar we had the engine light on. The dealer replaced the manifold and the light is now out. I also have a friend who had the same issue on a 2000 windstar. Seems like pattern but didnt see a recall but did pay aprox $1400 dollars for repair.
  • I needed to replace the manifold at a cost of $1400
  • Did it pass inspection?
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I assume you mean the emissions inspection.

    Yes, it did pass. But that was an '89.

    Now they plug in to the OBDII on any 1996 or newer vehicles for the emission inspection.
  • I was told by Ford today that I needed to buy HEET and add it to my fuel. So I did that today. I wont know if that worked for a few days since the van doesnt try to die on me all the time. I think it has something to do with the fuel injection system. I am going to see what else I can do after I talk to Ford again this coming week!

    Thanks for replying! That I am not the only one out there with this problem! :confuse:
  • What does the manifold do??? Did it take care of the van sputtering and feeling like it was going to die??
  • My windstar has a knock but not all the time it is mostly at idile or when the engine is coming down from high speed any one know or had this problem. :confuse:
  • selooseloo Posts: 606
    Check the Intake manifold.
  • i have a 96 ford windstar does anyone have a problem with there anti freeze. after about 3 days i have to refill my reservoir . i put a pan under my van and nothing in it and nothing leaking from heater in the back :cry: can anyone tell me what to look for and did anyone else have this problem
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Welcome to the club :lemon: :sick: . My guess is leaking gaskets...head gasket, intake gasket, and/or timing cover gasket (aka front cover gasket) are the possibilities.
  • Hello,
    Thanks for reading our message.

    We recently bought a 2001 Ford Windstar LX, and noticed a light illuminated on the dash board. It has a "!" symbol with an open circular figure around it. There is a "Tire Reset" button to the left of the steering wheel that has the same symbol. There is no noticable effect when we push the button.

    We really don't know what the symbol means, or the function of the button. We didn't know much about the vehicle beforehand, and it didn't come with an owner's manual. We've bid on one on eBay, but thought we could find somebody willing to enlighten us in our plight.

    We appreciate your help.

    Tim and Brenda
  • My 95 Windstar's front brakes started squealing a few months ago (as if they were getting worn) and soon after I started getting a grinding feel in the pedal right before the van stopped. Upon inspection (I was replacing the front pads, and was expecting to find damage to the rotors) I found that the pads were only about half worn, and the rotors were in good shape. In heavy or moderate braking, they seem problem stopping, the braking seems smooth and even. When I am pulling up to a stop sign, into a parking space, or any slow-speed braking, I get what feels like a slight "pop" in the pedal, what feels like a slight release of the brakes, and the "grind". Is this an ABS problem? :confuse: Thanks for your time!
  • The light indicates that one tire is underinflated. Adjust the tire pressure in all 4 tires and start the car. With the car still in park press and hold the tire reset button. I think the light on the dash will start to flash and then shut off. Release the button and all should be ok.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    Have you removed the rear brake drums and inspected them and the shoes?
  • Your tie rods need lubricating. You will need a needle that you can buy that goes on the end of a greese gun. Stick the needle through the rubber cup on the tie rod end and fill.....or you can replace the tie rod ends with new ones that have a valve on them where you can lub them when they dry up.
  • rhartrhart Posts: 1
    Does anybody know what Code 1518 refers to on a 2001 Ford Windstar?
  • Hi there!

    I am new to the forum, and came hoping to get some answers. In answer to your question, YES your van is possessed! Seems both our van are possessed with the same ghost! My toubles are exactly the same as yours. My trouble started last summer and I have had the recurring problem now 4 times in the passed 6 months. In all honesty, I don't think the Ford Quality care folks have any real idea what is going on...We lost our speedometer, odometer, A/C, power doors, trac control, back-up sensors and a few more things I can't recall in the list. If you find the culprit, please let me know!
    Thanks and good luck! :D
  • Here I am replying to myself. :) As with all of us I am so frustrated with my $32K vehicle that I could scream. :mad: But I do have a sense that I have accomplished something very worthwhile tonight. I bet my van too is leaking brake fluid onto the wires and shorting them out. The first issue was the cruise control sensor and that was replaced. I doubt that this event would show up on regular diagnostics. It's not a computer/technical problem, it's a mechanical problem. I will send my mechanic searching for a leaky master cylinder tomorrow. Can you imagine a 30-something woman getting all this info and sending the men to do the work, hopefully correctly this time?

    Gentlemen on this forum, "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!" I will sleep so much better tonight as I believe I have solved this 6 month long mystery! :D
    Good night and Blessings!
  • Try checking the power steering fluid. This same thing happened to me and I put some power steering treatment/conditioner in and the noise went away.
  • The tire reset button is to reset the ABS monitoring system. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and then when you can drive several miles at a constant speed (such as on the highway) press and hold the tire reset button until the light on the dash flashes (I think three times). The light should then go out. If your tires lose pressure after that, the light should come on to warn you. I hope this helps.
  • That would be
    "intake manifold control runner malfunction (stuck open)"
  • Is there a cabin air filter in the 2001 Windstar? If so, can anyone share the instructions on changing it?
  • Open the hood. It is under a long rectangular cover by the windshield wipers.
  • I have 2001 Windstar with 62,000 miles. I have been reading many accounts of stalls after starts and around turns, mine however will stall at 40 or even 50 miles per hour. While driving down the road the van will die. If I take my foot off the gas it will idle usually long enough to get to the side of the road. If I try to give it any gas the engine stalls out. I have been to Ford, the dealer said I needed a new intake manifold and a tune up. $1700 dollars later and the van stalled on the first day back. Second time to the shop the dealer said it was the throttle arm sticking. They fixed it and $171 later the van stalled after having it back two days. Took it back and the dealer drove it for the weekend trying to recreate the stall and can not. There are no codes and the dealer can't figure out the problem. Any suggestions? HELP!!!
  • You are lucky. My mechanic said the part for our ford windstar manifold problems would be $400. Labor would be to much to imagine. What was the other website that you saw the tsb on? Did anyone ever help you with the warranty? We got rid of our Mercury because of a manifold problem. Now I find out we are in a new club. Ford help us all. Thanks
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