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Ford Aerostar



  • I have a 1992 aerostar and I believe it has about 175,000 miles. When driving my sliding door rattles and sounds like it's going to come off any minute but it never does and it does shut flush. Has anyone had this problem? I love my van but fed up with the noise. Any suggestions/solutions would be great.
  • I owned a 91 Aerostar that was wrecked in 1999. Let me say it was real clean with high mileage and was a better truck than the 94 that replaced it. But the 94 has been a good one. I still own it has a second car.
  • spud7spud7 Posts: 2
    Discovered the leak is coming from where the steering shaft connects to the Rack & Pinion. The leak is seeping out from between the shaft and the rack and pinion seal.

    Question: Can I remove the Shaft from the rack and pinion and move it aside and simply replace the seal and re-attach the shaft.

    Feedback greatly appreciated. :)
  • spud7spud7 Posts: 2
    I thought I saw a reply to my Questions regarding : FORD AEROSTAR 1993 3.0L, 6CYL, but now I can't seem to locate it. Someone please help get me back on track with how to locate responses to our questions.

    Question put a little differently: Pwr Str Fluid leaks where the steering column and the rack and pinion are are connected by a bolt. The fluid leaks out from between the Shaft and the seal.

    Big Question: Do I replace the seal or do I have to replace the Rack & Pinion Unit itself. I'm sure I can do the project I just need a little guidance.

    Thanks in Advance for any advice of any kind. :)

    Charles Ogle
  • My 91 ford aerostar awd van is having big problems. My van started to clunk, it felt just like I had a flat tire. At first it was when I would turn the wheels, now it is all the time. It mostly happens when you accelerate. We have already changed the front cv joints, but it did not help. What could it be? Has anyone else had problems like this, also at the stores, we can only buy a repair manual for 2wd models. Does anyone know where I can get one for my awd or are there even one for it? Please anyone help. :sick: :sick: :confuse:
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  • I have the same problem. It occurs even without the AC on but it does generally happen when the engine is hot and at low RPM (idle). Tried cleaning the Mass Airflow Detector wire with no luck. Took the intake off to bypass the filter, Mass Airflow Detector, and the entire plastic air intake hose. Still had the whine until the engine stalled (apparently if the Mass Airflow Detector is bypased the engine will not run). Any thoughts would be apprecaited because thie is very loud and annoying. Still runs great other than noise. 97 Aerostar 4.0L w/93k mlies.
  • Is there a External band adjustment on a 1996 Ford Aerostar.
  • lewylewy Posts: 1
    My 95 Aerostar extended 4.0 L All wheel drive seems to be locked on. It has just finished snowing and the 4 wheel drive has been working great. But now it seems to be still in 4 wheel drive. Any suggestions?

    The heat sucks too. The temp gauge never raises above "C" except for on hills.

    The van is great you can pack in lots of crap in the back and still fit the wife, kids, dog cat etc.
  • idk what kind of engine i have or trans... its an 89, base modle i think and v6 standard 5 speed. i just wanted to know what engine fits with the trans or what kind of other ford engine fits casue i would like to make it run strong again and use it. right now its weak but still runs... the odometer spun around back to 0's 4 times and its time for a new engine...... plz if anyone could help...
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The Aerostar AWD system is always "on".

    30/70 torque split F/R normally and then 50/50 torque split once (rear, most likely) wheelslip/spin occurs. Will revert back to 30/70 within several seconds provided there is no wheelspin/slip in 50/50 mode.

    My guess is that some one has removed your thermostat, or it has failed "open", it happens.

    There is a recall for most Aerostars, check your VIN with the dealer.
  • raymond4raymond4 Posts: 1
    hi my name is raymond. i have a 93 ford aerostar and i believe that you have a 3.0L engine. if you look on the air cleaner housing it should tell you. if not there is a dealer tag somewhere on the engine compartment that will tell you what kind of engine you have.
  • You seem to be very knowledgable about Aerostars. I have rebuilt my 3.0 lt engine and have a question for you. The 1988 Aerostar I have is looking at it's 3rd transmission. It is the A4LD type. It is junk. My question is is there another Ford tranny that will fit my 3 lt engine. I know the Ranger has 3.0 lt engines and are rear wheel drive. Is there an other tranny that will fit the 3.0 lt block and go into my Aerostar witihout too much modifacation. I don't mind minor stuff like shorting the drive line and such. Can you be of any help or forward me to someone that can be of help.
  • The vacuum line are need to make the transmission shift correctly. When you step on the peddle, you are increasing the vacuum until thereis anough to work. Check your Vacum Lines.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The '97 AWD/4WD Aerostar has a 5 speed automatic transmission, but you'll probably need the engine/transmission ECU if you swap up to that.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Thinking seriously about putting together a short body AWD with the 3L but the '97 5 speed automatic to tow a TT. In the process of selling our 27' Four Winds MH, Ford E350 Super-Duty chasis and moving "down" to a lightweight. 16-18' Travel trailer.

    I was sort of considering a manual transmission since some of the early Aerostars came that way. Was there ever an Aerostar AWD with the manual tranny?
  • I have a 93 ford aerostar electronic all-wheel drive 4.0L One of the fuel lines popped of the engine and I am not sure where it goes. the line comes down in the back of the motor and connects to a rubber elbow and hose the hose popped of and I can not find where it connects for the life of me. Please if anyone knows what I am talking about get back to me I'm kinda in a hurry. I have to take children home on saturday, so it is very important to fix my van.
  • waltchanwaltchan Posts: 124
    We have an excellent experience with our 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 2WD with the 4.0L engine. Reliability is incredible (now 140,000), and it hasn't been into the repair shop for any engine work since 1999. It's still on the original engine and transmission. It's even more reliable than our 1995 Honda Accord LX (not a joke) that we already sold last month. Anybody has this same experience we are having? A trouble-free Aerostar for 8 years (excluding oil changes and tires).
  • jonzeejonzee Posts: 2
    I have a 96 aerostar that won't start. Do you have the owner's guide? It says under the hood that it could be a reset button for the fuel pump, and the info for it is in the owner's guide. If you could look for it that would be great. thanks. Jon Zee.
  • jonzeejonzee Posts: 2
    The transmission fluid is added thru the tube where the trans dipstick is.
  • Hello. I have a 1989 Aerostar Eddie Bauer with about 135K on it. The original engine and transmission are still working great. This van actually runs a lot better then my other 1990 Toyota corolla DX wagon! :P However, I was wondering. One day while driving it, the transmission started to slip from a stop. The engine would race for a second, but then there was this sudden jerk. It was like if someone had kicked it forward. It had also slipped from 2nd to 3ed gear for a while. But now, it semens to run normal now. I checked the AT fluid, and it was full.

    My basic point here is, since this van has passed 120K miles, should I be worried about the transmission? How would I know when it would be signs for a overhaul? Can it fail at any time? :sick:

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    There are two transmission "brake band" adjustments external to the that mileage they will definitely need adjusting.
  • I am having a problem with the fuel system in the van. Apparently Ford designed the van so that the excess fuel dumps into the oil pan. When the van is driven for about a half hour the oil thins due to fuel/oil mixture and the oil pressure drops to zero when you come to a stop. Only by reving the engine will the pressure rise. If any one has experienced a similar problem with their Van I would appreciate knowing what the solution is.
  • I need to know could I put a size smaller on a 1995 aerostar. Would it hurt anything? Tires, a size smaller than what came on them.
  • zabrezabre Posts: 2
    :sick: I have an aerostar mod 86 motos 2.8 I want to know if there is somebody that I can send the plans or guides of the motor or they can tell me to all precion the bomb of oil of the motor should be :cry:
  • pure1pure1 Posts: 4
    Hello. first let me say I have had Two aerostars the First one was great but my wife didn't understand that when the guages and lights say check engine thats what they mean. The only thing that went wrong initially was a busted water hose. I installed a new engine and she did the same thing again I guess I should have changed all the water hoses too. I traded it for a dodge caravan kept that crap for about a year and I had to have another aerostar. I have had it now for nine years and it is still going strong. I only wish to find and Eddie Bauer to get the seats out if it.
  • pure1pure1 Posts: 4
    have a 1994 Aerostar Extended XLT W/3.0 engine are there any off the shelf parts to get more H/P from then engine? Like intake manifolds or headers for this van. I have heard of of performance Chips. Also my vehicle has the two bench seats, does anyone know if the two captains chairs like in the Eddie Bauer will fit where the first bench seat is in mine using the same mounting holes in the floor?
  • jamcjamc Posts: 11
    Hi there, I have 93 Aerostar 3.0l with 207,000 miles with original engine and tranny. Great van no major problems just routine maintenance every 3,000 miles. The thing is, it is starting to overheat with apparently reason. A friend of mine told that maybe it needs to be put on time, but I really don't what it could be. Any suggestions?
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