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  • Your situation is highly unusual. More than likely you received un-updated locks. For most owners, the new Ford ignition fixes the preoblems permanently. No, owners will not have to replace their ignitions every year and a half just because it happe…
  • It is the dealer's responsibility to find the source of the leak and repair it, not just add freon. This is unacceptable if the car is still under warranty, and you need to insist that it is repaired.
  • Have the cables to the starter checked for loose installation, if everything looks OK, have the starter bench-tested to see if it's drawing too much current. Most parts stores will do this for you for free, but you'll have to pay someone for the lab…
  • I saw an ad the other day for the new generation Windstar featuring the 3.8 V-6. Someone please tell me this is not the same aluminum head/iron block gasket cracker Ford has been cranking out for the past 15 years!!! Is it? I thought production ceas…
  • For my money, around $2500 would be a good price regardless of book value
  • 9 times out of ten you end up putting on a revised valve cover, gaskets, PCV, replacing vac lines, and replacing all intake gaskets. Ford screwed up, now you have to pay.
  • You need to check available current and current draw, not voltage. You could have a pinched wire not supplying enough power to the motor, or the window could be hanging up in its track or the regulator assebly could be jamming overworking the motor.
  • That depends on the inegrity of the rebuilder. Obviously you would want to bring that up with them before purchasing, but I would also shop around dealers and price their factory certified rebuilds. With a Ford rebuilt engine or transmission you get…
  • Coolant and oil will mix eventually destroying the engine. But I wouldn't put $1,700 into a 3.8 with almost 100,000 miles. You can get a remanufactured 3.8 for around $1000 more. If it were mine I would wait until it blows and spring for the new eng…
  • I have heard of replacement intake gaskets curing that noise
  • You may have the transmission lever position sensor checked. Both symptoms could cause what you're describing.
  • My course of action would be to have the flush service done at a Ford dealer. Hopefully the shudder will disappear. But you may be looking at torque converter replacement down the road. Not a good track record in the Windstars.
  • Approval of $1000 to do what? I don't understand. That's what they want for diagnosis? It shouldn't take more than a half day to find the problem, assumig they can duplicate it. I'm guessing there was miscommunication and what they meant was they as…
  • You can be about 99% certain it's the brake switch.
  • Yes, those are the electric fans. If they're both turning on when it overheats, then they're working. If you have a new radiator and thermostat (assuming the thermostat was installed correctly), next you have to see if the water pump is actually cir…
  • Has the charge voltage been tested while the light is on? It's possible there is a loose connection somewhere in a wiring harness near the transmission.
  • Is the electric cooling fan working?
  • If your Windstar is so equipped, I would first look at the Intake Manifold Runner Control (IMRC) for that bank. Check the control rod to see if it's bound or jammed shut. Sometimes the IMRC butterfly valve sticks shut with carbon buildup in the inta…
  • This also goes for #1611: Blend door failures are pretty common on Windstar/Taurus models of that era. The assembly is pretty flimsy and tends to break in a number of places. Unfortunately it requires close to ten hours of labor to replace. Sorry.
  • See, the dealer meant it would be the worst thing for HIM if you didn't immediately pay the $3,000 for the transmission rebuild. If you need to replace it, obviously it can't hurt to try the flush. You may get lucky and squeeze another year or two o…
  • Based on what you describe, it may not be the transmission at all. With a Windstar, it could be anything: throttle position sensor, Idle Air Control motor, intake gasket leaks, on and on. And "transmission" is actually the correct term. "Tranny" i…
  • It's unusual but entirely possible. If the shop has honored the warranty on the parts and labor for the previous 5 pumps, then it's a safe bet they're not trying to cheat you. After the third or fourth pump, they should have inspected things more cl…
  • It simply means there is a problem with the ciruit going to the torque converter clutch solenoid. It could be a wiring problem, or the solenoid itself could be failing. Hopefully, it's not a TCC mechanical problem. That's all that can be known until…
  • Any particular temp this happens? Does it stop when it warms up?
  • Good strategy, don't pay for the work that was done. A tapping noise would have nothing to do with the valve cover, unless you're talking about pinging or detonation. It won't suddenly go away, especially if the valves and/or pistons are coated with…
  • If the valve cover isn't baffled, it needs to be replaced. The unbaffled cover will still pass oil through the PCV system, and cause big problems as the engine carbons up.
  • It's not a difficult repair if he's mechanically inclined. I don't know the part numbers, you may ask a dealer service dept.
  • I think you'll have to replace the switch, it's usually the problem. I would be asking for some of that $200 "re-wiring" fee back.
  • No, it's unusual. Are you having the work done at the dealer or an independent shop? If they're using bad information and overtorquing/ undertorquing the bearings they may be destroying them.
  • I think it was 98-00, but it may have been 98-99. You can probably find it on Google. You can pull the PCV andcheck it and the hoses for oil soaking. If they're OK you probably have the updated design.
  • I don't believe Ford uses the noisemakers some manufacturers llike GM use on their brakes. If you're hearing grinding noises, the pads may have broken and cut into the rotors, especially if you haven't had pads replaced in a while. Have them checked.
  • Lemon Law won't apply in your case. Unless you had the repair done at the Ford dealer, it's unlikely you'll get any financial assistance. Unfortunately you'll probably have to pay up and hope for better luck. If i had to guess, the previous owner pr…
  • Not sure about the door, maybe check all the rubber bump-stops to makes sure they're contacting. Banks 1+2 are usually vac leaks from bad intake gaskets or PVC lines. May need replacement valve cover, but I'm not sure on the year. Interior lights ar…
  • Basically, the dealer did everything perfectly. The intake gasket and valve cover replacement were correct procedures. No, I wouldn't worry about it. Don't dump it, you've already assumed the biggest risk by buying it.
  • I don't know what's more amazing-you doing what you did or posting it here. I regret my wasted time trying to help you. I guarantee if you'd bought the van from the dealer and they sold it knowing it had major engine troubles YOU would be screaming …
  • Could be a torque converter problem, a hangup in the valve body, anything. Has the fluid been changed regularly? If not I would head to the Ford dealer and pony up the $150 for a full flush and replacement. Ford automatic transaxles have to be maint…
  • Probably the blend door assembly has failed. It's up inside the dashboard and it's many hours of labor to remove and install.
  • Don't blame you. $2250 isn't a bad price for that transmission rebuilt. I like your name, by the way..."Neeeeiiigh! Snort!"
  • Q1: No, that's ridiculous. I wpouldn't pay half that price for those services mentioned Q2: If you're husband doesn't have experience with modern cars and about $500 worth of diagnostic equipment, no. You need to run from that shop and never return…
  • Water pump, cracked head, incorrect gaskets, coolant blockage, failed thermostat, Ford Windstar, could be anything.