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7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$68.00
Average Mileage:
119,457 miles
Total Complaints:
20 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (17 reports)
  2. replaced rear a/c switch in front console (3 reports)
1998 Ford Windstar AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #20

Jun 022012

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I BOUGHT THIS VAN FOR MY FAMILY VAN,TURN ON THE AC UP FRONT AND IN THE REAR AND AFTER 5MIN MY 4MONTH OLD WAS CRYING OUT BADLY ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE HOT AIR WAS BLOWING FROM THE FLOOR VENTS SHE WAS SWEATING BAD,NOW THE FRONT AC BLOWS COLD,I CHANGED THE EVAP THE EXPANSION VALVE, BLEND DOOR ACTUATOR,BLOWER FAN IN REAR,THE SPEED CONTROL IN REAR AND STILL NOTHING..CAN SOMEONE HELP PLZ.

- , Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #19

Nov 142006

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 237,000 miles

The ac works but only through the defrost. but rear is hot. i love this website because it has helped me on so much things

- , Rio Rico, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jul 222009

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I had recently had the air conditioning repaired only to find out that hot air comes out through rear floor vents. Air conditioning work great through front vents, until recently. No air comes out through front vents regardless of any switch positions. whether I have the air conditioning or heater on, air comes out only through the windshield defrost vent.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

Apr 042007

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

my Alarm system goes off anytime of the day or night,Sometime only 5 honks then shuts off other time hours at a time-from what the neighbors tell me.What is going on with it and how do I solve this problem.

- , Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #16

Jun 012009

Windstar GL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I bought the Windstar as a police impound, expecting to have to put hundreds into it. It turns out that it was in very good shape. However, the first time I had my son in the car with me, I figure I will turn on the A/C and cool us down. Well, I was cool, but my son was saying that he was still hot. I just figured he was being cranky, but sure enough, a few minutes later, I feel heat. Here come to find out, Sahara heat is blowing on him through the floor vent. I am going to replace the switch, and will repost if it works or not.

- , Waynesboro, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 012009

Windstar GL 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

When you live in AZ you need the air to work in the whole van! We are so glad we fixed the issue.

- , Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #14

May 012008

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We purchased this van, and seeing this site, I am learning our problems our your problems. Tonight, our van OD light blinked and the torque was pulling an elephant. I pulled over and there the van peacefully rested. And rested. And rested. Still resting in someone's front yard, off the road. Our AC blows hot which is fun when my wife's 11 year old daughter is sitting in the back and it is roasting weather. Not so funny when I turn the AC on and our 4 month old is sitting in the back and I don't realize I have the heat blowing through the coldest AC. Have had a problem with the interior lights. I read a fix to just pour in more transmission fluid. I am trying tomorrow. Will post back if it works.

- , Allegan, MI, USA

problem #13

Apr 092003

Windstar LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

mechanics have looked at me like I was a crazy woman!?!

Thank you for validating me!

Just need more info on the "SWITCH" so I can tell those "experts" how to fix it

- , Shelton, NE, USA

problem #12

Jan 012008

Windstar 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Rear A/C blows heat while front works fine. I'm thinking of replacing the rear blower/heater switch. Any other ideas? Any help on replacing this myself?

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 012005

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Have had this problem for about 2 years; looking to this site for a solution.

- , Woodlynne, NJ, USA

problem #10

Dec 012006

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had this for a while, and I saw a solution on this site. I will try it.

- , Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #9

Oct 262007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I had this problem starting when my Windstar was new - a month out of the lot. I had heat on in the front and was driving along happy and toasty only to realize that my newborn was screaming because the air conditioning was blasting on her in the rear. The same went in reverse - I'd turn on the air and heat would blow in the back.

I had a warranty fix two times - and the problems kept occurring. Finally, at about 70k to 100k miles I took it to the dealership and told them I wanted it fixed right b/c they had tried 2x under warranty and it clearly hadn't worked. They agreed to split the cost with me and I only paid half of the repair- I remember it being several hundred dollars, but since my van was getting up in miles I thought it was worth it.

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #8

Sep 292007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 208,248 miles

I can't tell you how many hours I spent trying to find out what was wrong with the ac. Finally I thought I would check online and sure enough the exact same problem with an inexpensive solution!

Thanks guys

- , Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 042007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

My van blows hot air through the bottom vents even though I have the A/C turned on. Normally, when the A/C is on, cool air only comes from the upper vents and when heat is on, it only blows through the lower vents. Now, even with A/C on, in only get lower vent heat. Getting into summertime, this certainly won't do for our vacation to the beach. I am researching a solution, but does anyone have any ideas?

- , Olney, MD, USA

problem #6

Jul 062007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Apparently the problem has existed for a while, but my wife didn't bother telling me. It's a real pain, especially since we're getting ready to leave on vacation in 3 weeks. I turned the A/C on high recirc (very cold up front) and the sidewall vent right behind the driver's seat was blasting away very hot air. Any ideas???

- , West, Chester, USA

problem #5

Aug 052007

(reported on)

Windstar Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

The a/c was coming out the defrost vents. I used a vacuum pump to test the vacuum control flaps that open to change where the air goes. All were working. I started looking for a vacuum leak. Found the switch in the front console that controls the rear heat and air was the problem. Replaced the switch with one purchased at an auto parts store (non-dealer). All is cool now!!!!

- , Muskogee, OK, USA

problem #4

Aug 042007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,386 miles

The problem is probably vacuum related but I have not been able to find a vacuum diagram

- , Onancock, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Seems to be an intermittent problem. Heat works fine but the air conditioning sometimes blows hot air through the vents.

- , Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

if anyone knows how to fix this please let me know my kids are tired of being hot and miserable. It is such a huge pain in the ass!!!!!!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

May 022007

(reported on)

Windstar GL 3.8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles

The rear a/c unit just blows hot air through the bottom vents. The pipes under the car leading to the rear unit are ice cold. I am at a loss. I am sure it is a common problem with these ford vans and am sure that I'll be ripped off if I brought it to the dealership.

- , Wellington, FL, USA

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