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4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,613 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 152004

Windstar 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

The warning sound that a door is ajar will continually go off even when all doors are securely shut. I have had this replaced twice at my own expense and it is doing it again. It will eventually reset itself after day or more. This has been a continual problem and I am just getting tired of it. It has happened after I have replaced the switches, and fuses. Ford Motor Company needs to take care of this obvious problem.

- Laconia, NH, USA

problem #8

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
The fuse in the fuel pump blew out on three separate occasions. When this occurred the vehicle stalled. Upon replacing the fuel pump, the consumer checked the wiring in the fuel pump. They noticed that the wires were rubbing against a metal clamp or pipe, which caused the installation to rub off.

- York, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 052004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
Consumer smelled a burning odor that got stronger as time progressed. A blackish color smoke came from the vents. Then, there were flames from the driver's seat, and vehicle caught on fire. The fire was caused by electrical system failure.

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 052004

Windstar

  • 10,016 miles

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

See 10053790

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 152003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
ABS light comes on intermittently and red brake light stays on constantly. While this is happening, the rear windshield wiper will not shut off, and the front windshield wipers do not work. The check engine soon light is constantly on. The turn signals are blinking rapidly or not working on some occasions. My warranty has expired as of last year. The transmission has already been rebuilt and we had problems with the door ajar warning lights not going off and the door lock motor had to be replaced because at first they were locking on their own repeatedly. I feel like these were all a result of wiring problems, but we had such a hard time getting all of the other things repaired that I'm not looking forward to going back to the dealer again, especially since the warranty has expired. This vehicle has been a lemon the whole time we have owned it.

- Fairdale, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 072003

Windstar

  • miles
Switch of rear defroster shorted out, causing dash panel to melt. Ts.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Consumer states the gas gauge was inoperative, the dealer had already replaced the fuel pump and determined that the problem was a pinched wire coming out from the top of the fuel tank, which shorted out the fuel sending unit.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #2

Jan 272001

Windstar

  • miles
This vehicle has had numerous braking problems/axles/sway bars/calipers/electrical problems

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 201999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Service manager at Ford of ocala tells us there is a Ford technical bulletin about a chafed electrical wire in or near the fuel tanks on these vehicles...this given as a possible reason my 98 Windstar is having fuel problems.

- Ocala, FL, USA

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