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1998 Ford Windstar engine problems

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 252003


  • miles


Ford Windstar tension pulleys on their serpentine belts are defective.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 292000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has experienced several problems with the transmission, dealer has replaced it once, however problems continue, consumer has filed for a request for arbitration, vehicle bucks, jerks, and jumps into gear before taking off. Vehicle shimmies from one side to another upon acceleration, there is a thumping sound heard also at times while driving. Vehicle experienced a speed sensor circuit problem. Speedometer jumps. Problem with power steering, dealer adjusted rack and pinion and made other repairs to steering mechanism. Right side brake light bulb failed. Battery failed. Consumer stated it felt as if vehicle was going to stall sometimes, engine has no power at acceleration, engine belt was noisy and was replaced. Tire had a slow leak due to loose tire valve.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 272000


  • miles
The idler pulley and drive belt were replaced, failure was causing noise.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

May 221999


  • miles
Various problem with power lock locking by itself/windshield wipers working intermittently/dome light not operating, and door ajar light staying on. Vehicle been in / out of dealer shop on several occasions, and problems still reoccurring. Possible electrical problem with failure of power locks, windshield wipers, dome light, door ajar light, door ajar switch, lift gate door ajar switch, battery saver relay inoperable, and washer light illuminating. Brakes noisy at times, dealer stated this was due to brake dust. Power steering is noisy when turning back and forth, dealer replaced tie rod end. Sliding door rattles while driving over bumps, dealer added foam tape to back side of panel, driver door rattles, sliding door hard to open at times, dealer lubed sliding hinges and latch. Dealer replaced shocks due to rattling noise when riding over bumps. Drivebelt replaced. Maf sensor replaced due to hesitation. Window guide did not fit tight.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has noisy fan belt.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

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