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5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,454 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 262005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,900 miles

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

Contact stated the fuel sending unit and the fuel pump harness melted. Dealer told contact she was lucky the vehicle did not blow up on her. This happened while she was driving the vehicle. The check engine light came on, and then vehicle coasted to a stop.

- Negaunee, MI, USA

problem #12

Apr 222004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
Surging, lack of power, stalling, no start condition

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 012003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
I have a 1998 Ford Windstar, and its fuel tank was leaking into the passenger compartment. When brought to the dealer it was said that the fuel tank collapsed at the fuel pump, which caused the leaking.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 312002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

There are wires going through fuel tank that have no cover, and it could cause a fire. Dealer notified. The vehicle had stalled several times due to wires shorting out in the fuel pump. The fuel pump was replaced.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #9

Aug 152002

Windstar

  • miles
Fuel pump has stopped working due to insulation on wires wore off, which in some cases could result in a fire. Contacted dealer.

- Park Valley, UT, USA

problem #8

Jun 302002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel pump inside fuel tank is not working properly. There is a wire inside fuel tank connected to fuel pump, and within 50000 miles wire started to rub together with potential of there being a fire in fuel tank. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Monticello, AK, USA

problem #7

Jun 222001

Windstar

  • miles

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

I had a fuse blow on my fuel pump.this pump is in the tank and the tank was full.when the mechanic removed the tank he found two wires with thethe coatings burnt off.a pieceof one wire was welded to one of the tubes.this could have caused a fire or if the tank wasnot full more likely an explosion.it is fused with 25amp.I believe this to be avery dangerous condition.ihave the pump also pictures of same.please keep me advised of your findings.if you need more info just call or E-mail.

- Gilman, VT, USA

problem #6

Jun 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel pump fuse blew which could have caused a fire.

- Bath, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 012000

Windstar

  • miles
1st to 2nd bang when shifting on slow acceleration (repeats often), fuel pump continually cuts out when parked on slight downhill, still 6+ gallons left. Only since replacement of fueltank and gas pump due to electrical short

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 011998

Windstar

  • miles
IE99059, the defective steering bushings does not support the system which causes the vehicle steering system to malfuction. Also, braking system malfunctioned, causing extended stopping distance which may result in a crash. The fuel pump went out unexpectedly, cause vehicle to stall. Finally, liftgate indicator light came on, but the liftgate remained closed. Brakes been replace once, and bushings 3 times. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- High Park, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 201999

Windstar

  • miles

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

For no apparent reason the vehicle just cuts off while driving. The first time a computer adjustment was made, the second time(July 23rd) the electric fuel pump was replaced. The vehicle is being service for the third time(Aug 5th) for the same problem. Each time the vehicle had to be towed to the dealership.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 011997

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel pump failed.

- Palacios, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 091998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph down hill the fuel pump will shutdown, which was caused by a short in the sensor of the fuel tank. Dealer replaced the fuel pump and the tank. Consumer states that the tank was a 25 gallon tank, however the sensor was causing the low fuel light to come on when only 16-17 gallons had been consumed.

- Wareham, MA, USA

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