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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 2
Average Mileage:
22,195 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 301998

Windstar

  • miles

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

Neither dealer nor Ford zone rep helpful. Probable cause of tank collapse is failure in vapor/vent system to fuel tank. See also your ODI id 829866. Problem appears to be limited to 1998 Windstar with 25 G tank. Dealer has found orig tank crushed, has replaced same, has replaced/checked gauge sender, and replaced gauge. Probelm continues as originally reported, and believed to be related to vacuum in tank as pump extracts fuel, and external air pressure plus internal tank vacuum crushed 25 G tank to 16 G volume.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 101997

Windstar 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the fuel system doesn't let know how much fuel is in the tank. The vehicle has been in the Ford repair shop four times. Dealer cannot deterimine what the promblem is.

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 021998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Fuel gauge reads inaccuratly. The fuel gauge reads empty even when there is still 1/4 tank or more fuel.

- Studio Cit, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 061998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The consumer has experienced problems with gas tank. The consumer statevehicle doesn't hold the capacity of gas that is stated on the sticker. The gas tank gauge will read empty when it has 4+gallons gas. The manufacturer has been to be contacted. Two repair attempts and both failed and currently third repair has been postponed due to lack of parts. The transmission has developed a second leak..et.

- Medlin, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 041998

Windstar

  • miles
After dealer did the recall for the fuel tank sensor, there was a gas smell which was caused by a pin hole in the gas tank. Dealer replaced gas tank with a new plastic gas tank. 45 days later, the vehicle had a gas leak caused by a pin hole in the gas tank, in which if there was a source of ignition a fire could have occurred.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

May 201998

Windstar

  • miles
The fuel tank was punctured after running over a dead turtle in the roadway and fuel leaked profusely from damaged area. The tank was found to be plastic and had not type of protective shields.

- Merigold, MS, USA

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