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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,786 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 232004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

I have replaced the rack and pinion steering twice and the power steering pump once on my 1998 Ford Windstar.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #13

Oct 252003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Rack and pinion steering was replaced at 50,000 miles at dealer for a cost of $1,500, and it failed again. Steering rack should not malfunction in such a short period of time. Also, boot leaks caused power steering pump to malfunction.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #12

Jan 252000

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle steers hard, dealer replaced the power steering pump.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #11

Mar 252002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Rack and pinion assembly began leaking power steering fluid. Had to replace rack-and-pinion assembly and power steering pump.

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #10

Mar 132002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 35 thousand miles power steering went out. Mechanic replaced steering pump at 38-39 thousand miles, power steering went out again. Mechanic researched problem, found out that tie rod end rods were too tight, putting extra strain on power steering.

- Fariburn, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 252000

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle steers hard, dealer replaced the power steering pump.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012001

Windstar

  • miles

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

Right hand side of power steering pump has rusted through, resulting in difficult steering. Dealer has been contatced.

- Errie, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 272000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Power steering pump failed twice. Nlm

- Greenville, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 071999

Windstar

  • miles
On numerous occassions this vehicle while stall when coming to a stop (stop sign/traffic lights). This vehicle has been to the repair shop over 8 times and was last worked on for this problem in June 2000. Then in July 200 while on vacation the power steering pump failed and the emission control failed. Although the dealership has been repairing the problems the vehicle has lost it's creditability as being safe.

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 102000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering pump failed.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 012000

Windstar

  • miles

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

While driving the van all of a sudden there was no steering at all. Driver could hardly get the van to the side of the road. Van was towed to the dealerhship. Broken steering: Power assist belt was replaced.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 011999

Windstar

  • miles
Van started to make loud grinding noises when turning wheels and also getting hard to turn. I took it in to the dealer, but was told by service dept. That there was no recall on this van. As I was leaving I spoke to another employee there and was told that there was such a problem with that year van. I then replaced the power steering pump and that did not fix the problem I then took it to another Ford dealer and was told that the problem was in the rack and pinion steering and the price to fix it was about $1000 I was not able to afford it so I have driving it, however now the van will sometimes shut off when you proceed to make a turn in either direction. I have come very close to having someone hit me from behind. I took it to another mechanic and we are going to have to have it fixed at our expense. I feel that we should not have to pay for a problem that came from the Ford Motor Co. I also took it today 1-4-2000 to see if the dealer would look at it but was told by a man named jerry in the service dept. That they would not do anything.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Power steering pump was noisy.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 231998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering pump pully assembly failed.

- Grover Cit, CA, USA

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