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6.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,418 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Aug 212000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Would hear squealing/howling noises coming from the steering area. Steering was inoperative. Would have no control of vehicle. Took it to dealer & informed consumer tie rod ends have worn out excessively due to a lack of lubricant. No grease fittings.

- Lometa, TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 032000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving or making a left or right hand turn consumer noticed a clicking noise. Contacted the dealer. Dealer noted that outer tie rods need to be replaced on both sides, driver and passenger.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #7

Feb 162000

Windstar

  • miles
The tie rod ends failed.

- Louisville, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 212000

Windstar

  • miles

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

A loud grinding noise started occurring when the whell was turned. My wife said she heard the noise and thought she needed power steering fluid. I put a little in but the noise didn't go away. Took van to dealer. They called and said the outer tie rods were bad and grinding metal to metal. Had them replaced. When my wife picked up the van, the repair person said to her that since there were no grease joints, so there was nothing I could have done. He said that Ford said it was a bad design and they had a model to replace it. This didn't sound good to me and I wondered why I had to pay for their bad design. If the tie rods were grinding metal to metal, it could have led to a break and steering failure.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Both outer tie rods replaced. Mjs

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Both outer tie rods replaced. Mjs

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 291999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles

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

Both outer tie rods replaced. Mjs

- Mission Vi, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 021999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Every 3,000 mile front tie rod end breaks which may cause loss of vehicle control. Been replaced 3times. Dealer cannot determine caus eof the problem.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 011997

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tie rods failed on two occasions. Mjs

- Franklin, WI, USA

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