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6.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,089 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 #10

Sep 151999

Windstar

  • miles

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

Consumer states power steering fluid stays low, consumer requested that it be checked for leaks, mechanic discovered that rack and pinion was leaking from left boot area, this part has failed 4 times.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #9

Mar 012001

Windstar

  • miles
There is a grinding noise coming from front of vehicle when traveling slowly and making a turn. Dealership examined vehicle and informed consumer that tie rods were defective. A Firestone service center informed consumer that problem was due to rack and pinion steering. There was NHTSA recall 97V165001; however, manufacturer informed consumer that this vehicle was not included in recall due to VIN.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 132001

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
When turning steering wheel left or right it will make a terrible grinding noise. Dealer has replaced rack and pinion steering, but noise has reoccurred again.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rack and pinion steering assembly was not working properly. When turning to left or right there was loud grinding noise. Contacted garage, and garage ordered a new part, problem was remedied. The original equipment failed after two years and poor design is the cause. The consumer believes because of numerous failures of this equipment there should be a recall.

- Shalimar, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 162000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Rack and pinion steering gears may have damaged input shaft bearing. Vehicle not included in recall 97V165001.

- Randleman, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rack and pinion steering broke when traveling, causing poor steering control. Also, tie rods malfunctioned, almost was involved in a crash. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rack and pinion failed.

- Grand Prairie, TX, 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

Feb 101999

Windstar

  • miles
Whenever steering wheel is being turned, left or right it would make a great deal of noise. Had taken vehicle to dealer for diagnostics & was informed it was the tie rod. Had taken vehicle to private mechanic who stated that it was the rack & pinion that needed to be replaced.

- Orange Vale, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 251999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Rack and pinion steering failed causing the vehicle to wander.

- Sturgeon B, WI, USA

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