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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 142000

Windstar

  • miles

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

When turning steering wheel it will make a loud noise, and motor feels like it is struggling.

- Pendelton, IN, USA

problem #7

Aug 052002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While being driven AT45 mph, van stalled, resulting in steering wheel locking and brakes completely failing with no pressure. Owner had no other choice but to coast through an intersection with light.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator went down on its own while in reverse, no brakes to stop, resulting in a accident. Steering vibrates, recommend rotating the tires. Interior seats slightly twisted, door locks works sometime, interior lights work sometimes.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 251999

Windstar

  • miles

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

Steering column sticks, has to jerk steering wheels. Also vehicle pulls to the left. Consumer can hear a whistling sound on left side. Contacted dealer. Dealer kept vehicle for about one hour, and told consumer it wasn't anything wrong with vehicle.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 262001

Windstar

  • miles
While driving straight or when making an U turn about any mph steering wheel will lock up without a prior warning. Then, engine will stall. Dealer said this problem could not be found.

- N. Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 262000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Over the past several months, we have experienced problems with the engine stalling during a left hand turn, thus causing the steering wheel to freeze up and we've had close calls on accidents. Luckily we live in a rural area where we have the time to put the car in neutral or park, restart it, then complete the turn. The car has also stalled for no apparent reason when coming to a fast stop at a red light or in a driveway after completing a partial turn. It is very scary. I'm worried that the next time this happens, it may cause an accident. We have two young drivers in the family, and it has happened to them as well. Do you have any suggestions" we live over 3 hours away from the dealer we purchased the car from. Have other Windstar owners expereinced this problem" please advise.

- Saranac Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 011999

Windstar

  • miles
I am so scared to drive our van- I have no idea what to do. Thia van showed be considered a lemon- or Ford should repair it. We purchased the van cause we had another little one on the way(making 4 kids) in the past we had old vechilcles. We decided to spend the $$ and have a reliable vechicle since we have 4 kids and travel around town alot. First my air codtioner goes out in July, 99 (electrical- no power to it). We did not have the $ to fix. Than in August,99 we started experiencing intermittent neutral condtion after driving and coming to a stop. Had to rebuild the transmission- due to a faulty clutch piston that Ford knows is causing problems in ax4S Windstar 3.8L. Engine - stalls usually when driving at low speeds, such as O turns or coming to a stop. Scared to death that somesone will run into me. Steering- vechile pulls to the right so badly that in seconds I am in another lane. Have had it relighned. The other seroius problem is I will start van or have foot on brake and it itermittally accerates in surges on its own. My foot in not near the gas- I am so scared to death that I will lose control of it resulting into an accident. I am so scared to drive this van and it is only a 98". what am I to do. I do not want to wait for and acident or death to someone. Please help!! I need some advice. I have no warranty on van- but yet with so many problems why should the consumer have to pay when Ford knows of the problems with the vans- what does it take - death!!! I need to know what is causeing these problems. I can not afford to keep taking them to mechanics and not getting it fix. Shouldn't Ford have to take this piece of crap back-please help!!

- Newman Lake, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 241998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
While making a right turn the vehicle cut off and the steering wheel locked up, causing loss of vehicle control. Cause unknown.

- Murray Hill, NJ, USA

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