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9.6

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$759.00
Average Mileage:
71,485 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had to replace the entire rack assembly! (11 reports)
1999 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1999 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 012010

Windstar LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

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

My car makes an awful noise. I had to replace the rack and it continues to leak. I have to put fluid in the car EVERY DAY!

- , Yauco, P.R, Puerto Rico

problem #10

Oct 182008

Windstar SE 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,549 miles

rack assembly f*##ing leaks from big nut on bottom. needs new rack.

- , Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 012009

Windstar 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I had the same problem as others have described. I had the power steering pump replaced and resulted in leaking from the rack and pinion... then had to replace the entire rack and pinion. A very expensive fix. I've had several front end issues repaired, but this was the most expensive. Now the transmission is shifting hard into second and the ABS light and battery light are coming on. I'm guessing these three repairs are going to also be expensive... more than the cars is worth at this point. 10 years and 133,000 miles and it's time to send it to the scrap yard!

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 242007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.2L L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

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

I had the power steering pump replaced. The next day it was leaking. I had the rack and pinion and power steering pump replaced and now two days later it is leaking again.

- , Stanton, KY, USA

problem #7

Aug 202007

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,008 miles

I just replaced the power steering pump than was informed the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. This is a very well maintained car. There is no reason the rack should go on it. I also think there should be a recall on it.

- , Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 152007

(reported on)

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Ford Enfield (dealer) fixed problem for almost $900 and two days later the new rack assembly was leaking also.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152007

(reported on)

Windstar LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,080 miles

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

Dealer fixed problem initially charging me almost $900. Then the new steering rack started leaking two days later. Dealer replaced the second leaking steering rack at no cost to me other than my time.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122006

(reported on)

Windstar SL

  • 52,700 miles

A car with this many miles should not have a rack go on it. Never drove the car hard and service it regularly. This should have a recall on it.

- , Agawam, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 162007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I am very irate with this re-occuring problem with the steering rack in my Windstar. In short I have replaced this rack once on warranty and once out of my own pocket and now it is leaking once more! It is minus 35 degrees celcius and it is 1 hell of a cold walk out there. It will be better for me to take the city transit to work every day. If I operated at this accuracy in my job I would not still have 1. WHY CAN FORD GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!!!?

- , Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

problem #2

Feb 122006

(reported on)

Windstar LE

  • 97,000 miles

Need to replace the rack assy. Just had the power steering pump replaced ($360.00) and was told that the rack and pinion needed replaced (over $1,000). They could not just replace the seals. Another reason to not buy a Windstar.

- , Aubrun, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 082005

(reported on)

Windstar

  • 44,000 miles

Replace the rack assy, are you kidding! Coulkdn't they just replace the seals. Another reason to not buy a Windstar.

- , Livermore, CA, USA

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