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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,790 miles

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1999 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1999 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Dec 022006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,775 miles

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

: the contact stated while the vehicle was driven 30 mph, there was a popping noise, and the steering shifted pulling the vehicle to the right. The vehicle was driven to the residence, where the contact inspected the steering and found the steering was turned to the left. When the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, the vehicle was put onto a lift. The subframe was found to be rusted out and had a fracture. The front left tie rod was bent due to the frame failure on the opposite side. The sub frame section supporting the engine and transmission and the left outer tie rod were replaced. The manufacturer was notified.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jan 262006

Windstar

  • miles
1999 Windstar, . paint peeling on front hood, replaced the following: Transmission (4 times), inner and outer tie rods (2 times) power steering system, intake manifold gaskets and system(twice), interior lights that flicker intermittently and stay on for periods of time for no reason.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #23

Oct 012004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Transmission problem with 1999 Ford Windstar on several occasion. (transmission slippage) these problems have existed since the vehicle was first purchased; engine trouble, vaporization leaks, and a broken gear. There were also worn front brakes, steering was inoperative, and there was a vacuum leak due to the upper intake manifold.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #22

Aug 122004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When the consumer made a turn, the vehicle made a noise.

- San Pierre, IN, USA

problem #21

Dec 012003

Windstar

  • 47,000 miles
Consumer states that she lost control of her vehicle after the steering went out. She indicated that his was not the first time. The first time this occurred the vehicle was repaired by the dealer. Now it has gone out again causing her to hit a wall in the garage. The vehicle started pulling to the left and the consumer could not bring it back. The air bags did not deploy. The dealer claimed they repaired the vehicle but the invoice didn't state what was replaced.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #20

Aug 242003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The consumer stated the vehicle rolled off a hill, went across the highway into a field there was damage to the drivers door and the muffler. The second time the incident happened the vehicle was in the consumers driveway and crashed into a tree, the vehicle sustained damaged to the fender. In both cases the consumer stated the air bags did not deploy. The steering wheel never locked on the vehicle as well.

- Monticello, KY, USA

problem #19

Nov 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

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

* vehicle leans since purchased Sept 13, 2003. * allignment problems. * transmission does not properly change gears. * low treads on tires. * a frame problems. * suspension steering makes a clunking noise. * brakes must be pumped to stop, and make a ticking noise when applied. * vehicle has overheated. * power steering fluid leaked. * gears do not shift properly. * primer scotch guard on seats wearing after coat applied.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,032 miles
Heat failed in July, pin to flap in evaporator case assembly had broken off. Whole assembly has to be replaced requiring tearing apart the dashboard. Part alone cost $326.40 check engine light kept coming on - found pressure leak at gasket. Had complained about engine sluggishness for years and was told the computer could find nothing wrong...after gasket was fixed, no more engine sluggishness. Ford would not cover saying the problems could not be tied together to justify warranty repair!! power steering went. First attempted flushing system. After failed again, replaced pump, after that did not fix the problem, had to replace entire system. Ford replied to my request for coverage that this was the first case they had heard of this problem in a Windstar and to keep my receipts so that I might get consideration if they do something in the future. I feel these problems are excessive for a 50,000 mile car...Ford agrees but says the average number of problems is much lower so they still class their car as very reliable!!!

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #17

Apr 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
We purchased the 1999 Windstar in Dec 1998. From the first weeks of ownership, we have complained about the transmission. Dealer changed transmission fluid and said nothing was wrong. Problems were as follows: Loud clunks when shifting from park to reverse, while foot pressing firmly on brake pedal; transmission hesitates when down shifting going around corners; as a passenger I felt as if the whole car was lunging causing dizziness to motion sickness (did not occur while I was driving); hard shifts between first & second; rear window wiper failed; power steering pump replaced which caused the rack & pinion seals to fail, which resulted in a new rack installed; egr valve rubber boot kept popping off until I placed a small hose clamp to hold it in place; check engine light stays on every since 15,000 miles; O/D button never worked; O/D light flashed repeatedly minutes prior to the transmission going out. Now the Ford dealer said I needed a new upper plenum, egr valve, pfe, valve cover gasket, battery cable and this was found while checking the transmission problem. I told them to forget it! $3K is enough to spend on a five year old car! this is all I can think of at this point.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #16

May 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
We have taken this van in for repair fivetimesin one year. The first month we had it the head was replaced. The power steering has gone out for now the fifth time. I actually lost controlof the vehicle due to beingunable to turn the steering. My husband has to drive me everywhere because only he can turn the steering wheel. Each time we take it for repair we are charged a deductible and I can not do this anymore. This is obviously a lemon. Marshall mize Ford in chattanooga Tennessee is where the vehicle was purchased in January of 2001. They also have performed all service on this vehicle. Ford has not been understanding of why my payments have been late, but when you are having these kinds of issues such as electrical, transmission, air conditioning, and engine malfunctions, it does not take a genius to figure out why a woman with a family who depends on this vehicle as reliable, safe means of transportation is having difficulty. Maybe if their product was of better quality, my children would be in a safe vehicle, and Ford would get their money on time.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #15

Jul 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

Left rear and left front hub and bearing assemblies began making loud humming/grinding sounds suddenly at 51,000 miles. Ford dealership diagnosed and replaced defective hub and bearing assemblies for the standard price as it is no longer under warranty. This item should last much longer without failing. Steering pump began intermittently making whining/hissing sounds when the slightest turning input was applied. By the time the failed power steering pump was diagnosed, and the whining was constant, it had caused the rack and pinion seals to fail and steering fluid to leak from the rack and pinion sleeves. When steering fluid got low and steering was no longer power assisted, my wife almost had a collision with a vehicle full of children. Not trusting Ford anymore, I ordered the parts myself and hired a local mechanic to replace the power steering pump and rack and pinion. In most vehicles these components should last beyond 100,000 miles. Upon further investigation I found that failing power steering pumps, leading to failed rack and pinion seals, is a consistent problem on 1999 Windstar, and that Ford is aware of the problem and trying avoid addressing it.

- Poulsbo, WA, USA

problem #14

Apr 152003

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,500 miles
Transmission is primary issue has shifting problem at low speed, has over 8 tsb on the issue and has new transmission installed but still have problem the other issues are clearly common for this model as well, but this transmissionand Ford lack of support from their service and dealers is unacceptable.

- Kansas City, AL, USA

problem #13

May 152000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,383 miles
The transmission went out again on 6-21-03 with just under 60000 miles on van. Both transmission failures wre sudden without any warning slippage etc. Both trans failures left the vehicle with no forward gears, but reverese worked each time. The fluid has been changed properly and the van is well maintained.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #12

Oct 212003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Steering makes a groaning or rubbing type of noise when turning the steering wheel. Doesn't seem to have any impact on performance of the steering but is a god-awful noise and I don't know what it is!!! thanks!!

- Smithfield, VA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152004

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Grinding noise when turning.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 162003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 1999 Ford Windstar began to make loud grinding noises when the steering wheel was turned in either direction. I immediately took it to the dealershipwhere it was purchased. I was told that the rack and pump would have to be replaced. Replaced and the cost would be $1295. The vehicle has only 38,000 miles and has exceeded the three year warranty.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 272002

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated that the power steering fluid constantly leaks diminishing ability to proper control vehcile while driving. Mechanic advised that the steering "shield" failed causing the fluid loss.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 232002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Consumers notice a grinding noise coming from steering after making turns. Dealer has been contacted and notice a hose need to be replace.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #7

May 122002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle began to make a loud grinding sound that became worse as consumer was driving, consumer was informed by a mechanic that the steering could have been lost, however the steering did go out briefly in Dec and may, also the steering column was worked on Nov 16, but consumer was informed that the 2 problems were not related, also there was a popping noise around the windshield, which was determined to be pillar molding warped.

- Goshen, KY, USA

problem #6

Apr 212002

Windstar

  • miles
On two separate occasions steering momentarily locked up while driving. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

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