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2000 Ford Windstar electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 112013

Windstar SEL 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


FORD WINDSTAR 2000 - an expensive piece of sh*t - I'll bypass the Northstar Ford Dealership Complaint (RIP-OFFS) who sold it to me and move on to another complaint to add to the list of already numerous repairs done.

The problem was at first a random issue and happened only 2 or 3 times within the past 2 years. It seemed to be triggered by lower temps outside (the winter thaw) whereas, it would start up fine and no matter where I drove it would on occasion not start up after turned off. It would cough, diesel, chug, as if it wasn't getting full pressure or gas to keep it going. In the old days, on older cars it might be likened to a 'choke' being stuck, or act like it was flooded.

In the past month it's happened 3 or 4 times - in fact, once I start it -- I carry an extra set of keys so I don't shut it off. Fear of shutting it off means it might not start up until it's had about a 1or 3 hour nap. However, the other day, it ended up being towed. Once it got to the garage after 'getting a lift' it started right up.

Good to go?? Nope. Mech shut it off and again, it tithered to toot and chug. A test showed a thermostat issue - replaced that and a massive air flow sensor . Car ran good but seemed to be slightly missing upon start up and finally again took a dump after a run around town. I patiently waited to see if would start again. 35 minutes and it kicked in. Stalled again at another store a few days later. Finally took it back into shop. They believe it may be an electrical issue and now all the PINS have to be checked. I have read numerous complaints about FORD WINDSTARS STALLING -- and in fact this particular issue of not restarting in damp or warm weather.

FORD should do a recall on this, as there are possible causes:

Camshaft Synchronizer PCM ECM IMRC FUEL PUMP RELAY FUEL PUMP MOTOR (melted wires??????)..BOOM!

This car despite all their filthy dangerous recalls (some 10 years after they were made) is possibly one of the most expensive heeps on the planet. Also, the windshield wipers sometimes turn on when I make a left. Not happy -- and going broke trying to keep it on the road! SHAME ON FORD!!

- , Cloquet, MN, USA

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