hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,500 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 082006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Power steering return line from rack to cooler rubbed on frame of 98 Ford Windstar until a hole resulted in loss of most ps fluid. Drastic loss of fluid occurred descending blue ridge mountains. Windstar had about 125,000 miles, and the damage to the hose was not visible from normal inspection. Fluid sprayed over hot engine parts but did not ignite.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 072003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Sudden power steering leak. Main leak from low pressure hose, but found that rusted high pressure hose fitting also leaking a bit; and seal(s) of rack & pinion leaking into dust boot(s). Had to replace hoses & rack/pinion at 81,000 miles -- 98 Windstar.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 182002


  • miles
The return line corroded near the R&P valve, Ford told me it would take approx. 10 to 30 days due to nationwide backorder I am worried that, due to such a backorder ther is defect in that part.another reason for concern is that I had to get the part from an auto recycling facility and noticed that a repair was made to the line exactly where my line failed due to corrosion.this is my family sole means of transportation, any research or findings would be greatly appreciated.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 271998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering hose ripped open upon driving slowly off a low curb, causing all fluid to leak out.

- Rockville, NY, USA

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