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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Ford Windstar - part 1



Ford Windstar owners have reported 72 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Windstar 1
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

While driving lost all power to transmission. Car would start but not move in any gear. Code scanner shows no codes, engine light does not stay lit. Mechanic's guess in torque converter. Seems to be a too common problem.

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Failure Date: 03/06/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission failed to operate without any warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis who informed that the torque converter was faulty and required replacement. The vehicle had not been repaired. There was a recall associated with the 2004 Ford Windstar model years. The NHTSA campaign id number was 12v006000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Js.

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Failure Date: 09/09/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while traveling 45 mph, an abnormal grinding noise emitted from the vehicle and the vehicle decreased acceleration independently. The check engine warning light illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 98,000.

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Failure Date: 09/03/2012

Torque converter failure for the second time. First incident at 97,000 miles then again at 120,000 miles.

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Failure Date: 08/21/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle exhibited a sudden loss of power without warning. The vehicle would accelerate in either reverse or drive. The vehicle was towed to a dealer who recommended that the entire transmission be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact was informed of a recall similar to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 12v006000 (power train:automatic transmission:torque converter) however, the contact was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2012

I am the owner of a 2003 Ford Windstar and as of now there is not a recall out on this vehicle. But there is indeed a recall on the 2004 Ford freestar which has the exact same components and drivetrain. Ford has recalled 205,896 2004-2005 freestars due to the torque converter output shaft fail. The same issue is with my vehicle. . . I have had the worst service threw Ford in the follow up with this issue. I have beed inspected and many transmission mechanics verify this issue and states the following model of my van has been recalled. If this is so why hasnt my vehicle been recalled. . This is a huge issue , if my wife was driving my 3 children is this viehicle when this part failed it would have been much worse! ## VIN passed ## Ford wiindstar 2003 ##.


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Failure Date: 07/18/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving in reverse, the transmission failed without warning and the contact was unable to accelerate. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was told that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 124,000. Updated 08/28/lj updated 09/05/2012.

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Failure Date: 01/13/2012

I was on high way, 35 mph and my car unexpected loss of motive power. So I was unable to go to the emergency line, my mecanic put a new torque converte and fix the problem, the was in January 13 2012, cold weather.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2000 Ford Windstar 9
Failure Date: 01/06/2012

Sitting at a stoplight, foot on brake. When light turned green, normal pressure on accelerator. Loud bang sound. No forward or reverse gear. Put vehicle into neutral and pushed into nearby driveway. Vehicle towed that evening. Faulty transmission. Ford dealer says possibly bad torque converter. Rebuilt transmission installed. Cost to me $3000. Ford claims no recall on the part or the assembly.

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Failure Date: 01/03/2012

While driving on the highway on a trip from chicago to north caroline, my car suddenly lost power. It was as if I just put it into neutral; I could hear the engine rev when I applied the gas but nothing else happened. Luckily, I was near an exit ramp and pulled to the side of the road without incident. I tried putting the car into another gear, but there was no change. We ended up getting the car towed to a garage, where they determined it was an issue with the transmission. Later, after pulling the transmission apart, they determined it was specifically the torque converter which had failed. My family and I (including 4 children and 4 dogs) had to stay in a hotel for 3 days until the car was repaired. During that time, I investigated this particular vehicle problem (via the internet) and found that it is common in Windstars and freestars. There is a recall in place for the freestar but not enough complaints have been filed for the Windstar yet. This needs to be rectified ASAP!!!! I was lucky that I was driving in conditions that allowed me to safely maneuver my car to the side of the road without causing or being involved in a accident. The safety of myself, my children and the other people on the road with me, a Windstar owner, should not be put at risk because of a known torque converter defect. The Windstar needs to be added to the Ford recall for torqued converters immediately.


 
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Failure Date: 12/15/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact's wife was driving 30 mph when the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who inspected the failure and advised the contact that there was a transmission failure. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer who inspected the failure and stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by the contact. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who stated there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 47,764. The consumer stated he noticed his make, model and year vehicle was not included in the recall, with the other Ford models. The consumer stated he experienced the same transmission failure as stated in the recall. Recall# 12v006000. Updated 03/02/12 updated 06/12/12.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar lx. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder but it would not shift into any gear. The contact stated that the vehicle sat for three hours before it could be moved. A local mechanic was notified of the failure who advised that it was caused by the torque converter. The vehicle was then towed to the contact's residence and was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who provided the contact with a list of dealers in which he could take the vehicle for repairs. They offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 153,000.

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Failure Date: 07/03/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated the transmission failed on the vehicle without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the failure is caused by a failed torque converter. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage and current mileages were 110,000.

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Failure Date: 04/16/2011

We were driving on a highway in south carolina while on vacation and my van lost the driving power, the motor was running and the tachometer went higher as we tried to go, but were unable to move. We had to immediately glide off of the road and be towed to a local garage. The mechanic said that the main shaft and torque converter were defective and had to be replaced. At the cost of $1200 for repair, a rental car of $350 and a return flight to retrieve van after repairs, it was a very expensive torque converter and shaft.

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Failure Date: 03/18/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that they were traveling 70 mph when the transmission failed. The contact allowed the vehicle to cruise off the roadway. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was told that the torque converter failed. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 83,727 and the current mileage was 92,200. Updated 02/22/lj updated 05/03/12.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2011

While driving my 2003 Windstar at 40 mph on a busy highway during the morning rush hour it lost power. The van had to be pushed to the side of the road. The van would start but it would not engage in either drive or reverse. There was no warning to the transmission failure. Aaa towed the vehicle. The mechanic has to rebuild the transmission and replace the torque converter. Five days prior the vehicle was returned from the Ford dealer with a new rear axle (recall, 10 weeks at the dealer). At the time of failure the van had approximately 116000 miles. The Windstar will be repaired at a cost of $1849. 11. I can not replace the vehicle at this time (I would like to!). Ford motor company doesn't care!.

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Failure Date: 02/10/2011

I was driving down the road and all of a sudden I had to acceleration or reverse or anything. It was like I was out of gear. I drifted over to the side of the road and called a tow. I needed a new transmission. That was Feb. 2011 I just had the same incident happen again to me Dec. 2012- transmission needs rebuilt again! mileage is 82000 are you kidding! 2 transmissions in less than 2 years! the torque converter both times!.

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Failure Date: 02/01/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph when the power failed and he was unable to accelerate any further. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where they advised that the torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the torque converter. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

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Failure Date: 01/28/2011

2003 Ford Windstar transmiission problems , the torque converter broke on my van . The van came to a complete stop , this is very dangerous ,there should be e recall ,this has happened to almost everybody that owens this Ford model. Also there is a recall for rear axel . Now front and rear frame mounts. There should also be recall for electric windows do not work half the time. These vans are dangerous Ford should have to by them back.

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Failure Date: 12/13/2010

Stopped at traffic light. When light turned green van would not move. There were not any noises, warning lights or issues to indicate a problem. Van required a tow truck. Mechanic diagnosed the problem as failure of torque converter.

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Failure Date: 11/29/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 50 mph the vehicle began to decelerate and would not accelerate when the pedal was engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated the torque converter had to be replaced because the splines were worn. The vehicle was repaired. Approximately two years after the vehicle was repaired the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired for the recent failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

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Failure Date: 11/08/2010

I was on high way, 45 mph and my car unexpected loss of motive power. So I was unable to go to the emergency line, my mecanic put a new torque converte and fix the problem, the was in November 2010, cold weather.

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Failure Date: 05/21/2010

I bought this vehicle in March of 2010. Two months after buying it I was driving home from l. A. And didn't notice until to late that the od off light was flashing. I had it towed to ammco and was told that the torque converter went out and that the trans had to be replaced. So this is what I had done. Since I had this replacement done with the transmission I have had the od off light flash on and off periodically. Every time the light comes on I run it back over to ammco and they test it to find the same code over and over, torque converter/clutch error. They have since replaced the transmission a second time, contacted the manufacturer on several occassions and spoke with several sources of theirs and they cannot find the problem. They have since told me that there is nothing else that can be done and think that it may be caused by the abs/brake light occassionally coming on.

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Failure Date: 05/07/2010

Recently lost vehicle mobility on my 2003 Ford Windstar sel (type ax4n transmission). Required new torque converter and complete transmission rebuild.

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Failure Date: 04/21/2010

I bought a 2003 Ford Windstar new . I am the only driver 66 years old. I backed out of my driveway in Jan. 2010 and could not go into reverse or forward. Towed to dealer, had to replace transmission,000 km. , factory rebuilt $ 3500. Now April 2010 put 5000 km. On took in for oil change and to check on tranny, it was not shifting properly{stuttering}. Mechanic said he had to replace torque converter, found fluid in and now replacing radiator. What next????? Ford should be replacing transmissions, too many complaints. I am afraid to take it on the highway in case I loose it again. Help!.