Ford Windstar owners have reported 77 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Windstar based on all problems reported for the Windstar.
April 3, 2016 while in motion on busy highway (I-96), vehicle just stopped going under power and rolled to a dangerous stop. Vehicle had no drive power to wheels. Vehicle had to be towed. Examination indicates transmission issue. Vehicle does not engage any gears and made no warning sounds. Mechanic says torque converter failed and is a common problem. Nhtsa recalled Ford freestar for this issue but Windstars are most effected and have not been recalled. On a highway, this is dangerous at 70 plus mph speeds. There was a family of four in this vehicle, when it just stopped going, with engine running. Someone can be killed in a rear-end collision from this warningless and sudden power-train failure. Vehicle has 108,900 miles and has undergone other recalls.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, as the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle decelerated and failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred after the vehicle was taken to the dealer to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number:15v608000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and state that the VIN was not included in the manufacture recall related to the power train. The failure mileage was 134,000. Ss.
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.
See all problems of the 2003 Ford Windstar.
I was driving roughly 40mph and the engine revved up and then wouldn't accelerate. I was able to coast to a side road for safety. I tried to shift the car into gear to drive and the car didn't register the shifts. I took the car to a shop and was told it is a common problem, torque converter, in these cars. After searching online I have found that the problem is indeed common, and should be recalled.
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.
We stopped at a restaurant to have lunch. Came out to leave. Started the van and put it into reverse to leave parking place and it wouldn't move at all. Called our dealer and was told it sounded like the torque converter. That was exactly the problem. There was no warning at all. It just stopped working.
Torque converter failure with out any warning. Upon minimal research there are hundreds of other people that have had the same problem and several that have had this issue happen more then once on same vehicle. At various mileages. And the cost of repair if you dont get killed in a crash is very exspensive exceeding 1200. 00 . I have owned this van since 2009 and have had this in 3 times for recalls. Wiring,axle,subframe, the 2004 free star is a post Windstar model and there has been a recall issued on that model involving the torque converter. And wondering why the recall for the Windstar has not been enforced as of yet. It takes a death before action. What a sad state of affairs. These are dangerous vechicles and should be lawfully repurchased by Ford motor company. And removed from the nations highways. Before death not after.
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.
Torque converter failure for the second time. First incident at 97,000 miles then again at 120,000 miles.
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.
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 ##.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Overdrive Light On problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||