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Engine Cooling System Problems of Ford Windstar - part 1



Ford Windstar owners have reported 41 problems related to engine cooling system (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1999 Ford Windstar 1
Failure Date: 05/05/2009

Connector coming from the bottom of the sensor on the brake reservoir on my 1999 Windstar 3. 8 liter is burned - melted. This caused the brake light to come on and the abs to shut down and the light to come on. Also, the a/c doesn't work and the fans don't work.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 2
Failure Date: 01/04/2008

Rough idling, "hiccupping" while driving, no heat--went in for a tune up and thermostat and was told its the head gasket.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 3
Failure Date: 01/28/2005

I have a '96 Ford Windstar with a 3. 8 liter v6 engine. This is the 2nd head gasket failure I've had with it. The first was in November of 2003. I paid about $2500 to have the head gaskets replaced then. This time I was driving to work when after a short time I noticed my car heater wasn't working, just blowing cold air. A short time later, I noticed my temperature gauge was going up, and after about 10 minutes, it was in the red zone. A few minutes after that, my engine began making terrible clunking and rattling noises and I had to pull over. As soon as I did, the engine died and wouldn't restart after about 15 minutes of cooling down. I had to be towed to my mechanic's garage which cost me $127, and my mechanic told me that I needed a new engine. The car's been at his garage for the past few days while I decide what I should do. I'm convinced that this is a manufacturing defect for which Ford motor company is responsible, especially after reading the complaint log containing so many stories from people who have a car with this type engine. Ford claims they solved this problem after 1995, but the complaint log tells an entirely different story.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1998 Ford Windstar 4
Failure Date: 02/11/2004

Heater on car wasn't working, smelling something burning. Advised that Windstars with 3. 8 engines seem to experience head gasket failure wherein coolant is either being burned or mixing with oil and will cause engine failure. Advised to contact Ford, nhsta and local dealer.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1998 Ford Windstar 5
Failure Date: 12/15/2003

1998 Ford Windstar head gasket failure with vehicle just over warranty coverage status. Normal maintenance record as well as driving techniques/habits.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1998 Ford Windstar 6
Failure Date: 12/02/2003

The consumer had to refill the vehicle with coolant fluid often due to engine overheating.


car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1997 Ford Windstar 7
Failure Date: 09/08/2003

Gaskets have completely failed.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 2003 Ford Windstar 8
Failure Date: 05/06/2003

2003 Ford Windstar cuts out when driving - no warning at all. It is as if the key were turned off.

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car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 9
Failure Date: 03/07/2003

Head gasket failure . A common defect in Ford Windstars, they were covered in the previous model years, but not the '96 model. Ford, so far, will not cover this. Also speedometer "jumps" around above 45 mph. This too, is common in this and prior model Windstars. Repairs are usually $500 and is a safety concern as driver does not know how fast they are traveling.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 10
Failure Date: 01/13/2003

I would like to file a complaint regarding my 1996 Ford Windstar. I have just learned the head gasket on my vehicle has blown out with just 70k miles on it. I know Ford recalled 1995 models and after some research of my own, have learned that there are just as many 96's with the same problem and Ford refuses to do anything with that model year.


 
car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 11
Failure Date: 12/31/2002

Problem with 1996 Ford Windstar 3. 8l engine 45,000 mi. W/ defective head gasket. Ford extended the warranty on 94-95 models but won't cover 96 models. This is a known problem w/ all the 3. 8l engines and Ford should be held responsible for manufacturing and selling a defective product. A recall should be done on this product. Ts.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 12
Failure Date: 12/01/2002

The head gasket on my 1996 for Windstar has failed at around 93,000 miles. I have gone to many websites with hundreds of people complaining about the same problem. This same engine, in the 1995 Windstar(even though Ford said that they corrected the problem) was recalled for the same problem. I can see that if this were a rare case of gasket failure, it would not matter very much, but seeing that hundreds of people are having the same problem bothers me. Ford should be responsible and fix this problem. I do not know how a recall gets started, but would like to get this one done. Thank you.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 13
Failure Date: 11/14/2002

I would like to know how a class action suit can be made to force Ford to make a recall of this item.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 14
Failure Date: 11/10/2002

This incident started when I had noticed a small amount of radiator fluid on the garage floor, and a slight smell of radiator fluid when I ran the heater. In addition, the check engine light had come on again in November 2002. I took the van to the apple valley Ford dealer and after diagnosing it, I was told the number 4 spark plug is stuck and the gasket needs to be replaced on the timing cover on the engine (this was the source of the radiator fluid leak). The dealers professional opinion was the head gasket is also bad, the head for the #4 plug would need replacing, and combined with the need to replace the timing cover gasket, they recommended a complete engine replacement at $4,400. I declined and took the van to another local mechanic, who unfortunately confirmed the diagnosis and indicated there were known problems and technical service bulletins for engine gasket replacements with Ford Windstar 3. 8 liter v6 engines in 1995. They also indicated they had started seeing this same problem turning up in 1996 models. They also quoted a similar number & recommended using a jasper engine instead of the Ford engine as the warranty is 75,000 miles. I also declined and the van is now sitting parked in my driveway while I continue to make car payments on a vehicle I canã‚??t drive for fear of engine failure. 8nlm.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 15
Failure Date: 09/25/2002

Had oil changed at grayling Ford on September 25. As soon as I pulled in, technician remarked he smelled anti-freeze burning. He checked coolant overflow tank and found it empty. One gallon of coolant was added at that time. He stated I should have my head gaskets checked because that would be the only cause of loss of coolant if I hadn't noticed any leakage, which I haven't. The van has been running good. There has been no indication of any problem, I. E. No check engine light has come on, no overheating. I am concerned that once repair is done on September 26, mechanics will find engine damage leading to a more costly repair. I still make payments and the estimated cost for just the head gasket repair is over $1,000. Engine replacement or other repairs are not included in this estimate. Because my 96 Windstar has the same engine components as those recalled for model years 94-95, I believe Ford should take the same action and recall/reimburse owners of the 96 model who have had the same experience. I have owned nothing but Ford vehicles for the past 25 years and feel my satisfaction should be important to Ford motor company. I look forward to reimbursement of this repair when a recall is issued and that can't be soon enough. This is the second defect I have experienced with my van. The first was a broken front coil spring. Ford should take the same action with the 96 Windstar head gasket problem as it did with the coil spring problem: rectify it with its loyal customers. This may be the last Ford I buy. I am afraid to take it out on the highway again. One footnote: I am a newspaper reporter and may write about this experience as I did with the coil spring. Thank you for this opportunity. Please make Ford do the right thing. Nlm.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 16
Failure Date: 08/28/2002

Problems with minivan stalling, loss of coolant in vehicle. The consumer had also experienced problems with the intake gasket leaking a lot of oil, the engine pump needed replacing, which resulted in a whole new engine being installed.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 17
Failure Date: 05/20/2002

Was having a slow loss of coolant with no visible leakage. Now have a damaged timing cover/gasket ($1,200. 00 repair estimate from a Ford dealer) probably due to engine overheating. Nlm.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 18
Failure Date: 01/10/2002

Vehicle was overheating while driving,. Dealer notified , and replaced water pump and the timing cover. Feel free to provide any further information.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 19
Failure Date: 09/21/2001

No summary listed for above vehicle.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2001

Vehicle is losing coolant and running rough when first started. A quart is added every 800 miles to vehicle. No lights illuminate on dashboard. Coolant smell is coming through exhaust. Dealer was not notified. Please provide more information.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 21
Failure Date: 07/10/2001

Coolant leaked into engine causing complete engine failure blowing the head gaskets and cracking the engine block. When this happened there was a complete power loss in the steering and braking of the vehicle. My wife and two children were in the van at the time of the failure. Fortunatly they were not on the interstate or major highway because theres no telling what the result would have been in this case. I have found out that this is a recalled problem for the 94 and 95 years for the same model that I have but not the 96. This is not just a problem with Windstar but has also happened with the mustangs and lincon town cars which leads me to believe that this is a design error with-in those years in question with many Ford models. This will cost me nearly $4500 to repair as quoted from a Ford dealership and it cost me $80 just to tell me something I already paid for at goodyear, I need a new engine. Seeing that there has been a recall for previous years for this model I would apprieciate it if you could tell Ford to consider recalling the other affected models with this same problem that they know about but refuse to admit.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 22
Failure Date: 03/01/2001

Engine coolant leaks, manufacturer has a TSB on vehicle, but this vehicle is not part of TSB. Contacted dealer.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 23
Failure Date: 02/02/2001

How many of these complaints do you need. We need help. According to your data, this is an obvious problem that will continue to be pushed aside without your help. I am out $1500 and a car while it is being fixed. Thanks. No safety defect listed.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 24
Failure Date: 01/04/2001

I am dissatisfied with the service from Ford on my 1996 Windstar. This is the second time it has been in for service for the same thing. The antifreeze was leaking at a quick pace and Ford ran the pressure test. Said it was the water pump and gasket that needed fixed. This was 2 weeks ago. They told my boyfriend richard morales whose name is on the title of the van that it was fixed. Here it is 1/4/2001 and again we had to take it in for service for the same problem. Ran test again and said it was the head gaskets and #4 cylinder. We already paid $900 and it wasn't fixed the first time. Now they want to charge $1200 to have it fixed and we can't afford to pay more when it should have been fixed the first time around. Also found out Ford has had a recall on all Windstars up to 1995 for the same problem that we are having and they are fixing this for free. As a consumer I feel we are being taken advantage of and this is a safety hazard to myself as well as our children. I am the main driver of this vehicle and I have 2 toddlers. Ford said the van can stop at anytime and I would be stuck. I am very upset and dissatisfied and would like some satisfaction from this company. I feel we are being taken advantage of when Ford knows this is an ongoing problem with this vehicle. Thank you and I await your response.

car image   Engine Cooling System problem of the 1996 Ford Windstar 25
Failure Date: 12/13/2000

Consumer states vehicle is leaking coolant.

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