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How often does a Foed Windstar need a tune up?:

The vehicle is a 1999 Ford Windstar 3.8L 6 cylinder engine was bought used in relatively good condition so I could care for my mother in her last battle w cancer (otherwise, I'd have replaced my Chevy truck with another truck). I bought it about 4 years ago. Anyway, during the initial six or seven months, about 3/4 of the mileage was highway. The rest of the miles put on the vehicle were around a town in a semi-rural county. After that, the mileage was about 2/3 highway and 1/3 city, although the highways in Michigan might often win in a competition against dirt and gravel roads for the title of "Most Rugged". The Windstar had about 90K miles on it when I bought it; mileage now reads a bit over 130K. In March of 2011, a local auto repair business (who shall remain unnamed at this point, re-situated the serpentine belt when a sprind holding it to a major lower engine component popped loose. They also replaced the fixed-against-the-firewall metal return pipe, repairing a major power steering system leak, thank God. They also replaced the rack and pinion and steering linkage, possibly wheel bearings, and some other front-end stabilzer and steering parts. Unfortunately, the steering wheel shook afterward and they claimed their work had nothing to do with that. I drove it as little as possible afterwards as neighbors vandalized the car next. The poor car sat about 7 months, from April 2012 through November of 2012. Not remembering my prior fuel-injection car experience, I failed to disconnect the battery (now replaced) and drive the car often enough to get the tires evenly round and heated up. The shake did get better when I evened out the air pressure in all the tires. The power-steering seems weaker and the vehicle requires more muscle to handle and maneuver. Maybe I just got a bit weaker driving the small fries I was forced to borrow in the mean time. The heat, which worked well when I did warm it up and run the engine in March and April, now does not work at all on any setting. Thermostat replacement and cooling system flush time perhaps? Last, but possibly not least, the van . I think the Windstar is past due for a tune-up, a possible alignment or tire replacement and a good look at the suspension and frame from underneath. Mileage is down about 10-15%. I now ( living and learning are as costly as death and taxes ) know better about caring for poor babies when they have to spend any serious down time. But my housemate ( who sees it as "He's a MALE; therefore I should take his advice as GOSPEL") and as well, I should ignore all other advice, male or female. By the way, the van also stalls out occasionally, warm or cold, when the RPM slows down ( as in when I come off a fifteen minute highway run and need to park it ). Last, but possibly not least, the van did not sit because it needed any repairs other than the steering wheel shake. Thank you very kindly for any advice or knowledge you may share or have regarding maintenance schedules and needs of this vehicle. Anything you may have to suggest about the wheel shake would also be greatly appreciated. With sincere thanks, Marais

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To be honest here & not to be hurtful in any way

I would get rid of it

I have a long list of reasons why,again to be
kind,I will just say that vehicle had a lot of issues

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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SOURCE: 99 windstar leaking power steering fluid

all the boot does is keep dirt from getting to the lip seal if its leaking youl atleast need to replace seal and boot i think on that model youl need a specialty inner tie rod tool to remove before you can get the seal out. if it was me i believe id replace the whole rack if you plan on keeping the rig long hope this helps please rate me thanks

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Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: can't find coolant leak

This sounds like you have two problems: a vacuum leak and a coolant leak. First the hissing sound you are hearing is more than likely a slow vacuum leak caused by a disintegrating rubber PCV elbow. The length of the PCV tube is mostly plastic with a foam rubber insulator. At each end are rubber connectors that joint an engine vacuum port (near the throtle body) to the PCV valve. The "connectors" are made of a cheap rubber that disintegrates with the presence of oil. Replace the tube with an updated part number from Ford. These are easy to over look and often missed. Next, the coolant over heating issue. I would have the system pressure tested by an independent, reputable Radiator shop. Nowadays most technicians use an infarred thermo-sensing device (you can get yourself one at Sears for about 70 bucks). You should start the vehicle and allow it warm-up normally. Once the vehicle has been running long enough check the difference in temperature of the thermostat housing (looking at the transverse-mounted engine the front of the motor is facing the passengers side of the vehicle, the thermostat housing is on the drivers' side just under the coil-pack for the ignition) and the upper portion of the radiator. Keep in mind the thermostat is the most common leak point for these engines. If there is a major difference and the radiator is relativly cold, then the radiator is plugged and needs to be replaced or this could indicate the thermostat is stuck closed. If the upper radiator hose is hot and feels firm, then I would suspect the radiator being plugged. If the Hose feels relatively cool and soft, I would suspect the thermostat.

My guess is that the thermostat housing is leaking. This is a very common problem with these. If you find that the housing is leaking, you should also find that there is probably stagnant coolant on the top of the bell housing of the transaxle, located directly beneath the thermostat housing. At this point you should replace the thermostat housing, thermostat and gasket (usually sqaure rubber).

Hope this gives some direction and helps you!

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Bob, yes you can adjust the steering box with out problem.

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