Question about 1998 Ford Windstar
Some of the designs used actuator pods that worked on Vacuum. There were plastic clips that held the rod from the Vacuum pod to the manifold runner. If this clip broke you would lose control of the runner.
These runners will soot up and stick if other factors combined to dirty the passages. Ford does make combustion chamber cleaner and other cleaning products. They would be most compatible, some electric controls can be damaged if the wrong chemical is used.
Taking the intake off and cleaning the stuck runners would be the most dependable cure.
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Posted on Jan 08, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A common problem on Windstars, there are two IMRC valves, the only way to fix them is replacement, which is not that hard. They are mounted on the end of the intake manifold and control runner length. There is a front and rear one, I'm not sure which one this is but you'll probably have to go to Ford to buy it and they should be able to tell you with the code number. The problem will not affect driveability that much, but if you have emissions testing at your location, this will likely cause it to fail.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
LOOKING IN CODE BOOK.POSSIBLE CAUSE TO YOUR PROBLEM THE IMRC COULD BE STUCK OPEN.OR THE IMRC ACTUATOR IS DAMAGED OR HAS FAILED.ALSO THE IMRC MONITOR SIGNAL CIRCUIT COULD BE SHORTED TO POWER GROUND OR SHORTED TO SIGNAL GROUND RETURN.
Posted on Oct 23, 2009
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