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Engine pinging 1998 Ford Windstar

1998 Ford Windstar v-6 starts out fine but pings when it gets to tempeture, the vehicle does NOT overheat at all but eventually after about 30 min of running sounds like a diesel train. I took to a mechanic but after 4 hours of checking things he said it is 90% chance of being a bad computer. I am not a mechanic but am a working father of 3 boys who has to manage every dime and would like to ask the community their thoughs on this. I am willing to buy and pay to have install but cant afford to keep changing parts. Does anyone have info input or maybe a similar situation?
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Check the ignition timing is spot on , if there is much carbon build up try retarting the timing by a few degrees

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SOURCE: 1997 expedition engine pinging on accelleration

There are alot of things that could cause pinging but the most economical and easiest thing to try first is to clean the MAF sensor.Remove the MAF and clean the sensor bulbs with a good electrical cleaner and light shop air or just let it totally air dry then hook it back up and do several wide open throttle burst to reset the baro readings.

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A couple a things to look for one is to low octane fuel try using prem fuel 2 the ignition timing can be to slow or even to fast try fuel first. You can also get an octane booster from most auto parts store

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SOURCE: 2001 ford windstar makes a "pinging" noise when taking off

pinging noise low octane. mix gasoline half and half.half 87 and half 89.run it severals days if it still ping have it scan to check detonation sensor.a bad detonation sensor will also make car ping alot.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: When my 2002 Windstar is warmed up it starts

Timing is only one of many causes of "pinging".
Before altering the factory setting or connections, please do each of the following:
1. Change your oil and filter.
2. Add fuel system cleaner to your gas tank.
3. Spray fuel injector cleaner into your air intake (after the air filter) while the engine is running. (Do this slowly enough to not stall the engine.)
4. If you use "off-brand" gas, consider adding a $1.00 bottle of Octane Booster - from the Dollar Store.

I suspect that one of the above will correct the problem. If the Octane Booster corrects the problem, then you do have a timing problem (too far advanced). Take it to the Ford dealer and ask if they have a Service Bulletin on the engine due to pinging - and ask how they would alter the timing. Then either do it yourself or pay them a pre-agreed amount to ****** the timing 2 degrees (no more!!)

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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SOURCE: We have a 2000 Windstar with about 145K miles that

Make sure you have proper engine oil in vehicle and oil is clean.I suspect three components being bad. You may have a bad distributor or coil pack. The Fuel injectors like to go bad on these vans. The intake manifolds also like to leak. You can spray carb cleaner around intake front and back ner the gasket and see if it revs up or down. If so replace intake gasket.
You need to identify which cylenders are misfiring. Take one spark plug wire off the coil/distributor with car off. Start the car and see if vehicle runs any worse. If it does run worse that means that cylender is working good. Shut car off and put wire back on. Take the next wite off Then start vehicle does it run the same or worse. If it runs the same than you found the cylender misfing. The inpect plug or wire. If okay supect a bad fuel injector.. If okay look at coil andlook for corosion and do a resitance test. Also due a resistance check on injector. I have seen many injectors go bad on these.

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Before altering the factory setting or connections, please do each of the following:
1. Change your oil and filter.
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