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2000 Ford Windstar's RPM's 'jumping' and engine is ticking

I have a 2000 Ford Windstar, and I've noticed a major problem while parking and driving at low revs. When I first turn the van on, and let it warm up, everything is fine. However, when I lower the handbrake, pull the transmission lever down to drive, and pull away, the car jumps from 1k to 1.5k RPM within a second and back down 1k. This happens while I'm reversing as well. A really dangerous problem, that repeats itself at least 10 times every time the revs drop below 2k. I should also note, just before the RPM's jump, there is a very low-pitched screeching noise that kicks in(the throttle). Furthermore, there is a constant ticking noise when the car is idle. The noise is present all the way up to about 2.8k RPM and then it kinda blends in.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Mar 31, 2014

    Scratch that. Once revs drop below 1k they start jumping over 1k to 1.5k.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Apr 02, 2014

    Hello, after driving around for a couple of days, I realized the problem is more severe than it sounded. Whenever the RPM's drop below 1k, they don't jump because they drop too low, they drop because of the steering wheel.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Apr 02, 2014

    Whenever I turn my steering wheel three quarters of the way to the right or to the left, the car jolts forwards from .6k RPM to 1,2k RPM. Parking is a nightmare. Driving at low speeds is a nightmare. My foot has to constantly be on top of the brake during congestion. Even when the brake is engaged, the car will still jolt forwards.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Apr 02, 2014

    Urgent help is needed. Thank you in advance, and thank you Thomas Merrill for the previous suggestion. The ticking has now stopped.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Apr 20, 2014

    Hello guys, follow-up on the problem. The steering wheel has a buffer of 10 degrees from the left and to the right. Basically, there is no input from the right or the left for 10 degrees of rotation. It feels like a scene from a 50s movie, turning the steering wheel back and forth with no consequence.

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Apr 20, 2014

    I'll make a video and insert here by tomorrow. Any advice/input is appreciated. Thank you in advance.



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Bad spark plug or wire. Observe it while running at night to see if spark is jumping.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

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    Muscle Car Fanatic Mar 31, 2014

    Does the spark plug pertain to the constant ticking noise the engine is making, the revs 'jumping', or both?



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