Question about Ford Windstar
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: car keep shutting down
SOUNDS LIKE THE IDLE AIR VALVE IS CARBONED UP TRY SPRAYING CARBURETOR CLEANER INTO AIR INTAKE AT THE THRUTTLE BODY WHILE HOLDING IDLE SPEED AROUND 1500 TO 1900 RPMS USUALLY AFTER SPRAYING FOR SEVERAL MINUTES ABOUT HALF A CAN THE PROBLEM WILL BE FIXED ...IF THIS DOES NO GOOD YOU MAY HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE DEALER TO HAVE THE IDLE SPEED REPROGRAMED IN THE ECM WITH THE DEALERS DIAGNOSTIC SCAN TOOL....USUALLY FOR AROUND 50 TO 60 BUCKS HOPE THIS HELPS
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
The tach suddenly falling to zero while driving is a classic symptom of the notorious distributor failure in the 1993-94 Probe GTs. There is a part in the distributor called the ignitor that is failing because they were not made to withstand the high heat conditions of the Probe GT engine compartment. Unfortunately, Ford does not sell ignitors and they charge an insane price for a new distributor.
The easiest solution is to buy a replacement disty. The problem is that many of the rebuilt distys sold by auto parts stores also have ignitors that will soon fail. There is an outfit with an eBay store called the Distributor King that sells replacement distys with upgraded ignitors. The distys they sell are manufactured by Richporter Technology and the model that works on a '93 PGT is number MZ25 ( thats the manufacturer's number, not Distributor King's). You might try checking the price on eBay then google the part number and see if you can find it at a better price elsewhere. There are also other vendors on eBay that say they sell the same identical disty for less than Distributor King. You could email them and ask who makes their distys.
If you are handy and have some time on your hands there is a way to jury rig a replacement for the ignitor for about $20. There is a detailed discussion of that here.
Posted on May 16, 2009
If the mounts are okay and you are getting a hard slam it could be the TFT (Transmission Fluid Temp sensor in the trans pan) or the Pressure control solenoid in the valve/control body.
Posted on Oct 24, 2009
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