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1997 ford windstar sudenly dumped its coolant into the oil pan and overheated.didn't notice any white smoke. could it be the intake manifold? the van had been useing a small amount of coolant for quite some time so i put some additive in the coolant for this and it worked good for a few months till this happened. thanks paul

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Is it a 3.8? they were famous for head gasket failures and that what that sounds like.

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I had my intake manifold gasket change along with the valve cover gasket. White smoke is still coming out of tailpipe?


White smoke may indicate an internal coolant leak or low coolant reservoir levels. Coolant leaks can also leak into the oil of your car causing it to be frothy or milky looking smoke. You might have a cracked head gasket, engine block, or cylinder head which are all caused by overheating.

Dec 17, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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2000 Windstar, 3.8L, suddenly started smoking. Pulled over and opened hood only to find that most of my oil had dumped out on the ground. I shut it off before and internal damage. Had it towed home to


Check your PCV valve (Positive Crankcase Ventilator). Normally located on a valve cover with a hose to the intake manifold. Remove it and shake it and if it does not have a rattling noise and is clogged, the valve is defective and not allowing pressure that builds up in the engine to be released through the intake manifold thereby forcing engine oil through any loose "exit" such as the dip stick tube or loose valve cover bolts, etc. This valve allows the engine to "breath" so to speak. No rattle...replace...not expensive as compared to what damage it can cause. Good luck...Ken

Jan 05, 2015 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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Ticking & white smoke after replaced intake gasket


Sounds like coolant getting into the combustion chamber. Potential causes in order of significance: Intake manifold gasket (might not have been done right), Head gasket(s), cracked cylinder head, or, cracked engine block. Check the oil. If it looks like chocolate milk it means the coolant and oil are mixing

Dec 30, 2013 | 1998 Chevrolet Astro Van

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Water pump failed. Car overheated. Engine lost power. Car smoke out from back of engine and from rear of car. I replaced water pump. Car still smokes when I drive it. Still has no power.


Notorious for intake leaks, the composite plastic intakes crack and leak coolant-as to the lack of power, you mght have overheated it and done some damage to the engine. There was a recall (information below) for the 4.6 for the intake-the overheating and lack of power means you should at least have compression checked and go from there-you may have bad head gaskets or worse. Do a compression test before you do anything else.

Ford Motor Company will extend the recall (01M02) on 4.6L V8 equipped vehicles with plastic intake manifolds. Some of the composite intake manifolds used on 4.6L SOHC engines may develop fatigue cracks at the coolant crossover duct. This condition could result in engine coolant leakage which, if not serviced, may cause engine overheating. Complete loss of coolant may result in engine damage or engine failure.
The updated recall now includes:
• Certain 1996 through 2001 Model Year Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
• Certain 1998 through 2001 Model Year Crown Victoria with Taxi
• Certain 1998 through 2001 Lincoln Town Car Limousine and Livery Prep Package
• Certain 1996-2001 Crown Victoria Taxis, Police cars and Lincoln Town Car Limousine and Livery cars.
• Certain 1996 through 1997 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant from the beginning of production for the 1996 Model Year through January 28, 1997.
• Certain 1998 through 2001 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997 through December 15, 2000.
• Certain 1998 through 2001 Crown Victoria Taxi Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997 through December 15, 2000.
• Certain 1998 through 2001 Lincoln Town Car Limousine Prep Package and Livery Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the Wixom Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997 through December 15, 2000.

Sep 23, 2011 | 2001 Ford Crown Victoria

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Sir, My ford windstar 1998 give me the code P0174,sytem too lean(bank2), can you tell me what the problem is , it gives a heavy white smoke when i start the engine . just put a new cylinder head gasket...


It's an intake gasket. Another option, however rare is the air flow meter. But not likely. The white smoke is most likely antifreeze leaking into either a cylinder, or the intake and entering a cylinder, exiting as white smoke. The bad intake gasket (or intake manifold) could be causing both problems. I'd try a new set of gaskets and just the upper half of the intake manifold.

Jun 10, 2010 | 2001 Ford Windstar

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How can i tell if my ford windstar needs the head gaskets changed?


overheating, white smoke from tail pipe(ignore this one during cold weather), oil is light brown or milky looking which indicates water in the oil, and of course loosing coolant when there is no coolant leak

Dec 30, 2009 | 1995 Ford Windstar

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Wont start


yea the white smoke,low coolant and probably overheating. sounds like poss cracked head or head gasket... intake maybe but i think thats wishful thinking...

Jul 31, 2009 | 1997 Buick LeSabre

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Coolant is black in 2000 ford winstar


Flush the coolant system and replace with new antifreeze.

Jun 02, 2009 | 2000 Ford Windstar

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Hard starting


white smoke often indicates a blown head gasket.... what's the level of the antifreeze... if you are checking it by removing the rad cap... make sure it's cold first

Jan 26, 2009 | 1997 Ford Windstar

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