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Ford Windstar (98) V6 3.0L power loss : While driving since a while suddenly the van begin to lose power. RPMs drops, speed come down slowly but could not increse power when trying to accelerate. Accelerating does nothing, the max RPM gets lower and lower as I drive. Shutting down the engine a few seconds/minutes then restarting, solves the problem temporarily. But a few minutes later problem starts again. Having this happen more often as the weather get hotter (>50-60 F). Also most of the time I could put car in N and rev up with no problem, excepts when I continue driving until RPM refuses go over 1500 and then in N problem remains. ANY IDEADS??? Seems that it maybe some sort of sensor getting hot and causing the power band to drop. Tranny would not kick down to lower gear when trying to accelerate either during this problem. Thanks

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  • lvanproosdij Apr 25, 2010


    Thanks for your answer, I'll try ASAP.For your information, the fuel filter is new, it has just been changed.



  • lvanproosdij Jun 11, 2010

    >dj_relly999
    Thank you. What do you call the "auxiliary fans" ?
    Where are they located ?
    Il faulty, dont they generate a warning with a light on console ?

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Hi! Please check the auxillary fans. The fans may be faulty and weak causing the car's engine to be extremely hot. When hot... engine fails, hard to move or the baddest is that it wont move. Check the coolant level too and add some if necessary. Hope this shed some light. Have a good one!

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Hi there and welcome to Fixya,

In reading your description, I too was leaning towards an intermittent sensor failure (and that my still be a part of it) or a clogged fuel filter.

If it has been run down to the tank almost dry recently, the fuel filter may be the problem.

But the tranny not kicking down added a new possibility.

As soon as I saw that, I went to 'Vacuum Leak'.

Check the vacuum hoses for brittleness, cracks, breaks...
Make sure none are disconnected
(Be careful on this one)
Run the engine with the hood open. Listen for what sounds like, well, a vacuum leak and try to locate it

Let me know what you find out

Best regards
Mike




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