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1995 Ford Windstar has an intermittent stalling issue.

My van has an intermittent stalling issue. It usually comes up when the car is warm, and at a red light when the car is facing uphill. The other time I notice it is when I try to start it and it's warm (like after a quick stop in the grocery store). In the case of having stopped it, it will start, but stall immediately upon putting it in drive. The only way I know to get it back going when it has done this is to rev the engine high and drop it into drive or reverse (squealing the tires and probably being really hard on the engine). Once it gets moving the problem goes away and may not happen again for weeks. I am assuming it is some sort of fuel issue but I don't know. I replaced 5 out of 6 spark plugs (the 6th I will do later, it was hard to reach and I was tired), and the cables seem okay.

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  • black_cat1 May 07, 2010

    I'm assuming it can't be transmission related based on having had 2 transmissions (and everything that goes along with them) replaced within the last 3 years (the first mechanic so nicely missed what caused the transmission to fail in the first place). I can't say for certain that it won't stall in neutral or park, I guess the difference is I can safely rev the engine high in either of those to get it running again. It's pretty hard to rev it up real high in a parking lot in drive.

    IF it's not a transmission problem (which it could be, but I would rather try other things first) is there something else that may cause it, or any sort of test I could try to find out what may be causing it? I basically have access to any kind of tool I could possibly need, as well as access to detailed service information, the problem I have is I am so inexperienced I know nothing about how to diagnose problems like this.

    Things I replaced recently just in case it matters any are:

    Fuel filter
    Spark plugs (5/6)
    Thermostat

    I think that's it that could be related to this issue.

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If it wont stall in neutral or park it may have a bad torque convertor clutch in the trans causing the engine to stall.

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