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Surging while driving

I have a 1998 ford windstar, during acceleration it surges and jerks, i changed the fuel filter, air filter, sprak plugs and wires. I have added several bottles of fuel injector cleaner. During the winter months it is hard to start, once it is warmed up it starts no problem. No codes or engine light.

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  • pssmom2 Jul 06, 2008

    We have the same problem of surging while driving. We did have it tested and it said something bout tranny/clutch. Figured I would check online see if I could find out what is doing it before we change a bunch of stuff.

  • dinggoy Mar 11, 2009

    My 1998 Ford Windstar has the same problem. But it runs fine on freeways like theres no problem until I stopped at the red light and start accelerating it will surge.

  • geddesd Apr 20, 2009

    i am having the same "surging problem" usually when accellerating around 2000-2200 rpms. i have been told that it is a MAP sensor, which monitors or controls the air/fuel flow. i have heard unplugging it will do but i am having trouble locating it......i will keep you posted

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    my datsun 280 zx 1980 starts find idels find at 2000 rpms the engine starts to surge it's like it's running out of gas, it has fuel injectors

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    after filling fuel tank, while driving car coughs, idle very low when not accelerating, starts right up has very rough idle, surges and smells strongly of fuel

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    changed fuel pump,set during winter won't roll down now or it doesn't start



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DO NOT waste your money on tranny solutions!!! I have a 1998 Ford Windstar. About 2 years ago I started noticing a strange almost shaking, jerking serge type of activity when I would get into the "mid-range" (30-50) on the speedometer. I took it to a very trusted mechanic. After about $2000 and several different "tranny solutions", I thought the problem was fixed until about two week later when it suddenly jerked and sputtered AGAIN!! Don't waste your money on tranny issues. (by the way.. my van has also recently had a new tranny put into it and it STILL HAPPENS)

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This is a notorious problem with the Windstars. There are oodles of ground straps in them. Make sure they are all clean and tight. ESPECIALLY THE STARTER GROUND STRAP. If it's loose, the car may just die when you turn up into a driveway or parking lot or just go over a bump. If you notice the "Check Engine" light comes on momentarily, at the time of the surge or the engine kills completely, it's DEFINITELY the starter ground strap! My engine used to kill at odd times -- even when on the freeway going at 75!-- Then we'd go over another bump and SURGE_O_RAMA, the engine's running again or I'd restart it and it would be fine for a while. What's happening is the loose ground strap loses it's connection when you go over a bump in the road. The next bump jogs it back into the connected mode, albeit tenuous at best. All of the computer techs couldn't find the problem. It took a 70-year old seat-of-the-pants mechanic to make the SIMPLE fix. It took so long to find the common-sense mechanic, however, that the down-shot of all of the surging tanked my tranny, which I had to have rebuilt! AND then, after I drove away from the 5-star AAA BBB "transmissing" shop, I found that THEY HAD NOT TIGHTENED ALL OF THE GROUND STRAPS! I took it back. They had no knowledge of ALL 9(?) ground straps and had to take it to THEIR mechanic who tightened them ALL down! It's been 5 years since then and I haven't had another problem with it. RULE OF THUMB: EVERY TIME YOU HAVE THE VAN SERVICED have them tighten-down ALL of the ground straps! If your mechanic doesn't know what you are talking about, go find a new mechanic. Generally, the AAA "Top Shops" are your best bet. They fix things right the FIRST time. I still haven't found a manual that has all of the ground straps listed, by the way.

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