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1999 ford windstar sensor problems on 3.8 engine

My windstar is having a problem with the RPM's rev ving too high when I shift
from park to reverse or drive. It causes to car to **** whenever changing gears
on the automatic transmission

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  • ourfreedom Aug 24, 2008

    I have a 1996 Ford Windstar GL with a 3.8L engine. I resently purchased this vehicle and have been working out the small kinks. What I can not get resolved is the idle whenever the air conditioning compressor is on and when I come to a stop, it sort of kicks(jolts) as it slows down. I hope I have given you enough to understand what is going on...Thank You! Brad H



    My van also has the high rpm's when it starts up. If I wait, the RPM goes to 800 and it is not as difficult to shift into a gear. This is a temporary solution but hopefully someone smarter can resolve our problems here...

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Old oil filter but it worked before installation.

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    transmission does not automatically shift into third, just revs like in nuetral. will engage if going down a hill and let off the gas than slowly giving gas. reverse very weak

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I have a 2004 Pontiac Aztek, whenever we're at a stop and then have to accelerate the engine will rev but the car will not move. I have to put it in park and then back into drive before it will go. This was before and after we just had the Transmission rebuilt.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    have change transmission several times but front seal and shifting in low gears is erratic.

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Iac valve is sticking remove valve and clean the shaft so it moves freely. This is a very easy fix.

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