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1998 Ford Windstar 3.8...a few problems... 1) drive belt keeps slipping off 2) smoking coming from under hood on side of engine where belt is, temp gauge not showing hot and smelling a bit like coolant 3) speedometer/odometer stopped working but all other gauges including RPM works 4)van wants to die when coming to a stop or slowing to turn...not every time but a lot 5) right turn signal don't work and makes a funny noise if flipped up all the way but works and no noise if hold it just below the point where it stays on by itself

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Hi, 1 & 2 sounds like you need a water pump.
3: probably the vehicle speed sensor has packed up.
4: could be a number of things, vacuum leak or maybe idle air control valve
5: replace switch.

I can provide specifics on any and all of these depending an what you want to tackle.
Why don't you replace the water pump first, as that may make it drivable. Would you like instructions for replacing the water pump?

water pump is $80
speed sensor is $35
turn switch is $56

Thanks for using FixYa

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