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About Ford Windstar

Ford Windstar, as a minivan, was produced by the great American multinational automaker Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2004. The first Ford Windstar introduced in the 1995 model year was designed to replace the Ford Aerostar and marked the transition from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive layouts. Campaigned with an emphasis on and reputation for safety, Ford Windstar was manufactured for two generations as the third-generation Ford Windstar started in 2004 model year was renamed as Ford Freestar.
The first-generation Ford Windstar (1994-1998) was released in March 1994 as a 1995 model. It featured an extensive list of standard equipment and sleek design, front-wheel layout and better car-like handling. There were base GL, high-end LX and Limited trim levels as well as a cargo version called Cargo Van available for it. Ford Windstar then was powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine rated at 150 horsepower and a 3.8 L V6 engine cranking out 155 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Both engines were paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Then the second-generation Ford Windstar (1999-2003) was introduced in the summer of 1998 as an early 1999 model. It then was offered in base, LX, SE, SE Sport, SEL and Limited trim levels as well as the Cargo Van. The 3.0 L and 3.8 L V6 engines were retained but it added a new 4-speed automatic transmission.

Ford Windstar Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Reputed for reliability, Ford Windstar generally serves a family's needs just fine. Once you do have a Ford Windstar for family use, you have more needs to learn about these as they have a close relationship with you and your families' safety:
First, engine failure. This is a common problem on any vehicle including Ford Windstar, but you should be alert about this issue as it may cause fatal consequence to your vehicle. According to Ford Windstar drivers, when the vehicle reached about 100,000 miles, the engine failure would be its main issue. Specific symptoms of this problem include impact noises, excessive engine movement and a rough running or backfiring engine. And overheating due to leaking coolant deteriorate engine performance so that a decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy arise together. Thus, once these signs even activate the Check Engine Light, you had better inspect the Windstar engine mount, motor and transmission mount, intake manifold gasket, crankshaft gear, thermostat and throttle body gasket.
Second, issues about braking, steering, suspension and transmission systems. Every system in Ford Windstar is crucial for a safe and comfortable driving experience. As time passes by, the problem in braking system in Ford Windstar would often manifest as rear brakes being locked up, especially on wet surfaces and brake proportioning valve is often the culprit. As for steering failure, you could sense this issue if the steering tilt could not be locked, audible clicking or grinding sounds while turning and roughly operated steering wheel, and the Windstar upper steering column bearing should be swapped out. And you can attribute suspension and transmission failures to broken sway bar kit and transmission pan.
However, an overall excellent Ford Windstar needs routine maintenance to sustain. Horn is designed to warn others on the roads of your presence; windshield wiper is used for clearing off debris on the windshield to offer better driving visibility; door lock actuator is responsible for keeping your property from being stole; hood latch offers convenience and cabin air filter could filter contaminants in air and vent healthy fresh air into the cabin; all of these are crucial for a safe and comfortable driving environment, thus, you had better put them on your routine maintenance list.
You may overlook the fact that OEM Ford Windstar auto part is the key point in how to make sure your Ford Windstar lives longer. Precise fitment, optimum performance are their basic features. happens to offer a broad selection of genuine Ford Windstar auto parts at the lowest price online. These OEM Windstar parts are covered by the manufacturer's warranty, hassle-free return policy and fastest delivery service, so, you can shop with confidence now!