1996 Ford E-250 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Ford E-250
1996 Ford E-250 Problems
This concern relates specifically to the E4OD and 4R100 automatic transmissions. Transmission fluid leaking from the front of the transmission bell housing may also be accompanied with shifting and transmission engagement issues. This is often caused by transmission overheating and is the sign of a significant internal transmission problem. The superficial cause is the failure of the front pump seal of the transmission. The immediate repair is to remove the transmission, replace the front pump and seal, replace all fluid with the transmission filter, and verify proper flow through the transmission fluid lines and cooler. It is also recommended to make sure the vehicle is not pulling a load that is heavier than the gross vehicle weight limits because this can cause the transmission to overheat. Depending on the transmission's mileage, this can also be a good time to consider a complete overhaul or replacement with a remanufactured unit, as often just the pump and seal replacement is a short lived remedy.
The front end may make a rattle noise over bumps. There may be handling issues, and play in the front wheels on inspection. If there is up and down movement on the front wheels while the lower control arms are being supported, inspect the upper and lower ball joints for excessive play. These are prone to failure from moisture entry and lack of lubrication. The ball joints should be replaced as needed.
Electrolysis can cause repeated failures of the heater core and radiator. The diagnosing technician should check for voltage present in the coolant, with the battery disconnected, because electrical current in the coolant causes electrolysis. Corroded or deteriorated parts should be replaced, and the coolant should be flushed. Ground straps can be added to help prevent future corrosion of components.
1996 Ford E-250 Questions
i havent driven it. I'm thinking it about purchasing it tomorrow. i just want your best opinion.
you can open it or lock/unlock from inside, but cannot get the door open from the outside....is it likely that just the cable is broken or disconnected or the actuator? these are manual locks. help!
van overheats and fluid pours out.
1996 Ford E-250 Recalls
1996 Ford E-250 Reviews
keep on driving. my e250 is going strong with 387,689 miles on it. i've had to replace the tranny twice and am now fixing the tailhousing bushing and seal, the 5.8 v8 is strong. i've replaced the radiator, waterpump, and two serpentine belts. changed the fluids regularly and lubed.