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1996 Ford Windstar

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1996 Ford Windstar Problems

Brakes -- Verified

Warped front brake rotors may cause the steering wheel to shimmy when the brakes are applied. Our technicians tell us the brake rotors and pads should  be replaced to correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

Engine -- Verified

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White smoke coming from the exhaust and an illuminated Check Engine Light could indicate the head gasket has blown.

1996 Ford Windstar Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 10, 1997

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES AND MINI VANS. TEARING OF THE BOND BETWEEN THE INNER AND OUTER HOOD PANELS DURING MINOR FRONT END COLLISIONS CAN RESULT IN A GAP AT THE LEADING EDGE OF THE HOOD. AIR FORCED BETWEEN THE INNER AND OUTER PANELS CAN PRODUCE ENOUGH PRESSURE TO FORCE THE OUTER PANEL UPWARD.

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Brakes, May 10, 2002

Summary: ON CERTAIN MINIVANS ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. DURING ASSEMBLY, SOME BRAKE LINES WERE INSTALLED IN A TWISTED POSITION, CAUSING CONTACT WITH THE DASH PANEL INSULATOR ABOVE THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER. THIS CONTACT COULD ABRADE THE BRAKE LINE CORROSION PROTECTION, CONSEQUENTLY, SALT OR WATER ABSORBED IN THE DASH PANEL INSULATOR WOULD PROMOTE CORROSION. THIS CORROSION COULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO A LEAK IN THE BRAKE LINE.

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Drive Train, July 17, 1996

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Ford has recalled certain 1996 Taurus, Windstar, and Mercury Sable vehicles for an issue with the park pawl mechanism in the transaxle. There is a roll pin that may not have gone through the park pawl shaft correctly. In some cases, the vehicle may not be securely in "Park," which may cause it to roll unexpectedly. Dealers will inspect the park pawl shaft roll pin, and if it's found to be damaged, they will replace it and the park pawl shaft.

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Drive Train, September 23, 1996

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Ford has recalled certain 1996-1997 Taurus, Windstar, Mercury Sable, and Lincoln Continental vehicles for a concern with the park mechanism in the transmission. The park pawl mechanism may not engage even though the shifter indicates the vehicle is in "Park." This could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly and cause a crash or injury. Dealers will repair the parking pawl bracket in the transaxle.

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Electrical & Lights, July 19, 2000

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Expedition, Explorer, F150, and Windstar vehicles because they were improperly outfitted with daytime running lamps certified for use in Canada. These daytime running lamps do not meet U.S. motor vehicle code requirements. Dealers will deactivate the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles.

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1996 Ford Windstar Questions and Answers

kmander12001, 1996 Ford Windstar, Alliance, OH

my van needs a antifreeze plug put in. I know I was told the engine would have to come out to put it in but want to know the cost.

sixgunner41, 1996 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, Lakewood, CA

I DID NOT SEE ANYTHING ON INTAKE MANIFOLDS. MINE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW MUCH IT SHOULD COST??

sixgunner41, 1996 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, Lakewood, CA

MY WINDSTAR ALWAYS SMELLS HOT BUT THE TEMP GAGE IS IN THE NORMAL POSITION AFTER IT GETS TO OPPERATING TEMP. IS THIS A NORMAL THING WITH WINDSTARS??

sixgunner41, 1996 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, Lakewood, CA

ACCCORDING TO THE FORD DELAR, MY INTAKE MANIFOLD NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. REPLACEING THE GASKETS, THEY SAY, WILL NOT SOLVE THE LEAKAGE PROBLEM. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS SHOULD COST?? THEY SAY THE PA...

sixgunner41, 1996 Ford Windstar, 3.8L V6, Lakewood, CA

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overall not a bad vehicle.

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