1997 Ford Windstar Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford Windstar

1997 Ford Windstar Problems

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.

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.

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

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1997 Ford Windstar Questions

I just need to know the repair time. Thank you.

I have had it replaced 2 times just this year. Three times within the last two years. What would cause it to go bad so quickly?

At first it would smoke for a few minutes and then stop and run fine. Now, it does not stop emitting a dense whitish gray fog and smokes a little after you turn the engine off. It was running okay when I took it for a tuneup and when I got it back it started making a rattling noise and then chu...

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1997 Ford Windstar Recalls

THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 1995-1998 FORD WINDSTAR MINIVANS. THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS COULD POTENTIALLY FRACTURE DUE TO CORROSION. NOTE: THE 1997-1998 WINDSTAR MINI VAN...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, AND WISCONS...

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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