1998 Ford Windstar Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Ford Windstar

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1998 Ford Windstar
$318 to $798
1998 Ford Windstar
$892 to $1,830
1998 Ford Windstar
$251 to $647
1998 Ford Windstar
$411 to $846
1998 Ford Windstar
$251 to $725

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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.

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.

I was investagating the ABS indicator light on the van and why it stays on. During this time I was going through and fixing a few other things that had stopped working and one of them was the drivers side door power lock and also the passenger side power door lock, I aslo had trouble with the interior lights flashing while I was driving. I decide to change the lock assemble in both front doors to fix the power lock feature and be able to use t...

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The rear axle may fracture as a result of having brackets previously installed improperly. These brackets were installed during a previous recall campaign. Dealers will inspect the brackets to verify their proper installation, and will replace the rear axle if they are found to be installed improperly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Certain vehicles currently registered or originally sold in Virginia are being recalled. Over time, corrosion can weaken the rear axle making it susceptible to torsional stress. This can lead to cracks, increasing the risk of complete fracture of the rear axle. A fractured axle can affect vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the rear axle and install rear axle reinforcement brackets or replace the axle as necessary. The Ford recall number is 10S13.


Ford is recalling 1998–2003 Windstar models manufactured or registered in twenty-two Eastern and Midwestern states due to corrosion on the rear axle, which makes it susceptible to torsional stress. This can cause the axle to crack, and even break entirely, which can affect vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash. Dealers in the affected states will inspect and potentially install rear axle reinforcement brackets, free of charge. For a list of the affected U.S. states, call Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

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I am 3rd owner has over 200,000 ,not bad performance wise, just afew bugs.

I picked up my 1995 windstar in fall 2010 with 69,500 miles on it. It only has 3 spots of rust, the front end is real tight, interior is showroom new, some minor dents and dings on the body. The rear bearings were a little loose. I love it. 25mpg on highway and good highway power. I feel it lacks a little on the take off, but over all, not bad for a 16 year old 5,500 pound family wagon.

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