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1998 Ford Windstar Question: what causes knocking, then smoking from the engine, then eventual shutdown



crazychefpatti, Grapeview, WA, November 08, 2010, 20:16

while driving my van every time i stepped on the gas it would make a wierd terrible knocking noise and then while driving, my engine started smoking, then it died and would not start again

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    November 09, 2010, 01:21


    Your concerns seem serious - I am thinking that damage could already be done. The engine could have been overheating. An overheating 3.8L V6 like that which is likely in your Windstar can make a knocking noise. And this engine is also very succeptale to head gasket failure when overheating.

    See a local shop that can help you ASAP. Here are some to choose from...click this link:


    Good luck!

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