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

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

by in Grapeview, WA on November 08, 2010
1 answer
ANSWER by , November 08, 2010
crazychefpatti, 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: http://repairpal.com/directory?address=98546&car_brand_names=Ford Good luck!