2001 Ford Windstar Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Ford Windstar

2001 Ford Windstar Problems

Vacuum Leaks From Intake Area Causing Lean Condition

The Check Engine Light may illuminate with fault code P0171 and/or P0174 stored, indicating a lean fuel mixture. Our technicians tell us the left valve cover gasket, upper intake gaskets, vacuum line, and bolts may need to be replaced with updated parts to correct this concern.

Knocking Noise Due to Broken Intake Runner

A knocking noise from the upper engine area may indicate a loose intake runner. Our technicians tell us if this is the case, replacement of the upper intake clamshell will be necessary.

Warped Front Brake Rotors Can Cause Steering Wheel Shimmy

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.

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2001 Ford Windstar Questions

How to replace water pump on 3.8L (1 answer)

Van wont start. It turns over quickly but won't start. (1 answer)

There's a half tank of gas in it, the lights turn on so I don't think it's the battery. I don't have a chip in my key so it can't be registering it as a thieving attempt. I'm at a loss. I'm a single mom with 2 kids and this is my only mode of transportation. I need hel...

Do I need permatex sealant for the "idol air control valve" and what type ? (1 answer)

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2001 Ford Windstar Recalls

Rear Axle Fractures Due To Previous Recall Repair

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.

Corrosion May Cause Fractures in the Front Subframe

Certain vehicles currently registered or originally sold in Virginia are being recalled. Corrosion related fractures of the front subframe may occur. The areas in question are the rear attaching brackets for the front lower control arm and the rear body mount attachments. Failure in either area could result in significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the areas in question and perform the necessary repairs. The Ford recall number is 11S16.

Corrosion May Cause the Rear Axle to Crack and/or Break

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.


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2001 Ford Windstar Reviews

We have had this van for 4 years, bought with 80,000 mile. Now at 140,000 it still runs great! Yeah, we had a few problems, but the vehicle has been well worth the $6800 we paid. Brakes are easy to change, atleast on the front. We did have to change the ignition coil, which was a little bit of a challenge, but was not overly hard to do myself. If you have the time and smarts, the 2001 Ford Wind...
I have a 2001 Winstar and every since I got it, the problems never cease to amaze me. I took out a warranty (bumper to bumper) and repaired and replace almost everything. Now this crap of a car is seating in the shop due to all the recalls on it. Had I gotten a 2000 model Ford would of bought it back from me. Now I tell you, DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!
I really hate my windstar.. we just put this new drums ,brakes,rotars,fluid, an the brake lites still come on.We had to replace a coil an the master cyclinder switch caught fire, an i tell ya wish i could afford another vechicle cuze this one would go.. it rusting out even tho we keep it washed an the salt off it in the winter. we have replace at least 12 different sencors an the driver side wi...

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