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i have a 99 windstar that we replaced motor from a 2001 windstar. still have 99 transmission. will this work? If not why? what is the difference.
'99 Windstar, 3.8 hard to start and after driving rough idle or won't start until engine cools down. Found both IMRC rods off. Will this cause the problems I am having? Codes are P1518, 0171 and 0174.
the fluid was being thrown around after landing on the belt, it's causing the alternator to 'short out' making me think the alternator was going out at first.
Ive replaced Egr valve and IAC valve and downstream o2 sensors and problem remains
dash panel lights flashing off and on
Bought van used steering colum was tampered with no horn hard to shift. Was driving last night went to park had to reajust. Couldn't put it into reverse so had to put in nutral ...tried to put it into drive wouldn't go ...put it into Overdrive...can't put it into Park....therfore can't start it..
I put in a new fuel filter new battery new starter new alternater haven't checked codes next I'll change plugs and wires but the lights dim out and engine stalls out I checked the alternator and it's good .
When I apply the breaks for more than 5 seconds or so before the vehicle stops, it makes a metal popping sound and the brakes ease up a bit and lock back in hard. It's like a gear that skips over a cog but hits the next one hard. Any ideas what it could be?
.Brake lights work when I brake..turn signals work ..I have checked the fuses..not really sure if I know exactly even after reading manuel if i know which fuses and or if relay is problem. Also replaced 4 of 6 bulbs in rear..the top and bottom on each side..please help
I would like to fix temporarily so that I can drive 150 mi. home or bypass security permant;y.
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