20 Most Recent 1997 Ford Windstar - Page 7 Questions & Answers


take the fuel pipe off and start the engine to see if fuel is running out could also be carb give it a clean.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Sep 05, 2009


no, you must drop the tank.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Sep 05, 2009


Check you have refitted the spark plug leads in the correct sequence - firing order.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 10, 2009


do not interfere with this AC system ,you may be able to change the fan motor but be careful with the AC pipes ,if the pipe cracks and gas escapes it can cause frostbite in about 1 sec flat .Now the most likely cause of the air flow in the front not working correctly is because either its got a split rubber pipe that connects to the operating valves or the diaphram in one of the valves has split which means a replacement operating valve ,if you listen carefully you mey be lucky and hear a hiss somewhere

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 02, 2009


Hello coreyschwand: My name is Roger and i will answer your question. In order to release the fuel filter you will need a special tool. This is available from any parts store. You will need to push the tool into the cavity of the fuel line to release the fingers. Do not try to pull the lines apart without the tool. You will damage the lock.
Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the quality or your answer as this is how we know you received th answer you wanted. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jul 10, 2009


check brake switch on brake pedal

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jul 01, 2009


Most likely there is a bad diode in the alternator. needs tested.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 24, 2009


even if they are both a 3.8 the answer is no.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 22, 2009


Could be your alternator is not charging the battery. When you changed the battery did you let it run?

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 04, 2009


you could have a vacume hose leaking or your fuel filter is clogged up and is restricting your fuel to the engine. try listining for a hiss under the hood when started. or go to a parts store (autozone, Oreillys, NAPA,etc.., somewere that will hook up a code reader to your car and diagnose the problem that way. it should be free for them to scan your car.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 02, 2009


I have the same issue. their are two things that you can do. One is pricey the other is free. Pricey, you will have to replace you window motor. Around 250 - 300 dollars. Free, and this is what I do. Remove the panel from the door. It just snaps off, except two screws in the bottom of the panel, remove the plastic from the door, on the lower left side of the door, closest to the hinge, you will see the electric motor. While holding the button for the windows in the down position, tap the bottom part of the motor with a hammer or other hard object. What this does is frees up the gearing in the motor, which is more than likely gunked up with filings from the brushes in the motor. I have done this and it has worked for both windows. Hope this helps

1997 Ford... | Answered on May 29, 2009


check with Ford it may have a rev limitor

1997 Ford... | Answered on May 17, 2009


the check engine ligth just means you are not passing emissions right now. Coud be due to loose fill cap at some time, or filling the tank with the key on.
Try disconnecting the battery ground cable for an hour. Then reconnect and drive for 10 miles until computer relearns engine changes. It may run rough for 10 miles.

If still on, go to Autozone and ask them to perform a free computer scan & get the fault code. It will tell you which sysem to check.

1997 Ford... | Answered on May 03, 2009


you need to find your decal on the underside of hood or on the shield above the radiator cooling fan.

1997 PCED OBDII-A SECTION 1A: Description and Operation
Vehicle Emission Control Information Decal Each vehicle has a decal (Figures 1 and 2) containing emission control information that applies specifically to the vehicle and engine. The specifications on the decal are critical to servicing emissions systems.

typical decal
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Figure 1: Typical Vehicle Emission Control Information Decal for 49 States Vehicles




Figure 2: Typical Vehicle Emission Control Information Decal for California Vehicles




Figure 3: Typical Vehicle Emission Control Information Decal for Canadian Vehicles. In addition to the tune-up specifications and procedures, the emission decal shows a color-coded (shown in black and white) schematic of the engine vacuum system. The color coding on the schematic represents the actual color coding on the vacuum hoses. However, there will be instances when a hose color does not match the color on the decal.
Decal Location Typical location of the decal will be on the underside of the hood or the radiator support sight shield.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 15, 2009


Section 01-11: Glass, Frames and Mechanisms 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Door Glass and Regulator, Power Windows Removal
svw~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: IF THE REGULATOR COUNTERBALANCE SPRING MUST BE REMOVED OR REPLACED FOR ANY REASON, MAKE SURE THAT THE REGULATOR ARMS ARE IN A FIXED POSITION PRIOR TO REMOVAL TO PREVENT POSSIBLE INJURY DURING C-SPRING UNWIND.
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and front door inside panel sound insulator (20394). Refer to Section 01-05 .
  1. Remove inside door belt weatherstrip.
  1. Remove front door window glass (21410) as described in this section.
  1. Remove two nut and washer assemblies attaching the window regulator equalizer arm bracket (23230).
  1. Remove four rivets retaining the front door window regulator base plate to door inner panel.
  1. Remove front door window regulator (23200) and front door window channel bracket (23288) from vehicle.
  1. Working on a bench, carefully bend tab flat to remove front door window regulator arm slides from front door window channel bracket.
  1. NOTE: Use care not to break tab; if tab is cracked or broken, replace front door window channel bracket. Make sure rubber bumper is installed properly on new front door window channel bracket, if replacement is made.

    Install new front door window regulator arm plastic guides into front door window channel bracket and bend tab back to 90 degrees.


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Installation
NOTE: The front door window channel bracket and window regulator electric drive (23394) are installed into the vehicle as one assembly. The front door window channel bracket may be disassembled from the window regulator electric drive as described in Door Glass and Regulator, Power Windows .

  1. Install window regulator electric drive with preassembled front door window channel bracket into vehicle. Set the regulator base plate to door inner panel using base plate locator tab as a guide.
  1. NOTE: Two 1/4-20 x 1 inch bolts and two 1/4-20 nut and washer assemblies may be used as alternates for glass retention. However, torque must not exceed 4-7 Nm (35-44 lb-in). Equivalent metric retainers may be used.

    Install four rivets to retain front door window regulator to door inner panel.
  1. Install window regulator equalizer arm bracket.
  1. Lower front door window regulator arms to access holes in door inner panel. Install front door window glass as outlined.
  1. Install inside door belt weatherstrip.
  1. Adjust front door window glass to make sure it is properly aligned with glass run. Check window for smooth operation.
  1. Install front door trim panel and front door inside panel sound insulator. Refer to Section 01-05 .


    Door Glass and Regulator
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Item Part Number Description 1 21410 Front Door Window Glass 2 23288 Front Door Window Channel Bracket 3 23394 Window Regulator Electric Drive 4 23230 Window Regulator Equalizer Arm Bracket 5 222A00 Front Door Glass Run Latch Side Retainer 6 N621906-S36 Nut and Washer 7 N800510-S36 Screw 8 23200 Front Door Window Regulator 9 W525172-S Rivet 10 W525175-S Rivet 11 — Wire Connector (Part of 14630 Wire Assembly) A — Tighten to 7-10 Nm (62-89 Lb-In)

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 15, 2009


if fluid is flowing out the bellows, you need to replace the steering rack assembly. There is no fluid in the area of the inner tie rod. The seal is just before the tie rod.

Steering Gear
The power rack and pinion steering gear is serviced as a power steering short rack (3L547). The front wheel spindle tie rods (3280) and tie rod ends (3A130) are serviced individually. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • The power rack and pinion steering gear incorporates quick connect fittings for the power steering pressure hose (3A719) and power steering return hose (3A713) that allow the lines to swivel. This is normal and does not indicate loose fittings.
  • If the fittings leak, check to make sure they are tightened to 14-20 Nm (10-14 lb-ft). Do not overtighten.
  • If the leak is not corrected, replace the fitting seals.
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Section 11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Tie Rod End Steering Gear Installed
Removal
  1. Remove and discard cotter pin and nut from worn tie rod end (3A130).
  1. Disconnect tie rod end from front wheel knuckle (3K185), using Tie Rod End Remover TOOL-3290-D or equivalent.
  1. Hold tie rod end with a wrench and loosen tie rod end jam nut.
  1. Note depth to which tie rod end was located by using the jam nut as a marker. Grip tie rod end with a pair of suitable pliers and remove tie rod end from front wheel spindle tie rod (3280).
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11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Steering Gear Removal
  1. Raise vehicle on a twin post hoist and remove wheel and tire assemblies. Refer to Section 00-02 .


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  1. Support vehicle with jackstands under front jack pads.
  1. Remove tie-rod end cotter pins and nuts and remove tie rod ends (3A130) from front wheel knuckle (3K185). Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Remove front stabilizer bar (5482). Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Disconnect heated oxygen and catalyst monitor sensors.
  1. Support flex pipe.
  1. Remove bolts and disconnect flex pipe from the converter.
  1. Raise dash opening steering column opening weather seal (3513) (secondary) above the steering gear housing (3548).
  1. Remove pinch bolt retaining steering column intermediate shaft coupling (3A525) to power steering gear input shaft and control (3D517) and disconnect the shaft.
  1. Remove nuts from steering gear-to-front subframe retaining bolts. Remove bolts.
  1. Remove rear subframe-to-body retaining bolts.
  1. Lower twin post hoist carefully until rear of subframe (5R003) separates from body, approximately four inches.
  1. Remove heat shield band and fold shield down.
  1. Rotate power rack and pinion steering gear to clear bolts from front subframe (5C145) and pull left to facilitate line fitting removal.
  1. Place a drain pan under vehicle and remove line fittings.
  1. Remove power rack and pinion steering gear through LH wheel well.
  1. Remove and discard the O-rings.
Installation
  1. Install new Teflon® O-rings on line fittings as outlined.
  1. Place steering gear retaining bolts in steering gear housing.
  1. Install power rack and pinion steering gear through LH wheel well.
  1. Install power steering line fittings to power rack and pinion steering gear.
  1. Position power rack and pinion steering gear into front subframe.
  1. Install ******** heat shield.
  1. Install tie-rod ends to front wheel knuckle. Install nuts and new cotter pins. Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Install LH front stabilizer bar. Refer to Section 04-01 .
  1. Install steering gear to subframe mounting nuts. Tighten to 115-135 Nm (85-99 lb-ft).
  1. Raise hoist until rear subframe contacts body.
  1. Install rear subframe to body retaining bolts. Tighten to 113-153 Nm (83-112 lb-ft).
  1. Install exhaust system flex tube to dual converter Y pipe (5F250) and remove flex tube support.
  1. Connect heated oxygen and catalyst monitor sensors.
  1. Install tire and wheel assemblies. Tighten lug nuts (1012) to 115-142 Nm (85-104 lb-ft).
  1. Using a new pinch bolt, install the steering column intermediate shaft coupling on the power steering gear input shaft and control and the lower steering column shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt to 34-46 Nm (25-33 lb-ft).
  1. Position steering column opening weather seal (secondary) over the steering gear housing. Tighten nuts to 4.5-6.3 Nm (40-55 lb-in).
  1. Remove jackstands and lower vehicle.
  1. Fill power steering oil reservoir (3A697) with Premium Power Steering Fluid E6AZ-19582-AA or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESW-M2C33-F. Refer to Section 11-00 .
  1. Check system for leaks and proper operation.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 15, 2009


Check battery voltage (should be at least 12v at battery and starter terminal) If 12v, check to see if you can turn the engine by hand (ign off) If you can't then it's locked up. (internal problem) Also, starter may be defective...just because its in a box, dosen't mean it's good (sad fact)
Hope it's a bad unit...better than a doa engine!!!
Good luck with it!

1997 Ford... | Answered on Apr 05, 2009


have you had ur manual lever switch replaced on the trannie???

1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 31, 2009


If you are replacing the factory radio just get a wire adapter, wire it to you radio and plug in. I don't recommend any other way unless someone already cut the plug. If so just stop at your usual mechanic and ask for a wire diagram I know I would give one to my customers.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Mar 23, 2009

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