I purchased a 2002 Windstar in 2002 with less than 19,000 miles on it. It now has just slightly over 59,000. Just prior to Christmas 2011, it started being hard to start and would frequestly miss when driven at high speeds. Redlands Ford mechanics replaced the fuel pump. It worked fine for about 3 ekks and again was hard to staart. To make a long story short, they have replaced the fuel pump 4 times and some kind of a monitor once. Within two weeks of the last replacement, it started acting up again. It is very difficult to start, sometimes taking up to 15 seconds. I took it back in last evening for work today, and when I called to check on the progress I was told they could find nothing wrong, and sent me packing. This is a bunch of bull, for even after setting idle for as little as 3-4 hours, I would have to wind it up much longer than for a normal start. I am frustrated and very upset with Redlands Ford. I need help.
Country: United StatesMake: FordModel: Windstar LxYear: 2002
5 trips to the Ford garage
I would start with checking for trouble codes. Next I would clean the throttle body and the IAC. If carbon builds up it can cause idle issues and the IAC(idle air control) can cause poor idle /no start. These also can have misfire issues caused from the coil failing . Very common for my dealership to replace the intake manifold gaskets, spark plug wires and the coil pack. we get many windstars
I would say check the fuel pressure and see if there is a bleed down issue but after 4 pumps I hope they got it right and fuel is not an issue. It would be nice to do an injector flow test to make sure no injector bleeding down causing the long start.
A scanner with live data really makes the difference with diagnosis
let me know what has been replaced or services have been done
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if you have a fuel pressure gauge you can check fuel pressure when the long crank/hard start happens. If it bleeds down we will see if, should have good fuel pressure right away. I would also check the EGR, if it sticks it could cause a vacuum leak and hard starting. The EGR and IAC are known to accumulate carbon that can cause them to stick. I use a pipe brush and spray cleaner.
I just saw a taurus with an intermittent misfire rough running issue. No codes. The tech checked plugs, wires intake manifold for leaks. Last thing he did was an injector flow test. He did it several times and had a few injectors show up bad. I would want to do an injector Flow test on your van. You may have a similar problem.