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2002 FORD WINDSTAR,SOMETIMES STARTS FINE,SOMETIMES VERY

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2002 FORD WINDSTAR,SOMETIMES STARTS...

2002 FORD WINDSTAR,SOMETIMES STARTS FINE,SOMETIMES VERY DIFFICULT,INTERMITTENT ROUGH IDLE AND POOR PERFORMANCE;REALLY ROUGH ACCELERATION AND IDLE,NE GOING DOWN ROAD SEEMS TO RUN OK,OTHER TIMES CAN BARELY GO UP A SMALL HILL,IT HAS 206,000 MI,V SE MODEL,HELP

Mechanic's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

STARTS GOOD FIRST COUPLE TIMES,THEN KINDA HARD TO START,ALMOST LIKE ITS OUT OF TIME

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Ford Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello and thank you for your question,

Can you connect a fuel pressure gauge to the fuel rail service port and check the fuel pressure?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
NO,ALMOST RUNS N STARTS LIKE IT IS TOO FAR ADVANCED,BUT THERE IS NO TIMING ADJMT
Ford Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Your correct, timing is controlled by the computer and is not adjustable, So you saying it cranks hard?

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Ford Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

With the amount of miles you have on the engine I wonder if the timing chain has jumped.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Wouldn't it run badly most of the time ifit did
Ford Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Is the computer system setting any fault codes?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Not that i can tell
Ford Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

I think I would start with the basics, remove the spark plugs and run a compression test, install a fuel pressure gauge and monitor the fuel pressure while the problem is occurring, normal fuel pressure should be right at 32 to 45 PSI. I would also scan the computer system to see if there are any stored fault codes.

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