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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-05-09, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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96 Windstar Codes and Solution

Hi to one and all,

Our 96 Winstar (ca. 122k miles) runs code P1537 and P1538 (stuck intake manifold runner control) when checked at Autozone. The car runs fine and because of its age (and our finances), we do not want to invest much more into it. It was turned down at inspection because the check engine light was on. It has been going off and on for years! We've had wiring re-done in the past at great expense, also tune-up. The light stays off a while and then comes back on. We are desperate to get it past inspection.

Here are my questions:

1. Autozone erased the codes and the light doesn't come on at the moment. Since the light is off, if I take it to inspection at this moment, will it pass?

2. Can anybody recommend what a non-mechanic like me might be able to do or try on a do it yourself basis?

2. If I absolutely have to to take it to a shop, what are the cheapest and most obvious things I could ask the mechanic to look at first?

3. I have heard that there can be a problem with clips or holders. Does anybody have any experience with these? Any tips?

I would be grateful for any and all feedback. We are facing tough times and need the van, so your ideas would be very welcome.


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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-03-09, 10:00 PM
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Re: 96 Windstar Codes and Solution

There is vacuum going to each IMRC actuator. Sometimes there is a leak in the vacuum line causing it to look like both are stuck. Plug the vacuum line to each actuator one at a time . If an actuator is leaking , plugging its vacuum line will cause the other actuator to pull in . There is a front and back actuator. If the actuator is leaking, disconnecting the cable from it will avoid a check engine light. The actuators only switch around 3500 rpm .
If it is the actuator , you may get by wiring them in the idle position.
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