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Old 12-21-2008, 22:23   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1997 Ford Windstar with 107,000 miles on it. We have had the routine Ford Windstar problems. The Speedometer jumping, the interior lights not shutting off, the Door ajar lights and alarms not shutting off. However, this problem we have now is becoming very irritating. Two weeks ago we had the water pump replaced for $1350. We had noticed a misfiring while driving at 30-40 mph prior to the replacement of the waterpump. After replacing the waterpump we noticed that our heater was not blowing as warm as before. We thought that maybe they plugged something when replacing the water pump. I also had the car just die after exiting the interstate, then all the way home everytime I stopped(the car would start to chug the oil pressure light flicker and then it would die) So we took it back to the car repair shop, and we were told that now the car needed a new thermostat, the radiator flushed, plugs and wires. I told them that I just replaced plugs and wires a little over a year ago, could it be something else, because I had never had the car die like that.
Well, no that cost was $450(did I mention the transmission on our other car went out in the midst of all this).
Well got the car back, heater is warm but not like it used to be, car is running smoother. However, the car once again died on me as I exited the interstate after work today. It drove fine yesterday, and this morning when i drove to work it was fine, except of course I have a luke warm heating system. Also I noticed today that when I started it the engine revved continually for 30 seconds or so, it never did this before. It is very cold outside, so unsure if this has anything to do with it.
But, the car has plenty of time to warm up as I drive 50 minutes to work, and it is not getting warm.
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1. what could have happened when they put in the water heater to damage the heating system?
2. The thermostat seemed to work fine before the water heater what is up with that, or are they just saying let us try this and this?
3. Why no flush of the radiator with the water pump replacement?
4. Spark plugs and wires have been replaced 3 times maybe 4, why?
5. Why the engine revving?
6. Could anything done with the replacement of the waterpump affect the engine dying or revving?
Oh, yes once again, Why is my heater not working, and how on earth could it not be their fault?
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Old 12-22-2008, 19:17   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Windstar Heater not working properly after Water Pump Replacement




Hello and good day to you:

WOW!!!! You seem to have a multitude of problems going on here...A couple of Question:

1. Did the Heat Work just fine before the Water Pump replacement?
2. Why was the Water Pump Replaced??
3. When did you Change the Plugs...Wires??
4. Have you made sure the Wires are tight on the Plugs??
5. Is this Repair Shop Reputable, and do you trust this FOOL????

I'm sorry to say they saw you coming...A water pump replacement would not cause a Misfire...A bad Coil Pack or Plugs...Wire maybe...

It is possible that something has gotten into you Heater Core to Clog it.

But really amazes me why they didn't do a Radiator Flush when Replacing the Pump...and put a new Thermostat in as well...

Please advise further.
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Old 12-22-2008, 19:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Windstar Heater not working properly after Water Pump Replacement

Thanks for the reply.
1. Yes the heater worked fine before the water pump replacement
2.The water pump was replaced because there were significant leaks, the radiator fluid leaked out, car started to run hot, stopped right away, filled back up with fluid and luckily made it to the shop.
3. Plugs and wires were last changed in May 2007 about 12,000 miles ago then last week(there was a chug which the car did last time and the car is not chugging after replacing the plugs and wires now)
4. Have not made sure they are tight
5. I believe it is reputable, although it is a new car shop to us, our usual mechanic had a death in the family. Oh, I forgot a HUGE THING, they replaced the timing cover gasket, said that was leaking too.

The misfiring problem was there before the water pump went out, and i believe not related at all. I have had this problem several times on the windstar especially after raining etc.
But my two problems that are new are:
1. The heater is still not working correctly(lukewarm and I drive 50 minutes to work so plenty of time to warm up)
2. The car dies when I drive home at the interstate exit. not when I drive to work(car is in a heated garage), but after the car has sat out all day at work. It does not die when i start it at work, and not while I am driving 55mph and come to a stop, it dies after I have driven 70mph for about 10 minutes or so, when I get off the interstate and stop. This has happened everytime, then it will start to die everytime I come to a stop on the rest of the way home until I get home.

If I take it out for a drive around town it does not do it ever. They said they flushed the heater core the second time in(I bet not completely)
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Re: 1997 Windstar Heater not working properly after Water Pump Replacement

i replaced a waterpump on a car that i had and had the same problem as you and mine didnt heat well after cause i had air in my system,,
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Old 01-07-2011, 13:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Windstar Heater not working properly after Water Pump Replacement

Agree, could need the cooling system bled to get rid of air pockets. Are you getting a CEL? Have it checked for codes or pending codes
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