Newbie with Winstar
I have been reading this forum for a day or so, and I too have a 98 Winstar.
But so far it's been treating me pretty well so far but after reading your posts, I am getting a bit concerned now that I have 121K on it - original engine.
I regularly change the oil, not at the recommended mileage but close enough. Over the summer I think I experience a head gasket problem where I smelled antifreeze in the car, the car would act like its miss-firing, etc...
but after I changed my oil, Ford said they put leak proof in, and so far I do not smell this anymore. So I think I am OK with it for now. Yes, I constantly have the brake light on, it came on during my last brake repair, but was told it was a sensor at the block, well I am not worried about this one either, the engine light is on like the brake light, was told it was the oxygen sensor at the exhaust, have not looked at this.
But my problem is this, went to Jiffy Lube for the cars routine signature service, got the transmission flush, got the engine oil flush, the antifreeze apparently is FULL whatever that means, I will assume it tested OK. But now after three hours I am starting to hear "chirping" around the belts, alternator area. Now I know the belt is good, just had it replaced, the alternator is a rebuild. I am afraid it's my water pump - would I be correct? Or is this something coincidence because I had all the fluids tested?
I need to know this quickly because my family and I are moving to Michigan from Illinois in two weeks and I do not need a major repair bill right now.
Any suggestions?? If so how much damage am I to expect.