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Old 09-20-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Steve&Ruth
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Fuel rail leak

I have a 1999 Windstar that had a rusty spot near the regulator that started
spraying gas all over the engine .The repair at a ford dealer cost $480
bucks .Anyone else have this problem .It should be a recalled item. I
haven't found anything yet about a recall


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Old 09-21-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
Ed White
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Re: Fuel rail leak

Why do you htink there should be a recall? As far as I can tell this is
not a common problem. Do you feel that any failure on a 6+ year old
vechile should be the grounds for a recall? Did you performed the
recommended multi-point inspecition every 5000 miles? Did the line rust
from the inside out, or outside in? Are you in an area that has a lot
of salt on the roads? Any battery problems that might have casued the
fuel lie corrosion? Some failures are just random becasue of
enviromental or other factors beyond the control of the manufacturer.
Do you feel they are responsible for those? Did you consider buying the
extended warranty?

$480 sounds like a lot to repair a fuel line. Can you provide a break
down of the charges? I assume you had to pay for a diagnosis ($75 -
$100), a new line ($30-$100), maybe a new regulator ($40), labor
($100), shop charges ($25), probably a fuel filter ($25), tax ($25). It
seems to be $320-$415 job to me. What was the extra $65+ for?

Ed

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Old 09-22-2005, 03:01   #3 (permalink)
Petey the Wonder Dog
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Re: Fuel rail leak

Looks like you said...
>I have a 1999 Windstar that had a rusty spot near the regulator that started
>spraying gas all over the engine .The repair at a ford dealer cost $480
>bucks .Anyone else have this problem .It should be a recalled item. I
>haven't found anything yet about a recall
>


I had a similar problem with my Dodge Intrepid several years ago,
which WAS a "silent" recall thing. I found out AFTER my engine caught
fire.

A few things to consider...
Some defects aren't talked about until a number of people are dead as
a result. They call it "acceptable" losses. Remember how long it
took to recall the bad tires that caused so many SUV's to loose
control and flip?

Then again, $480.00 isn't a tragic cost, and unless it's a very common
thing, you'll be hard pressed to get any positive results.

There isn't a lawyer in the country that would pay an ounce of
attention to a $480 claim, so don't even consider that.
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Old 09-24-2005, 18:01   #4 (permalink)
ankhe105
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Re: Fuel rail leak

The Ford dealer can look it up very quickly and tell you if there was a
recall

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