Re: '92 Ford Areostar cooling fluxuations ...
On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 20:12:40 -0400, Tom Adkins
>> msemsker wrote:
>>> I have a 95 astro and the temp gauge fluxuates from cold to hot and
>>> then back again any idea what the problem may be
>> Gee, I sure miss my old '87 Areolastar.
> Lots of folks dismiss the Aerostar as junk. Through the years though Ive noticed
>that they were pretty reliable and troublefree until about 110K then they started
>falling apart...and falling apart... Lots of oddball stuff after that like rear ends,
>control arm bushings, trailing arm bushings etc. Here in Ohio the rust got to them
>badly after a few years.
> Like trainfan said, try a coolant flush, thermostat first. Also replace the temp
>gauge sender while you're there, I've seen many of them cause exactly this problem.
>You can doo all of this for about $25-30.
I've enjoyed my two. Sold the first one (1 1989) to a friend with
about 140,000km on it - they put it over 300,000. Two body jobs - no
major mechanical failures (I replaced an accumulator seal on the
tranny while I had it)
Sold it because I was offered my Dad's 1990 with 30,000km on it for a
price I could not refuse. I put it over 240,000Km. Ford put an engine
it it under warranty due to a piston slap. I put a trans front seal in
it, and then a front sprague and input shaft 2 years later. Put U
Joints in it at about 200,000Km. Other than that,mechanically, it got
2 regulators and an alternator (I suspect it was the alternator all
along) and a few sets of brakes. When I put the HD Carbon Metalic pads
on, I didn't need to replace rotors anymore. Only 3 sets of tires, and
I THINK I put a tie rod end on it.
The body got patched twice - the seam on the drivers side was a weak
point - as was the driver's rocker panel.
I replaced the 90 with a 94 Pontiac Trans Sport. 3.8 instead of 3
liter - but absolutely USELESS for trailer towing. MUCH less interior
space, better ride, but harder on gas. Plastic body won't show any
rust untill the underbody falls apart underneath it, but I'd trade it
for a good 97 Aerostar in a heartbeat.