I joined this forum today hoping to get an answer to my mother's 95 Windstar Oil Pump problem. I performed a search in this 2CARSPROS FORUM for my problem and 2 other people asked the same question in 2009 and 2010 with no replies? Why are there no reponses or am I looking in the wrong place? I have a FORD Chilton Windstar Manual (26840) 1995 to 2003 and it leaves allot to be desired for the 3.8 Liter 1995 model for the oil pump removal. I have never worked on a front wheel drive vehicle before and to tell you the truth I don't ever want to work on another one after this one (Mothers Van). However I need help on removal of the upper right bolt (10mm) on the oil pump. I have figured out how to remove all bolting except this one. I removed the serpentine belt and alternator to gain better access to the bolting (10mm and 8mm). Next I removed the AC Compressor bolting (4) thinking I might be able to access the upper right oil pump bolt by moving the compressor with lines intact, only to find there is a curved shield plate behind the compressor. The power steering pump is mounted directly above the AC Compressor. I will try and re-examine the obstructing plate issue this morning. Hopefully some one in this forum has done this before and can help. After I figure out how to remove this last bolt, I will be removing the oil pan next. The Chilton manual states the "Y" pipe exhaust and starter needs to be removed, I can't wait to tackle the exhaust manifold bolting. Any guidance would greatly be appreciated. I failed to mention that the engine was completely re-built 2 years ago (Aprox 40,000mi on Engine). The oil idiot light on the dash was flashing (Fluttering) indicating low oil pressure. The oil level was checked and the level was right at the full line (Color Light Brown) and there is a knocking noise on the top front right side under the Air Intake Plenum with the engine running at idle. Sounds like one of the hydraulic lifters. After I inspect/repair oil pump/oil pickup tube/oil pump intermidiate shaft, my thoughts were to try some Seafoam (1/3 of Can in Each Area) in the oil, fuel and PVC vacuum line (Clean Lifters) at 2000 to 2500rpm. Some of my research with Seafoam usage indicated to slowly inject into vacuum line off off Master Cylinder, however not all Intake and Exhaust valves are affected going through this vacuum line. Again all comments are welcomed. I have taken pictures of everthing, as I do with all auto repairs I perform.
email: coon*******1@msn. Com
1995 FORD WINDSTAR GL 3.8L V6 MODEL GL
153,500 MILES ON VAN 40,000 MILES ON ENGINE
I have ford dvd at home I will put something together for you. Check back at 2; 00 pm
May, 2, 2011 AT 9:49 PM
I have checked back and I don't see an answer for this Windstar oil pump issue. The AC Unit is mounted to the motor mount bracket which is in front of the upper 10mm bolt of the oil pump. Jacking the engine to remove motor mount assembly for 1 bolt seems to be allot of work. Hope there is another way? I am on my way to buy some more tools to see if I can remove bolt without jacking the engine.
May, 2, 2011 AT 10:49 PM
You dont reomove the pan, remove the pump from the FRONT cover!
Oil pump is bolted to front cover. Remove oil filter and oil cooler (if equipped).
Remove oil pump-to-front cover bolts, and remove oil pump. Disassemble oil pump.
Note direction of component installation.
I got held up, sorry for the delay.
May, 17, 2011 AT 8:16 PM
Thanks for the photo, I already have the drawing you indicated above from another online source link. I removed the upper and lower motor mount nuts which allowed enough movement of the AC Comp. Bracket assembly. With the bracket loose I was able to gain access to the last bolt. However the pump would not come out with the AC bracket in place. Did some more research and found the motor must be removed to change out oil pump on this 95 Ford Windstar. I gave up at this point and put everything back together. I spoke to a local repair shop and was told everyone blames the oil pump for low pressure issues. The shop mechanic told me it is rare for the oil pump to be the problem. Most likely it is a rod or bearing issue which will also cause an oil pressure drop. Thanks for your help. It looks like I will be inspecting the rods and bearings next. I added some seafoam to oil and fuel. Started up engine and oil light was not lit. Raised rpms slowly and at about 1800rpm oil light started flickering again. Looks like a rod or bearing inspection/replacement is next.
May, 21, 2011 AT 1:39 PM
Now you gotta ask yourself if it's worth the effort, or time to junk it?