1995 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 157000 miles
THE BAD and the UGLY: I was debating replacing the Cat Converter Y-Pipe and I got little input on whether I should from my trusted shop. At first they said it should be replaced if I saw it glow red (which I did) and then another day they said to leave it until we know its bad which you wouldn't know until the new engine was in. I have looked at it a few times and once at night since getting it back and its NOT glowing red down there so I can only assume things are flowing out the exhaust as they should but I am skeptical because of the following stuff.
ENGINE TAPPING - TO ME (and I've heard plenty of healthy engines) the engine just does NOT SOUND RIGHT. I don't know if this is normal for a NEW engine or what the deal is, but it just does NOT sound right. It almost reminds me of the sound I heard on the old engine after it had overheated. The new engine came with a full new long block so any thought of any old part of the engine being there should be out of the mind. But it just sounds similar to the old engine ONLY after it had overheated. The old engine before overheating sounded and ran fine without this TAPPING sound. I asked the mechanic who put the engine in and he said that some engines do it and some don't. I mean is it really that simple? Or could the TIMING be off or something?
OIL PRESSURE or OIL LEVEL or BOTH - I do not know what weight oil they put in the engine, but I do know its over-filled (something I hate that shops do) maybe by 1/4 to 1/2 quart. The engine oil pressure light (I guess thats what it is) or oil LEVEL light (looks like a lil oil tipping container with an oil drop off its end) keeps FLICKERING and seems to do this ONLY when at IDLE in Drive or in Park. I've never seen a dash light FLICKER like this so I am hoping its the sensor just needing adjustment.
WHINING after shutting it off after having driven 5 to 10 miles or less even. I have heard this sound somewhere on YouTube and I think it was a Windstar. The guy would shut off his engine and you'd hear this WHINE sound as if someone was slowly letting air out of a balloon when you'd squeeze the lips of one together to make that sound. A person on YouTube said this was the guys CAM going bad. IF THIS IS TRUE THIS IS REALLY GONNA PISS ME OFF. LOL. SINCE ITS A NEW ENGINE. It will not do this whine if I just run it in place. It'll only do it after I drive it around a few miles and maybe even after up to 70mph for a bit. I used to hear this SAME EXACT SOUND with the old engine, BUT ONLY after driving in excess of 200 - 300 miles of continuous travel. All I used to think back then was that the damn thing was just OLD and needed a COOL off break. Does ANYONE have any idea on this?
A/C CLUTCH metal rubbing noise - I don't know if this is just normal break-in for a new a/c clutch ASSEMBLY (all parts of it; the kit), but there appears to be a sliding/skimming metal sound when the clutch kicks OFF (not ON). This is normally heard at IDLE only and when I move along in DRIVE it goes away. NORMAL for new? Or Not properly torqued bolts on this?
CHURPING - THE MYSTERIOUS pulley/belt churping is BACK after I had finally f'ing eliminated it before bringing it back to the trusted shop for engine installation. ALL PULLEYS are NEW now except the alternator pulley and perhaps the crank pulley which I guess got transferred over from the old engine. They went and bought a new belt even though I already had a new belt on there and told them so on the list and in person. I don't know what made them think the churping was gone cause it certainly isn't but even when the engine was in misfire and overheating condition when I brought it back to them it NO LONGER SQUEAKED or CHURPED after the water pump had been replaced at the FORD dealership in Mississippi where I originally got stuck which prompted all of this (new engine). After all this money put in I almost want to replace the alternator or just its pulley just to see if the damn squeaking/churping will go away for good since all other components except the crank pulley have been replaced unless there is another pulley than the tensioner, idler, a/c, & ps pump.
In the 4 days they claimed they had to drive the van after telling me it was running they only drove it 13 miles. I don't even know if they took it out on the interstate, but I cannot see how they would've done a thorough drivability inspection not having noticed what I have. After what I have spent (and it was more than they'd told me cause they found other things that were definitely in need of replacing like the brake lines, rad hoses, etc.) I would've expected perfection, but I guess thats stupid cause its never the case.
Basically what all could cause the stuff from the above section? I would like to have some ideas of what to tell the shop when I bring the van back on Monday morning.
What REALLY gets me though is that I cannot complain AT ALL because there is nothing to complain about as far as the van's OPERATING ability is concerned. It is simply not PHYSICALLY doing ANYTHING wrong. It drives/feels beautifully now, but these things of course in the BAD section bother me.
have the same problem?
Saturday, December 15th, 2007 AT 4:37 AM