Engine Performance problem
1996 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 160000 miles
In the last few months, my daughter started a new job, where she needs to start and stop the engine every half hour or so. In the morning and the first couple starts, there is no problem. But the farther into her route she gets, the harder it gets to start, until it becomes practically impossible. In twelve years of normal usage, we never had this problem. Could this problem either be a result of her schedule, or that we are only noticing it now because of her schedule? A mechanic I took it to for diagnosis came up with an lower manifold vacuum leak, fitting the symptoms, and said it could only be fixed by replacing the manifold. He said if I replace the lower manifold, I might as well replace the upper manifold at the same time. He said if I were to do that, I might as well replace the entire engine. I said if that's the case, I might as well replace the whole car. We had the plugs, wires, and fuel filter replaced (which didn't help), and they said the fuel pressure and pump are good. Is there anything else it could be? If it is the manifold, is there any cheaper fix? Thanks!
have the same problem?
Saturday, March 7th, 2009 AT 4:38 PM