2003 Ford Windstar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 58,000 miles
I happen to find myself in a situation where the rear passenger side wheel is locked up. Worked fine up until now, no warning signs, no nothing. Never use the parking brake, but tonight when I pulled out of the driveway at the "Y", the rear passenger wheel was locked up - completely. All other wheels are fine. I just took this vehicle on a 500 mile road trip the previous day, towing two snowmobiles (which I do all the time without any problems), then today, not this morning, but instead tonight the wheel was locked up for no apparent reason. I'm thinking something broke inside the drum and is causing it to sieze, OR the bearings are now mysteriously shot.
I'm a fairly seasoned garage wrencher so I'm not afraid at all of what I'll find, but I guess I'm curious if anyone has seen this before. I'll replace everything on that side if I have to, but I'm hoping it's something as simple as a trashed brake shoe binding up on the drum.
BTW, I've heard of people having lots of transmission problems with these vehicles. I have had none - even towing 4500 lb boats, 2000 lb snowmobile trailers loaded up for long distances. This Windstar tows FAR better than my last Explorer.
Eric in Wisconsin
have the same problem?
Monday, February 18th, 2008 AT 9:51 PM