Common problems with the Ford Windstar include transmission failure, a broken rear axle, a knocking noise when accelerating and an unbalanced air and fuel mixture. Other problems include vibration in the steering wheel and a malfunctioning fuel gauge.
A low fluid level can cause transmission problems in the Ford Windstar. Too much tension on the freewheel can result to breakage of the rear axle into two. The vehicle may produce a knocking noise when accelerating if the intake runner is faulty. A vacuum leakage from the car’s intake area can lead to unbalanced air and fuel mixture.
Additionally, uneven tread wear may cause vibration in the steering wheel. A faulty fuel tank sender unit or a fuel tank with a large reserve volume can lead to a low fuel warning light indicating too early.