Okay...my wife really did it this time I believe, but before I take the
Windstar into a mechanic to check out, maybe I can get some opinions here.
The wife set out yesterday morning to do some chores.... drove a couple of
miles at 25mph until she reached the interstate, then another 5 miles or so
on the interstate at 60 - 65mph until she finally realized she had the
transmission in 2nd gear rather than Drive! She said she felt some *pulling*
from the vehicle, but thought maybe a brake shoe was sticking and was going
to stop after she got off of the interstate. Now the engine is making a
fairly loud knocking sound when first started for about a second and then
knocks (not as loud as when first started, but very audible) while driving,
especially when the transmission shifts. There doesn't seem to be any loss
of power....so far that is. My guess is that one or more pistons is shot and
this is going to be an expensive repair :( The vehicle has 133,000 miles
on it and drove very nicely until now. I've always taken very good care of
it....matter of fact I'd just did a complete oil change a couple of days
prior to this. Any other guesses and round-a-bout repair costs?
I am no expert and have not very much info to offer as it could be a few
different things, but like I said I am no expert.
I have had a few cars that I DID break a rod and the repair was costly as
heck as I just got a new motor for the thing.
I have had a couple of festivas that from the way my wife drives damaged the
lifters and caused a loud knocking sound also and I have no clue of what the
knock is from, but you can tell the lifters are loud.
On BOTH cars I did a (OIL FULSH) with clean oil, and then added some stuff
to improve the performance. You know that stuff that is for adding to oil
every 60,000 miles. Well I got some and was the realy cheap stuff like $1.99
Now I still have one of the festivas that I been driving for the last 6
months putting around a 1,000 miles a week and changing oil every 3 months
with a flush and new power up stuff each time and using heavy duty oil
I am not saying this will work for you, but them festivas can take a killing
and keep going as long as you dont drive with a death wish. LOL !!!
She now has it and has been driving it for the last few weeks. Also the head
seal is shot and is shooting out oil. Still she keeps going and going and
Right now she is at 150,000 miles.
I say try adding oil flush to the oil, let it run for 5 mins or so, and
Replace with fresh oil and filter and add another flush to system.
Drain and refill only this time fill it and add power up or something like
that and make sure it includes the benfit of reducing noisy lifters.
You might not fix it, but it may last you another ??,???? miles before you
need to get it repaired.
Good luck !!!
I agree with scott. 133k on that motor is at the point where extreme
operation conditions start taking out parts. If she over-revved the snot
out of it, a rod knock is certainly not out of the question. Condemning
the short block is not, however, acceptable without a professional
investigation of the symptoms.
On Sat, 29 May 2004 10:16:31 -0600, Guardian wrote:
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