I'm wondering if I even want to start on this sucker. I'm used to doing
everything from under the hood, reaching the back of the engine, etc.
With the Aerostar, most of the engine is shoved back and at least part
of the job is done from inside through a front seat center floor panel.
Anyway - any encouragement from anyone who has done it themselves would
be much appreciated.
I've worked my share through the years What a horrible steaming pile...
most of my experience was with the 3L versions.
You'll quickly discover that not a whole lot more is accessible with the
dog house off...
Plugs for one are a big ugly awkward hassle. Be sure to have a long
extension and an assortment of u-joints, and u-joint plug sockets.
Little things like getting off wire boots is also very difficult, as is
Want to really have fun, try replacing an injector/s, valve cover
gaskets or... ugh... don't even want to think about the the horrible
things; they're enough to make you drink. Got a sore back just typing
about them. Now I gotta go lay down for a while.
I owned 2 of the 3.0 vans and they were a challenge - but a whole lot
less hassle than the Pontiac TransSport I replaced the second one
with. The "compos(i)t pile." The 3.8 couldn't pull worth crap - the
3.0 Aerostar handled the 17 ft trailer as if it wasn't there. The 3.8
Poncho made you want to think it was trying to move the earth.
If the bodies had not rusted so badly on the 'star I might still own
minutes. Another 15 or so to change all the plug wires and cap.
Put it on jack stands and remove both front wheels for starters, then
pop the doghouse. That's almost 10 of the 20 minutes required. You
need a good assortment of extentions and U-Joints., a good SK
flex-head ratchet helps too.
I know. Some are a real pain... especially if they've been
forced/tweaked and or otherwise broken or mickey moused in the past. As
I recall, the Areostar's were like a 3 on the PITA 1 to 10 scale.
Particularly fun are the one that require removing seats, and ones that
easily soil upholstery and/or carpeting.
A lot of shops in my area charge extra if dog houses will be involved in
any way shape or form.
Life's just to short to mess with vans...
I like mine, except for the power steering noise that you can hear a
half block away, the air conditioning compressor failing every 3 years
like clockwork, the pleasure of changing spark plugs with only one elbow
and the fact that if you open the back at night, there is no switch on
the dome light so that you either have to remove the bulb or showcase
all the crap you have picked in there.
In spite of these annoyances, I have no plans to trade it.
without any A/C problems. 2 brothers also had numerous Aerostars - one
had a noisy pump that went away (almost totally) when he put in
different fluid - not sure what he used.
The AC compressor clutch bearing was noisy on my Ranger (same part) -
very simple to replace (half hour job).
Thanks, will look into that. The rack & pinion, PS pump and all the
hoses were replaced about 2 years ago and it started whining without 2
weeks. Always use mfr recommended PS fluid and there are no leaks.
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