I have 2 problems at the present time with my van.
1st: When I am parking and turning the steering wheel the engine spikes
about 500 RPM with each turn of the wheel. I have to make sure my foot
is firmly on the brake pedal.
2nd: When coasting to a stop or in traffic, the trany occasionally has
rough down shift. This happens a bought once or twice a month. The
dealer shop foreman says it's a normal trait with my vehicle and this
While I have your attention here is one more. When parked on an
incline, on a very small grade (I don't use the parking brake) when you
take it out of park there is a large clunk sound. Dealer says I have to
use the parking brake all the time, no other way around the problem. In
the early morning hours on a quiet street it makes quite a racket.
These are a few of my problems at this time. Any of the groups expert
advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
By turning the steering wheel you are putting a load on the engine, the engine
computer is just compensating for the load, normal. But just in case have your
mechanic make sure the ball sockets of the steering system are not binding which
will cause a higher load than should be.
Have your mechanic check out this TSB. Also, this transmission is known to have
what some people call a rough or harsh 2-1 down shift, about 10 to 5 mph. It is
normal and can not be fixed.
Again, depending on the noise, normal. I'll assume the noise is the sound of the
parking pawl releasing from it's gear. It is under a great amount of tension and
requires a lot of force to disengage when the weight of the vehicle is on it.By
Appling the parking brake before you put it in park, you relieve that tension.It
happens on any vehicle, not just Windstars.
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