I just got my '95 Windstar back from the mechanic. I had brought it in
to have the starter replaced-now the guy says the engine is seized
How would this happen?! Yes, it had a slow oil leak, but I was keeping
an eye on it & keep the level good. Van drove fine-parked one day went
to start it the next & no go. A friend(a fair but not great backyard
mechanic) and I looked at it and fiddled a bit, both agreed it seemed
to be the starter-the engine did try & turn over. It sat for 2 mos
until I could get it fixed-now the engine is supposedly locked-up.
the mechanic did say the starter was bad and they replaced it. But he
seems scarce on any further details-it makes me suspicious!! He also
won't say how it could happen except maybe it was run out of oil 'at
one time or another' ?! IT WASN'T!!
I just don't know what to do next. I'm a single parent of 3 small boys
and finances are stretched thin. I can put several hundred into it,
but not thousands. And this was a good van-drove excellent, no
worries. I didn't run it out of oil or water-not an idiot. In fact I
checked the oil when it came back from mechanic, too, and its Ok-about
1/2 quart low.
Any ideas, guys? And how do I tell if mechanic is telling the truth-
what should I look for when we try and start it?
I have experience with minor car repairs-alternators, fuel pumps, etc,
but mostly with older cars. Engine stuff is beyond me.