Just a note to your OD OFF light issues... if it comes on or blinks... you have a $1000 problem. It is a "code" for the transmission. What a surprise! We replaced the transmission at 40,000 miles... along with LOADS of other things. Now... we are replacing valves...etc...our OD OFF light was blinking on a trip. I cannot ever buy another Ford again... it makes me sad. Ford is as American as apple pie... but not as good!
I am the lady who just parked my 99 Windstar LX in front of my house with a shot transmission. The O/D light was blinking and could not be turned off. Then the car would not shift into first. I barely parked it. We are all in the same fix.
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar. Just like someone else posted, I parked my van in the driveway, left 20 minutes later only to find it wouldn't go into gear. I was stuck. Now the dealer is telling me that the trans may not be covered under extended warranty because I didn't properly maintain it. What a joke. The van only has 78,000 miles or so. A local mechanic is telling me these vehicles are famous for this problem. Just as others are reporting, metal fragments found. I can't afford new trans, or a new car, and still owe money on the vehicle. Isn't it a shame that large corporations can put us in this kind of position? Let me know if anyone has been able to get a better response from Ford.
My 2002 Windstar had replaced the power steering pump around 40K KM which as covered under 6 yrs ext. warranty.
The Ford Dealer said, I just got my money back from paying the extra for the warranty. But now, the warranty will expire in November and I am afraid what else would break.
Otherwise this van hauled heavy building materials from Home Depot and drove through unpaved and rough gravel roads to hills and lakes for last 6 years.