really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,350 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. prop open / replace blend door (1 reports)
  3. remove heater core and replace broken door (1 reports)
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problem #3

Mar 072011

Windstar SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

How can I find the blend door for the front unit of my 1999 Ford Windstar. The rear unit is working and providing heat for my children while I freeze in the front. HELP!!!! I only want to replace the front unit, not the entire system. Do I have to go direct to Ford?

- Cindy M., Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 222010

Windstar Deluxe 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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blend door cracked in the heater core box blend door cracked in the heater core box

I really benefitted from a Youtube video by Heatertreater.net. I was able to cut into the heater/AC plenum and prop-open the blend door (whose hinge and connection was shattered by the improper operation of the blend door actuator). I will be ordering a replacement blend door right away and will replace door according to instructions and the video.

The Ford garage told me that the only way to get a replacement blend door from Ford was to purchase the entire heater/AC plenum (which includes both the heater core and the AC evaporator core!) Parts cost: $469.00 Not including labor! So I saved all that by fixing this myself.

- windstarslave, Charleston, WV, USA

problem #1

Nov 092007

(reported on)

Windstar LX 3.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This adds to a list of problems with this vehicle. The blend door on a heater should not break. When it breaks you cant control the temperature in the vehicle which causes poor driving visibility and dangerous operation. To fix it the whole dash is supposed to be removed which causes this problem to become very expensive only to replace about a 5 dollar part.And to add to this now the selector switch doesn't work and the vents only blow out of the defrost vents. Another mysterious problem.

- Mike P., Middletown, OH, USA