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98 Windstar Van Vacuum Leak, no vent A/C

jgcox6 on Mon September 03, 2007 2:02 PM User is offline

Year: 1998
Make: Ford
Model: Winstar
Country of Origin: United States

Trying to find the vacuum leak in 98 Windstar...here is what I know:

I have no vacuum to the control panel...or if it is, it is too weak. I traced it back to the engine and there is a "t-connection that is round..I pulled the line of "T" to see if it was getting to that point..It is but it is very weak...no way could it close a actuator. One of the problems is that it goes to the motor via a red vacuum line and it dissappears behind the intake manifold. I have listened, felt and can't seem to find the problem. Every vacuum line that I can find..I trace it as far as I can and still not apparent leak. I am open for suggestions. The a/c just comes out the defrost...so I know I have a leak...what is a common leak or where do I go next.

Chick on Mon September 03, 2007 6:42 PM User is offlineView users profile

Ford was always great for using hard plastic lines with the rubber ends attached. They get brittle and break. You found the line that comes out of the firewall? Then use a piece of vacuum hose to "tee into" the engine source and hook it to the line going to the control head. If the operation returns, you know you have to attach a vacuum line to the part near the firewall line, and pull it thru the bottom of the intake..Or remove the intake to fix it..But you seem to have found it, I don't have one in front of me to check, but if I remember tomorrow (not always easy..) I will chek on one in the yard. What engine do you have??

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jgcox6 on Mon September 03, 2007 7:47 PM User is offline

I did find the line that comes from the firewall...the biggest problem is seeing behind the intake...i was really hoping to not take the intake off. it is the 3.8l I believe..it is a friend of mine actually. I actually had to use 2 rocks to "jam" the recircuilate and the "vent" actuators open It works for now...told him he would have to tell anyone that bought the van about the "ROCKS" in the van

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