Ford Windstar Minivan; Engine or Electrical? I get a Clunk.

Asked by Jun 23, 2019 at 02:47 PM about the 1999 Ford Windstar

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I’ve had my 1999 Ford Windstar LX minivan since it was new. It has 190,000
miles on it and has been a great reliable car. Haven’t had any problems with
the transmission or engine. A couple weeks ago I went to work and
everything was fine. When I came out from work I turned the key and only
got one sound, a low-tone single “clunk” sound. Now, the day before I had
noticed my car hesitated to start when I turned the key, so just to be on the
safe side I went and had my battery charged to make sure I’d get to work
okay in the morning. The employee at AutoZone tested my alternator with a
handheld device and said my alternator was bad. When I came out from
work, I only got that one low-tone “clunk” sound. People tried jump starting
my car, no difference. I had my car towed home. I spent the next weekend
removing the starter. It still had the original Ford Motorcraft starter. Hooked
up the new starter and still got only a loud “clunk.” I took the original starter
and had it tested and it tested fine. Neighbors who came by tried to turn the
engine manually with a wrench when no starter was on there. It was very
difficult to turn, but he was able to turn it a little bit. Neighbors guessed it
must be my engine. Could it be my engine? Or could it be a connection to
my starter?

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