Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: wont shift and runs rough, 2001 Ford Winstar

asked by on

van runs rough changed plugs and wires didnt help started doing this after instrument cluster went haywire so if cluster went bad is this causing my problem van also wont shift unless you let up on gas i dont have any idea whats wrong any suggestions would help thank you

My car has 212000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your cluster may have a problem and is causing the transmission to not shift correctly. The car running rough may be due to a different issue. You should have a mechanic first find the reason for the cluster going haywire to see if maybe you are having electrical issues that are affecting all of the systems. I have see charging systems that are overcharging cause all sorts of problems in the vehicle. A certified technician like one from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the shifting issue and rough running problem in order to pinpoint faults and perform any repairs as needed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Truck shutting off when idling.

The cylinder heads on this engine are aluminum and are known to warp if the engine has been over heated or the cooling system was compromised or the head gasket fails. This would let coolant to possibly get into one...

Q: When I shut my van off the left signal blinks. Hazards never work and the right blinker does not operate.

Make sure your hazard button is pushed in. If it's not it can cause your turn signals not to work, even when the switch is not working. Try pushing the hazard button on and off several times and see if...

Q: Gauge cluster pops on and off

Hi there. If the entire cluster doesn't function intermittently, the cause may be an internal short. The problem could also be caused by a poor ground, bad connection, or damaged wiring. The previously installed police equipment may have had something...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.