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.

A: Your cluster may have a problem and is caus...

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: I put a new battery in my van went to crank it up and its completely dead. Do i need a new alternator?

This may be a sign of a failing voltage regulator, a failing alternator or possibly a bad ground connection. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging...

Q: Car doesn't start.

Prior to performing diagnostics be sure you have a fully charged battery installed that passes a load test. Then, confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car from starting. If there is no...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...