View Full Version : Need oil pump help

04-05-2010, 08:45 AM
OKay it's not an SC, but it's my wife's 3.8 1998 windstar.

Oil light came on, engine sounded like it wasn't getting oil, I installed a new pump and shaft, and it still seems to be getting no oil to the engine. I primed the pump in oil before i installed it, filled the filter with oil and still nothing.

The engine is pretty close to the SC engine i think. Does anyone have any idea as to what the cause would be?



04-05-2010, 09:20 AM
How is the oil pump driven? Does the distributor shaft also drive the oil pump?If so, I would look into the distributor. If the engine doesn't have a conventional distributor, then look at the synchronizer (I believe that is what it is called).

Good luck.


04-09-2010, 09:20 PM
Did you drop the oil pan? It sounds like the pickup screen is plugged with sludge ( common problem with Fords) Drop the pan and look, plugged screens are the most common reasons oil pumps fail, screen plugs and runs the pump dry. Good Luck.