OK to drive?


#1

Last night, in extremely icy conditions, my 2001 Ford Windstar couldn’t make it up the hill on ice. I gunned the engine, the tires spun, I got to the top of the hill, but then the engine stopped, with first the battery light, then the check engine light on. The lights and radio stayed on, but I was pressing the accelerator and the van wouldn’t go. I activated my hazards and turned off the ignition. I waited a moment, and it started right up, no dash service lights on, and I made it the half a mile home… is it OK to drive today?


#2

Did it start ok, today?


#3

It sounds to me like the van stalled. I don’t think anyone can tell you whether it will stall again or not - but there’s only one way to find out. I think your biggest problem is the ice rather the engine.


#4

Who knows why it stalled? Just go ahead and drive it and keep an eye on the guages for any issues. Can’t see how spinning the wheels up a hill would have done much except overheated the tires and transmission.


#5

If you have to ask…

Seriously, if you aren’t sure, you shouldn’t let strangers on the internet decide. Get it checked out by a mechanic.

I’m wondering if this vehicle has some kind of traction control system that cut your power. Reading the owner’s manual might shed some light on the situation.


#6

Thanks… it worked fine today. I let it warm up well to make sure no lights came on, then traveled 20 miles without any problems. I’ll take it to the shop next week.


#7

Did you rev the engine all the way to the redline (which really wouldn’t be a good idea)? If so, maybe your rev limiter malfunctioned and stalled the engine completely.