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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 192006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles


The brakes suddenly started failing and the brake petal would go to the floor like a defective master cylinder. The master cylinder was replaces 3 times at 2 different shops because they were sure it was the master cylinder and they thought perhaps it was a defective replacement. The defect ended up being the antilock brake system (ABS) hydraulic control unit (hcu). If you do an internet search for Windstar hcu, you will find Windstar reviews rating their brakes as significant problems specifically stating "an occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the antilock brake system (ABS) hydraulic control unit (hcu). The cost to repair the ABS hydraulic control unit is estimated at $975 for parts, without traction control, and $1,200 for parts, with traction control, and $162.50 for labor." This problem also affects the 1997 Windstar."year=1998&make=Ford&model=Windstar and"year=1997&make=Ford&model=Windstar this is potentially a life threatening problem and should be subject to a recall if it is bad enough than in auto reviews they cite it as a problem with Ford Windstar.

- Grantham, NH, USA

problem #3

May 072001


  • miles
Hydraulic control unit and electronic control unit both had to be replaced with only 40,000 miles on the vehicle. This failure occurred suddenly and caused the vehicle to have very little brakes while driving. An accident was narrowly avoided. The cost to fix this problem was in excess of $1,500.

- Dubois, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 291998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS sensor failed.

- Carpinteri, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 011997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brake sensor on the drvers side cracked.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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