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8.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,562 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 182007

Windstar 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Ford Windstar van. Front passenger lug bolts. All five lug bolt failed with no warning. Vehicle mileage 33300. No notice before failure. No shaking or vibrations. 60 mph at time of incident. All parts saved. Replaced 5 lug bolts, 5 lug nuts, rotor.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #12

Aug 212003

Windstar

  • miles
Front brake rotors completely rusted through with only 47,000 miles on vehicle.

- Dubois, PA, USA

problem #11

Sep 231999

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated the front rotors were warped.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 082001

Windstar

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While traveling at approximately 25 mph left front wheel disconnected from vehicle due to rotor bolts shearing off. Consumer stated that a recall was issued for this problem in Canada when aftermarket rotors were put on vehicles in place of Ford brake rotors. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 052001

Windstar

  • miles
Tie rod and rotors needed to be replaced at approximately 35000 miles. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Mogadore, OH, USA

problem #8

May 131996

Windstar

  • miles
The brake rotors and pads were replaced, causing grinding noise.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 031999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Failure of the pads and rotors cause noise while braking.

- Mt. Vernon, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 011998

Windstar

  • miles
Vehicle has been in numerous times for new seals on front right passenger door for wind noise: Also been in for failed brake system numerous times and front rotors have been on back order for almost 2 months: In numerous times for front end alignment-checked and rechecked by several Ford dealers and they cannot do anything, vehicle has always pulled to the right; engine has died several times and would not start back up; front pads on brake system have been replaced and rotors turned at only 10,000 miles still grinding and will not stop correctly; vehicle feels to me as unsafe for my wife and two younger boys.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 131999

Windstar

  • miles
Manufacturer does not have rotors for vehicle.

- Brookland, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 051999

Windstar

  • miles
The front brakes, rotors and pads were completely worn out but consumer had no warning of the failed components. Nlm

- Philadelph, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake rotors failed.

- Chula Vist, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 191998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pads are cutting rotors, causing failure.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 191997

Windstar

  • miles
While driving and proceeding to come to a stop the vehicle will intermittently stall. Consumer has contacted the dealer, several repair attempts however continues. Brake rotors warped causing grinding of the brakes while stopping.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

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