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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,588 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.

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1998 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 192008


  • 88,177 miles


The master cylinder speed control pressuer swith liking brake oil.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 142002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,700 miles
In September, 2002, I had to replace the speed control pressure switch on the master brake cylinder of my 1998 Ford Windstar, because it started leaking brake fluid. I also had to replace the drivers side tie rod end because the leaking brake fluid damaged the ruber bushing.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 232003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Ford Windstar. ABS pump has failed and brakes are not working properly. There was no brake light on dash to denote a problem and nothing coming up when tests were run on computer. All mechanics thought it was the master cylinder and as a results I had 5 put on the van from christmas 2003 to present. Called Ford directly and said that they would note the problem, but nothing that they can do to fix the problem. I cannot drive my family in the vehicle as afraid of having accident in result of pump not functioning. Cost just for pump is $2200 not including labor. Very upset that Ford will not stand behind their product and attempt to help.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 192003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Master cylinder and hc unit were replaced in January of 2003, in the shop for 6 weeks. On 9/19 brakes failed again. Result hitting a parked car. Told by dealer that same 2 parts were again bad.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 082003

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
When the consumer applied the braked, the pedal went to the floor and the vehicle failed to stop, which caused extended stopping distance. The emergency brake had to be engaged to stop the vehicle. This was caused by a failure in the master brake cylinder. The rear brakes were destroyed because the emergency brake had to be used to stop the vehicle.

- Maplewood, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 112003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer has called several dealerships to have four recalls done and they were refusing to honor them. Recall # 01V199 concerning front springs:coil spring/ 99V147 000 concerning brake master cylinder/ 00E11 Ford's additional warranty for front springs:coil spring corrosion, and 01M 03.

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 162002

(reported on)


  • miles


Owner didn't realize that emergency parking brake didn't release completely. Once she did realize thatowner released it. A 1 1/2 later, lost brakes completely while going through an intersection due to brake fluid boiling in master cylinder. Also, emergency brake was integrated with hydraulic system.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 272001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph, consumer attempted to stop vehicle by applying brakes, and brakes failed to slow vehicle down. Consumer eventually managed to stop vehicle. No determination has been made as to component that failed. The consumer stated that master cylinder failed and was replaced. Gateway Ford stated that the ABS was damaged and needs to be replaced.

- Kissemmee, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 172001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Master cylinder has prematurely failed at only 52,000 miles while consumer was driving, causing a complete loss of brakes, there is a national backorder for part at minimum of 30 days. At time of replacement, dealer also replaced ABS pump due to it being faulty as well.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 041999


  • miles
01/04/1999-- !998 Ford Windstar had approx 95% brake failure while wife and kids were warning or noise, just "mushy pedal" stopping vehicle at last inch of brake pedal movement. Autofair dealer service mgr experienced the condition. Repair was to replce master cylinder. 01/18/1999--the same brake failure occurred with the same discription of brake pedal.condition of brakes was experienced by dealership again as well. Repair was to check all lines for leaks and bleed the air out of the lines. No reason given as to how the air got in the system. (remember master cyclinder replaced 13 days previous). 01/28/1999(Sunday) driving home from church, traveling approx 25 mph the brakes failed again causing me to go past the road I was going to turn into, no traffic. This was without warning, noise or warning lights..01/29/1999 autofair said to bring it back in again for repair. They kept it for approx 3 weeks and could not get the brakes to fail again in 300 miles of driving. They were unable to make a proper repair of the problem using their words, but had to give me my car back from orders from Ford regional rep mike holt who said even though Ford autofair service mgr had experienced the problem and they had not "repaired" the problem, (they only bled the brakes, no cause why this happened) and that the problem had corrected itself just as fast as it had occurred, the customer should have the auto back. We, along with the service dept and the vp in charge of Ford at autofair Ford have no confidence in this car and that the brakes will not fail unexpectedly again possibly causing injury to occupants/bystanders or other drivers.

- Sandown, NH, USA

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