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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,751 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #124

Feb 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


About two years or so after purchasing our Ford Windstar the brakes started having problems. My husband replaced the shoes etc. The lights had to be reset. They would go out and then months later come back on. The brakes seem to be ok. A little squeaky sometimes, and then the brake and ABS lights go out. They come on and off every so often when we go over bumps, or sometimes doing absolutely nothing. It's still doing the intermittent on and off thing. The fluid levels are fine etc. We replaced brake parts twice since purchasing it.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #123

May 012012


  • 89,000 miles
My ABS light and brake light come on some days not all the time nothing wrong with brakes.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #122

May 052014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
During the course of normal driving, on a Ford Windstar with less than 100K miles, the ABS system failed. The ABS/tc/E-brake lights all came on, permanently. I had to have the system replaced, at extensive cost. In online research it turns out this is a fairly common problem, potentially due to leaking fluid from the scds component. NHTSA please make Ford deal with this!

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #121

Jul 152013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


ECU module for ABS is shorted out and causes gauge cluster to short out. This causes ABS light & brake light to turn on and all gauges stop working and they jump around. This was diagnosed by Ford dealership in wi. Said brake fluid leaks in to ECU and shorts out wires. Told me. $2000 to fix. These problems are a safety issue. ABS and speedometer and gauges don't work. Should be a recall.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #120

Jun 122012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated and that the brakes failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ABS brake module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 155,000.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #119

Jun 062014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 86,601 miles
Anti-lock brake light and brake warning light come on intermittently. Code C1185 is present.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #118

May 312014


  • 164,000 miles


We were headed home on the freeway and turned onto our exit. My husband put his foot on the brake to start slowing the van down, but the pedal did nothing. He was able to stop the van by coasting and switching into reverse. He then got out and checked fluid which was full and checked the brake lines which were fine. There was no warning signs or anything that our brakes were going to fail. I am just glad that we were already at our exit and there was no other traffic! we had our 5 children in the van with us at the time. I have been researching and reading about the ABS problems in our year Windstar and am hoping Ford decides to take some action on the matter!

- Queen Valley , AZ, USA

problem #117

Aug 152012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 143,032 miles
A couple of months after the sub-frame recall (N99 11S16) work was done both the 'ABS' and 'brake' lights came on for a few minutes and then went off again for a few weeks. The frequency of this occurrence has accelerated, over time, and now these two lights are on about 60% of time.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #116

Oct 312012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 185,753 miles
Stopping at red lights or stop signs cause ABS to make noise and keep you from coming to a stop with out pumping brakes have tried new brakes and bleeding of brakes and new all around calipers and other brake parts and still having the same effect.

- Skowhegan, ME, USA

problem #115

May 012006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The ABS light and the brake light come on most of the time and I'm sure this means my braking system is not functioning properly. It hs been occurring with this vehicle for many years and hundreds of dollars later it is still not resolved. Ford needs to step-up and fix this issue. A.S.a.P. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Winston, OR, USA

problem #114

Aug 082013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


The ABS, brake, and trac lights come on while driving down the road. This doesn't happen every time, but has become more frequent. Have not found a reason for it to come on, like hitting bumps or wet whether. The electrical system issues is rear windows won't open all of the time. The door locks don't work all of the time. The lights in and outside the van dim in and out.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #113

Jan 252012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I purchased. This car in August 2013 before I got the car has 20 miles down the road the brake light came on subsequently both the ABS and the emergency brake light has come on and off the ABS light is on most of the time and there is a noise when breaking my mechanic doesn't know what it is and I have found out that this is a recall problem on other vehicles by calling the Ford dealer and looking online. This particular van is not covered but it's clearly having the same problem. The speed control stop working within three or four months of my having the car as well. And the rear wiper doesn't work and I'm very suspicious as to why.

- Berrien Springs, MI, USA

problem #112

Mar 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Well my ABS/ brake lights have been on and off ever since I bought this van and I have keep up on everything that need keeping up on. Now I am having problems with my wipers and they don't work on any of the speeds but high and next to high and the other speeds don't work. Another problem I have been having is the electronic slidding doors don't always close or want to stay shut. The doors have even tried to open when driving down the road which is very dangerous considering I have children ridding in the back of my van. I have had codes come up on my van that sound like a manufacturing problem and I have had about enough of this. I have not felt save in my van since they called me in for the recall they fixed on it at dick withems. I still think it needs an inspection by the company and they need to fix everything that is malfunctioning due to manufacturing problems. I put my children's and my life in Ford's hands when I drive this van and if anything ever happens to my children or me I will be getting ahold of Ford, my lawyer. I think that when vehicle's are built they should make sure there are less manufacturing problems as possible. Please contact me.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #111

Mar 162014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I didn't have a crash I noticed that my ABS brake and tire pressure light was staying on and a short time after I started hearing a loud rumbling noise in the front end every time I slow an it's impossible to make sudden stops and at times my speedometer starts flickering back and forth as well as my cruise control is currently inoperable. I have limited driving this vehicle in which I purchased due to feeling it is not in a safe manner for my children to be in. I have had several shops as well as individuals that told me these areas are common to go out on this specific vehicle and that there is possible recall. I just want to be able to drive my van with out worrying if I'm going to be able to come to a stop when needed as well as not knowing if I could possible break down or something break in the front end while I am driving at somewhat high speeds. Thank you and hope to hear from someone soon in regards to this situation!

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #110

Apr 012014


  • 133,000 miles
I was driving my Ford Windstar 2001 when the brakes failed. The cruise control stop working and the ABS and the brake lights came on. The brakes became soft causing me being unable to stop the van.

- Claxton, GA, USA

problem #109

Apr 092014


  • 155,500 miles
The ABS and brake light goes off and on, mostly on all the time on the dash, will not get a state inspection like this.........what can you do to slove this for me [xxx].... information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #108

Jun 032013


  • 81,000 miles
ABS lights on dash comes on especially when its hot out. Brakes lock up when trying to stop fast. Was told its a defective ABS control module. Ford issued a revised or updated module. Its too expensive to replace right now.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #107

Feb 262014


  • 209,000 miles
My ABS light is on and have heard it is from ECU master relay has a bad soldier joint which fails prematurely and causes the ABS light and dtc C1185. It also causes the enhanced ABS braking system to become inoperable.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #106

Jun 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
ABS trouble light keeps coming on and going off. It was checked and the mechanic said it was safe to drive if I didn't want to spend the money. I have found out that the connector is absorbing fluids and shorting out. This shorting out happens mostly in warm weather. In sub 0 weather the light pretty much stays off. There is still a chance of fire when it is shorting out. I complained to Ford and was told there was no recall on this item. They gave me a case number for my complaint. It is #[xxx]. this problem is a direct cause of fluids leaking on the modgular connector and heat from engine. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Birch Run, MI, USA

problem #105

Mar 022006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
ABS and brake light comes on when the temp is hot outside, turn engine off, and back on goes out for a while, then comes back on. It seems to be a big problem but Ford says it is not a recall. Or I cannot find a recall.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

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