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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,834 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

Jul 292010


  • 83,000 miles


Hi, I went in to the Ford dealership to take my car for a recall for a speed control switch on 2001 Ford Windstar, after 2 weeks of being there my brakes and ABS lights came on at the same time, I told my husband he said maybe I need it brake fluid, we put brake fluid it was missing some but nothing considerable, that was almost at the end of the winter, the lights will come on and off as they felt like it, but now they stay lid all the time, I was looking online and seems to be lots of owners of same car has same problems with both lights staying lid always. Should this be a Ford problem or should I spend $800 plus labor to get my car fix"??"

- Oaklyn, NJ, USA

problem #32

May 012010


  • 90,000 miles
1. seems as if in warmer weather months(may-Oct) the ABS, brake warning lights come on intermittently....not at all in rainy cooler/ freezing months (Nov-Apr) 2. almost everyday the ABS, brake warning lights illuminate on the dash. No ABS when the lights are illuminated....causing longer braking times in an emergency stop, or possibly a collision in wet weather. 3.we were told approx. $1300 parts and labor out of our pocket if we want it corrected to replace the ABS control module....I guess we will risk it....thanks Ford for your outstanding quality!!!

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #31

Jan 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The ABS warning light and brake warning light on my Ford Windstar come on after a few minutes time. The light takes longer to come on during colder weather, but will eventually come on if I drive the van long enough. I have tested my brakes during the winter on slippery roads after this has happened and have come to realize that I lose my antilock brakes. My wheels lock up and my van slides uncontrollably. This problem has been getting worse over the past couple of years. When it first started happening it occurred only every few weeks or so; now it is a daily occurrence. I understand that this is a problem for my Windstar owners. I have not had my brake system repaired yet. I cannot afford the high cost.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #30

Jun 152010


  • 70,500 miles


Frequent and persistent deactivation of the ABS system in 2001 Ford Windstar. This problem has come and gone on the van and there are recalls to cover the fire risk. The ABS system will through an alarm when the car is driven. This is an intermittent alarm the comes and goes it the cooler months and if no most of the time in the summer months. When the ABS system is disengaged the breaking distance is much longer when compromised road conditions. We were involved in a near miss when driving in snow and ice. This prompted further investigation and it seems that this is a persistent problem for ABS systems on the Windstar van.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #29

Sep 012009


  • 86,219 miles
ABS brake light, brake and trac off light turn on intermittently.

- Bpt, CT, USA

problem #28

Jun 112008


  • 125,789 miles
2001 Ford Windstar ABS brake issue. The ABS, red brake light and ABS control unit activates on all stops from 5 mph until a complete stop.

- West Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #27

Sep 072009


  • miles


ABS and brake light came on and then speed thing stopped working so I didn't know what speed I was going. My mechanic said after searching for 2 days that is probably brake pressure switch. I looked it up online and saw many Ford Windstar had same problem that have even caused fires! thanks

- Blandon, PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012009


  • 88,000 miles
ABS & brake lights are coming on the dashboard intermittently a few times each day. Started doing research and found hundreds if not thousands of people with my exact same complaint and trouble codes stored in the computer. Had problem diagnosed at Ford dealership and they say its the ABS control module underneath the drivers side door mounted on the bottom of the van. We're going to replace the ABS module to turn off the brake lights on the dashboard, and are going to replace the brake switch on the master cylinder to help prevent chance of fire.

- Buckley, WA, USA

problem #25

Jul 242009


  • 67,583 miles
On or about 10 July 09, the ABS light and the brake light on my 01 Windstar, were coming on intermittently. On 24 July 09, I took my Windstar to meridian Ford in meridian, Idaho to be checked out. A leaking brake switch and the ABS module shorting out were the problems found. I opted to pay $174.42 to replace the leaking brake switch, and I chose to wait to spend $654 to replace the ABS module. Both ABS light and brake light still come on intermittently.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #24

Aug 042009


  • 145,233 miles
The ABS light and brake light on dash come on in my 2001 Ford Windstar. I had the brakes checked out by my mechanic. Can't find a reason why. Lights still keep coming on.

- Casa Grande, AZ, USA

problem #23

Apr 192008


  • 165,000 miles


2001 Ford Windstar with brake & ABS lights on all the time.

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 142009


  • 140,000 miles
C1185 ABS code. Short in ABS relay output circuit. ABS and brake lights continuously on and activating ABS.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

problem #21

Jul 072001


  • 140,685 miles
ABS switch below master cylinder caught on fire leaking fluid on wires then blew fuse to speedometer and odometer and overdrive dealer says no recall had to buy fuse and take to garage to fix other problems caused fix wiring badly burnt.

- Glassport , PA, USA

problem #20

Jul 082008


  • 68,600 miles
On a very hot day I went over a bump and the red brake light and yellow ABS light came on in my 2001 Ford Windstar. I was panicked that the brakes would fail, but after parking the van and restarting it, the lights were gone. They came back on intermittently over the next couple months. I took it to the dealer a couple times before they told me it needed a new ABS module. I research the internet to understand the problem, and why it only happens when it is hot out. We decided to postpone the $700 repair, since it doesn't occur when it is cold out. We had no problems this winter, but now that it hot again, the lights are again coming on intermittently. My understanding is that we won't have ABS only when the lights are on. But this is a big safety concern in that we don't know if we will be able to count on the ABS system working when we need it. Ford should be responsible for fixing this problem since it is definitely a safety issue that results from a defective part they designed. At this point we have not replaced the part, it is still in the van, but I anticipate that we will have to replace it soon as the weather gets warmer and the lights become more frequent.

- Fremont, NE, USA

problem #19

Jan 282009


  • 69,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar: Brake pressure differential deactivation switch (2B264) develops a leak causing brake fluid to work down two wires to the ABS brake module, the fluid accumulates on the power connectors for the ABS system which are powered by fuses and the fluid attracts moisture and leads to fire; therefore no speedometer/odometer-cruise control ABS brake electrical problems failure. Taking the van to the dealer to be fixed because of major safety problems@ our cost.

- Windsor Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #18

May 192009


  • 97,200 miles
Loss of brake fluid, melted brake deactivation switch, brake light (red), cruise control will not activate, ABS brake light (yellow), Ford trouble code C1185. Action regarding repair is pending; service person indicated that ABS is not functional but brakes will function normally without ABS capability.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #17

May 152009


  • 96,585 miles
2001 Ford Windstar ABS and brake light comes on and stays on until engine is shut down. I've pulled the fuses for the ABS as I'm afraid of fire.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #16

Mar 162009


  • 106,000 miles
Brake pressure differential deactivation switch located under the master cylinder overtime develops a leak. This can cause a short and a fuse trip is engine is on. This leak falls into the ABS module. My brake light and ABS light is on and I'm having problems with the brakes. I couldn't make a full stop at the employee parking lot at work. Almost hit another car and one of my co-workers.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #15

Jan 032008


  • 102,000 miles
I own two Ford Windstar LX's, one a 2001 and the other 2003. Both have brake and ABS lights that come on together. It does not happen in colder weather. In warmer weather, it happens as soon as the van is warmed up.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #14

Jan 112009


  • 110,000 miles
ABS and traction control light on and system not working.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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