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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,862 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Dec 122005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

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

ABS light stays on all the time.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #20

Jan 062007

Windstar

  • 85,000 miles
Error code 1085 for 2001 Ford Windstar brake system. Brake light on had to disconnect ABS system to avoid a fire. Creates a leak of brake fluid which is flammable.

- Temecula , CA, USA

problem #19

Aug 282007

Windstar

  • 62,000 miles
Emergency brake light come on when you drive or backup vehicle paid Ford dealer over $3,000 to fix the problem on basis of recommendation Aug 28, 2007, replace wiring harness and ABS module after servicing the brake lights continue to come on. Have taken the car in to dealer for the 5th time. Ford engineers stated they do not know what is causing the problem or how to fix it. My 1 year labor warranty will expired Aug 28, 2008 and Ford has yet to repair car. I was told by Ford dealer the car is drivable and doesn't pose a health or hazardous risk. I totally disagree.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #18

Dec 082007

Windstar

  • miles

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

2001 Ford Windstar, shortly after purchase in 2006, ABS light and brake lights would come on intermittently. In 2006 Windstar suffered front end damage, then ABS and brake lights always on. Mechanic said after incident, oh we had a problem getting the ABS to work. My son and daughter in law have a 2000 Windstar that is having the same problem. On Dec 8, 2007 I was traveling between oxnard and camarillo ca. Cars in front of me suddenly hit their brakes I did the same, the car started skidding out of control, pivoted on the front right tire, turned 180 degrees and rolled over.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 122008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,100 miles
Intermittent illumination of amber ABS warning lamp and red brake system warning lamp during driving - no underlying brake system malfunction; also, ABS and brake system warning lamps occasionally remain on after start-up warning system check cycle. Erroneous malfunction warnings consume owner time and funds to have diagnosed, with no actual brake malfunction present. Likely "boy who cried wolf" scenario, in which owners conditioned to ignore false warnings will disregard when true warning of actual defect occurs. NHTSA tsb no.: 15682 on this issue not recognized by Ford dealership service department, or Ford oasis bulletin systems.

- Paramoun, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 242007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles
Intermittent ABS warning light.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #15

Feb 112008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

I own a 2001 Ford Windstar and the ABS light keeps coming on and disabling the ABS system and the parking brake light comes on. Is there a recall on this?

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #14

Jul 162007

Windstar 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar 3.8 L and the ABS ans brake light illuminate intermitantly durnig the summer months and hotter weather but does not come on during colder months.

- Mcguire Afb, NJ, USA

problem #13

Aug 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
ABS and brake warning dashboard lights come on intermittently and are only cleared when vehicle is restarted. Brakes checked by dealership--not related to problem. Dealer service dept stated they could not replicate diagnostic code and could not recommend remedy; however, they stated this is a common problem. Safety issue is that this creates a lack of confidence in early warning system for brakes, potentially leading to driver ignoring a real brake failure.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning lights remain illuminated for up to 20 minutes. Afterwards, the lights dim and begin to illuminate intermittently. He took the vehicle to the repair shop and was informed that it was a very common failure. Currently, the contact is driving with the air bag light illuminated. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 12/12/2007 the consumer stated was informed that when the ABS and brake warning lights are illuminated the brake system will not work. Updated 12/12/07

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 122007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I recently purchased a used 2001 Ford Windstar. It began showing 3 lights on the dash. (the brake light ABS light and check engine light) I will begin with the engine light. After reading many articles on the internet of people experiencing the same codes P0174 and P0171 I found the tsb. It called for the replacement of the vacuum line, isolator bolts, valve cover, and port seals. The ABS and brake lights call for the replacement of the whole ABS module. To fix both of these problems are very costly. And after researching, I have conlcuded that these problems are not isolated. Due to the high price of labor and parts I have not been able to fix these problems. I think that the loss of ABS on slippery roads and the loss of the engine due to the defective gasket parts can cause a major accident, and pose as a huge concern. Please contact me with any updates...thankyou

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 272007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS light, red brake light, trac off light illuminated in dash board.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS and brake warning lights come on intermittently for no reason. Sensors replaced. Lights still come on. Started June/07. Ongoing.

- Hamilton, 00, USA

problem #8

Apr 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and brake lights illuminated during normal driving conditions. The warning lights illuminated while driving between 10 and 40 mph. The current mileage was 72,000 and failure mileage was 68,000.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 062006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
ABS and brake light stay on in my 2001 Windstar. I have been on a website that includes information with over 5 thousand people with the same problem. I have had it checked at the dealer before and was told nothing was wrong.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 172007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I had new brakes put on my vehicle (all four brakes) and about two weeks after having them put on I noticed my brakes were wanting to fail. When I go to stop the brakes squeal really bad, are hard to get to stop like I am pushing on a brick (I have to put all my body weight into brakes to stop vehicle) and sometimes will keep rolling. I had the lines checked and nobody can find out what is going on with my vehicle.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
ABS light (and brake light) go on intermittently on our 2001 Ford Windstar.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS and brake lights intermittently go on and off. After brakes were replaced the lights started this activity. After returning to the shop where brakes were replaced, they pulled the following codes off the computer, C1185,1194,1198,1210,1214,1242,1246,1250,1254 and U1262. A google search showed over 500 hits on one website for this activity. The shop says the brakes will work, but ABS may or may not work as intended to. This is a safety risk to the general public.

- Lavista, NE, USA

problem #3

Aug 162007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminates intermittently. He took the vehicle to the dealer and the service technician was unable to determine the cause of failure. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 89,000.

- Shawno, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 082004

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Numerous things have gone wrong since we bought the vehicle. Items covered under warranty: Electric seat stopped working twice, and transmission wouldn't shift when it was supposed to. Items not covered under warranty: Brakes replaced at 30,000+ miles-told was normal for them to wear out so quickly; rack and pinion replaced at around 55,000 miles; months after brakes replaced, brakes grind loudly when coming to a stop (brakes checked numerous times, but was told they were ok); ABS brake light comes on and stays on after driving (not illuminated on start up, but comes on later); back dome light not secure-falls out; dome lights sometimes come on when braking; check engine light on for months, didn't have it checked, but turned off by itself; sliding door drags-rusted on vechicle frame.

- Bothell, WA, USA

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