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Average Mileage:
93,854 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 102013

Windstar LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


ABS and brake lights go on after a bump in the road, only in good weather, raining it does not go on. Ford said ABS was working. I replaced the brake switch, saw no sign of brake fluid around it, still goes on and off, mostly annoying. Checked the ABS wiring and connectors, all 4 seem to be OK.

The mystery continues. Wish Ford would do a recall, they want $600 to replace the controller, with no guarantee that is the problem.

- , Franklin, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 142010

Windstar Limited 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,789 miles

Seems these go off with every bump in the road, just one more issue to add to the list of issues with this van.

- , Orrville, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009

Windstar LX 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

Had the ABS light come on first, and then go off on its own. Went on for a very long time. Then the Brake light would come on (no traction control on this vehicle for that to act up). This would come on and go out on its own, for close to a year at least. Then it disappeared for a while, and then came back (seeing that it was more active as we got closer to warm temps). Started searching for a way to fix it, and after a while gave up.

Months later started looking again and found out there were investigations on the brake switch on the master cylinder. Some months later I get the recall notice and get it done. My cruise control had gone out some time prior and was now working again. But the lights came back on within 2 days. Changed the master cylinder. No change. Started searching more and some very intelligent mechanics and owners have pretty much narrowed it down to a bad design (not Ford, not again) in the ABS controller, as they have an aluminum heat sink that (expands and contracts) causes the solder joints to crack and separate. I'm not paying Ford $100 to tell me its going to be expensive to replace it, as it should be on THEIR DIME. Even if I put a new $600 controller on there (not counting the other parts I replaced like the brake switch and the shift switch) there is no telling how long that will last before it happens again. Ford made the mistake, they need to fix it. WHEN THAT ABS AND BRAKE LIGHT ARE ON, YOUR ABS SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING !!!!!!!! I've tested it accidentally and I'm right. Now to figure out why the transmission had been acting up as well as the tire inflation system.

- , Nanjemoy, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 122007

(reported on)

Windstar SE Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,253 miles

After driving the van 10-20 miles the brake light comes on. Mechanics have assured us that the brake system is okay.

- , Oneida, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 152006

(reported on)

Windstar SE Sport

  • 73,228 miles

All these lights are on: engine, trac off, brake, ABS. Also, I have a broken mirror, broken rear wiper, and one of my power windows in the back doesn't work anymore.

- , Burlington Township, NJ, USA

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