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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
160,856 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 5 of 11)

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problem #135

Jun 162006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


On June 16, 2006, while vehicle was parked in a parking lot, someone informed us that my 2002 Ford Windstar was smoking from under the hood. An internal fire occurred, damaging the wiring harness and windshield wiper motor. Unaware to the cause of said fire the damaged parts were replaced. Then other problems started to arise, the vehicle cruise control stopped working, the ABS/brake light remained on and the speedometer was not working properly (not accurately reading). The local Ford dealer was informed of the before-mentioned problems including the internal fire that had occurred, at the time of the initial brake pressure deactivation switch recall. The dealer stated that the brake pressure deactivation switch indeed was leaking and that they supposedly checked the ABS control module. Still the ABS/brake light remained on and the speedometer did not work properly. On 3/14/14 the Windstar was taken to a local garage to diagnose the ABS/brake issues again. It was determined that said unit needed to be replaced. The ABS module was subsequently removed and examined the control module (3/21/2014). The ABS module suffered an internal fire and the wiring harness connector was melted and damaged. Also found was evidence of significant burning around the pins at the connections. This evidence included the blackened fluid, severe discoloration, and lifted traces, all of which are clearly apparent in photos of the module interior. The local dealer refused to repair or replace the module under the recall claim, stating that it was not part of the recall, and that said recall was closed. Ford has been negligent in this matter and luckily the vehicle prior to today, has not become a runaway fire event and burned to the ground!! at this time the vehicle has not been repaired, and is sitting idle. I have kept the damaged control module for examination.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #134

Mar 072014


  • 234,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal went to the floor when depressed. The vehicle continued to accelerate over a curb and crashed into a tree. There was no personal injury. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the scv switch was replaced. The manufacturer was notified and they informed that there was not a recall related to the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 234,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #133

Mar 012014


  • miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. My ABS light and trac off lights on. During driving my traction control will come on as I brake on dry pavement, I almost wasnt able to stop. The mechanic said my cruise control was leaking ( that has previously been fixed) but that want causing it. I will have to buy a ABS module. It is parked right now due to scared to drive with my kids in the car and I'm a single mom and can't afford the module.

- Mt. Washington , KY, USA

problem #132

Jul 062012


  • 134,000 miles


I'm not sure if this is the brakes or the lighting on the dashboard, but the ABS and brake light on the dashboard light up. I have had it checked, and the mechanics keep saying the brakes are fine, but the lights often stay on, especially in warmer weather (and hardly at all in colder weather). This has been going on since we got the car, from July 2012 to the present.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #131

Feb 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The ABS system fail and the car lost control.

- Phoenixville , PA, USA

problem #130

Jan 132014


  • miles
ABS light on -- won't go off.. brakes are skipping (new pads / nothing wrong with new parts).

- Kingston, PA, USA

problem #129

Feb 142012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 146,212 miles


The ABS and brake lights come on simultaneously while driving and I get a message telling me to "check ABS". turning off the ignition and restarting clears the problem. Code pulled reveal a fault within the ABS module.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #128

Feb 012012


  • miles
The ABS and red brake light as well as the traction control light, and now my battery light come on and off intermittently. The ABS system kicks in at unnecessary times making it difficult to stop. The speedometer is now also bouncing up and down intermittently, but no other gauges seem to be affected.

- East Jordan, MI, USA

problem #127

Apr 302013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My ABS light & traction light are now on. Also, needles jump on dash {odometer, speedometer, fuel & heat level} and cruise control does not work any longer {this has been happening since receiving my van back from the Ford garage after 7 months from the axle recall repair over a year ago}. tried to bleed my brakes after replacing pads and caliper but cannot bleed front left or rear right. Was told by a Ford mechanic that this may be a problem in the ABS module. As pertaining to a Ford recall in October, 2009, all of the above problems may be connected to this recall. My van was inspected and nothing was done to it because, at the time, because it was deemed safe. I have since replaced the electrical tape on the wiring harness that they were suppose to be inspecting because it was falling off due to brake fluid on it (reason for said recall}. I plan on calling the garage in the am to have them reinspect my van for this recall because I cannot afford to replace any more parts in it. I have put a lot into it just since getting it back after the axle recall because it deteriorated sitting in their driveway for the winter due to salt. I hope nobody else is going through this. I love my van and have owned it for 11 years but it is getting too expensive for a one-income-household to repair due to bad parts or service. Please have Ford work to fix these problems so I can afford to keep my van. Thank you!

- Antrim, NH, USA

problem #126

Dec 102013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
ABS light came on during normal driving conditions for no apparent reason. Car is very well maintained with good brakes and has relatively low miles.

- Stone Ridge, NY, USA

problem #125

Feb 272013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles


ABS and brake lights came on and stayed on until restarting engine. Problem could not be detected by several mechanics. The brakes are working ok, but the lights come on once in while independent of speed or hitting the brakes.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #124

Aug 142012


  • 191,000 miles
***********updated information from ODI number:10554248************ ABS and brake warning lights on the dashboard came on and when codes were retrieved, it was C1185, ABS power relay output circuit fault. My wife just informed me that when the lights came on, she could feel the brakes be applied just a little on its own (without pressing the brake pedal) for about a second or two. Had the codes cleared and the same code came back on a short time later with same reaction from brakes.

- Tyner, NC, USA

problem #123

Aug 142012


  • 191,000 miles
ABS and brake warning lights on dashboard came on and when codes were retrieved, it was C1185, ABS power relay output circuit fault.

- Tyner, NC, USA

problem #122

Nov 252013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
ABS and brake lights come on intermittently. I applied the brakes heavily and all 4 wheels locked up. The vehicle was uncontrollable while braking. The speedometer is erratic. The battery is dead sometimes after sitting overnight. The hazard lights come on by them selves. The door locks do not work properly. The tire indicator lights come on for no reason.

- Golden, MS, USA

problem #121

Mar 312006


  • 52,000 miles
Left Ford dealership with my just purchased 02 Ford Windstar. Within 10 miles of dealership ABS and brake light came on. Returned to dealership on Monday. Tried to charge me diagnostic fee for issue.... wouldn't fix problem unless I paid for parts and labor. I complained numerous times. Said wasn't their problem and not a recall. Still having issue. Now vehicle has ABS light on (without brake light). Check engine light came on. Barely made it home.... going back to dealership tomorrow. I will never again purchase a Ford. Especially not from dealership that won't correct problem even though I paid $2K extra for extended warranty.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #120

Sep 252013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 128,324 miles
The ABS, track off, brake light indicators, and check traction control intermittently illuminate. They remain on until the key is turned off, and then reset. The frequency is intermittent and not measurable. Initial checks have no results as the lights are out when checked by a repair shop.

- Round Hill, VA, USA

problem #119

Nov 122013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
ABS and brake lights have been turning on intermittently, when on ABS is not functional. Today on minimally slippery roads lights came on, ABS needed at an icy stop sign, did not come on. Rear ended the car in front of me. No damage to other car, front bumper on my car now cracked. ABS still not working.

- Ostrander, OH, USA

problem #118

Nov 062013


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the rear or the vehicle collapsed. The contact also mentioned that the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who informed the contact that the rear axle had fractured due to rust and the ABS master relay sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Camdenton , MO, USA

problem #117

Nov 252011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
After driving some distance, usually 5-20 miles or after the van has warmed up, the ABS and brake dashboard lights and come on. The speed at which this occurs is random. The ABS is indeed incapacitated, thus suddenly increasing the braking distance. The trip computer also beeps, and tells me that the traction control has been disabled.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #116

Sep 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake lights come on periodically. Can't be reset and have asked mechanic what issue is. Was told it's an ABS module that costs at least $700 to replace. Have looked online for help on this and it looks like several other people are having this same issue. Is Ford looking to put a recall out for this? living in the midwest weather, having my ABS working would be a nice addition when driving in the four seasons of weather.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

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