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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 6 of 11)

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problem #115

May 312013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,102 miles


During normal driving both the brake warning light and the anti-lock brake warning light will come on and stay on. They don't always come on but if they do they don't shut off till you turn the ignition off. We never know if it's a real brake problem or just an electrical glitch.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #114

Jun 012010


  • 180,000 miles
ABS light continuously coming on and going off, tire sensor lights coming on and going off when tire pressure is ok. Took to mechanic in 9/2013 and diagnosis was that ABS module needed replacement.

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #113

Oct 102013


  • miles
Brake lights were coming on so we took it to have it looked at and the said it was a bad wire for the anti lock brake system and said there has been a problem with these in other Windstar.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #112

Oct 092013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


I have an ABS code C1185 which may be related to a faulty solder joint in the ABS module. This renders the ABS system ineffective.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #111

Jul 242013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,542 miles
While operating this van the ABS/brake light will illuminate on the dash. This is an intermittent problem that sometimes comes on as soon as the vehicle is started, other times it will come on after driving for a mile or two. This causes the ABS brake system to stop working and is a safety issue. I have had the codes checked many times and cleared with no other problems showing just to have it re-occur at a later time. It seems to be related to outside temperature. If it is really hot outside ( 90+ ) the light will come on quickly, when its cooler it may come on later in the day, or after driving further.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #110

Jul 022013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
ABS comes on immediately upon putting the car into drive and driving for a couple seconds. I can hear a noise and the ABS light comes on.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #109

Sep 022013


  • 50,000 miles


ABS warning light comes on & off intermittently. Can not re-set it, but the brakes seem to work good otherwise. Is this a problem or has Ford had a recall on this issue? I hear it is common.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #108

Oct 262012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 102,702 miles
The ABS and the brake light both lit up and remained on. When cooler temperatures prevailed, the lights would then go out. This again has occurred most recently on 08-30-2013. The following codes affected were C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1214, C1210.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #107

Sep 022013


  • 203,000 miles
Red (brake) and yellow (ABS) lights on intermittently. Problem is worse in hot weather. See seems like an ABS (safety!) issue would be worth a recall.

- Bridgewater, VA, USA

problem #106

Jul 012013


  • 125,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased with both red brake and amber ABS lights came on. That was scary and I barely could stop the vehicle to avoid an accident. This happened many times since then.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #105

May 012012


  • miles


ABS and brake lights come on intermittently. ABS braking will not work.

- Fort Washakie, WY, USA

problem #104

May 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 137,500 miles
ABS and brake warning lights light up on dash. When car is turned off and then back on, warnings are no longer lit. Then they come back on later, at some random time. There does not seem to be a pattern or common situation, such as rain, etc.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #103

Aug 102013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 109,525 miles
ABS and brake light illuminated and experienced a burning electrical smell. Fuse#10 was popped and lost dash functionality. Went to Ford today 8-14-13 and had recall 09S09 work performed and that did not fix the problem. My wife and I believe their is a serious electrical problem with the ABS electrical control module, due to issues related to the recall 09S09. We hope that the van does not erupt into a fire. We still can smell an electrical burning smell.

- Whitesburg, GA, USA

problem #102

May 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 64,122 miles
ABS brake light came on, as well as the red brake light. Both lights come on and go off intermittently. Have had vehicle checked by mechanic and local Ford dealer. Dealer states codes C1185, C1194, C1198, C1210, C1214, C1242, C1246, C1250, C1254; will need ECU hcu 2F2Z2C219ba and 2F2C296ac which is obsolete. Reports of this being a common problem with this vehicle and possible recall in future.

- Manteo, NC, USA

problem #101

Aug 042013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 63,539 miles
Our ABS and brake lights are on. We had the brakes replaced, but they are still on. Our mechanic tells us it may be the ABS control module, which they want over $1,000 to fix. We have read that this is a common problem with the Windstar and it may be related to a defective part other than the ABS control module. Is there a recall on this item?

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #100

Nov 222011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake warning lights come on.can go for days without doing so and then appear again: When warning lights come on ABS not working although brakes function. On checking internet this appears to be a regular problem since Windstar was introduced. I do not know when this appeared on my vehicle as was already occurring when I purchased it 11/22/2011.

- Linn Creek, MO, USA

problem #99

Jul 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 167,859 miles
ABS light comes on for no reason.

- Camp Springs, MD, USA

problem #98

Jun 032013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The ABS light comes on occasionally. I checked for ABS codes and found C1185 and many other codes. After some online research, I found that this problem is usually caused by a faulty ABS control module. I never know when the system will malfunction so, will have know way of knowing if the ABS system will work when it is needed.

- Dundas, MN, USA

problem #97

Jul 012012


  • 100,000 miles
The ABS light and emergency brake warning lights have been staying on. While the lights are on, I tested the ABS by attempting an emergency stop on wet roads. The ABS did not function and the vehicle was losing control. I've since hooked the vehicle to a diagnostic code reader and received multiple ABS codes. After researching online for others with similar problems, I am aware that multiple people are having problems with the ABS computer.

- Blaine, WA, USA

problem #96

Jul 162013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Driving at 60mph, got to stop sign and tried to stop and the brake pedal sank to the ground, I pulled emergency brake and pulled to side of road just missing car in front of me. Tried to pump brakes and just sank to ground each time. I checked brake fluid and it was full. Drove backwards a few times and hit brakes to stop to adjust rear brakes, not much change. Pumped brakes many times and seem to work after a few pumps. Drove a bit forward and to stop had to pump brakes and they worked. Drove home and brake pedal sank to ground, but pumping helped. After driving over 15min, brakes now work fine. Took to garage and the are not sure what problem is. They want to change the ABS module. The ABS light is now on" did not notice the ABS light on before. Not sure what the problem could be. Is there a recall for this" can't enter an address from Canada, picked a state and zip to enter my info. Thanks

- Stoney Creek, On, Canada, MA, USA

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