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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 1 of 11)

problem #215

Jun 052014


  • 187,500 miles


ABS and brake warning lights keep coming on; connections checked and no apparent loose connections; happens when moving and or sitting still

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #214

May 202011


  • 16,894 miles
Electrical shorts fire, ac, brakes speel control, locks doors

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #213

Feb 032016


  • miles
I have a code C1185 it is making my van unstable. It starts to jerk as it goes from 40 to higher speeds it's affecting. It turns out that alot of people are having this issue C1185 ABS module

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #212

Dec 052015


  • 1 miles


"takata recall" it has the ABS light on and the brakes feel like is going to pop or dont even work in one point im really scare to drive it change the brake boster and nothing fuse sensor for the a B S. and nothing I wish just to give it back to the Ford comp..evry where I

- Wilmington, CA, USA

problem #211

Aug 262014


  • 113,326 miles
ABS light and brake light comes on and stays on for days at a time then will go off and remain off for a day or two and then come on again. The problem is that both lights (ABS and brake) come on and then will stay on and then go off for various periods of time. Have had all of the ABS sensors checked and they all check good. Problem is annoying and intermittent.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #210

Jun 012015


  • 122,382 miles
ABS light intermittently on and off consistantly. Was told as module needs to be replaced

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #209

Jun 012015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 161,000 miles


Brake and ABS lights on most of the time, myriad codes, hard to even know where to start troubleshooting...updated 07/30/15 updated 9/23/15

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #208

Mar 122012


  • 106,000 miles
The brake and ABS lights on the dashboard come on intermittently although there is no problem with these systems.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #207

Sep 162014


  • miles
The ABS light comes on and then off a lot.

- New Windsor , MD, USA

problem #206

Apr 102015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 16,700 miles
ABS brake lite illuminates, brakes appear to continue to work.

- Cornelius, OR, USA

problem #205

Apr 022015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 248,190 miles


Driving and light comes on and been on. Went to mechanic and said the ABS control needs replaced.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #204

Mar 162009


  • 89,000 miles
The brake and the ABS lights keep coming on they have been doing this for a couple of years.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #203

Dec 302014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Just noticed that the ABS light would go on and off, checked fluid levels, fine, and then the light stays on all the time.

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #202

Mar 032015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I try to stop and the ABS would not work.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #201

Feb 262015


  • 73,500 miles
The hand brake lights up when brakes are applied when coming to a stop. The light will go off and then back on again when brakes are applied again.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #200

Feb 012015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 92,205 miles
The ABS sensor light comes on after a minute of driving. Sometimes the emergency brake light will come on when braking. This happen to me after putting in new wheel bearings. Then I put in new ABS sensors still have problem. Alot of other people on the internet are having same issue as me. The I put in speed control deactivation switch. Still have same issue.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #199

Feb 192014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS light and traction control light illuminates after driving forward 150 yards. Heavily salted Chicago streets have caused corrosion under car. Suspect ABS failure due to salt and water corrosion in electrical connectors. High amperage ABS electrical wires could short- out and cause a fire; an environmental, pollution and safety issue.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #198

Jan 302015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar sel with VIN [xxx], I am the third owner of this vehicle. The ABS and traction control system is damaged and has a recurring warning when the engine is started with the ABS / brake and traction control warning lights on. The person I purchased this van from (2nd owner) stated that he had all the recalls completed on this vehicle however he believed that the defect identified in Ford safety recall 09S09 for the speed control system has resulted in damage to the ABS system computer and/or associated harness wiring or harness connections. He (2nd owner) did not keep the repair orders for any of the recall repairs so I do not have any records to review. I believe that the wire harness, related wire harness connectors and the ABS system computer are damaged resulting from brake fluid leaking and/or corrosion related to the defect found in Ford safety recall 09S09. I believe that the Ford dealership that performed this recall failed to properly repair or identify collateral damage in the wire harness and ABS system computer as noted in recall repair procedure. The vehicle is currently not repaired and the ABS system is not functioning as designed (non-functioning), I believe this is a safety hazard. Current owner: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #197

Feb 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 73,425 miles
Used the vehicle to go on a trip about 200 miles from home, the cruise control was working but the brake light stayed on. When I got back home and parked the vehicle for a couple of days, when I went to go back out in the van on another short trip and got on the interstate the cruise wouldn't work again. The brake light stays on all the time when before the cruise stopped working it was only intermittent. Now the light is on all the time and the cruise isn't working at all. I can't use the van on trips O when I go a few miles away from home because the cruise don't work. I have a bad back and joints and rely on that cruise to help me get from point a to point B. thanks....updated 01/07/15 the consumer stated the issues are on recall. Updated 01/17/15

- Ward, AR, USA

problem #196

Aug 282010


  • 75,494 miles
While driving on a highway with cruise control engaged, the brake and ABS lights came on. The brakes were unaffected. We stopped and checked on finding a mechanic in the town we were going through, but when we re-started the van, the lights were back off. The brakes remained unaffected. The problem recurs sporadically at intervals of a few weeks to a few months. Sometime later, we had to have the cruise control repaired due to two bad switches (damaged by leaks). I mention this because evidence suggests a link between the cruise control and the ABS problems.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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