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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,770 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #63

Mar 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


ABS/E-brakewarning led's come on when van warms up. ABS quit working while driving on freeway on wet roads. Nearly crashed into side rail. When I got home checked my brake fluid and found it empty. Filled the fluid and took car to mechanic the next day. Mechanic said I had leaked fluid all over, but the master cyl. Looked to be fine. Found info on line and soon after got a recall notice from Ford. Took van to Ford dealer who installed the fusible link, per the recall notice in November. My ABS and E-brake lights are back on as of about March, 2010. They come on most often after the van has warmed up, or if the temp outside is warmer. At the same time that these warning dash lights came back on I lost brake lights all together, no tail lights, no reverse lamps, no rear turn signals, no dome lights, cc works sometimes and others does not, and the auto locks often do not work to lock or unlock the van. My brake lights would often stay on after turning the van off and removing the key, and now they don't turn on at all. My battery would die and have huge amounts of corrosion on the neg. Lead of the battery. Replaced battery and the ground chasis lead and the ground battery terminal. I have yet another appointment with the Ford dealer this week. This has been ongoing now for 8 months. If my van catches fire, my door locks will not unlock in the rear how will I get my children out quickly and safely? this is dangerous!

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #62

Apr 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Parking brake light, traction light and ABS light come on after driving a short distance. The dealer tells me that this is the ABS module going bad. The lights come on intermittently in no random order. When I switch on and off the lights go away. The dealer is quoting me $1300 to fix this, saying that this is not life threatening and just that the ABS function may not function in case of a requirement. This is a huge issue for me as is a safety issue and typically the van is driven by my wife with kids in the car. Ford says this is not part of their Ford Windstar safety recall and they will not cover this. However reading on the internet I see that this is a common problem with this model of Windstar, lots of people complained and having similar issues. I have also found a recall of ABS that is very similar and including the two links for your reference. I hope you can get Ford to take a look at this and get them to fix this. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle any more leave aside putting kids in the car.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #61

May 062008


  • 80,000 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar sel and my ABS/brake light have been coming on intermittently for about 2 years. At this point they are on almost all the time. I have read online that there is a recall, but only if there is leakage and a potential fire hazard. Since so many consumers are having issues with these lights coming on (and staying on) I feel Ford should be fixing this issue regardless of whether or not there is a potential of fire. I was told a diagnostics and repair of these sensors could be extremely expensive (due to the amount of time involved in locating exactly what is causing the problem).

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #60

Mar 112010


  • 120,319 miles


The ABS light on my 2002 Ford Windstar and the brake light is staying on. I changed the brakes and I'm still having problems. Three times I was driving and when I went to stop the brakes locked up on me and I couldn't stop.

- Richmond, IN, USA

problem #59

Feb 242010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,400 miles
2002 Ford Windstar ABS light is on and braking distance suddenly increased.

- Coto De Caza, CA, USA

problem #58

Jun 162009


  • 75,000 miles
Ford / Windstar ABS & brake lights come on when outside temperatures are warm. The Ford dealership tells me the ABS module is defective and needs to be replaced at a cost of around $600 for part and labor. Thousands of Windstar owners are having this same problem! I had the cruise deactivation switch replace and the new harness installed. However the ABS & brake lights are still on because the ABS module is defective. Please have Ford do a recall to have the ABS module replaced for all of us owners who are driving the car without the ABS function working properly!!!!!!

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #57

Aug 062007


  • miles


Own a 2002 Ford Windstar. For about 2 yrs. We have had problems with the brake light/ABS light coming on intermittently. Then we experienced problems with fuses blowing. We would replace them and sometimes they would last 10 min. Sometimes 2 weeks. Now besides the interior lights not working, the radio, clock, cd player are all not working and replacing fuses doesn't help. There is always an odor of burning plastic and at times smoke comes out from under the hood, but no fire. I have received the recall for the speed control deactivation switch, yet when I called Ford to schedule an appt. They told me the electrical problem was something different. I don't believe them a since supposedly brake fluid is leaking and destroying wires. I just want this documented as I do not have the money for a large repair bill.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #56

Nov 132009


  • 84,000 miles
1. city driving, frequent stops, and warm weather. 2. ABS and brake warning lights come on. ABS is intermittent at best. Sometimes loss of braking. 3. stopped driving vehicle. Wait for ECM/ABS module to cool down. 4. I am not an engineer, but it doesn't make sense to me to have a heat sink on the other side of a critical component's (ABS) electronic board. It appears that the heat sink is expanding electronic board for the ECM/ABS during frequent braking and more often in warmer months. It is just a matter of time until the ECM/ABS electronic board breaks, causing braking failure and leading to...? the vehicle is a 2002 Ford Windstar LX. It has had the most recent recall work completed at a Ford dealership. I mentioned the problem to the dealership and they did not seem to be too worried that a critical component may fail over time.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #55

Aug 202007


  • 68,000 miles
Windstar 2002 ABS ECM failure - ABS brake light. In warm weather or when vehicle gets warm, ABS system malfunctions. Brake pedal fade (right too floor) no loss of fluid. Front and rear brakes replaced, master cylinder replaced, brake system bleed, problem still exists. Problem identified as "2F2Z-2C219-ba - ECM control module". this problem is intermittent but very dangerous when experienced. This is a safety hazard and should be made a recall from Ford. The ECM control module is a"kelsy hayes ebc 430" S108198003. Many complaints have been made with this unit. I am a class "a" mechanic, this in my opinion is a safety hazard and should be corrected by Ford.

- Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, 00, USA

problem #54

Oct 222009


  • 95,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar ABS and brake lamp turn on intermittently. Both lights illuminate during some drive cycles, lights will remain on during the entire ignition cycle. Frequency of occurrence is once or twice per week dealership states that the ABS control module needs to be replaced - - - approximately $800 repair bill, however dealer states that if the hydraulic unit mounting bolts break during removal to gain access to the ABS unit then repair bill will be $1500. After receiving the repair estimate, the dealership informed me that they would have to order the parts. They stated that they could probably get the ABS unit within 1-2 days but if the hydraulic unit needed to be replaced due to stripped or broken mounting bolts then they could not say when they could get the replacement part since it was listed on their system as "on major back order". in other words, if they break the hcu bolts my vehicle could be disabled indefinitely until repair parts were off back order. So as a consumer I'm faced with the choice of driving an unsafe vehicle or potentially having a disabled vehicle for several weeks or months - - - neither of these choices are acceptable. Research on the web shows that this is a common problem with these units. Obviously, failure of the ABS unit raises a safety concern due to the increased risk of a serious accident. Ford Motor Company is well aware of this issue but chooses to charge their customers $1000+ repair bills instead of addressing the safety issue of defective ABS units.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 052009


  • 108,111 miles


ABS and brake lights remain on and brakes "grinding" even after replaced?

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #52

Jun 052009


  • 153,030 miles
The brake relay switch melted and leaked. I had to replace that part. The ABS & brake light continuously come on and stay light up. In order for me to repair this I would have to pay $250 out of pocket. The brakes squeal even after being replaced.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #51

Oct 042009


  • 81,200 miles
ABS light comes on. Had mechanic check and cannot find anything. If I shut the engine off and on again light goes off. Computer shows the following errors:C1185 C1198 C1194 C1254 C1240 C1250 C1242 C1214 C1210 C1446.

- Moscow Mills, MO, USA

problem #50

Mar 102002


  • miles
ABS light comes on in the instrument cluster panel this disabled odometer reading, speedometer, od(over drive) begins to flash and heater and air condition stops working, in the cjb (central junction box) 15amp fuse keeps blowing out.each time I replace it. Note: When I replace the 15amp fuse every component will be operable for only 10 to 30min driving then the ABS lights comes back on and every component mentioned will be disable.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 032009


  • 85,000 miles
ABS light and brake light comes on intermittently and does not clear until the car is restarted.

- Country Club Hills, IL, USA

problem #48

Sep 152009


  • 122,000 miles
June 2009-brakes failed/indicator light stayed on--took to midas and found the master cylinder was leaking. Replaced master cylinder. Sept 15th, 2009--brake indicator light came on. Brake pedal was spongy and the cruise control would not work correctly. If I tried to use the cruise control, it would disengage without me touching the brakes, then it would return to speed without me resetting. Returned the car to midas and they found the brake pressure differential switch was shorted out. It was covered in brake fluid.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #47

Sep 072009


  • 81,201 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar, I went to park on labor day this year and parked my van. A few hours later, I went to van and tried to use my remote to get in and it would not work. Once I got directly on the van I smelled an odor that smelt like burnt rubber that was really strong. I got in van with my key and started the van. It was very hot that day so I went to roll down the power windows and they didn't work. I then went to turn on the air conditioning and it didn't work. I then looked at my dash and realized I had loss all power; nothing was work, odometer, temperature gauge, radio, headlights etc. I thought I just blew a fuse and stayed at the park. When I went home several hours later I still smelled odor but told my husband I would go to shop in morning before work to have my mechanic look at it. That morning I went to shop and they said it was not a fuse and after several hours of them doing visual and computer diagnostics they found that the ABS system caught fire and started burning into my gas line. They said we were very lucky van didn't total catch on fire. They ended replacing the whole ABS unit under the van and had to replace all wires that had burnt and rewire everything. Repair is almost $900 dollars. They van gave no warnings that something like this would happen. I feel very scarred to continue driving this van, even with repair being done because I feel like it can happen again and next time we may not be so lucky. I am still paying on the van and stuck. I hope Ford does something before someone loses their life. I have not picked up van yet and am considering telling car dealer to pick it up at shop and taking repo on my credit.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #46

Aug 312009


  • 103,588 miles
Brake warning light and ABS warning light illuminate for no apparent reason.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #45

May 152009


  • 124,081 miles
ABS and brake dash lights are coming on staying on after a few minutes down the road. They will remain on until you shut the vehicle off.

- Elkhart, IA, USA

problem #44

Aug 242009


  • 64,704 miles
The ABS and brake lights come on my dashboard intermittently on my 2002 Ford Windstar. I have no trouble w/ my brakes, yet this continues to happen. I have changed the deactivation switch under the master cylinder twice, but this keeps recurring. Ford should have a recall on this problem.

- Levittown, NY, USA

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