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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,247 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 11 of 13)

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problem #60

Jun 202008


  • 90,000 miles


Both the brake warning light and ABS warning light come on intermittently in our 2002 Ford Windstar. This typically occurs during warmer weather or when the vehicle has been driven for a few hours or more.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #59

May 102009


  • 129,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar brake pressure deactivation switch failure. Caused fuse #10 to blow due to leaking brake fluid. Made odometer, speedometer, cruise control, A/C not work. Disconnect ABS - would rather chance slipping on ice than fire.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #58

May 022009


  • 90,000 miles
Vehicle became having intermittent ABS light and brake light activation while driving. This began in 2007. I had it checked and the dealer advised it was a control module problem not covered under warranty. I checked on line to get a better story, which appears to have been reported many times. Over the past 2 months March/April 2009 the problem appeared to become worst. Finally cruise control became intermittent and then quit. I checked brake pressure switch found fluid in and around the switch which is one of the reported problems with the Windstar. The ABS system and cruise control are currently inop. There are no blown fuses.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #57

Apr 112009


  • miles


Rack and pinion steering split, intake manifold had to be replaced, tire rod fixed, upper plenum replaced, ABS and brake light comes on, leaks coolant, etc. Etc. Etc.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #56

Mar 262009


  • 64,300 miles
ABS and brake light come on intermittently. From information found online a common problem with this model and has lead to some fires. Have not taken to dealership yet.

- Mohawk, TN, USA

problem #55

Jan 012009


  • 100,000 miles
Brake and ABS dash lights stay on most of the time when can is on.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #54

Oct 052008


  • miles


While driving on the highway during a pcs military move, the ABS light and brake warning light came on. This incidence occurred in June of 2007. I took it by an automotive repair shop, and I was told that the brakes probably heated up, and it would go off at the end our trip. As of the summer of 2008, the ABS warning light and brake warning light started coming on again. I took it to an automotive repair shop and was given the codes C1185 and D1262. The warning light has since then come on and off. In October of 2008, while I was on the highway, the cruise control light was flashing, the RPM meter, speedometer, and fuel meter shut down and completely failed on me. I was still able to drive, and the next day I took it to an automotive repair shop at which they performed a diagnostics test and had to replace the brake pressure switch. Now while I drive, the outside brake lights stay on. Just this morning, my neighbor informed me that my outside brake lights were flashing and my battery died.

- Fort Lewis, WA, USA

problem #53

Sep 012008


  • 80,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights com on for no apparent reason. The reset themselves. Also the cruise control stopped engaging.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #52

Sep 102007


  • 88,000 miles
ABS light and brake light come on intermittently. No parts replaced to date.

- Danvers, IL, USA

problem #51

Feb 122009


  • 113,927 miles
ABS indicator light showing. ABS connector harness to ABS module shorted out. Was actually smoldering and melting when mechanic was performing diagnostic inspection.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #50

Dec 012007


  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S the info at this web site listed above describes the problems perfectly. I have had continued multiple problems exactly as stated at the web-site. The ABS light intermittently comes on and the brake squeal. I thought I was just unlucky until I found the web-site.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #49

Jan 202009


  • 103,000 miles
Red brake light went on in my 2002 Ford Windstar. Merchants tire checked and indicated that the cruise control switch to the master cylinder has been leaking brake fluid.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #48

Jan 082009


  • 86,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar ABS and brake light on. Under carriage started on fire while car parked in parking garage.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #47

Oct 132007


  • 75,000 miles
The master cylinder was low on fluid. I kept adding fluid and found it leaking on the brake pressure diff. Deactivation switch located in the front of the master cylinder. This a 2002 Ford Windstar van the I am referring too.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #46

Nov 102008


  • 78,000 miles
The ABS brake system has failed. The manufacturer states the control module is defective. The brake system was serviced in June, 08, with replacement of the front disc brakes and rotors. There are no leaks and the fluid level is okay. During the week of 11/10 the ABS light and brake light came on. The fluid level was checked and determined to be okay. The ABS light does not come on immediately with vehicle start up. The vehicle has to run for 15 minutes before the light will come on. The light comes on everytime the vehicle is driven if the length of driving is longer than 15 minutes. The failure has resulted in not having the ABS system functioning. At this point there have been no repairs done to the vehicle. The Ford dealer has read a code of C1185 from the computer system. My visual inspection of the control system under the vehicle does not show any visible corrosion. The vehicle has 78,000 miles.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #45

Mar 172007


  • 107,700 miles
Upon braking the ABS light and the brake light comes on (on the dash panel) and stays on until vehicle is turned off. Replacement of sensor did not solve problem, Ford dealer showing codes dtc 1185,1194,1198,1210,1214,1242,1246,1250,1254,1446, U1262 all related to ABS module assembly.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #44

Jul 202007


  • 69,842 miles
Vehicle is a 2002 Ford Windstar LX 3.8L 4 door beginning in summer 2007, ABS and emergency brake warning lights are coming on intermittently; appears to happen mainly during warmer weather, or after the vehicle has been driven for a period of time. It is not known for sure if there is any mechanical problem with these brakes, but there does not appear to be any problem. Local Ford dealership repair center did diagnosis in Aug 2007, and recommends that the ABS ECU (ECM?) be replaced. No repair has been made yet.

- Lake Wylie, SC, USA

problem #43

Oct 202008


  • 50,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar. Brake warning and ABS warning lights come on unexpectedly. They can be reset only by turning off the engine and restarting. The come on intermittently. Brake fluid level is ok. Sometimes they come on when hitting a bump, sometimes going up a hill, sometimes nothing but level road and at various speeds. This has been happening for at least 25,000 miles.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #42

Nov 022008


  • miles
While driving brake, ABS, traction control warning lights display on...on dash. Manual states while these warning lights are on ABS and traction control systems are automatically disengaged. Ford dealership confirmed this. There is nothing wrong with brakes. Ford service told me either one or both of the following parts are malfunctioning- number 2F2Z-2C219-ca-control module, and part number 1F2Z-2B373-ba valve assembly........... and that it is sensing a problem when there is none and shutting down the systems which can be dangerous. They told me they are seeing this "alot" with these vehicles. The parts are aprox $800 a piece installed by Ford and dealership states "its getting hard to find used ones that work properly" bought the van used aprox 2 weeks ago and this has occurred 3 times. Service told me there is danger with these systems disengaged and there is a possibility that it could potentially alter even normal braking. The first two times it occurred the lights when off when I shut the vehicle off and turned it back on. The third time that did not work, but they were off when vehicle was restarted after sitting one day.

- Viola, WI, USA

problem #41

Jul 252008


  • 63,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar intermittently has the brake and ABS light come on and stay on. Brake fluid levels are normal, cannot predict when it's going to happen. Once the lights come on they stay on until you shut off the van and restart it, then they go off, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes a few days, sometimes a few weeks. I have looked extensively into this issue, found out that it is a huge problem with Ford Windstar and everyone has the exact same problem, and eventually it can cause a fire in some cases.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

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