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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 5 of 13)

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problem #180

May 112010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


ABS lights come on and off at different times. Brake fluid was checked, it is at the correct level. There was a recall for 2000 model Windstar with the same problem they received a brake repair.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

problem #179

Oct 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 212,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased without warning. ABS warning light, brake warning light, and traction control off indicators all lit, along with "check traction control" message on dashboard message center. Stopped hard suddenly for a child who darted into the street and almost hit her as the wheels locked up and the car skidded. Since that time, the warning lights reset each time the car is started, but return after a short period of driving.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #178

Aug 192009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Service brakes, hydraulic antilock ABS warning lights on at intermittent times while driving.

- Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #177

Oct 012010


  • miles


I have 2002 Ford Windstar the ABS light and brake light was lit, and not the only ones, I living in bc Canada.

- Richmond, 00, USA

problem #176

Oct 202010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased due to ABS ECM intermittent failure. Intermittent ABS and brake light.

- Larsen, WI, USA

problem #175

Oct 182010


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While driving approximately 40 mph the contact began to see smoke coming from the rear wheels. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where he was informed that the entire braking system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileages were 150,000.

- Everett, MA, USA

problem #174

Oct 252010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My ABS and brake lights continue to come on intermittently even after the recall was performed.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #173

Oct 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact parked the vehicle and turned the engine off; suddenly smoke emitted from underneath the hood and massive flames erupted from the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the six foot flames and informed that the fire was related to an excessive amount of brake fluid leakage. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The vehicle was towed to the residence. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Valley Park , MO, USA

problem #172

Apr 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Recall of brake switch (09S09) on my 2002 Ford Windstar. They replaced the switch but I still have ABS lights that come on periodically. It has not been completely fixed and the dealership says they will not cover it.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #171

Aug 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Anti-skid and brake lights come on at random.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #170

Oct 012008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


ABS light and brake lights switch on and off in my 2002 Windstar with no warning for the past two years. Van is at 110K miles, and seems to drive fine. Because the warning lights keep going on and off, I don't know if the warning system is actually working. This is very frustrating because I don' know how safe my van is. I had the brakes checked completely when this started and was told they were fine....another mechanic suggested the ABS module was going bad?

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #169

Dec 192009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
ABS and traction control lights light up on my dashboard intermittently on my 2002 Ford Windstar. I went to the Ford dealer and they reported that there was no problem as I would still have braking power just not ABS brakes which is one of the reasons I bought the car. Have lost the use of my car due to the axle recall since September but Ford issued a lease vehicle. Now I am worried about the ABS and traction control lights.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #168

Nov 102009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
My ABS & brake light on dash board keeps coming on when driving. Dealer says there is no recall for this.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #167

Jul 012010


  • 145,000 miles
My ABS and brake light keeps coming on at random after a few minutes of driving. It started a couple months ago, then stopped. Over the last 2 days, it's started up again. It's always after a couple minutes of driving. Brakes have been inspected and are supposedly fine.

- Lake Forest, IL, USA

problem #166

Sep 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar. I had the 09S09 recall completed 12-09. In the last few months, the ABS light and the brake light have come on several times for no apparent reason. The lights go off when the engine is turned off. I have owned the van for more than 3 years, and I don't remember this happening prior to the recall.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #165

Jul 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS, brake and traction control lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the vehicle was not inspected. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance as there were no related recalls. The current mileage was approximately 63,000. The failure mileage was approximately 62,800. Updated 01/11/2011 updated 02/07/11

- Momence, IL, USA

problem #164

Sep 272010


  • 91,000 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar that due to defective parts almost cause my wife to have a potentially serious accident. A day after having the scds switch replaced due to the recall, the brakes failed while my wife was driving to work. Without quick thinking she could have potentially hit a young child crossing the street. The ABS light and the brake light continue to stay on despite having the recall work done. According the following website this has been an issue for many owners of this vehicle. I had my van towed to mechanic who I have known for years and two weeks later they are unable to figure out what is wrong with my mini van. They have stated that they have seen this in other Windstar in the past. I hope someone investigates this problem with the Ford Windstar before someone is seriously injured. Since this issue has been raised by many people on many websites why has this not being fixed before someone has a terrible accident. This module apparently has caused many issues for many owners. Ford should be held accountable.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #163

Sep 272010


  • 110,000 miles
I am having problems with my Ford 2002 Windstar antilock brakes and traction control system resulting in intermittent shutoff of the system and an increase in braking distance. The problems are increased in higher temperatures.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

problem #162

Sep 272010


  • 91,000 miles
We have a 2002 Ford Windstar. The brake lights and ABS lights and the check engine light have been on for some time now. I recently had the recall work done on the vehicle for the scds switch. The first day of driving the vehicle after the recall work was completed I lost all braking ability on my way to work on a highway. I called the dealership that completed the recall work and was told they did the recall work and it could not have possibly caused the brakes to go completely out. I have read on countless websites and forums that many owners of this model year have had similar issues with the ABS lights and brake lights in their vehicles. Every time I have it looked it I am told it is something different. The transmission is also going in this vehicle. I feel it is too low in miles (90,000) to be having this many issues and such costly repairs. I hope that Ford does something about these issues before someone is seriously injured as I could have been this morning.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #161

Sep 252010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
2002 Ford - brake and ABS warning lights come on randomly while driving the vehicle. This occurs generally in warmer temperature environments, but occurs year round. A Ford dealership completed recall 09S09, but this problem continues to exist and the recall did not remedy the situation.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

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