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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 052008


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The anti-lock brake system, traction control and service brake warning lights would simultaneously illuminate on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that the master cylinder failed. He then added that the repairs would cost over $2400. The failure mileage and current mileages were less than 62,000.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 072008

(reported on)


  • miles
Email concerning safety issues with the 2001-2003 Ford Windstar, a leaky brake differential deactivation switch which causes brake fluid to leak down wires and the anti-lock brake computer fails during hot weather conditions. The consumer stated the issue is a large aluminum plate attached to the bottom of the anti-lock computer circuit board. When the plate gets hot, the aluminum expands whereby stretching the computer board and causing the anti-lock brakes to fail. The consumer stated he had a fire in his vehicle, as a result of a leaky brake pressure differential deactivation switch.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Feb 152008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,500 miles
This has happened over the past two weeks. About February 15, 2008 I was having trouble keeping pressure in my brakes. They were spongy. I called a mechanic and brought it to him on February 16th. He said it was the master cylinder, and replaced it and the wheel cylinders. Well, the van worked for about a week. Then Monday, February 25, 2008 my brakes again went spongy. I checked the brake fluid and there was none. I refilled the container, and called a mechanic. I brought the vehicle to him on February 26, 2008. He determined it was the cruise control pressure switch. I then went to tousley Ford dealership and got the part. Tousley Ford in Minnesota said this particular part is in recall for several other vehicles but not mine. My mechanic replaced the part and the vehicle hasn't had any problems. As a matter of fact, now the cruise control works again. It had gone out last summer some time. This recall is for a fire hazard, and I saw where the brake fluid can leak through that switch onto wiring so there could have been a fire in my van. My complaint is that my vehicle, and family are just as important to me as the vehicles and families of the other people who were able to get their vehicles fixed in the recall. I drive a 2002 Ford Windstar sport minivan. I do foster care and have birth children, and grandchildren in that vehicle all the time. So, I am very upset that Ford does not recall this fire hazard on all vehicles. My family is very important!

- River Falls, WI, USA

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