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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,807 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 10 of 12)

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problem #47

May 072009


  • 102,000 miles


Started my 2002 Ford Windstar and ABS/brake light/cruise control/ lights will not go out and speedometer does not work. Ford dealer wants a possible $300 to fix it also their is not air/conditioning, blows hot air. Afraid to drive car.

- Lancaster, TX, USA

problem #46

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 #45

Jun 152006


  • miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar that the ABS light goes on and off when driving. I have had it checked when I have had my car in for service and have been told that there are no related codes for this. I was told by mechanic that they do not know why the light goes on and off. I was checking a website and found many other complaints from people who have the same problem with their Ford vehicles. I am now having a problem with the front electric module that stopped working. I don't know if this is related to the ABS light or not but it seems that Ford's have problems with their electrical systems. It will cost me approximately $800 to replace the fem module in order for my driver side window to work again. I don't know how much it would cost to replace the ABS module but it sounds as if other Ford owners did that and had the same problem. I have had my brakes checked by a mechanic and they look good (don't need to be replaced). I am concerned that this ABS light keeps coming on and off and if the brakes will malfunction.

- Waretown, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 012005


  • 50,000 miles


The light for the ABS and the brakes are staying lit. The odometer and speedometer are inop and the overdrive light comes on and off.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #43

Jul 122008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While driving 60 mph, the contact noticed that the ABS, parking brake, and traction control indicators were illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle had to be shut off and restarted for the indicators to dim. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not duplicate or determine the cause of the failure. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that there were no current recalls for the failure; therefore, no compensation would be provided. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 70,200.

- Cemmons, NC, USA

problem #42

Feb 252009


  • miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar had two issues the ECM (electronic control module) is not working correctly. My check engine light is always on I have had it checked by a certified mechanic and he said it is a faulty ECM. My ABS & brake light comes on depending on the outside temp. There is a burning odor but when checked the mechanic did not find anything. Again says it is the ECM.

- Manhattan, IL, USA

problem #41

Jul 182007


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact has experienced failures with the vehicle ever since it was purchased. Whenever she starts the vehicle, it makes a clicking noise. In addition, the hazard lights illuminate automatically and the engine fails to start. The vehicle must be jumpstarted each time. The Ford dealer went out of business right after the vehicle was purchased on July 18, 2007. The vehicle was not taken to another dealer. She was informed to call the Ford manufacturer. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Amery, WI, USA

problem #40

Dec 012004


  • miles
My vehicle has had the brake light, the check engine light, the ABS light on at all times and the over drive light is blinking and now the odometer is blank. We have taken the van into the Ford dealership and they have no idea what to do. The brakes squeal and the battery dies often.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #39

Dec 222008


  • 74,336 miles
2002 Ford Windstar blew fuse #10 disabling speedometer, cruise control, ABS system, odometer, A/C, defrost control. The fuse failure was due to a leak in the brake master cylinder which shorted the brake deactivation switch terminals. My vehicle fogged up so bad I could hardly see to drive home. I searched the internet for a clue to the problem and later located the wet switch plug. I went to the Ford dealership to buy a new switch and asked if there was a recall on it. He said no but, when a fellow parts man went to get one from the bin, he asked the same question, stating that there were 67 repair kits in the bin.....this let me know that they have acknowledged that there is a problem with this and should have issued a recall to all owners of affected vehicles.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #38

Dec 092008


  • 124,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar LX instrument cluster has illuminated both the red brakelight and yellow ABS lights. This is consistent with NHTSA investigation EA08021. No sign of brake fluid below brake fluid reservoir. Lights come on and off. Seems to be linked with exterior temperature - on days that are warm, the lights illuminate. On days that are cold, they are less likely to be illuminated.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #37

Dec 042008


  • 177,110 miles


3/4/2008 cs speedo and odo inop. All dash indicators stay on. Od light flashes. Replaced deactivation switch & repair wiring 12/4/2008 brake light and ABS light won't go out. Brake fluid ok. My mechanic discovered ABS servo housing melted and wiring burned under vehicle in area of drivers seat. Mechanic says it is a manufacturing flaw that should never have happened. He expected there was a recall on this problem but the dealer says no recall for this. Ford dealer reported codes set C1096 pum circuit open inspected and found wire harness hcu/ECU melted and burnt/needs replacement/ not recommended vehicle be driven due to safety issues. Dealer has never seen this problem and doesn't know what caused the wiring harness to short out and melt the plastic housing. Danger of electrical fire. Repair cost over $4,000. Decision made is vehicle is not worth repairing since owner cannot do himself. Car will have to be replace both garages seem to think there was fire at some point that stayed local enough to melt the plastic but not spread to other areas.

- Covington, TN, USA

problem #36

Aug 232007


  • miles
While driving my 2002 Ford Windstar SE van, the ABS, brake, trac control light comes on. I have had the unit checked and there are no codes in the computer and all seems fine. I have read about faulty parts and leaks resulting in fires. Also, my cruise control light does not light up any more. Sometimes it's working and I don't even know. The low tire pressure stays on. I had mechanic check it out and reset the sensor but it comes back on in a few days.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #35

Oct 052008


  • 100,000 miles
Cruise control brake cancellation switch on a 2002 Ford Windstar smoking and blowing fuse #10.

- Bay City, TX, USA

problem #34

Sep 112008


  • 140,000 miles
ABS and brake light coming on and having no speedometer or odometer reading. When vehicle warms up the brake light will come on. Replaced fuses and they will blow shortly after replacing. Had smoke and burning smell from under van. Light on daily and smoke was when fuse was replaced. Removed fuse and left out and smoke and smell stopped. Consequences if possible fire and not knowing correct speed and cruise control not working. To correct the problem we have tried to replace fuses and see what is causing problem. Can't afford to do all replacement of parts to questionably fix problem. The dealership is not sure what is going on because the computer does not properly diagnose what is going on. According to web-site others are having same problem. Feel recall is warranted to help keep the Ford Windstar families safe and prevent someone's death or injury.

- North Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #33

May 012007


  • 50,000 miles
Hazard lights would not turn off. Roadside assistance called in germany and adac technician checked fuses and made adjustments with fuse box. Problem stopped but technician not sure why. (occurrence (1). 2)dome lights inside vehicle would not turn off. Restarted car, turned off dome lights via roll switch for interior lights. Turned off vehicle and lights disengaged. (occurrences (4) over 2 years).

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #32

Aug 192008


  • 101,000 miles
The ABS light came on. First yellow, then red. This was the first time this happened and after doing a google search I found this is a manufacturers problem caused by the expansion of a large aluminum plate in the ECM which is attached to the ECM main circuit at all points. The problem was temporarily resolved by shutting the vehicle off and back on. This is a 2002 Ford Windstar sel.

- Yreka, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 122008


  • 86,000 miles
While partially parked into the garage, after driving for one hour and sitting for half of an hour, smoke was observed from under van. Smoke stopped and noticed "ABS" warning light on. Brakes worked, but cruise control did not. Dealer installed/ replaced: 1) brake kit/ brake pressure deactivation switch, 2) ECM control module, 3) valve asy. 4) two wiring harnesses (one was a used from a Ford escape, due to the availability and cost.), 5) two fuses, 6) brake fluid and misc. Shop supplies. It was at the dealer for 11 days, cost for repairs was $1831. Drove it 5 miles and "check engine" light came on. The dealer stated this was not related to original problem. It was the dpfe sensor: $331 to repair. Normally the van is garaged, luckily something was in the way of fully pulling it into the garage and the fire went away quickly. Dealer stated it was a "catastrophic failure" and that the deactivation switch had nothing to due with the valve asy. Going bad/leaking causing a fire.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #30

Jul 232007


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The air bag, check engine, door ajar, and parking brake warning lights have been constantly illuminated on the instrument panel for over a year. The dealer stated that this was a normal occurrence. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 73,000 and current mileage was 88,000.

- Leola , AR, USA

problem #29

Jul 262008


  • 95,000 miles
The 02 Windstar limited was parked in our driveway while we were away on a 4 day vacation we came home to the van burned, contacted fire dept they state the fire started in the fuse box the car has since been totaled by the insurance company I have 2 very young children and I just thank god that we didn't take the van on vacation this car is junk and I am currently looking for another van and I will never buy a Ford again! I can't believe they'd allow consumers to drive this car knowing that children could be in the car and it could catch fire!

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #28

Jul 032007


  • 102,000 miles
Ford Windstar cruise control switch shorted out. That caused the brake fluid to leak on the electrical system and shorted it out. The dealer said it is a fire hazard and other Ford had been recalled but not the Ford Windstar. Now this is costing us $2500 to get fixed. My parents Windstar is starting the same thing and my dad is handicap so if it catches fire there may not be enough time to get him out please recall the Windstar also before something bad happens. Thank you

- Gentry, AR, USA

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