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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
152,227 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar engine problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 7)

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problem #103

Aug 062009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


For the past several years my van has has intermittent problems with the brake lights on dash appearing while driving the car at various speeds. Once I stop the car and turn it off the lights will usually disappear but sometimes will come back within minutes of restarting car. This tends to happen during warmer times of year versus winter. Also I have noticed a problem with brakes even right after getting them replaced. The mechanic says there is nothing wrong with the brakes?? around the same time this started to happen my cruise control stopped working. I had recieved a notice from Ford about cruise control recall but when I called the local dealer and told them that my cruise control was not working and I was wondering if it had something to do with recall they said no, that was not the problem.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #102

Jun 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 53,206 miles
Traction control light comes on, ABS light comes on, brake light comes on.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #101

Aug 212008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving on a street and the car in front of me came to a sudden stop. I immediately had to brake and then the ABS light and main brake light came on and stayed on. I took the vehicle to a dealer and they told me that the ABS module was bad and I asked them if the knew why and they told me that they did not know. I then asked if the vehicle was safe to drive and they said yes but I would not have ABS brakes.

- Pioneer, TN, USA

problem #100

Aug 172011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles


The ABS and brake warning lights go on randomly for no reason, also cruise control will stop working.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #99

Jul 012012


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the brakes began to fail when attempting to brake. The vehicle had a sudden increase of speed before decelerating and stopping. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control) on November 27, 2009 and provided no additional assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The current mileage and failure mileage was 108,000.

- Plainfield , IL, USA

problem #98

May 252012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle in January 2012 and have had nothing but problems with it. According to Ford all recalls have been done on this vehicle but here is a list of the issues with the van: ABS light comes on, check engine light comes on, van has no cruise control at all, and last Friday I could not put the van in gear. After the Ford dealership "repaired" the solenoid for the van now all of a sudden there is currently no rear brake lights. This van is less than safe to be on the road and have seen that some of the recalls would have solved the speed control issue but the Ford factory will not answer any of my questions. Take a look online and you will see thousands of people with the same issues we are having and it was brought to the attention of Ford that we are having the same issues as thousands of other people so this is beyond a problematic vehicle.the vehicle is currently sitting at the local Ford dealer while they try and figure out what is wrong with the light system. This vehicle has been in the shop twice since we have owned it and this is costing us hundreds (so far) to fix issues that everyone with this vehicle is having. The latest issues have led to us being without a vehicle for almost a week and we have a disabled child in the home and this is unacceptable.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #97

May 022011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


We had our Ford Windstar brakes done all the way around and my ABS and emergency brake light and traction light come on and off. The cruise control works sometimes. Ford dealer in my town wont check it out without a diagnostic fee even thou a recall is said to be issued for the same complaints.

- Tulsa , OK, USA

problem #96

Jan 012008


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that fluid from the speed control deactivation switch leaked onto the air bag module, causing the air bag to fail. The vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V399000 (component: Vehicle speed control), but the air bags were not repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 220,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #95

Apr 072009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problems my dash lights are on and off all the time went to 3 mechanic they all checked my brakes, ABS and could not find a problem it goes on whenever it wants stays on for weeks then comes back on while driving this has been doing for over a year. I even put stickers over the lights that I can see while driving. I still think there is a electrical wiring problem it is very annoying. I can not afford to get another vehicle. I see there are a lot of complaint about same problem my niece has one does the same thing and my brother in law in West Virginia his is doing it too so I really thing Ford needs to check into this before someone's van catches fire or hurt some one.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #94

Nov 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The vehicle was checked by Ford dealer in alamogordo, nm 88310 due to a recall for "rear axle cracks, subframe corrosion" and "brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problems" on Aug/16/2011. They sad there is no problem / or they fixed it. After that date, the brake/ABS brake illuminated a couple of times, but went of after the engine was turned off/on again. Also the cruisecontrol stopped working since and isn't currently not working. I found that the "brake pressure differential deactivation switch (scds) (2B264) located under the master cylinder (behind the air filter) is leaking!!!. it is completely wet and the fluid is dropping down slowly. Pictures are available, taken today 04/04/2012.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #93

Jan 122011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Braking distance suddenly increased. ABS/ brake light remain on. Speedometer not working properly (inaccurate reading).

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #92

Feb 282011


  • 150,000 miles
ABS light, trac active light, alternator, check traction control light.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #91

Jan 032012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS warning light would illuminate sporadically. The fuse wiring harness was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control), but the manufacturer and dealer refused to inspect or repair the ABS control module, which was also referenced in the recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Murray, UT, USA

problem #90

Oct 262011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
The speed control would not shut off with (off button) located on steering wheel, only with brake pedal. The brakes seemed not to stop the vehicle as quickly as other times., and on came the lights (ABS & brake light) now the lights (brake and ABS come on everytime I drive the vehicle shortly after starting down the road.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #89

Apr 262011


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated as the vehicle was started all of the warning lights began to illuminate, including the ABS switch light. The engine also began to function rough and brake fluid was leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they had to repair the electric switch on the bottom of the reservoir at the owners expense. The failure is the same as recall 09V399000 (vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Laback, AR, USA

problem #88

Jul 272006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Speedometer not working accurately (occasionally speedometer will work than stops, which indicates defective part). Ford says speedometer and gear needs to be replaced now. Prior to that they said computer needed to be reprogrammed because of tire size.. cruise control did not work but was fixed by Ford via recall notice due to leaking speed control deactivation switch (scds). As I understand the dealer would also inspect the ABS control module connector and repair as necessary. ABS and brake light are on all of the time which is a result ABS control module failure.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #87

Oct 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
ABS, and service brake, come on simultaneously. I am afraid that stopping distance shall be increased, thusly causing personal & property damage liability. Fear of braking distance suddenly increased, when driving, on a personal daily basis. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #86

May 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
1st incident happened while driving at highway speeds. ABS and brake light illuminated until car was turned off. Lights now come on randomly. I took my vehicle to a Ford dealership on Aug. 31 2002 for recall on front and rear axles. They installed shackles on suspension and said that everything was fine. After I came home with vehicle, I noticed a clunking sound coming from the R/F wheel area and my overdrive off dash light starts flashing randomly until car is turned off. Concerning the ABS issue, I took my vehicle to an independent garage and they told me I needed to replace the ABS control module, then he told me that they did the exact same repair on another 02' Windstar earlier that week and the repair would cost $700-$800 dollars. Coincidence"??"

- Monroe, ME, USA

problem #85

Aug 302011


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving 35 mph the brake light began to illuminate on the instrument panel. The contact added brake fluid and after restarting the vehicle all of the warning lights on the instrument panel began to illuminate. A certified mechanic from an authorized dealer examined the vehicle and informed that contact that fluid was leaking from the vehicle speed sensor and spilling onto the wiring harness. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where it was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V399000 (vehicle speed control). The dealer refused to repair the failure associated with the wiring harness and gauges on the instrument panel, which were caused by the speed sensor leak. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- Buchanan, VA, USA

problem #84

Aug 102010


  • 98,000 miles
ABS and brake lights coming on for no apparent reason. Had recall service on cruise control and the warning lights for the ABS and brake lights have been coming on intermittently since that service was done. Talked with the local Ford service department and they are aware of this problem. Said that the previous recall on the cruise control didn't have anything to do with my warning lights for ABS and brakes (but they have had more issues with this problem than the cruise control recall). If I remember the correctly, the cruise control recall - it had something to do with brake fluid contact and potential for fire, my cruise was shorted out and not working - must have been from brake fluid. I am thinking that this flaw has something to do with electrical components connected from the brake and ABS system to the warning lights being shorted out in a similar way; it is just a guess, I am sure that the real mechanics know what is going on.... this is a safety issue and Ford needs to recall this design flaw; the warning device is not working as designed. I am sure that the $1,600 to fix the problem is an issue for Ford. Sometimes the lights turn on when I start the vehicle, sometimes I may be driving and they will turn on, at times the warning lights do not come on at all. The brakes are not effected from what I can tell and my fluid levels are normal. I hope that my brakes don't really experience a problem.

- Monticello , MN, USA

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