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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,944 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 13 of 14)

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problem #40

Aug 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 61,255 miles


My anti lock brakes stopped working. The cars ABS and brake warning lights come on and go off the past year.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 232012


  • 48,000 miles
The ABS and brake light comes on and stays on until vehicle is turned off.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #38

Sep 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Lights turn on and of inside the car. The ABS light and the brake light on and off. Windows stop working get stuck.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #37

Aug 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


ABS light and brake light stays on while driving.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #36

Aug 282009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
ABS and brakes lights came on. ABS inoperable. Stopping distance greatly increased.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #35

Aug 202010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
ABS warning lights continue to come on even after repair.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #34

Aug 162010


  • 89,100 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and the brake warning lights illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however the failure was not located. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 89,100.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #33

Aug 132012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 140,162 miles
My ABS light and brake light will not go off there is an electrical problem that prevents the lights from going out and the use of lights inside my vehicle. The open door light is always on causing me to fear for my childrens saftey not knowing if the breaks will work or if my doors are secure.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #32

Jul 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The ABS light and the parking light comes on about 5 minutes after the car is started.

- Coatesville, IN, USA

problem #31

Aug 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
ABS malfunctioned - caused damage.

- Homer, IN, USA

problem #30

Aug 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,490 miles


My ABS light brake light turned on, im able to reset but after less than 5 min. Of vehicle warm up the ABS/brake light is back on again.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The ABS light and brake light intermittently comes on while driving.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #28

May 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
ABS light and brake light stay on. Have new brakes. Interior lights keep flashing on and off when driving battery light stays on. I have had battery tested.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #27

Jun 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
My ABS and brake light keep coming on. I have had several items done to fix problem including tune up, cleaning of contacts. I am now told that the ABS circuit controller may be bad. This is a $1,500 job that just may fix the problem. I have already spent about $600. Judging from the hits I get on the internet this is not an isolated problem.

- New Kent, VA, USA

problem #26

Jun 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The ABS warning light, trac off warning light, brake warning light all come on intermittently at various speeds. This has happened daily since first noticing it 3 or 4 years ago. Reported to dealer and dealer diagnosed as fault ABS electronic control module with internal fault. Service technician didn't think this was a safety issue unless operating in slippery road conditions. Researching the issue on line revealed volumes of others who report similar problems. This is a $2000-$2500 repair. It appears Ford is aware of the defect and has been for some time and is making money off this repair instead of just recalling the vehicle to fix the repair. If the ABS goes out in slippery road conditions I think the safety risks are significant that Ford should bear the responsibility for the costs incurred for this repair.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #25

Sep 082011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
ABS light and brake light on dash stays on majority of the time, transmission went out without warning in the driveway with no power, and there is a noticeable change at times in the cruise speed control while driving revving up the engine. Had the transmission replaced as a result. There appears to be rust and crack in the axle.

- Sullivan , MO, USA

problem #24

Jul 192012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
ABS and brake lights are illuminated on the dash board. Vehicle repair shop can not find out why lights are on.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #23

Jul 232012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 146,148 miles
My 2003 Ford Windstar has the ABS and brake light on I feel this is a danger for my family to be in this car with the known incidents that have happened! please help get this problem solved!

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 022007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The ABS light luminates and stays lit after the vehicle has warmed up.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Starting this year (2012), you can not get an inspection sticker in New Hampshire if the ABS light is on. Approximately 3 years ago the brake and ABS light would periodically light up on the dashboard. Shortly after the lights appeared, the brakes would make a horrible squealing and grinding noise. I took it into the mechanic and he said there was nothing wrong with the brakes. About 6 months later, the brake and ABS light was permanently on. In late March of 2012 I brought the van in for new front brakes but he was unable to shut off the brake and ABS lights. After the brakes were installed the squealing and grinding noise became permanent. When I took it back to the mechanic he said the brakes were fine. So I took it to another mechanic in June of 2012 and he replaced the rear brakes along with rear drums, oscillators, wheel cylinder and brake fluid. This mechanic was able to shut off the brake and ABS light, (he said the code was C1185-ABS) which was a good thing because he said nh now required the ABS brakes to be working in order to receive an inspection sticker. However it only lasted about 2 days and the lights came back on along with the squealing and grinding noises. In July of 2012 I took the van back to the mechanic that did the rear brakes to get my New Hampshire inspection sticker. He looked at the brakes again but could not find anything wrong with them. He connected it to the computer and it came up with the same code (C1185-ABS) but he was unable to clear it. Therefore, legally I was not able to get my nh state inspection sticker. He did recommend a new ABS pump but I have not done that yet.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

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