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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,335 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #29

May 012009

Windstar

  • 19,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

ABS control system failed, light comes on and stays on, relay failure. Slow sticky brakes response.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 162009

Windstar

  • 90,000 miles
ABS light keeps going on and off. ECM module needs replacing.

- Northglenn, CO, USA

problem #27

May 022008

Windstar

  • 68,000 miles
Yellow ABS light and red brake light come on intermittantly and dealer says it is the ABS diagnostic module failure.

- West Jordan, UT, USA

problem #26

Jul 082009

Windstar

  • 92,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ford Windstar brake and ABS light.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #25

May 102009

Windstar

  • 53,000 miles
1. hot weather causes the failure (+75F?) 2. when the temperature is over 75F and the van warms up, the yellow ABS light and the red brake lights come on at the same time. The ABS does not work when the lights come on. A code of C1185 was read by a dealer. 3. nothing at this time - replacing the ABS ECM would only fix the issue until another hot day.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #24

May 052005

Windstar

  • 70,000 miles
Hi, IM a owner of Ford Windstar 2003 and the light of ABS and spark is in on always after 10 minutes that start the engine. I read the motive and just complains for the problem thanks.

- Guayaquil, 00, USA

problem #23

Mar 282009

Windstar

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ford Windstar 2003. Brake and ABS ligths on all the time after car has been driven for more than 15 minutes. More likely to happen when weather is hot.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #22

May 012009

Windstar

  • 77 miles
I have had numerous brake problems with 2003 Ford Windstar-master cylinder replaced at 50,000 miles, 2 front brakes jobs only 77,000 miles on the vehicle, and now electronic control unit failing-daily brake and ABS lights are on.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #21

May 102009

Windstar

  • 90,000 miles
The brake and ABS lights come on after driving for about 5 to 10 minutes. This just started. Is it serious and why isn't there a recall. It is a 2003 Windstar.

- Geneva, NE, USA

problem #20

May 252009

Windstar

  • 72,000 miles
ABS and brake light suddenly come on for no apparent reason. Have been told that the ABS will not operate properly when those lights come on.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 132009

Windstar

  • 81,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

ABS and brake light on 2003 Windstar. The speed control switch (located under brake master cylinder) is leaking and causes this light to be on. Replaced speed control switch but both lights are still on. Retrieved ABS code error and it is C1185 - relating to the ABS relay failure which is connected to the ABS module itself. Repair of such is very costly (Ford quoted between $800-$900; another shop quoted $700). I believe this should be part of a recall that Ford should make as it is a safety issue and a design failure (and very costly!). additional reference: www.fordwindstarrecall.info/.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #18

May 112009

Windstar

  • 71,110 miles
2003 Ford Windstar has electrical problems, ABS light stays on, brake light stays on and the speedometer and the odometer do not work now.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #17

Apr 302009

Windstar

  • 97,120 miles
Brake light and anti lock brake light comes on all the time brakes are fine.

- Aitkin, MN, USA

problem #16

Oct 082008

Windstar

  • 119,522 miles
Brake light and ABS light came on all of a sudden. Looked under hood and noticed a leak in a switch on the bottom of the brake master cylinder. Noticed exact same problem discussed on several online forums, I got most of my information from www.fordwindstarrecall.info/

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #15

Jan 012007

Windstar

  • 90,000 miles
Replacing brake pads front/rear.

- Oswego, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 102008

Windstar

  • 95,876 miles
ABS yellow light and red brake light are on most of the time, it will reset with restart of the car and sometimes stay off for several miles and applying the break has no effect, it will come on with no break action at all. What we do not know is if the ABS break action is functioning during this time or if we are at risk, otherwise the breaks seam to be working. I also know of several hundred people with the same problem or symptoms so it looks like to me Ford should have a recall to at least check this out this could be very dangerous.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #13

Jun 012008

Windstar

  • 55,000 miles
My 2003 Ford Windstar is exhibiting identical problems as numerous other 2003 Windstar vehicles. They include but are not limited to the following: 1) ABS brake system - brake module melts and fails due to excessive heat. 2) electrical problems - interior lights intermittently remain on when vehicle is turned off and doors closed. 3) emergency brake light - remains on when vehicle is in operation. 4 burning smell - occasional electrical burning smell when vehicle is in use. Local dealer - sheehy Ford of gaithersburg, md - is indicating the ABS module has 'burned out' (ABS ECM wiring connector), although admittedly, are surprised with so few miles on the vehicle.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #12

Aug 182008

Windstar

  • 58,000 miles
Problem with the wiring in the ABS system of my 2003 Ford Windstar. Due to a malfunction with the system fluid has eroded the wiring to the point where it could cause a fire. It's a substantial amount of money to fix the problem or I could have the ABS system bypassed but then the vehicle wouldn't be safe. My Windstar has 58,000, "extremely low miles for this kind of problem" to quote my mechanic.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 102006

Windstar

  • miles
ABS light always on as well as brake light. Have spent several hundreds of dollars checking brakes, etc. And the light is still on. Had to pay to fix electrical system as automatic locks did not work on driver side door. Now the electrical door lock on passenger side door. Sometimes the passenger side 2nd seat door does not work. Tire pressure light - electrical came on during long trip. Had to stop and check and everything was ok, it was just the electrical system was not working. Have called Ford but they want us to take into dealer and pay to have it checked. We can't sell the car because of the concerns of the electrical problems that have been well-document by many Ford Windstar owners.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 292008

Windstar

  • 48,665 miles
Driving in 39th day of 100 or more degrees this year, ABS and brake lights lit. Brakes work ok. Brake fluid level ok. Ford dealer diagnosed it for a $70 fee and suggested replacing ABS module and relay for $450 parts and $250 labor. I declined replacement, started to investigate and found many owners describing same problem and suggestion of poor board design. This is an expensive repair (I can purchase a home computer for much less) and there is no guaranty that I won't see same problem in next heat spell.

- Austin, TX, USA

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