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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,643 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #29

Aug 152008


  • 63,000 miles


2003 Ford Windstar ABS & brake lights on, dealer says it needs a replacement of the abc transducer and module. Based on what I have been able to discover, this doesn't appears to be a normal wear and tear sort of thing but a design problem.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #28

Sep 052008


  • 78,000 miles
ABS control module failure in 2003 Ford Windstar van; less than 80,000 miles on vehicle; replaced by Ford dealership on 9-5-2008 for a cost of over $1,400; preventable action taken before serious accident occurred.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #27

Jun 012008


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The ABS light remains illuminated, followed by the brake light. There is also fluid leaking and melted wires under the hood. The contact has not taken the vehicle to the dealer. The current mileage was 135,000 and failure mileage was 132,000.

- River Oak, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 172008


  • 73,000 miles


Brake warning light and ABS warning lights go on periodically for no reason. Brakes have been replaced and fluid level is ok. Same problem with many Windstar owners.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #25

Jul 052008


  • 58,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights repeatedly come on while driving and do not extinguish. Seems semi-dependent on outside temperature - the hotter it is outside the sooner the lights seem to come on. Have had brakes serviced and no mechanical issues to note. Seems to be related to ABS module. Nothing repaired as of this time as part is to expensive $1000+ plus labor. Am told by Ford that ABS ( a safety feature) is not functioning when this light is on. Hopefully this issue will not be present when a emergency braking procedure is required.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #24

Aug 072008


  • 58,000 miles
I was pulled over by police for no brake lights. However, the 3rd brake light works. After all the bulbs, relay box, etc were checked, all were ok. I was advised to check to see if any other complaints about both brake lights not working.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #23

Aug 082008


  • 66,000 miles


ABS and brake light come on intermittently.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #22

Jun 102008


  • 47,856 miles
The brake warning lights and the ABS light keep coming on intermittently. I assume when the ABS lights are on that system is not operating. Don't know what to do after reading internet reports.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #21

May 012008


  • miles
The ABS light and the brake light come during driving intermittently. Car must be turned off and restarted to turn of warning lights. Brakes squeal.

- Thomasville, NC, USA

problem #20

Jul 302008


  • 43,000 miles
Ever since spring 2006, our 2003 Ford Windstar has had an intermittent problem with the ABS system where the ABS warning light on the dash will illuminate. The service brake warning light will also illuminate even though it is functioning normally. At first this was very alarming but no leak or problem was found with the hydraulic system as the fluid level was correct and the pedal is firm. All the ABS wheel sensors have been checked for continuity, their DC resistance falls in the acceptable range, and the connectors appear to be sound. I currently have lived with the problem for a couple years and discovered that thousands of other Windstar owners are reporting exactly similar failure symptoms with their vehicles. A commonly reported cause is the ABS control unit which I currently can not afford to replace at a cost of $700 or more. A Windstar owner who has had the time to investigate this outlines a condition he has observed, where there is a thermal coefficient of expansion mismatch between an aluminum plate and an FR4 (fiberglass/copper) circuit board inside the module. It can be seen at This person's symptoms mirror mine exactly. I am an electrical design engineer in the aerospace industry and can tell you from first hand experience that if you laminate FR4 to aluminum and then repeatable temp cycle it, you will experience future stress failures. This is an example of poor engineering. In the case of the Windstar, the part will operate for approximately the warranty period and then begin to fail intermittently. I hope that my entry into this form will help make this widespread problem known.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #19

Jul 292008


  • 50,000 miles


Intermittent illumination of ABS warning light and emergency brake light simultaneously.

- City Island, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 012008


  • 47,975 miles
The ABS and brake lights just came on for no apparent reason. This happens sporadically (3 times this month). The repair shop/dealer advised that the cost to repair the brake pressure differential deactivation switch would be between $300 & $400 and it would be better (less costly) to wait until a recall was issued. Considering that this cold cause a fire, it is a bit alarming that a recall has not been made yet. I cannot afford to make the repair and will wait for the recall and hope nothing serious happens in the meantime.

- Whitman, MA, USA

problem #17

Apr 302008


  • 33,000 miles
ABS warning lamp and brake warning lamp illuminates. Mechanic advises me that this is a common problem on these models. Evidently Ford will not recognize the issue and help us to resolve it. Here is the website that talks about the problem and offered me the info to help me with my problem.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012007


  • 70,000 miles
ABS (yellow) and brake warning lights (red) turn on intermittently when the temperature is hot or the vehicle (2003 Ford Windstar) is hot. I have replaced front brake pads and rotors and I have had the rear brakes done as well. However, the warning lights continue to turn on. Based on information found on the following webpage (, I'm not the only one with this problem.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #15

Jun 082008


  • 61,300 miles
Brake warning light and ABS warning light come in intermittently. Go off when vehicle is turned off, but they usually come back on after the vehicle is driven about 1/2 mile the next trip. Adding brake fluid did not correct the problem.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #14

Jul 142008


  • 58,500 miles
My automobile keeps getting multiple emergency brake and ABS errors. The lights come on multiple times daily. Upon researching this problem it appears to be a wide spread issue with Ford Windstar 2001-2003. The issue appears to be a faulty brake system including the ABS system. Brake fluid leaks from a faulty sensor into electronic connectors causing the potential for fires. There are documented cases where this failure has caused fires. *note please review the following website please review this safety defect soon!

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #13

Jul 152008


  • miles
The brakes on my 2003 Ford Windstar have multiple ongoing problems. No matter how often I get the pads, and rotors changed, they squeal and sound like they need replacing. Occasionally, during normal operation, the ABS seems to activate, causing a pulsing in the pedal, and a feeling as though the brakes are not working correctly. On these occasions, the van will roll farther than expected into an intersection. The red ABS/parking brake light comes on and stays on for no reason. This has been ongoing for 3 or more years, and I have spent several thousand dollars on repair after repair, with no improvement.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #12

Jun 102007


  • 41,000 miles
Brake and ABS lights go on intermittently on 2003 Ford winsdtar. The lights go off after shutting car off. Brake pads have been replaced recently. No visible signs of brake fluid leakage.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Jun 062008


  • 56,687 miles
The ABS / brake light illuminate intermittantly, brakes turn on squeel without warning.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #10

Jun 202008


  • 58,000 miles
I have a 2003 Ford Windstar. I did a search for problems with my brake and ABS lights coming on intermittently. I have the issue referenced here: I am concerned there will be a fire.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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