really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,032 miles

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1999 Ford Windstar brakes problems

brakes problem

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1999 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Mar 232016


  • miles


The dealer located in the sandy spring rejected to the take remedy action on the recall 09S09. I complained to the dealer service department that the odometer is malfuntioning when it is in operation. It suddenly cause unknown acceleration when using the cruise control. It is also found out the brake hose is leaking as results of the speed control modification system by the local mechanic shop.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #71

Oct 012015


  • 244,000 miles
ABS light on and speedometer failure

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #70

Sep 092014


  • 135,000 miles
ABS light is

- Ashland, OR, USA

problem #69

Apr 132015


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 1999 Ford Windstar. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made award of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #68

Jun 112014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 189,000 miles
ABS light will randomly turn on during vehicle operation meaning ABS system is not working.

- Riverdale, UT, USA

problem #67

Apr 092015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light came on continually for the last 6000 miles. Brought the vehicle to Ford in plainville, ct and they told me there was no recall and the cost was to include a new computer for an unreasonable dollar amount. Still not corrected and I understand that the ABS system is not working. Have checked other owners and they have the same problem. Also have a cruise control system that is not working. Have been told that I need a new harness for a cost of over #300. Still not activated.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #66

Nov 032014


  • 94,000 miles


ABS brake light on and/of at will, not consistant. Fear of ABS not functioning in the event of ABS being needed.

- Maylene, AL, USA

problem #65

Jan 132010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The ABS controller for this vehicle has stopped functioning. This is a known defect with this model. The causes are either poor soldering on or damage from fluids to the controller's board. Without ABS, the vehicle is significantly less safe and I've experienced five incidents where I and my passengers narrowly escaped serious injury due to Ford's and the nhta's unwillingness to rectify this flaw.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #64

Jan 052012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My ABS light keeps coming on. It goes out when the car is turned off but comes back on after driving a coupl of miles.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #63

Dec 292014


  • miles
It appears to be an electrical problem. New brakes pads on front, system was bled of air, brake pedal has normal travel. ABS may not function.

- Fwb, FL, USA

problem #62

Feb 052014


  • 135,050 miles


ABS light turned on again and goes off when vehicle is turned off. Light indicated that ABS is failed, brakes become poor under this condition. Brakes do not stop Windstar well when light comes on all the time.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #61

Oct 052013


  • miles
My ABS and trac off light are on all the time causing 11 ABS fault codes, C1185, 1198, 1194, 1254, 1256, 1250, 1242, 1214, 1210 1410, 1404. I have cleared all the codes and in a 2 week period they all set again, all are related to the 1185 (failed relay solder joint) module failure.

- Medford, WI, USA

problem #60

Oct 052012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,210 miles
ABS light comes on and goes off as one drives. It stays on when it is hot outside but does not when it stays cold outside. When light is on there is no ABS brakes. One would think there is a short in the system or a ground issue.

- Aberdeen, SD, USA

problem #59

Oct 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,500 miles
ABS light illuminates often when encountering a bump on the road, but usually just randomly. Light is always off when the engine is started. Initially the light would not come on again for several weeks, but over time the light now always comes on after a few miles. ABS dtc code is C1185.

- Horse Cave, KY, USA

problem #58

Sep 262014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light keeps coming on. Replaced all speed sensors and front axle tone rings even rebuild the ABS control module. This is costing me allot of money and the ABS light still come on even after I have completed all the necessary repairs. Ford needs to recall these Windstar to make the necessary repairs for these vehicles.

- East Bethel , MN, USA

problem #57

Sep 222014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 127,684 miles
Went over rumble strip on roadway and ABS light came on, brake pedal became hard to push. This happened on Monday 9/22/2014 my mother in law who owns the vehicle said that this had been happening quite frequently over the past few months. I put my scan tool on the vehicle and got 3 ABS codes C1235, C1236, and C1185. The first two codes pertain to rear wheel sensors and the third pertains to a power relay for the ABS. We have found paper work for three recalls, one related to sub frame corrosion one for the rear axle, and one for an ABS sensor wire. From what I have been reading this problem could be related to the first ABS problem with the harness replacement.

- Wright, MN, USA

problem #56

Sep 252014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 170,025 miles
The brake ABS light came on again. Had been on and off during the morning. In town and stopping for a regular traffic light- during the beginning of the stop that was on a wet road - traveling 28 mph: Windstar van locked up right rear tire and vehicle did not stop - tire skidded -wheel / tire was locked and screeching while all the other tires were turning. Van did not stop as expected and took about 125 feet to stop - all the time screeching the 1 right rear tire. Vehicle just would not stop. I was shocked. Never happened before in all the years. Owned for about 14+ years. I am the original owner. Purchased Ford Windstar new. ABS light remains on. It was as if I had no brakes then. I did not understand why the other 3 wheels / brakes did not slow and stop the vehicle? the Windstar finally did stop and I was right at the stop line at the traffic light. Very scary.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #55

Sep 212014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 158,125 miles
ABS light came on when I started the van.

- Story City, IA, USA

problem #54

Sep 302011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Braking distance suddenly increased -dashboard ABS display 'on'.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #53

Aug 282014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
ABS and traction control lights come on and will not clear with a scan tool. There are 11 codes showing, all to do with ABS/traction control. Normal braking seems fine, not sure what will happen with a skid or loss of traction in ice or snow. I am told there is a recall on the brake system on this van. Do I need to be concerned about these warning lights?

- Mulino, OR, USA

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