really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,284 miles

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2000 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2000 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #147

Jun 022014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles


The brake light comes on. The brake fluid is low. Filled the fluid up. A week later same thing happens. I could not find a leak. Finding a puddle of brake fluid under the van I had to make a better effort to find the leak. The leak is coming from the brake pressure differential deactivation switch. I went to this site to find out more information about this problem. www.fordwindstarrecall.info/

- Dry Branch, GA, USA

problem #146

Jun 092014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,146 miles
The brake pressure differential deactivation switch (scds) (2B264) located under the master cylinder (behind the air filter) over time develops a leak. This causes a short and a fuse trip, fuse #10 if the engine is on. This leak also causes brake fluid to wick down two wires to the ABS brake module (2C219). The fluid accumulates on the (always on) power connectors for the ABS brake system which are powered by fuses 101 and 102 and are both 40 amp. The fluid attracts moisture, road salt and leads to a fire when the fluid and moisture act as conductor between the hot leads and ground. This switch has been the subject of other Ford recalls, just not my Windstar van yet. My wiring harness when inspected was wet with brake fluid, including the connections and the inline fuses, which basically permits electricity to jump past the inline fuses and continue to heat up the wiring harness. The fuses bodies crumbled when inspected. Since most double side door vans are predominantly driven by large families, the possibility of multiple fatalities per vehicle due to a horrific death from being burnt alive is a valid point to consider. Most vehicle fires spread so fast that unstrapping multiple small children from restraint seats would take an inordinate amount of time, especially with smoke inhalation and the heat of flames to prohibit rescue. Thank you for investigating this.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #145

Jan 232014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the instrument panel needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 00V351000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #144

Dec 182013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 111,009 miles


ABS light on dash and other warning lights malfunction at different times along with displays that have characters in dash that are un-familiar. Beeps occur that I find no explanation in manual. Have had 2 malfunction in electric door locks and it is impossible to manually unlock passenger side doors from outside doors. Rear door latch cannot be opened except with key in event of certain types of crashes especially if occupants are not conscious.

- Bancroft, NE, USA

problem #143

Dec 112013


  • 130,000 miles
ABS light on speedometer odometer don't work.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #142

Nov 232011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 159,872 miles
ABS light stays on! ABS system does not operate!

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #141

Jun 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles


ABS light came on while driving. No problem detected. Light comes on after driving for awhile and the engine gets up to normal operating temp. Mechanics tell me the ABS module is bad. I have two Windstar and this happens on both. Ford definitely has a problem with the ABS module!

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #140

Apr 042013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 159,300 miles
ABS light continues to come on intermittently. No immediate affect on braking until used hard. Then rear brakes lock-up immediately. Sliding doors will not open using overhead control. Locks do not 'un-lock' when unlock is depressed. Child protective door locks are off, and still the sliding doors will not operate from inside handle. The only automatic function that operate on the sliding doors is the 'close door' button on both sides. Exterior handles do not open the door until the locks are manually/physically forced into the unlock position. Dashboard lights and gauges go out-of-control randomly. Ie: speedometer goes from 0 - overspeed, tachometer does the same as well as fuel and temp.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #139

Nov 012012


  • miles
Instrument panel stopped working. Unable to determine speed, gas level temp, etc accurately. Other people on the web have been complaining about this for years. The problem appears to be cracked solder on the instrument panel circuit board. This should not happen and should be recalled and corrected.

- Glendale Heights, IL, USA

problem #138

Jul 102013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and all my instrument panel needles (speedometer, gas, RPM, mileage, temperature) were all jumping around. This went on all the way home. I parked the car but the RPM needle was stuck I was able to move the RPM needle but now its broke.the instrument panel continues to sporadically go from working, to not working at all, to all the needles jumping around.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #137

Jul 022013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,259 miles


Rear windshield wiper is not working. Mechanic states the rear wiper motor has water damage and must be replaced.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #136

Jul 112011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
I was driving on the highway and all my instrument panel needles (gas, RPM, mileage, temperature) were all jumping around. This went on all the way home. I parked the car but the RPM needle was stuck and I could not shift the car into park (P) and could not turn off the car. I called a local mechanic and he came over and put the car in neutral (N) and turned off the car. The car had to be towed to the mechanic to have the instrument panel checked. The mechanic was able to move the RPM needle so that I could shift the car but the instrument panel continues to sporadically go from working, to not working at all, to all the needles jumping around. The mechanic was aware that I had the transmission done 3 times since I bought the car in Sept. 2003 and told me that the malfunctioning instrument panel may be contributing to the transmission issues.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #135

Jun 282013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 104,965 miles
All of the dashboard needles began flipping back and forth sporadically. They would bottom out below the 0 mark for a while registering no speed or gas tank amount and then start jumping around again. When I attempted to park the vehicle, the speedometer needle was lying across the bottom and kept the car from being able to go into park. At this point, the car was unable to be turned off completely, unable to be re-started, unable to steer and I had to hold my foot on the break in order to keep it from rolling. We were eventually able to start and then drive the vehicle home once the needle jumped back up. Once again in the driveway, it did the same thing and we had to drill a hole in the dash in order to manually move the needle out of the way so the van could be placed in park. We will be having it towed to a repair shop.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #134

Apr 052013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light comes on and off while driving, cruise control does not work, speedometer and rmp guage goes crazy and stops working, leaking break fliud but can't seem to locate problem, interior lights flicker on and off, door locks will start going up and down while driving, rear passenger door does not close all the way and will sometime pop out but not completely open while driving, makes noise when turing left I had the rack and pinion changed but that did not solve the problem the noise just got worse.

- Davisville, WV, USA

problem #133

Jun 062013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
ABS light is intermittently on. Mechanic reads the code C1185. He suggested that the ABS module be replaced and cost $976.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #132

Oct 052010


  • 165,000 miles
ABS light on intermittently. Instrument panel gauges erratic sometimes. Cruise control not functional at times.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #131

May 202013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
ABS lights showed up on display cluster. 10 amp fuse on 2nd row #2 keeps blowing. Ac stopped working, odometer went to all dashes, speedometer stopped working, electronic fuel display went to "fuel error". after unplugging ABS to keep 10 amp fuse from blowing and to get the ac to work, braking system is leaking.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #130

May 012011


  • 240,000 miles
My 2000 Ford Windstar van has frequent and intermittent problems with the ABS light coming on and eventually going off; the cruise control not working sometimes even after it was repaired by the dealer; and the gauges in the instrument panel (including the speedometer) erratically malfunctioning. I have been told that these are common problems with Ford Windstar and may be subject to recalls. (even though the mileage is high, I replaced the transmission and engine with a brand new transmission and a brand new engine in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Only less than 50,000 miles on the vehicle since 2006.)

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #129

Jul 022012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The entire dash board goes "crazy" while driving; the speedometer, tachometer, temperature gauge and gas gauge fluxuate, even at idle.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #128

Aug 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Instrument panel/speedometer fails va inspection. Ford won't fix it. Parts hard to find as anyone with this model vehicle has the same problem.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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