hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,834 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Aug 162006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Constantly being troubled by the brake/ABS light on the dash board. Upon going to auto zone and checking what kind of code comes up for the problem, I received 20+ codes relating to brakes/ABS problems. I looked up the problem and discovered it was very popular amongst Ford Windstar from 1999-2003. I have a 2001 Ford Windstar and this problem is very troublesome. Upon requesting a quote to fix this problem, I was looking at $2000+ (parts, labor and warranty). It seems the ABS module is bad, and it itself costs $550 just in parts. This problem is persistent among a lot of Ford Windstar and potentially dangerous and life threatening. I would like Ford to take some sort of action and issue a re-call.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #52

Sep 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar: ABS, traction control system, and cruise control all suddenly fail while driving at highway speeds. Each system works properly at 55mph and lower, until driving on slick or rough pavement; at 60mph or over, all 3 systems are unusable even on dry and smooth pavement. To have speed or braking system not working at the times one might need them presents possible dangerous consequences (fortunately we were able to "pump the brakes", and steer tight-fisted to avoid collisions so far). 8tr

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #51

Dec 012010


  • miles
Front end steering, disturbing front end frame sound, ABS lights noticed ABS braking problem, brake light, od light, interior lights flash on and off intermittently when driving. Have to cut the van off and restart for to stop that only last awhile..took into dealer for recalls still dealing with electrical problem so forth. I never been so scared of an vehicle in my life.

- Mi, MI, USA

problem #50

Sep 092010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 194,500 miles


My 2001 Windstar had been making a scrunching noise each time I went off a curb. I took it to a tire place as that's when I found the crack in the axle in August 2010. The tire dealer didn't make that kind of repair so I call Ford dealership who told me to bring the car in and that a recall had just been issued. My car sat for six months. On 1/26/2011 the dealer called and said my axle had been repaired and that I could pick the car up. I couldn't pick it up that day. On 1/27/11 I heard the news state a new recall and I looked it up. Turns out my car is involved in that recall too. I went to the dealer and I communicated to them that I do not want that vehicle back under any circumstances. The ABS light has been malfunctioning for three years or more. Since I got the vehicle I had many problems with sensors and I have had to replace the transmission after having only around 78,000 miles on the vehicle. I completed all maintenance on my vehicle as suggested by Ford, yet I have had so many problems. I called Ford on 1/27 and told them I do not want the vehicle back. They said a buy back isn't being offered for this recall at this time. It may be offered when the letter is distributed. I still do not want this vehicle back. I have three children and I cannot trust that this vehicle is safe.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #49

Nov 292010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 93,524 miles
ABS failure - 2001 Ford Windstar.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 152008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar ABS and brake lights keep coming on for no reason. Might come on when hitting bumps and might not. I have had mechanic look at issue. Many failures report. Ended up brake relay/control module is bad and needs replaced. Approx. Fix $1200 which explains why Ford won't admit issue.. my niece had same van same issue instead of dealing with it she traded van in. Lights don't stay on all the time but both come on at same time and go off at same time. Mechanic said brakes will work but no ABS available when light is on. I would think Ford would recognize this as safety issue. Problem has existed for approx. 2 years or more on this van. We have owned for approx. 6-7 years.

- Delia, KS, USA

problem #47

Dec 032010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


For two years my ABS and brake light for my 2001 Ford Windstar will come on after driving for long periods. I have taken to the dealership and they say nothing is wrong and that if the ABS light is on it just means that the ABS system won't work. Well, driving in snow and ice in Chicago without ABS is a huge issue.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #46

Sep 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
ABS and brake warning lights on dash board occasionally turn on. Once on they remain on until the car is restarted.

- Andover, CT, USA

problem #45

Jan 012010


  • miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. When I received recall notice 09V399000 I brought my vehicle in for the repair. The issue that I was experiencing in regards to the ABS/brake lights going on while the car is in use has not been fixed. I believe that there is still and issue that needs to be addressed. This is an ongoing problem.

- Fergus Falls, MN, USA

problem #44

Oct 012009


  • 72,000 miles
ABS light is O in my 2001 Ford Windstar even after the recall in 2009 for ABS ECM failure - ABS brake light. The light continues to stay on for the past year almost and it is causing other defects in my vehicle. My vehicle will shut down on me completely and nothing in my vehicle will work until I get a jump ad it is causing issues with my brake system and transmission!

- Dolton, IL, USA

problem #43

Oct 162001


  • 113,000 miles


Own 2001 Ford Windstar. Yellow ABS & red brake light stay on constantly. Have already replaced de-ac switch under master cylinder and have new brake pads. Reading fault code C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210. All points to ABS ECU.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #42

Sep 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
I own a 2001 Ford Windstar. My ABS & brake light came on about 4 weeks ago. It would come on a few min. After it gets warm & not go out till I turn off the vehicle. I took it to the Ford dealership in commerce asking if they could check it out. I told the parts assoc' what was going on & he stated for about $1000 it could be fixed.(a new sensor) he also stated that most people who have this problem do not bother fixing it due to it will not cause any harm. The ABS & brake only apply to things like a rail road track. And that I will still have brakes.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #41

Sep 132010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I stopped at a red light and noticed smoke puff out from under the left side of my hood. I thought I was overheating, but my temp gauge showed nothing. As I pulled away from the red light and off to the side of the road I noticed my ABS light and my brake light had come on and my O/D light began flashing. My speedometer and odometer had completely shut down. I checked under the hood and saw no visible problems. I drove the vehicle back home and over the next few days I noticed I was losing brake fluid and brake pressure. I parked the vehicle and began driving a second vehicle until I could get a mechanic to check out the Windstar. I took it to my mechanic and he said the brake fluid was leaking around the brake pressure differential deactivation switch in front of the master cylinder. He said he had heard there had been problems with this on Windstar and recommended I check to see if there had been a recall, which I am doing now.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #40

Dec 162009


  • miles
We bought van used... from beginning ABS and brake lights on dash are constantly on. I believe this is causing the also constant beeping. We have gotten a tune up, changed the brakes, oil, airfilter and had the codes checked... lights are still on and still lots of warning beeps going off !!

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #39

Apr 102010


  • 130,000 miles
I have had my 2001 Ford Windstar for 4 years, and I have replaced the brakes pads and rotors 5 times and looks like I will be on my 6th replacement soon...the ABS light on the dashboard keeps on in the engaged and will not release.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #38

Jul 012010


  • 120,000 miles
ABS light and brake light kept coming on. Several incidents when coming to rolling stop ABS brakes would activate and van would not stop even when brake pedal was to the floor. This is after the 2001 Ford Windstar van was taken in and had the switch recall done. Had to have the ABS module replaced.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #37

Jul 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
Ford Windstar 2001 van. Periodically the check traction control warning message along with the ABS warning light and brake light was coming on. Now it seems to be occurring more frequently within the past month or two.

- St James, NY, USA

problem #36

Aug 102010


  • 92,000 miles
ABS light on 2001 Ford Windstar stays on & all odometer functions & radio cease operation & freeze in place!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 152010


  • miles
2001 Ford Windstar:speedo inop when red brake light comes on, ABS light on, and red brake warning light on intermittently. Took to dealer to have recall performed and they informed me that recall would not cover. Called Ford hotline and they talked to dealer. Pulling out of dealer ABS light came back on. Dealer says problem is not related to ABS recall. Now took to another dealer and they say $2700 to fix ABS ECU, which was supposed to be fixed during the recall.

- Jackson Center, OH, USA

problem #34

May 012010


  • 110,000 miles
ABS and brake lights is on at the dashboard and ABS doesn't work.

- Northville, MI, USA

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