really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,490 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 11 of 12)

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problem #24

Aug 262008


  • miles


After filing a serious complaint about an ABS brake failure earlier this evening, I continued to research 'complaints on 2001 Ford Windstar on your website and was shocked at the number of complaints involving the ABS system. The false warning lights tied to an 'electrical' problem that are referred to throughout the complaint section are identical to an ongoing problem that we have tried to address with our local dealership for the past two years! on August 26th, the ABS failure that occurred in my vehicle while traveling on a highway could have resulted in a fatal accident for myself and my 9 year old son if it had occurred just seconds later. I would have passed the weigh station that allowed the vehicle to decelerate on an incline with the car in neutral and the emergency brake deployed.

- West Hyannisport, MA, USA

problem #23

Aug 262008


  • miles
The brakes on my 2001 Ford Windstar mini-van failed on a highway. I was in the right hand lane and was able to exit the highway into a weigh station (that was fortunately on an incline) and by using the emergency brake and placing the car in neutral I came to a stop at which point I was able to turn the engine off and exit the vehicle with my 9 year old son. If any of the cars in front off me had slowed and/or tried to exit at the same time as me, I would have had to drive off the road or I would have been in an accident.

- West Hyannisport, MA, USA

problem #22

Aug 192007


  • 46,000 miles
Brake/ABS light comes on inadvertently, because of a glitch in the computer system. I've gone to Ford mtrs twice and only can get to the customer service people. The vehicle is a 2001 Ford Windstar, . I have been told by a mechanic that it has happened to several other people in the local area. That situation is dangerous, because, it might come on and be truthful, you ignore it and when you need them, you have no brakes. The cost to fix this problem should be Ford cost, not the consumer. Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #21

Jan 012007


  • 50,000 miles


ABS light shows brakes need checking, we have new brakes, pads, and rotors are excellent. Light codes read check engine, and faulty brakes. This is due to a faulty part from manufacture that they will not fix at their expense. Nothing wrong with car but cannot inspection test in Utah with ABS light coming on.

- Woods Cross, UT, USA

problem #20

Aug 192008


  • 30,000 miles
Cruise control deactivation switch leaking and causing brake lights to stay on.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #19

Jul 152008


  • 93,000 miles
My 2001 Ford winstar speedometer, odometer, A/C, O/D light flashing, cruise control does not work all at once. I was told it is a defictive brake switch.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

Aug 132007


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact noticed that the brake and ABS warning lights would intermittently illuminate on the instrument control panel. Once he turns off the vehicle and quickly restarts it, the warning lights will dim. He has not had the vehicle inspected to determine the cause of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 100,500.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012008


  • 65,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Windstar ABS and brake warning lights have come intermittent on and my cruise control is intermittent. Searching the internet revealed that there is a problem with the "speed control deactivation switch" that is mounted on the front of the master cylinder. I have inspected my switch and it does have a fluid leak that is running down the wires. This has not caused any other problems yet.

- Florence, KY, USA

problem #16

May 302007


  • 101,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar has ABS warning light combined with emergency brake engaged light causing intermittent warnings. The vehicle has appx 145K miles on it currently. Have been experiencing dash warning lights that warn me that my ABS system is not working correctly. New brakes, inspection and cleaning. Recently but problem persists. Have not been able to determine the conditions that lead up the warning errors. Based on research through the internet, conversations with local mechanics and other Windstar owners, this problem is not only common but becoming anticipated. It's also my understanding that when the ABS light is illuminated the ABS system is non functional and my braking ability is compromised. Various sources point to a fault in the monitoring system through the design of particular components and repair/replacement is running around $600. It seems clear there was a design flaw in the brake system that is leading to my family's safety being compromised by not having the ABS functioning correctly.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #15

Jul 012006


  • 90,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar LX - failure of ABS control module - dealer performed test code 1185 brake / ABS warning lights have been off and on for the last 2 years, just recently they are coming on regularly so that a dealer could identify the problem.

- Brush Prairie, WA, USA

problem #14

Aug 282007


  • 62,000 miles


Emergency brake light come on when you drive or backup vehicle paid Ford dealer over $3,000 to fix the problem on basis of recommendation Aug 28, 2007, replace wiring harness and ABS module after servicing the brake lights continue to come on. Have taken the car in to dealer for the 5th time. Ford engineers stated they do not know what is causing the problem or how to fix it. My 1 year labor warranty will expired Aug 28, 2008 and Ford has yet to repair car. I was told by Ford dealer the car is drivable and doesn't pose a health or hazardous risk. I totally disagree.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 302008


  • 114,600 miles
Scary issue: ABS brakes started twice without any need and without warning causing the vehicle to roll forward while brakes were firmly applied. Once at an intersection while stopped and once when stopping for a stop sign at normal speeds/conditions. Additionally ABS and brake lights come on simultaneously and intermittently mostly when warm out and more consistently when both warm out and vehicle is stopped after reaching full operating temperature and then restarted shortly after (I.e. stop at a store and then return to vehicle after a few minutes or while driving slowly on highway because of traffic after driving at highway normal speeds. Stopping seems to allow more heat to collect to cause the problem as air does not cool the parts which may be the cause. Suspect exactly what is described in www.fordwindstarrecall.info/ problem # 2. my cruise control also stopped working over a year ago and the repair was to change the switch in problem #1. I did not incur a fire but the switch did fail.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 032008


  • 77,392 miles
I have a brake problem with the van. I did a search on the internet to see if anyone could help only to find the exact problem. Lucky for my family I found the sight. It concerns the Ford Windstar 1999-2003 brake and ABS problems. I am afraid to haul my family around in this van until it is fixed. The site is www.fordwindstarrecall.info.

- Markle, IN, USA

problem #11

Jun 012006


  • 89,590 miles
Constant ABS and brake light indication after start up of vehicle.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #10

Nov 202007


  • 78,521 miles
Loss of ABS & traction control.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 082008


  • miles
The ABS and brake lights are on in my 2001 Ford Windstar. This occurs because of a faulty ABS module.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 172007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
When driving, the ABS and brake light will illuminate. I was told the car needs a new ABS module. Upon further research on this issue I have become aware that this is a widespread phenomenon. Driving with no ABS is a safety hazard! it can result in an accident with possible fatalities.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

May 202008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 107,343 miles
Intermittent C1185 ABS code is being caused by heat in the ABS (anti-lock brake system) ECM (electronic control module) (2C219) module causing expansion of a large aluminum plate (heat sink) in the ECM which is attached to the ECM main circuit board at all points. The expansion occurs when the unit gets warm especially in the summer months and causes intermittent electrical connection in the unit because the fragile board is being stretched and malformed. This causes an intermittent ABS light due to the failure of the ABS relay. This is a manufacturing defect that has serious safety ramifications, and should be replaced by Ford under warranty.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #6

May 072008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 107,003 miles
Cruise control stopped working, and noticed intermittent ABS/brake light. After researching, found that the brake pressure switch was leaking brake fluid through the connector. Fluid had wicked into the cruise control module as well. Even though this switch is the subject of failures and recalls on numerous models, the dealer refused to replace or apply the company designed fix to the vehicle. I am concerned that this issue has led to numerous vehicle fires, and that the company is not responding to this issue by replacing the switch, but only installing a fuse. Repair charges were $210.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 142007

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Ford Windstar brake failure. Consumer states that the brakes gave way while she was stopped. She states that the dealer would not remedy the problem. She said this past time she went over a cement strip and hit a ground fixture. The panel on the vehicle was damaged.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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