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 6 of 12)

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problem #124

Jun 212010


  • 110,785 miles


ABS / brake system warning lights continue to illuminate on occasion after recall repair performed. Braking distances greatly increased / affected when warning lights are on. Brake pedal travel also greatly increased - pedal slowly continues to floor with steady pressure, accompanied by whooshing sound with no increase in braking power.

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #123

Nov 012008


  • 132,000 miles
The ABS and brake light come on intermittently. Upon conducting research, I realize that while these lights on the dash are illuminated the ABS system may not function at all or correctly. Obviously upon loss of this feature, the chances of an accident would be considerably higher, especially in adverse weather such as a rain storm. I have owned another 2001 Ford Windstar with the same problem. Every (1999-2003)Windstar owner I have spoken to has had issues with their ABS system. My vehicle calls for a replacement of the ABS module, which should be replaced by Ford, however this ABS ECM is defective, an updated part would have to be installed. I am not aware if Ford has corrected the issue in a replacement part. Please conduct an investigation.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #122

Jun 012008


  • 99,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased in Ford 2001 Windstar after repair of leaking master cylinder. ABS light is on non-stop.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #121

Oct 192009


  • miles


ABS and brake lights intermittent come on. Recall problem #2 ABS ECM failure on Ford Windstar. Fixed problem #1 speed control switch, harness but not #2 my switch was leaking. Lucky no fire. But now my sensor (#2) doesn't work. So when the lights come on I have no ABS and its scary to think of a brake problem when driving.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #120

May 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased.

- Woodstock, MD, USA

problem #119

Mar 012007


  • 80,000 miles
Started off with yellow ABS light on with the red brake light on as well. Seemed to come and go as it wanted. Some time during this I notice a connector loose off the master cylinder and connected it. Lights stayed on even longer, months at a time. Brakes still worked (ABS untested). Had changed front and rear brakes, and this still hadn't corrected. At some date the cruise control stopped working. In 2010 I had the 'recall' switch replaced on the front of the master cylinder. The cruise control worked again, but a couple days later the lights were back on. I changed the master cylinder and now the brakes are even softer than before even after a lengthy brake bleeding cycle. I still get the light, but they're not always on when I start the vehicle as they were before. This is in addition to all the other lights that have come on, and all of the tsb searches and parts bought and replaced I have done in an attempt to make my vehicle safe to drive.

- Nanjemoy, MD, USA

problem #118

May 182010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Braking distance suddenly increased. Throwing ABS codes 1185, 1194, 1198, 1210, 1214, 1242, 1246, 1250, 1254.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #117

May 192010


  • 132,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar - recall 09S09 completed - ABS and brake lights on dashboard still come on. Per internet research - ABS ECM brake module 2C219 and "braking distance suddenly increased."

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #116

Dec 052005


  • miles
I was driving on a snow/ice covered road on my way home from work. The road was not plowed. I lost my brakes and started to slide sideways down a hill. I tried to steer the 2001 Ford Windstar to the side of the road. I was not going very fast. I was petrified. I finally came to a stop my bumper hit a drain pipe. All axles were bent. Smoke was coming from the hood. The Windstar was totaled. I received 18 stitches in my mouth. My top teeth bit through my bottom lip. I have a scar. The airbags did not deploy. I filed complaints at several different places and as all these other people are saying I never received an answer. I would like to be included in the class action lawsuit.

- Falls Creek, PA, USA

problem #115

Mar 102010


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact had a recall repair performed in relation to a brake fluid leak. She was not sure of the recall information and stated that it may have been issued by the manufacturer as a voluntary recall. Although the vehicle was repaired, the brake fluid leaked over the engine (it was not cleaned up after the recall repair) and the leak ruined the transmission range sensor and the ABS sensor. The contact called the manufacturer who refused to correct the problem. The VIN was unavailable at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 124,000. The current mileage was approximately 126,000.

- Kenova, WV, USA

problem #114

Aug 232009


  • 88,700 miles


Braking distance suddenly increased.

- Elburn, IL, USA

problem #113

Apr 122010


  • 260,000 miles
Had fused wiring harness installed by Ford dealership as part of recall 09S09 24/11/09. 12/04/10 am now having brake/ABS/trac off dash lights coming on after vehicle running for 20 minutes or so. Braking distance has since increased.

- Milton, 00, USA

problem #112

Apr 222010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #111

May 272005


  • 80,000 miles
My Ford 2001 Windstar has had the ABS/brake warning lights come on for five years now. I have been living with it. Is there any recall.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #110

Apr 062010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Windstar's brakes were locked and I could not disengage them. I had the car serviced for this problem many times, most recently in January of 2010 when I was told that they determined that the problem was the rear speed sensor. They replaced it and told me it was all set and wouldn't happen again. Yesterday (4/6/2010) while I was travelling in interstate 95 South it happened again with disastrous consequences. I put my brakes on to slow down but instead of slowing down my car came to a screeching halt in the left lane of fast moving traffic. We were hit twice and the car was totaled along with the other cars involved. I am wondering if this has happened with other 2001 Ford Windstar.

- North Attleborough, MA, USA

problem #109

Mar 012010


  • 120,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased even after the latest recall, my car ABS light continues to stay on. I have had the speed sensor replaced and the wheel sensor cleaned at the dealership yet problem persists.

- West Rosbury, MA, USA

problem #108

Jan 012005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
ABS and brake lights on dash come and go mostly on all the time.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #107

Mar 072010


  • miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar and the brake light and ABS light come on and go off intermittently. I smell a burning smell in the car. I T comes on and goes off at different times, lights not always on.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #106

Mar 042010


  • 95,000 miles
ABS lights illuminate on dashboard during which time antilock brake system and traction control does not operate at all. This occurs approximately 10-15 minutes after vehicle has been started and lasts the entire time the vehicle is being operated. This problem appears in warm weather around 95% of the time and about 30% of the time when temperatures are below freezing. Appears to be the antilock brake control module overheating but I cannot confirm that. Have had the speed control deactivation switch replaced under recall. Dealer inspected brake system at the same time and said the control module will have to be replaced at a cost of over $1,000. I am hesitant to spend the money as I am not sure if the new control module will have the same defect. I was hoping the previous recall would solve this problem but it did not. Wonder if the two issues are related.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #105

Feb 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Feb 26th 2010 2001 Ford Windstar perfect condition no problems no lights on dash....Feb 27th 2010 car is started and smoke poured out of hood on driver side after being started after that the ABS light emergency brake light and O/D light are on and the computer information center on the display is advising to check transmission and there is a fuel data computer error and the odometer is blank and the speedometer is not functioning the heater on our vehicle has stopped but the fans still blow but only regular air. I've taken it to a Ford dealership today to be repaired under the recall for the vehicle speed control issue and they have done the bare minimum to fix the leaking that has occurred due to the faulty switch leaking brake fluid and starting the small fire I experienced Feb 27th 2010 but are unwilling to resolve the remaining issues caused by and listed above.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

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