really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 17
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
85,934 miles

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2001 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2001 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 4 of 10)

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problem #137

Aug 292011


  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that after having repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control), the vehicle experienced major electrical problems and brake fluid leaking. The fluid leaked on the ABS modules, causing the electronic components to have a short, including the brakes. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 106,000. The VIN was not available.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #136

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving, the speedometer, the odometer, the tachometer all stopped working.the ABS light came on, the red brake light came on, and the O/D off light continues to flash. It is extremely difficult to operate this vehicle without at least a speedometer and I hope the brakes do not fail. This all occurred shortly after the brake master cylinder switch was replaced.

- Weedsport, NY, USA

problem #135

Aug 312011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I turned in my Ford Windstar on to the john West Ford diler, the ABS, and brake lights came on 3 days before to brought it for been diagnosed. 2 days after they gave me an estimate for $ $2400 dollars. That really surprise me and I answer no thanks do not fix my car. They put my van together and since that moment my van I didn't start again is like a death. They said the PCM and ABS module got burned. I think they made a mistake and kill my van PCM but I cant proved. I was reading the ABS recall about and sounds like there is nothing releated wiht the PCM module. Any way they sent my van back home onto a town truck and at this moment a can't find the problem yet. Oh I almost forgot some for sure they charge me $ $200 for diagnosis. If you want to confirm my history you can call[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #134

Jul 182011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


The ABS and brake light began coming on intermittantly a couple of months ago. It seems that the ABS ECU module is the problem as multiple ABS codes were read. Now, two months later my cruise control no longer works. If you do the research online as well as in your complaint section for 2001 winstar it is an all too common problem. It seems to be a problem that was not addressed properly on an earlier recall by Ford (09S09) which included a scds wiring harness replacement only caused by brake fluid leaking onto wiring and causing a potential fire hazard. Many owners believe the fluid not only ran down the wiring continuing to run onto the ABS connector causing parts to short out and fail and also onto the cruise control connector causing it to fail. I truly believe this is the reason all these ABS modules are failing...it's amazing how many complaints with my same problem are on your website these are very expensive parts to replace (over $1000) plus labor. The absence of the ABS system does cause braking problems and can cause the brakes to lock up and skid...this happened to me...just missed having a wreck! the connector to the cruise is also being effected causing it to fail as well. I think Ford should be required to at least check these vehicle and replace these parts if they are found to be faulty before someone gets in an accident. They may have already.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #133

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
Brake lights stays on constantly, speedometer hand constantly jumps. Sometimes feels like they are air in the brakes, sometimes no power at all to the van. When going up hill van loose all pressure when air is on. Check and made sure all hoses was connect properly and still doing it. I just can't afford to put anymore money in this vehicle.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #132

Jul 042011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights on the dashboard light up and stay lit. They will only go off after the key is turned off. It took several trips to the Ford dealership for them to diagnose these: Perform Q test ABS system found multiple dtc's cmdtc C1185 ABS pwr relay output circuit failure, C1194 lf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1198 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1210 rf outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1246 rr outlet valve coil circuit fail, C1250 lf inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1254 rr inlet valve coil circuit fail, C1446 brake switch circuit failure open or shorted to ground, U1262 scp data link fault, fail speed deactivation switch.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #131

Sep 152009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


ABS and brake lights willcome on after just a few minutes I start driving, is this a fire hazard? please help.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #130

Jul 222011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS and brake light come on intemittently. Will not pass inspection on a 2001 Ford Windstar van.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #129

Aug 182007


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the constant-velocity joints on the passenger side were repeatedly replaced and the speedometer did not work. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that there were no recalls addressing the failures. The manufacturer was notified and offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 139,000. Error codes po 174 and po 171 - misfire, fuel comp, cat lyst, evap 02 sensor, 02 htr, egr. Updated 10/03/2011

- Muncy Valley, PA, USA

problem #128

Jul 302011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
We have a 2001 Ford Windstar and we had recall 09S09 done. Now we are having problems with the # 10 fuse blowing. Which contributes to no A/C, no speedometer or odometer and O/D light flashing. Also the ABS light, brake light and traction control light come on all the time. I am afraid my van is going to catch on fire while I am travelling for soccer games. Please look into this situation. There are many Windstar owners in the same boat.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #127

Jul 012009


  • 95,000 miles


ABS module malfuntios. ABS warning lights. Brake warning lights. Traction control warning lights. Was told by Ford dealer that unit overheats - common problem.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #126

Mar 032009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the air conditioner failed, the speedometer displayed a reading of zero and the anti lock brake light illuminated on the instrument panel while driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle needed a new electrical system. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was unavailable.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #125

Dec 192000

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
Repeated failure and replacement of various parts of the electrical system including wiper motor, rear wiper motor, fuel pump, fuel pump fuses, alternator, repeated replacement of battery, repeated replacement of brake lights and light sockets and brake light switch, repeated failure and replacement of electric door locks, repeated replacement of coil wire, replacement of egr valve. Constant stalling of vehicle in rain or humid weather. Vehicle stall when air conditioner is in use. Rough idle and stalling when vehicle is stopped and engine is running. All of these complaints have been constant and ongoing despite repeated replacement of electrical components since delivery of the vehicle in December of 2000.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #124

Jun 262010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated the sliding doors on the vehicle would not open. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told the failure was a electrical. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileage was unknown.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #123

Apr 072011


  • 110,000 miles
My ABS lights brake lights on the instrument panel come on and stay on and the odometer has no reading and the speedometer does not work. The vehicle drives fine.

- Farmington, CT, USA

problem #122

Feb 092011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I bought my Windstar used from a dealership.I was soooo happy to finally have a safe and big enough vehicle for my family. After purchasing my van I had to have some work done witch estimated at 1,000. Mechanic said it was normal wear and tear. After picking my van up from mechanic, I was driving home and the check engine light came on. I had several mechanics look the code up and they clear it(most likely what the dealership did to sell me the van). Each time it is cleared it still comes back on, and about 2 weeks after the last cleared code my ABS and brake lights keep coming on after only a few min of driving. I now see others are having the same problem as me.the new recall 01/27/11 I am sure that issue had not been fixed. I am pretty sure my subframe is bad too since I have been hearing a knocking noise for the last week. After reading everyone elses same issues with their Windstar I promise I will not drive this vehicle and I am not going to go down without a fight. Ford please note I will not allow your company to take advantage of me and put my family in danger for your money hungry company. You will be hearing from me!I thought I purchased a safe van and now I will be stuck in my house with no transportation! I will have my van taken to a Ford dealership and it will not sit for six months due to there being no parts!I can not believe their can be sooo many recalls on this van and Ford still thinks it is safe!

- Chicago Ridge, IL, USA

problem #121

Apr 212011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Automobile leaking oil and smoking. Engine, ABS and brake lights constantly illuminated until they were removed by the dealer I informed him the vehicle would not pass inspection and told him of my saftey concerns regarding the same.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #120

Apr 082011


  • 110,000 miles
The brake fluid at the master cylinder is leaking on the wires under it. Causing the ABS and brake light to stay on. I am afraid this will cause a fire, due to the fluid being flammable. Now I have a repair to pay for that I have never seen happen in a car. I am almost 55 and been driving 40 years and this is a first

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #119

Apr 192011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Windstar ABS emergency parking brake and over drive, speedometer, van caught a minor fire, had the ABS module changed when it had warranty still had problems reported it to Ford two years ago before the recall fixed again out of pocket. This time need to take action.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #118

Jun 012010


  • miles
Recall 09S09 was completed by Ford last year. This recall should have fix brake light warning sign and also brake fluid leakage. But unfortunately my 2001 Ford Windstar showing brake warning sing and also leaking brake fluid in recent days.

- Zion, IL, USA

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