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 6 of 10)

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problem #97

Jul 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 20,500 miles


2001 Ford Windstar SE sport, 20,000 miles ABS, brake, & tire pressure lights come on after first starting car and running for a while.. ABS and brake lights go on and off, tire pressure light stays on even with all 4 new tires equally filled at 35psi. Just bought this van. Transmission slips, had it drained and serviced 1 month ago with no problem reported.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #96

Jun 182010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
My 2001 has a brake light, ABS traction control lights and electric circuit board problem. The windshield wipers come on the door chime comes on when I turn the key off. The ABS and traction control light and brake lights comes on and off while I am driving all the time. The check engine light came on simultaneously with the brake light and I lost brake power. No fluid leaked out and the transmission works fine. I almost crashed into three cars while driving with the brake failure.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #95

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 #94

Oct 012009


  • 80,000 miles


Own a 2000 Windstar. After the last recall thought it would fix the problem. The ABS light, brake light, check engine are constantly on. The speedometer, odometer, air conditioning not working. Have not taken to a garage yet. But will be.

- New Plymouth, OH, USA

problem #93

Aug 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar that was just cleared from the serv. Dept Ford dealership about the ABS and od warning lights flashing (they said due to a blown fuse). Now the lights are back on, the remaining dash lights are going crazy and the headlights are cutting off while driving down the road. Went to start the car from work and the battery is dead. These lights come on when the van heats up or hits a bump. I have small children and work third shift so this problem needs to be corrected before something serious happens as a result in faulty equipment.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #92

Jul 171999

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Ford refused to fix a common problem on a 2001 Ford Windstar with a check engine code indicating the dpfe sensor needed to be replaced, I paid for the diagnosis but Ford indicated that this was not a recall.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #91

Jul 092008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


2001 Ford Windstar, ABS and brake light come on intermittently, they only go out when the car cools. Terrys Lincoln Mercury in orland park il replaced/or added some sort of cable per detroit (I was not aware of the recall, they performed this without my knowledge as I found out. The problem still exists and has existed for years.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #90

Aug 012010


  • 150,000 miles
I own a Ford Windstar 2001. Concerned that the ABS lights on and brake lights are always on- they will not come off and the hand brake is down.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #89

Jul 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Re: 2001 Ford Windstar minivan having continuous problems with the ABS/ brake light /tire gauge being displayed on the dashboard. Also having problems with the speedometer not working. Have had the van in several times to be repaired & problem keeps occurring.

- Perry, NY, USA

problem #88

Mar 102010


  • 90,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased on vehicle. ABS warning light came on and stays on.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #87

Aug 022009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


In either hot weather, or when the vehicle is running hot, the ABS and brake lights will come on the dash. The computer has sent several different codes to be checked. The ABS does not work when the light is on.

- Downers Grove, IL, USA

problem #86

Aug 172007


  • 75,000 miles
The brake light and ABS light come on soon after start up. This indicates a malfunction in the ABS braking system. Ford has done nothing to correct the problem and can not identify the cause.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #85

Jun 242010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The #10 fuse kept blowing. We figured out that the switch was our problem and replaced that. Then we lost radio and other electrical components. Finally tracked wires to underneath seat to ABS module to find that it was burnt up and had brake fluid on it. Not sure what we are going to do at this point since whole harness has to be replaced and is very expensive.

- Dublin, TX, USA

problem #84

Jun 232010


  • 84,340 miles
2001 Ford Windstar with problem of ABS brake light, brake light, or tire pressure lights come on intermittently during extreme cold or extreme heat. Restart of engine usually resets lights. Error code C1185 ABS power relay circuit seen by shop. Expansion of relay switch aluminum plate causing short circuit of module or leakage from speed control connector possible causes. Repair cost of over $600.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #83

Feb 132010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Speedometer and odometer quit working, now air and cruise don't work, also ABS brake light stays on. The vehicle is a 01 Ford Windstar, also leaking brake fluid, thanks for any help.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #82

Apr 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar sel which was currently serviced for the brake switch recall. Please note the switch was fine and no fluid was found on connectors.the ABS unit in the van has issue with activation and deactivation primarily in warm weather. When temp exceed 70 degrees. Complete failure of the ABS unit, speedometer, odometer, and emissions system results. The fuse located in the number 10 slot will continue to fail, and in my case wont allow another fuse to work properly until the temps outside are cooler. Here is the major problem in this when the fuse will accept, while I'm driving and the weather starts to warm up the ABS ECM starts to expand thus creating contacts or breaking contacts inside the ECM. When talking to the service dept at currie Ford Illinois they are completely unaware of the problem. This is serious safety issue that need to be addressed by Ford and included in their current recall. As I stated before, the recalled item in my case was in perfect working order.. I believe this is the heart of the real problem and this shouldn't have to come from the wallets of the consumers. The real issue is poorly designed electronic were place in their vehicles.

- Crete, IL, USA

problem #81

Apr 282010


  • miles
Had Ford Motor Company recall 09S09 that was issued in October of 2009 performed on my vehicle. Wire harness was replace, no leaks found, however the yellow ABS and red brake dash lights remain on. Research indicates that the yellow and red lights on the dash indicate a possible ECM failure which has resulted in fires in several instances.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #80

Apr 142010


  • miles
The contact owned a 2001 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked it exploded and burst into flames. As a result, the contacts home also caught fire. The police and fire department were called and were able to extinguish the fire. The contact did not report any injuries. A police and fire report were filed accordingly. The manufacturer was contacted but no assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Bell Fountain, OH, USA

problem #79

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 #78

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

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