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 8 of 10)

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problem #57

Oct 052008


  • 91,000 miles


The cruise control stopped working and I thought it was a fuse blown. However, my wife was at a traffic light and a big puff of smoke came from under the hood of the car. We took it to a friend who worked for a Ford dealership. He stated that the brake fluid from the reservoir had leaked onto the modules below and they had shorted out. He had seen this many times before and told us it would be about $1300 to get it fixed. As of today, we have not been able to afford the repair. We feel it is unsafe to drive; consequently, the car awaits a recall or a lottery win by us to get it repaired. I am thankful that my wife and other drivers were not injured when this happened. Engineers pride themselves on having an engineering solution for every problem. My hope is that this complaint will help them see the need, along with the others, to bear the burden of this repair, and probably engineer cars that are not slow-ticking time bombs.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #56

Jul 072009


  • 180,200 miles
Wires melt down. Strip my fuse number 10. My kilometer, speedometer, brake and ABS lights are on in my dash.

- St-Jean Baptiste, 00, USA

problem #55

Jul 072001


  • 140,685 miles
ABS switch below master cylinder caught on fire leaking fluid on wires then blew fuse to speedometer and odometer and overdrive dealer says no recall had to buy fuse and take to garage to fix other problems caused fix wiring badly burnt.

- Glassport , PA, USA

problem #54

May 262009


  • miles


One day the dashboard lights, headlights went out. I have taken it in for service twice. They replaced the number ten fuse. But it blow again. Now the lights ac radio stay on even when the key is out.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #53

Jul 082008


  • 68,600 miles
On a very hot day I went over a bump and the red brake light and yellow ABS light came on in my 2001 Ford Windstar. I was panicked that the brakes would fail, but after parking the van and restarting it, the lights were gone. They came back on intermittently over the next couple months. I took it to the dealer a couple times before they told me it needed a new ABS module. I research the internet to understand the problem, and why it only happens when it is hot out. We decided to postpone the $700 repair, since it doesn't occur when it is cold out. We had no problems this winter, but now that it hot again, the lights are again coming on intermittently. My understanding is that we won't have ABS only when the lights are on. But this is a big safety concern in that we don't know if we will be able to count on the ABS system working when we need it. Ford should be responsible for fixing this problem since it is definitely a safety issue that results from a defective part they designed. At this point we have not replaced the part, it is still in the van, but I anticipate that we will have to replace it soon as the weather gets warmer and the lights become more frequent.

- Fremont, NE, USA

problem #52

Mar 062009


  • 103,000 miles
Outrageous, I have been researching the possible problem of an ABS/brake light, that keeps coming on in my 2001 Ford wind star LX van. Statement is 1999- 2003 Ford Windstar vans could have this and the problems that could occur. My oh my.. I have 3 children that ride in that van daily, I'm a low income parent. Why would one take this chance with humans. I bought the van in March of 2009. 2 days later ABS/ brake light came on. At the time I was told that I have an Eagle warranty..that might I add not even the Ford dealer ship would except. I don't take chances where my children are involved.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #51

May 102009


  • miles


2001 Ford Windstar brake pressure differential deactivation switch fire. Replaced with part that has been a recall for F150's. burnt part kept. Previous problems. ABS module malfunction causing loss of speedometer, odometer, ABS light, brake light, od light, loss of headlamp, cruise control, seatbelt warning bell, ac/heat/defrost.

- Fairview Heights, IL, USA

problem #50

Jun 012009


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While driving at an unknown speed, the emergency brake and ABS lights illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the speedometer and odometer gauges blanked out and other gauges began to sporadically flash simultaneously. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a diagnostic was performed. The failure codes indicated that the braking system was faulty due to water or fluid entering the ABS connector. Brake fluid was found leaking onto the ABS module as well as fluid build-up in the connector. The ABS module and pump were replaced. The dealer also attempted to reprogram the ABS module, but was unsuccesful. The VIN was unable to be entered into the system. The current and failure mileages were less than 123,000.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #49

Jun 042009


  • 150,000 miles
The #10 fuse on my 2001 Ford Windstar keeps blowing. This disables speedometer and A/C, and causes ABS and brake lights to come on. It also disables several other monitoring systems. I have determined that the switch under the brake master cylinder is leaking brake fluid. I am confident that this issue is the same one that has been reported by numerous Windstar owners. I am going to buy the replacement part. I shall keep the receipt, in hopes that I may be reimbursed, eventually.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #48

May 102009


  • 110,000 miles
Ford Windstar 2001. The brake pressure differential deactivation switch located under the master cylinder over time leaked. This caused a short and a fuse trip. This leak also caused brake fluid to wick down two wires to the ABS brake module. The fluid accumulated on the (always on) power connectors for the ABS brake system causing the ABS (anti-lock brake system) ECM (electronic control module) module to expand in the ECM which is attached to the ECM main circuit board at all points. This could have caused a fire in the automobile if it was not corrected. Cost $1500 at Ford dealership to correct. Replaced ECM, brake pressure differential deactivation switch, and servo cruise control part. Brake pressure differential deactivation switch that caused all the trouble is available.

- West Blocton, AL, USA

problem #47

Apr 202009


  • miles


The ABS and brake lights come on, the brake deactivation switch is bad and has caused brake fluid to leak and the switch, the A/C has stopped working as well as the odometer and speedometer.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #46

Feb 132009


  • 47,435 miles
On my 2001 Ford Windstar I noticed all at once my ABS, brake, and O/D lights are on along with my odometer has no numbers in it just ------ dashes, and my speedometer stopped working, it is stuck on 0 miles/hour...

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #45

Mar 312009


  • 90,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar speedometer/odometer went out while driving. Fuse 10 was blown. Have replaced the brake pressure switch once and the fuse several times. Fuse is still blowing out.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #44

Apr 182009


  • 158,000 miles
Fire - speed control pressure switch the ABS and emergency brake indicators have been illuminating on the dash off and on, but no problems have been found with either system. Yesterday, while driving less than a mile, I was stopped by a neighbor who had noticed smoke coming from underneath my hood. The lights were not on at that time. When we opened the hood, a small fire had started but extinguished itself rather quickly, resulting in the scps completely separating from the brake fluid reservoir. The car has not been repaired as of yet, as the part is a special order item. The car has not been driven since the incident.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #43

Apr 082009


  • 70,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar once the engine is warmed up, the ABS and brake light come on and stay lit until I turn off the engine. Sometimes when I restart the engine they are off but other times they are not. Sometimes they don't come on at all. As time goes on it is happening more frequently.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #42

Oct 092008


  • 129,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar. I started encountering lose of cruise control about 7 months ago. Then about 3 months ago, the odometer and speedometer just quit working. I paid $400 to have the speed sensor replaced but that still didn't work.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #41

Jan 282009


  • 101,000 miles
Brake pressure differential deactivation switch leaked brake fluid down wires to the ABS module, shorting the module and causing a brief but non-sustained fire with resulting smoke and melting of ABS module and wiring harness components. This disabled the speedometer, odometer, ABS system, cruise control, and activated ABS lights and brake system lights. Appears to have occurred while driving and smoke and smell was present when parked in garage after occurrence.

- Quartz Hill, CA, USA

problem #40

Jan 112009


  • 110,000 miles
ABS and traction control light on and system not working.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #39

Feb 102008


  • miles
In our Ford Windstar our ABS system has completely gone out and the Ford place told us that was going to cause us electrical problems. Then our ABS light and brake light comes on, everyday. The airbag light has come on and then off. The check fuel cap came on and then went off. The RPM's almost hit zero when the ABS light and brake light come on. The Ford dealership told me that they keep extra ABS parts because Windstar have had problems with the ABS system.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #38

Jul 012007


  • 80,000 miles
1. event leading up to failure: Leaky brake pressure switch at the base of the master cylinder caused brake fluid to leak into the switch, wire harness, and ABS ECM. This eventually caused failure in the brake pressure switch and ABS ECM wiring. 2. the symptom of the failure is intermittent yellow ABS and red brake warning lights in dash that come on and remain on shortly after drive off. This also causes loss of cruise control functionality as cruise control can not be activated. 3. nothing has been done to correct this problem yet. At my earliest opportunity, I'll have the brake pressure switch and ABS ECM replaced. According to numerous automotive forums, this failure has led to spontaneous fire under the hood.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

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