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 9 of 10)

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problem #37

Dec 122008


  • 100,000 miles


2001 Ford Windstar brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problem-causing my brakes to almost fail with my two 2 year old twins in my van.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #36

Oct 152008


  • 110,231 miles
Many electrical problems over the last 4 years..the latest was smoke coming from the ABS unit. Had the mass air sensor burn up about 9 months ago.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #35

Mar 012007


  • 100,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar sel. The following problems occur when the #10 fuse blows, which is everytime we replace it. The anti-theft system, interior illumination on dash board(speedometer, A/C, radio lights), and the day runners/auto headlights. Sometimes the car does not turn off....even with the keys out of the ignition and the car door open; the radio and A/C will continue working and then the headlights come on. I purchased this car in February of 07 and these things began happening shortly afterward. Also, the brake light will come on occasionally.

- Wrens, GA, USA

problem #34

Oct 022008


  • 104,000 miles


ABS light come on every know and then for months prior to this incident, know, speedometer-odometer ac has stop working and ABS light is on constantly, when I check fuse box, fuse 10 was blown proceed to replace and kept burning them. I have replaced the fuse now for the 3rd time in as many days and fuses are still blowing.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #33

Sep 102008


  • 90,100 miles
ABS lights, brake light on dash is on, odometer does not work, speedometer, air conditioning/heater does not work, cruise control does not work. I'm looking for parts to fix problem.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 242008


  • 92,612 miles
1. electrical short in engine bay of 2001 Ford Windstar LX caused blown fuse #10, loss of speedometer, cruise control, ABS and brake warning lights, odometer, A/C and temperature controls. Replaced fuse, blew again. 2. replaced fuse twice, same results. 3. searched online, found many posts and instructions on repair. Purchased a "brake repair kit" from local Ford dealer, replaced the brake pressure switch under the "nose" of the brake master cylinder; cleaned brake fluid off the wires and re-connected the old connector to the new wire connector. Replaced #10 fuse.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #31

Dec 202007


  • 98,500 miles


Ford Windstar 2001 with brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problems.

- Arecibo, PR, USA

problem #30

Sep 112008


  • 130,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar -brake light indicator, ABS light indicator, odometer inop, squealing brake noise during turns, air conditioning just stopped working.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #29

Sep 042008


  • miles
My 2001 Windstar was giving off intermittent brake light warning. After about 1 week of this going on and I couldn't find out why this was occurring, my van had the ABS light, brake light on constant. My overdrive light was flashing continuously. My speedometer, odometer and air conditioning stopped all at once. Blown #10 15A fuse. I looked into see what has gone wrong and noticed that the brake pressure relief switch that is connected to the bottom of the brake master cylinder was defective and leaking brake fluid onto the transmission range sensor and into the wiring harness that contains the wires for the brake pressure switch. This accumulation of fluid into the wiring harness has caused a short. I caught this fairly early for if I had not, this surely would have caused a fire. I have replaced the brake pressure relief switch and have not traced the short as of yet.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #28

Jan 012008


  • 84,000 miles
Both ABS and brake warning lights come on intermittently and stay on until engine is turned off. Has occurred when starting engine, or while driving. On several occasions, 15amp fuse #10 has blown out, causing instrument panel gauges (speedometer and odometer) to turn off. Replacing fuse has not stopped problems from occurring. Running diagnostic tool on ABS module displayed codes C1185, C1194, C1210, C1214, C1242, C1246, C1250, and C1254. Other owners have reported that identical problem resulted in engine fires.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #27

Jul 152008


  • 92,423 miles


ABS and brake lights on, no speedometer, odometer or cruise.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #26

Aug 212008


  • 127,000 miles
Vehicle blew the #10 15 amp fuses twice, after that electrical smoke poured into the cab and stopped when vehicle was turned off. Also, the low brake fluid light was on. On August 22,2008 I put 1/2 a bottle of brake fluid in. Upon inspection I found the brake pressure differential deactivation switch(replacement part #sw-6351) was leaking into the electrical connector and onto the wire harness below. On August 27, 2008 I purchased replacement part (sw-6351) for $22 from my local Ford dealer. Old part is available.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #25

Aug 092008


  • 119,200 miles
On 08/09/2008, the emergency brake light and the ABS light illuminated on the dashboard while driving at 60 mph under normal conditions. The vehicle then had to be jump-started, and I noticed a faint burning smell while driving. Upon exiting the vehicle, I noticed the burning scent was extremely strong. The vehicle is now inoperative. The battery, purchased at sears on 06/04/2005, can no longer hold a charge. The electrical system has gone haywire. For example, the headlights now come on, dimly, when the switch is in the off position. The mileage at the time of this incident was 119,200. I had one prior experience with the emergency brake light and the ABS light illuminating on the dashboard. In June 2007, both warning lights came on intermittently only when the vehicle was in reverse and were accompanied by a loud squealing sound in the brakes. Twice, on wet pavement, my brakes did not function normally. Although I avoided any collision, on one occasion I was forced to proceed through an intersection where the traffic light had just turned red. An independent garage inspected the brakes and could find nothing wrong. The computer diagnostic was code C1185. As a precaution, they flushed the brake system. Thereafter, the brakes functioned normally. The emergency brake light and the ABS light came back on intermittently again in May 2008. Again, this happened when the vehicle was in reverse and was accompanied by squealing brakes. I had a Ford dealership go over the vehicle and received a written report in May 2008 that showed the brakes to be in acceptable condition. There were no further incidents until August 2008. Because of the complaints I've read on the NHTSA website, I will mention that the cruise control deactivation switch on this vehicle has not worked in quite some time. I must use the brake pedal to turn off the cruise control. I urge you to continue your investigation into this dangerous situation.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 182008


  • 89,000 miles
2001 Ford Windstar sport SE # drove vehicle 2 hours, parked car for approx 2 hrs, returned and then unable to start vehicle, battery would fail then car needed jumped. This happened 3 times. Turn car on, ABS yellow light, E-brake red light on constantly when driving (intermittent) and will go off when car is turned off. Cruise control does not work any longer. Pulling E-brake from floor does not trigger red E-brake light. Looked behind air filter, brake fluid saturated on ABS brake module and wiring below the brake pressure deactivation switch, leaking coming from the brake pressure switch. Looked at the switch under drivers side door (below car), verified sticker on cover (next to ABS ECM module) indicated Ford (kelsey-hayes). Checked fuse #10 & #14 (was not blown). The failure lights continue to come on sporadically. Ford needs to make this a recall on the Windstar.. why is it that this is a recall on other Ford vehicles with the same parts and failures. This is a huge fire safety hazard. Please make Ford make this a recall.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #23

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 #22

Jul 182008


  • 83,300 miles
ABS light is on, brake light is on, A/C is blowing out warm air, odometer is not working, O/D off light is blinking. Replaced fuse #10 twice, but keeps blowing. We have not had it fixed yet.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 182008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Windstar. While the vehicle was parked, it ignited into flames without warning. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was called to the scene and a report was filed. The fire representative stated that the cause of the failure was electrical, consisting of the air conditioner unit. The failure and current mileages were 79,000. Updated 10/03/08 the engine light had also been on. Updated 10/06/08.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #20

Jul 112008


  • 114,000 miles
Fuse #10 keeps blows, ABS and parking brakes lights are on, O/D off light is flashing, speedometer, A/C, and odometer are not functional.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #19

Jun 252008


  • 61,000 miles
I just recently brought my Ford Windstar (2001) to the repair shop due to some unexpected electrical malfunction. At first, both ABS and brake light on the dashboard turned on then the odometer counter went blank, O/D light was constantly blinking and the air conditioning compressor will not engage. My mechanic told me about what he discovered under the dashboard, the ABS mechanism damaged the electrical harness due to ABS control fluid leak. I decided to look for the replacement parts on the internet due to a very costly repair and discovered that there is a lot out there having the same issues I had experienced. Luckily my vehicle did not set on fire. I am surprised that Ford company never took action on this issue knowing that this could lead to a very serious accident. Kindly inform me if there is any recall from Ford company regarding this problem.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 242008


  • 110,000 miles
Brake pressure diff switch is leaking brake fluid on the wires under it and fuses and popping. Odometer, speedometer, A/C, ABS and O/D have all posted as not working.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

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