really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
160,547 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #37

Jun 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The ABS yellow warning light and red brake lights come on at random driving times. Once lights appear, the ABS system no longer works. We have replaced the brake module two times and problem returns within days of replacement.

- Menominee, MI, USA

problem #36

Aug 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving the ABS and the brake light will come on and stay on.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 132012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 126,084 miles
I keep having intermittent problems with dashboard warning lights: Yellow ABS light, yellow trac off light, and red brake light. Please note: On approx July 17, 2012 I took my Windstar to have this problem checked and have Ford recall 09S09 service done. The quick-service manager refused to check the ABS control module connecter even after telling them three times that it is required as part of the recall. I was told by a service advisor trainee, to bring vehicle back if problem persists and take to regular service dept. I took the vehicle back to same Ford dealership for resolution of this problem and was told there is a $92 diagnostic fee. I agreed to fee to see if the repair they recommend is same as repair which should have been covered under recall, and left van there on August 14, 2012.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #34

Aug 072012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles


When driving my ABS and brake light show on the dashboard. This has happen in the past. They turned off for awhile about a year then came back on. They are not on all the time but have been on pretty consistent, my mechanic tried to fix the problem but alas still on.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #33

Mar 182009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The ABS and brake warning lights come on intermittenly. Problem appears to occur more often in warmer weather. Does not come on when engine started but after driving both warning lights come on. This has been a problem for a few years.

- Trappe, PA, USA

problem #32

Aug 082012


  • miles
ABS/brake module failure.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #31

Jul 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


These trouble lights light up all the time turn vehicle off and restart lights go away til the next time. I don't know what the problem is. They come on constantly now is this dangerous?

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #30

Feb 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,529 miles
Brake light and ABS light stays on in the vehicle at all times at the present time. At one time the light would come on and off (was worse when it was humid out). Have replaced numerous brake parts.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #29

Jun 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 53,206 miles
Traction control light comes on, ABS light comes on, brake light comes on.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #28

Aug 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Right after I had the recall for 3 different recall the front end, brakes, rear axle completed my ABS light, brake light & track off lights all light up on my dash all at the same time & stay on. I have a photo of this. After I turn van off for awhile (it needs to cool down) they go off. I called Ford several times about this and they said it had nothing to do with their brake recall or front end recalls if I wanted to pay them to check it out I can bring it in. Amazing that I never had any problems with my van until Ford started fixing the recalled items.

- Bridgeview, IL, USA

problem #27

Jan 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 121,500 miles


ABS and brake lights come on simultaneously at random on almost every trip. Once on, they stay on until car is shut off. This seems to be related to a loose connection somewhere in the system because they usually come on when I hit a bump. This never happens when I am stepping on the brake pedal.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #26

Jul 062012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,300 miles
While driving my 2002 Ford Windstar on July 6, 2012, my ABS light and brake light came on simultaneously and stayed on for approximately 20 minutes until I arrived home. The next day, July 7, 2012, when I started my car in the morning to run errands the lights were not on. Later on that day, I started my car and began driving and after about five minutes of driving once again the ABS light and brake light came on and stayed on until I shut the car off. This has continued to happen as of the date I am typing up this complaint to you. It goes on and off whenever it feels like it and is very random, just like so many other problems with our 2002 Ford Windstar. Our electrical system in our Ford Windstar also works whenever it feels like it as far as locking the doors, opening the doors, etc. It is difficult to ascertain what is causing the ABS light and brake light to keep coming on so randomly as there are days it does not come on at all and I feel this is something the Ford company should be responsible for looking into. I would respectfully like my name added to others who have reported this problem and are demanding a recall. As I understand it, this could become a very serious problem and even involve a fire. I would appreciate your serious consideration when looking into this recall. Thank you for your serious consideration.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #25

Nov 232010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 167,969 miles
ABS light and brake lights comes on after driving a few miles. Does this periodically each time it is driven. Was told by Ford dealership & independent repair shop that it was a faulty ABS brake module & that the regular brakes were fine but ABS was not working causing warning lights to illuminate.

- Summerdale, AL, USA

problem #24

Mar 132012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 137,087 miles
Brake and ABS dash light illuminate. Once the vehicle is shut off then restarted the lights do not come one for a little while, but they do come back on. The codes that come up are directed to faulty ABS module. We were told there is a possible fire risk involved due to manufacturer's defects. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Collins, IA, USA

problem #23

Dec 022010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Noticed at this time and several other times that the ABS light would come on and I would loose this system and brakes would lock and also have no brakes intermittently. Worse in hot weather than in cold.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #22

Jul 302012


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and brake warning lamps illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 122,000.

- Wilmington , DE, USA

problem #21

Mar 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS brake warning light comes on when outside temp is 85 degrees +. anti-lock brake system is disabled due to faulty circuit board overheating.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #20

Jul 012011


  • miles
ABS light on.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #19

Jun 022010


  • 100,230 miles
ABS light came on intermittently at first. Around 100,000 miles. Then it came on solid... with regular brake light on as well. Ford dealer said it was the ABS control module.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
I was driving on the road and it had been raining earlier when I tapped my brakes to go around the curve I started sliding into the oncoming traffic and almost hit a van. I tried to steer back into my lane but it wouldn't let me.if the van hadn't been able to get out of my way I would have hit them. I wasn't able to get traction until I was off the pavement on the side if the road.

- Pioneer, TN, USA

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