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 11 of 11)

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problem #17

Aug 212008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I was driving on a street and the car in front of me came to a sudden stop. I immediately had to brake and then the ABS light and main brake light came on and stayed on. I took the vehicle to a dealer and they told me that the ABS module was bad and I asked them if the knew why and they told me that they did not know. I then asked if the vehicle was safe to drive and they said yes but I would not have ABS brakes.

- Pioneer, TN, USA

problem #16

May 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My van ABS light and brake light comes on and goes off all the time. It has been staying on more often. It doesn't matter what speed, temp, time, or if brakes are applied. Is my van safe and why hasn't Ford done anything about this problem. I have read hundreds of complaints on different site.

- Cresson, PA, USA

problem #15

Jul 062012


  • 139,000 miles
First, the power steering wasn't working and parts of it had to be repaired and replaced. But the worrying thing is that the ABS yellow light and the red brake icon on the dashboard often come on and remain on while we're driving. That is worrying, as we don't know if it means the brakes are faulty or not. A Firestone mechanic said it was because of rust build-up, but I don't like that the yellow ABS and the red brake icons come on, because who knows if that means the brakes won't work or not. From my online research, this seems to be a common problem with Ford Windstar, and needs to be addressed!

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #14

May 242005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 32,300 miles


As the outside temperature rises, the brake and ABS brake warning light came on and my brake effectiveness reduced and took much longer braking distance to stop the minivan. This is a safety issue that may lead to crash or accidents.

- Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

problem #13

Nov 012011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the brake, ABS, and traction control lights all illuminated. The only way the lights stopped illuminating was if he had the under carriage washed. Eventually, the lights all illuminated again. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for a diagnosis, however the failures continued. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Cole Camp, MO, USA

problem #12

Jul 112012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,940 miles
Our ABS light came on for the 3rd time in two weeks. Light goes off when car is turned off and back on. Took it to a repair shop and the code they gave was C1185. They said that there is nothing they can do to fix it long term. They also said that ABS will not be engaged when light is on creating a potential dangerous situation. We were told that this is something they have seen in other Windstar the same age.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #11

Jul 082012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles


At drive-through, radio suddenly quit, and the ABS and brake lights came on. Right turn signal came on, vehicle began to pulsate and surge. Pulled over and shut van off, would not restart, lights and hazards began flashing and would not turn off. Retried ignition, lights and hazards went off, van completely died. Informed to replace battery, had battery tested, it was fine. Replaced battery, followed instructions to reset computer after battery replacement. Had to drive van 10 miles to complete, during which ABS and brake light came on, headlights quit (after dark) then began flashing. Turn signal came on to signal right turn on its own. Just before returning home, headlights quit entirely, and airbag light came on. Parked van, let it idle, and the tachometer surged from 500rpms to 3000rpms. Seems to fit descriptions others are saying about ABS and speed control module underneath master cylinder getting soaked with brake fluid.

- Upton, MA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Both ABS and brake warning light come on randomly and stay on till car is shut off and started again then after a couple of mins or a bump lights come on again.

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving, dash ABS light and dash brake light come on. Occurs more often in warmer weather, but does occur on occasion in winter (cincinnati, Ohio climate). Do I have ABS brakes or not when light chooses to come on while driving?

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 032012


  • 100,000 miles
Brake light and ABS constantly come on in hot weather. Brakes checked by service dept and no problems found. Has been occurring last four summers.

- West Salem, WI, USA

problem #7

Jul 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


ABS light comes one when the air temp is 90 degree plus and stay on until the engine is turned off. It will say off for maybe a few minutes to a couple hours. In the past 24 hours, the ABS light came on twice in three trips. Last year, when it was hot, it did about the same. As I understand it, when the light comes on, my brake's anti-lock is nonoperational while the light is on and scares me until I can safely pull to the side of the road to turn off the engine.

- New Holland, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 172010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
While driving at any speed the ABS & brake light warnings light up. Had all recalls done and mechanic said it would cost around $600 to repair.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS and break light comes on randomly while driving. Seems to be more of a problem in the summer.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 185,700 miles
I was driving at highway speed (65mph) in heavy traffic when the ABS (yellow) and brake (red) lights suddenly came on. I continued driving since there was no place to stop. When I had to suddenly stop, stopping distance was reduced by lock up of the brakes. A few minutes later, I was able to stop the vehicle, turn off the ignition, restart the vehicle and both lights turned off. The lights came on later in the trip. This on and off ABS and brake light scenario was repeated four times that day, luckily no more sudden hard braking stops were necessary. It was very hot that day with temperatures near 90 degrees. I took my vehicle to my local repair facility three days later and described the situation above. The vehicle was test driven by the shop throughout one day. The shop could not get the ABS and brake lights to come on during driving as I had described. Braking action was normal for the vehicle. On my service invoice, the shop reported a stored computer code C1185 - ABS power circuit malfunction, but no problem found. The shop asked that I monitor the situation and bring the vehicle back in when the ABS light consistently is "on" so that the problem can be diagnosed correctly. Reluctantly I am going to follow the shop's advice.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #3

May 202009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 41,120 miles
The brake light and emergency brake light came on all of a sudden and the braking performance degraded and the braking distance requirement is long. This could be a safety issue. As I understand, the issue is the defective sensor with the soldier distance expanded due to the heat.

- Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
ABS and brake failure light came on. Brakes still work, but the ABS system is sometime shut off. Lights reset after a few weeks, but then come on again at random times not related to braking. ABS code are numerous and all hit at the same time as the C1185 code. The other codes are for the input and output valve failure on each wheel. This has been happening for over two years now and I see that many owners of this vehicle have the same problem that points to the control module and possibly bad circuit board solder joints. Vehicle has been in for rear axle corrosion recall.

- Brillion, WI, USA

problem #1

May 252012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle in January 2012 and have had nothing but problems with it. According to Ford all recalls have been done on this vehicle but here is a list of the issues with the van: ABS light comes on, check engine light comes on, van has no cruise control at all, and last Friday I could not put the van in gear. After the Ford dealership "repaired" the solenoid for the van now all of a sudden there is currently no rear brake lights. This van is less than safe to be on the road and have seen that some of the recalls would have solved the speed control issue but the Ford factory will not answer any of my questions. Take a look online and you will see thousands of people with the same issues we are having and it was brought to the attention of Ford that we are having the same issues as thousands of other people so this is beyond a problematic vehicle.the vehicle is currently sitting at the local Ford dealer while they try and figure out what is wrong with the light system. This vehicle has been in the shop twice since we have owned it and this is costing us hundreds (so far) to fix issues that everyone with this vehicle is having. The latest issues have led to us being without a vehicle for almost a week and we have a disabled child in the home and this is unacceptable.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

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