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 2 of 11)

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problem #197

Feb 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 73,425 miles


Used the vehicle to go on a trip about 200 miles from home, the cruise control was working but the brake light stayed on. When I got back home and parked the vehicle for a couple of days, when I went to go back out in the van on another short trip and got on the interstate the cruise wouldn't work again. The brake light stays on all the time when before the cruise stopped working it was only intermittent. Now the light is on all the time and the cruise isn't working at all. I can't use the van on trips O when I go a few miles away from home because the cruise don't work. I have a bad back and joints and rely on that cruise to help me get from point a to point B. thanks....updated 01/07/15 the consumer stated the issues are on recall. Updated 01/17/15

- Ward, AR, USA

problem #196

Aug 282010


  • 75,494 miles
While driving on a highway with cruise control engaged, the brake and ABS lights came on. The brakes were unaffected. We stopped and checked on finding a mechanic in the town we were going through, but when we re-started the van, the lights were back off. The brakes remained unaffected. The problem recurs sporadically at intervals of a few weeks to a few months. Sometime later, we had to have the cruise control repaired due to two bad switches (damaged by leaks). I mention this because evidence suggests a link between the cruise control and the ABS problems.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #195

Dec 062014


  • 112,000 miles
ABS lights on. Speedometer don't work and overdrive light keeps blinking..speed control fuse keeps blowing.

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #194

Nov 102014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 121,280 miles


Brake pressure differential deactivation switch (scds) switch is leaking brake fluid.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #193

Sep 012006


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While operating the vehicle, the ABS sensor light and brake sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician reset the lights in order to turn it off, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #192

Oct 022014


  • 1,110,100 miles
Driving van hit small bump in road ABS system comes on.now L brake get hot due to ABS control module coming on.

- Bridgeport, IL, USA

problem #191

Dec 182013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,511 miles


ABS system activated under normal breaking conditions, caused extended breaking distance. Has happened 13 times since the initial failure. Dealer unable to replicate but scanned for codes and found C1185 which they said was failure of the ABS controller/computer. They suggested $1200 in repairs but couldn't guarantee it would "fix the problem". have multiple ABS fault codes all the time now. C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210, C1446 which all point to multiple failures in the computer. Searching the internet it appears on www.fordwindstarrecall.info/ that a recall for this issue may be in the works as of 5/2014.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #190

Apr 152010


  • 105,000 miles
After purchasing used van the ABS and brake lights lit up on dash, and come on intermittently while driving. Weather seems to play a role whether the lights come on or not if its hot outside the lights come on quickly, and if it's raining they come on going through puddles. Once the lights come on they stay on until the van is shut off. Had a diagnosis done a Ford dealer, and was told there is a leak over the ABS brake module that is causing it to short out the ABS system.

- Fayetteville , OH, USA

problem #189

Oct 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 150,420 miles
ABS light and brake lights are on. I had the brakes checked and levels are good and pads are fine. ABS is non-functioning. This is a common problem.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #188

Apr 012014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the pedal sank to the floor when the brakes were engaged and in order to stop the vehicle the pedal had to be depressed several times. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis. The technician stated that the ABS power relay output circuit had malfunctioned. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Oregan, IL, USA

problem #187

Oct 092014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the suspension was unstable, causing a strong vibration and noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact indicated that burning plastic fumes emitted into the vehicle. In addition, the contact mentioned went over a bump and the vehicle was not riding steady. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over and upon further inspection, it was noticed that the rear frame, rear axle and the coil spring fractured. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop who diagnosed that the rear frame, rear brake drums and coil springs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #186

Oct 122011


  • miles
Since I purchased this van from steuben/yates county pro-action in nys wheels to work program, I have had numerous problems with my Ford Windstar. 1st problem was with emission code stating it needed a map censor; 2nd issue was the sway bar broke (was repaired under recall at Ford dealership in elmira, NY Jan 2012). After numerous complaints to the car dealer ship I purchased the Windstar from the garage, their mechanic replaced O-rings in the engine to fix the map censor in Jan 2012 as well. In February 2014 I invested a little over $1,800 in repairs to my mechanic for; tune up, struts and shocks, brakes all around, wheel bushings, and a wheel alignment. I keep the van well maintained with oil changes and lately my radiator is loosing fluid. I always stop in where I maintain it and the business is always topping off the radiator fluid and when scheduled oil changes are due, I am always a quart low on oil. Most recent incident: I will be driving along and the van turns off and turns back on while driving. At night when this would happen I have no headlights for a brief moment but that is still an unsafe van. Also, I get an electric shocked every time I touch the van as I get in to go somewhere. ****this is my first and last Ford!!****

- Painted Post , NY, USA

problem #185

Sep 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Upon startup and while driving the ABS and brake light will illuminate. This has been consistent and usually occurs at least 5 days a week.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #184

Jul 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The lights come on after a few miles of operation and stay on until the engine is shout off. The next time the engine is started the car will travel a few miles and the lights will come on again.

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #183

Feb 032014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar that, from time to time, has the ABS and brake light come on. I have no braking problems when it does come on.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #182

Aug 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Van intermittently has ABS light, trac control off light, and emergency brake light all on at various times. If vehicle is turned off sometimes lights go off sometimes they do not. Also at random times the theft light will come on and van will immediately shut off (this occurs at speeds over 35mph). In addition the power steering reservoir will not hold fluid. Needs to have fluid added at least 2 times a day. With the exception of the power steering issue, the brake failure and the theft system failure is extremely dangerous. I have seen numerous complaints regarding these items. I took my vehicle to Ford for repair of the recall on the speed module and they told me that these other issues were not their problem. I called Ford customer service and the individual on the phone told me that if I felt it was unsafe then I should sell my van. This is an extremely dangerous problem with Ford vans....the brakes fail and the theft system is faulty!!!!!! they should not be allowed to manufacture any vehicles!!!!

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #181

Jul 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 155,400 miles
I purchased the 2002 Windstar van on 7/15/14 with 155,400 miles. Shortly after that the ABS light and the brake light came on. I could not find any problem with the brakes nor with braking. The brakes seem to be working fine. The lights seem to reset themselves every so often but will come back on. (note: I am an old school mechanic not a modern day automotive tech).

- Whiteville, NC, USA

problem #180

Aug 212014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 138,600 miles
I found seat latches had a recall plus needing a jumper wire installed in a recall so I made apointment at sunland Ford in victorville ca 92392 not even one block from leaving the dealer all dash lights came on and after a few miles after exiting the freeway I pulled over and turned off the engine restarted it the lights went out but after a few miles ABS and trac light went back on and stayed on now I noticed my door lights dont work know what could they have done "? [it's not a blown fuse I checked] I called them the nekt morning and they told me to pay them $105 and they will check it and tell me how much to fix it seems strange it was not doing this before I took it to them is it revenge for doing the recall??"

- Hesperia , CA, USA

problem #179

Aug 122014


  • miles
Wife was going to work and brakes just went out. The ABS and brake light stays on and has been on after purchasing the vehicle. I am going to look over vehicle again.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #178

Aug 132014


  • 176,000 miles
ABS brakes failed.

- Shawnigan Lake, AL, USA

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