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 8 of 11)

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problem #77

Jan 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


The ABS warning lights come on and turn off at various times under different conditions.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #76

Dec 152011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
After purchasing from a dealer in Oct of 2010 the ABS light, check traction control light, brake light and air bag light started coming on intermittently. Had the vehicle serviced in mi for the axle recall. Was without the vehicle and had loaner car for 2 months. After getting vehicle back the lights were on more consistently the dealership noted this but did not offer any reason found for this. By summer of 2011 these lights were staying on almost constantly and this continued for a year, after investigating this issue online and seeing that other owners have invested hundreds of dollars trying to get the lights to go off and stay off only to have them keep coming back on we have decided to file a complaint as this issue is not a simple fix and obviously is happening in hundreds of vehicles. Our problem has progressed to where the speedometer and odometer go wildly up and down while driving at highway speeds and we are never sure of our speed. The lights on the dash go out and the power to door locks, radio and A/C power is lost as well as the blinkers for lane changes. This vehicle is very unsafe but we need it as we have 5 children and can not afford to buy a new one. The power window on passenger side as well as the power sliding doors do not work. When this issue happens if their happened to be an electrical fire because of it, we would be unable to exit the vehicle because the doors are locked and the knobs on the interior of this model are flush into the door when the vehicle is locked and can not be manually pulled up. With children, this is a very serious safety concern. Please please investigate this issue with the Ford Windstar. I have also contacted for with my complaint and they only would say there are no recalls on this issue right now but to save my receipts should I try to get it fixed in case one is issued in the future.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #75

Jan 012010


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while at a traffic stop, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle began to function normally several moments later. The contact also stated that the brake, ABS and over drive off warning lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was determined that the master cylinder failed and was leaking brake fluid onto the electrical components. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #74

Sep 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


ABS light turns on intermittently, sometimes function of brakes are affected. Told my repair shop it is a faulty connection in the ABS module.

- Coral Springs L, FL, USA

problem #73

Dec 232012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 178,888 miles
Battery light comes on periodically - driving home my radio shut off, ABS brake light came on, dash lights dimmed then shut off, head lights began flashing, heater may have stopped (not sure, was focusing on the next road to pull off on), could not accelerate. I pulled over, shut off the van and waited. A few minutes later it turned over like nothing was wrong. This also happened to me about a month and a half ago.

- Pipestone, MN, USA

problem #72

Dec 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Code C1185 with ABS light error on dash indicating braking problem.

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #71

Dec 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,654 miles


ABS light and brake light on due to faulty ABS module. The issue of the ABS brake light is critical in that the ABS brake system does not function as designed by Ford. The issue is caused by heat in the ABS (anti-lock brake system) ECM (electronic control module) (2C219) module causing expansion of a large aluminum plate (heat sink) in the ECM which is attached to the ECM main circuit board at all points. The expansion occurs when the unit gets warm especially in the summer months and causes intermittent electrical connection in the unit because the fragile board is being stretched and malformed. The code most commonly scanned by professional mechanics is code C1185. Seen by us owners as a yellow ABS brake light.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #70

Aug 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The 1st problem, had a check engine light on my 2001 Ford Windstar, C1518 "intake manifold runner control stuck open." After reading forums, most pointed to a plastic "bushing" clip coming off leaving a control arm 2nd problem, ABS chk light and brk chk light come on after driving for a few minutes, ABS module and ABS sensor went out.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #69

Dec 072012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 169,000 miles
Vehicle ABS light has been on consistently since purchasing vehicle from carhop/ uac. Reported the problem to the warranty department only to be told any electrical is not under their warranty! this was reported within a week or so of purchasing the vehicle used for 8500$. since have replaced all four tires for brakes, ( top of the line brakes, not cheap ones) light still remains on after several trips to a shop. Anti-lock braking system still inoperable and almost caused crash 12-7-2012 when attempting to stop on a lightly icy road. Several other electrical issues have been going on with the car as well. It blows brand new fuses, rated higher than what the slot calls for, the low tire pressure light stays on, despite taking the van to a tire specialist and the correct amount of air placed in each tire. Also the crankshaft positioner has caused the vehicle not to start. The air bag light has stayed on and went off after disconnecting the battery. Replacing bulbs on the van quit often. At the point of stopping the payments and letting the car company just repo the van. It is a safety hazard on the roads and especially in snowy Minnesota where a functionable vehicle is needed in order not to cause a accident!

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #68

Dec 302011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 60,233 miles
Purchased vehicle in 2011 used, shortly after purchase the following issues began to occur, the last issue of the overdrive light blinking continuously occurred on 12-04-2012. Vehicle sited above exhibits constant ABS lighted yellow, brake light - constant red, odometer - mileage replaced with dashes, speedometer - not functioning, cruise control - not functioning, over drive on/off indicator - continuous blinking.

- Ojai, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Yellow ABS dash light comes on randomly and also the red brake light on the dash comes on at the same time as the yellow ABS light and is also random, some times they stay for days and go off for a short time but come on again later.

- Jenison, MI, USA

problem #66

Dec 022012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 196,000 miles
Driving on highway at normal road conditions when the ABS and brake alert lights turned on. Vehicle was operational. Owners manual indicated that brake service was needed.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #65

Nov 012012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 64,110 miles
As the engine is warming up, at speed at 30 mph, the brake and ABS warning lights came on, the braking is losing the efficiency, it took longer distance to stop which could cause accident or serious safety issue. Worse if I were at higher speed. We would appreciate if defective parts could be repaired by Ford company as recall as I understand that this is common problem for many years.

- Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

problem #64

Sep 182012


  • 48,670 miles
ABS light and brake lite come on. I went to tire plus and they indicated that it was code "C1185". I called hoffman Ford in harrisburg, pa and they indicated that there was no recall for that code.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #63

Oct 292012


  • 138,000 miles
Hello, the ABS light and E-brake light now come on and stay on for extended periods of time. Sometimes the lights will not come on, but then come on after I have been driving for a while.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #62

Oct 182012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
My ABS light is on and will not go off and speedometer wouldn't work properly when the weather was really warm, and just September 21st 2012 my car was not able to switch out of park, and on Oct.18th 2012 my brake light stop working all together. I have research this problem and there is a recall out on Ford Windstar 1998-2003 with the same problems. But when I called Ford 10/22/12 they check my VIN and stated that there was not a recall on my car only Ford Windstar van with parts made in Virginia. I don't understand why my car cant be repair at Ford expense when there is evidence that there I S a problem with the car.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #61

Aug 062012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 197,658 miles
Though I've replace rear cylinders and brake pads (inside the rear drums) about one week ago (197,992), sometimes when I stop at an intersection or stop sign, with the parking brake off, the red "brake (!)" dash light comes on. When I resume movement, it goes off. I've been to my local Ford dealer and neither time have they fixed it (28 Sep & 4 Oct 12). I even had the entire hand brake assembly replaced. On-line sources lean towards ECU/hcu failure. I change all fluids every 25-30K; the last time the brake fluid was flushed was at 190,000 on 22 May 12. The front brake pads were replaced then, too. I have detailed maintenance records-I'm the original owner. My ABS light has not come on, yet.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #60

Oct 042012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 51,400 miles
We parked the van at walmart and when we started it back up the ABS and brake lights came on and stayed on until we shut down and restarted 2 times. It started doing it sporadically. We bought this van used, so we took it back to the dealership and they ran a diagnostic and said that nothing was showing up and just reset the system. The lights had stayed off until Sunday, October 14th; they are now starting to come back on sporadically.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #59

Jun 062011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS warning light on, traction control and brake light also on I was told by the dealer the ABS module has failed.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #58

Oct 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
There are continued repeated intermittent failures of the ABS control module thus rendering the entire braking system and traction control system as unreliable. The incidents happen quite frequently and often appear related to the ambient air temperature. I have had my mechanics replace multiple wheel bearings and clear over 30 codes related to the failure of this component. This is basically rendering my vehicle as a significant safety risk for me and my family.

- Beachwood, OH, USA

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