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 9 of 11)

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problem #57

Sep 032012


  • 103,330 miles


Neighbor came by early and told me the brake lights were on. I went out to inspect but didn't see them on. Got in the car an hour later and noticed smoke and horrible "electrical" smell. I checked the entire car, but found nothing, when I went to start it, the battery was dead. Had my friend give me a jump, hooked up cables and sat in the Windstar for a minute, I then heard crackling and immediately smelled smoke. Under closer examination I found it was the center, upper brake light assembly completely melted, bulbs were contorted. Had the assembly replaced with a Ford part from dealer, three days later it happened again, so I removed bulbs before it completely melted. The center "third" brake light does not shut off, even when car is off, 12, strong volts to bulb socket, on or off! left and right brake lights work fine...for now. I have no doubt my car would have completely been destroyed, had it not been for the battery going dead.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #56

Oct 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS light stays on, now brake light comes on and goes off.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #55

Jan 052012


  • 90,000 miles
Anti-lock brake light comes on intermittently, and while on, the anti-lock brakes do not work. Often the light just comes on for just a short period, then goes back out. Repair shop can't identify problem unless the light is on. I'm told this is a common problem with this make and model, probably the anti-lock brake sensor. Typically, when starting the car, the anti-lock brake light is not on, and the brakes work correctly. The light will come on and the anti-lock feature of the brakes will not work suddenly as you're driving. Bad situation in cleveland, Ohio in the winter.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #54

Jun 142012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


ABS brake lights and brake light turning on randomly and no issues with ABS.

- Necedah, WI, USA

problem #53

Aug 312012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Brake and ABS lights turn on at same time without an apparent cause, this happens after driving van 5 or less minutes at a low speed. Once the engine is turned off and restarted again, both lights remain off, and again, after driving the van for a short distance brake and ABS lights come on again.

- Plianfield, IL, USA

problem #52

Sep 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
ABS brake light and regular brake light comes on and stays on.

- Milford, IL, USA

problem #51

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 76,540 miles


The ABS and red brake and trac lights come on at the same time, stay on until I turn the car off. It will go for weeks than it comes on again, same thing. Its been almost going on for almost two years.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #50

Sep 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 79,289 miles
About 2 years ago I have noticed that the ABS and brake light would come on sometimes now after driving a few miles they come on constantly now. I spoke to a Ford service advisor and was told it would cost me over $600 to repair and that there was a recall only for certain states. This does not seem fair to other Ford owners to have to pay for something that Ford has a default on and seems to be a problem with in a lot of these vehicles. I can not afford this repair and I'm sure most people can not afford. Please look into this.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #49

Jul 272012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 213,748 miles
ABS light came on while driving on highway 7/24/2012. Had ABS reset a week later. Then on 9/13/2012 while driving 30mph ABS and brake lights lite up. Stopped and checked brake fluid, all full. Restart engine and lights went out.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #48

Apr 022011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar started to display the brake, traction control and ABS indicator lights, indicating that the ABS system was malfunctioning. This causes the traction control not to work, and the ABS to shut down. Standard brakes still function. At first, the lights would stay off for a period of time when I restarted the car. I would start to drive, then I might hit a bump in the road and the lights would reappear. Now, the 3 lights are on as soon as I start the car or within a few minutes of driving, with or without hitting a bump in the road. My mechanic stated that this is a common problem in Ford Windstar and that an ABS module needs to be replaced at an approx. Cost of $1500.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #47

Sep 012011


  • miles


The antilock brake system light as well as the traction control lights keep coming on. Garage can't tell the exact cause. The booster arm busted, keeping the brakes engaged as driven. The booster arm was replaced and the lights are still on. I reset it, and they reappear after a short time. I now smell the brakes when applied. I've had engine replaced at 101,000 miles, two transmissions, multiple brake jobs, rear axle repaired, front axle repaired, front tie rods repaired. The alignment on my vehicle could only be partially completed.... toe, and another alignment done, but the complete alignment would need a hole drilled in the frame and a bolt moved over - bad design by Ford. I've also had to have the oxygen sensor replaced at my own expense. The vehicle is a ticking time bomb, piece of crap.

- Pomfret, MD, USA

problem #46

Sep 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The ABS light is on and the ABS system is inoperable.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #45

Sep 092012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
The ABS going off and on and the brake light is always on and I need to have this check out.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 192011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
ABS brake lights on, after research, its a common problem with faulty ABS modules. Subframe is rotting out with the mounting points of the subframe peeling away. O/D light coming on intermittently, after research, common problem points back to a bad vehicle speed sensor. Mileage does not seem to be a factor. Faulty hard lines for rear heating. Multiple cracks in lines cause radiator fluid loss. Very very common problem, looked at 10-15 Windstar in pull-A-parts lot, all with faulty hard lines.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #43

Aug 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake light stay on.

- Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #42

Aug 202012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Approximately a week ago, the #10, 15 amp fuse was blown. Replaced it with an approved fuse and blew right after I started van up. I had noticed some liquid on garage floor about 2 days before the fuse blew, the "brake" light on dashboard was lit up. I checked the brake fluid level and it was very low. When I added fluid, I noticed there appeared to be a leak of fluid on the front, underside of the master brake cylinder. I had a friend who is a mechanic look at it and he told me the master cylinder could be bad, but looked like the pressure switch was where the leak was originating. Upon further inspection, he noticed there was a wire harness that was soaked in brake fluid and beneath another one was wet. He attempted to clean both of them and replaced fuses, but after using the brakes the first time(going out of the driveway) I heard a "pop" and the fuse was blown again. This particular fuse controls the odometer, speedometer, the ABS light on dashboard. The amount of fluid going onto the engine is a good probability of a fire starting when the leaking brake fluid is on the hot engine. This seems to be an increasing problem and needs to be recalled.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #41

Aug 192012


  • 128,500 miles
The ABS, brake, and traction control lights all came on. Turn on and off intermittently, but stay on longer each time. Mechanic says it may be the ABS control module and hcu.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #40

Jan 102012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The warning light for brakes and ABS kept coming on and there was not an actual problem with the brakes.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #39

Aug 062009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
For the past several years my van has has intermittent problems with the brake lights on dash appearing while driving the car at various speeds. Once I stop the car and turn it off the lights will usually disappear but sometimes will come back within minutes of restarting car. This tends to happen during warmer times of year versus winter. Also I have noticed a problem with brakes even right after getting them replaced. The mechanic says there is nothing wrong with the brakes?? around the same time this started to happen my cruise control stopped working. I had recieved a notice from Ford about cruise control recall but when I called the local dealer and told them that my cruise control was not working and I was wondering if it had something to do with recall they said no, that was not the problem.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #38

Aug 092012


  • 65,000 miles
The ABS light and brake light comes on. I hook up the computer and the code read C1185. I read online that this seems to be a problem. If there is that many problems there should be a recall.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

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