really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,247 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 6 of 13)

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problem #160

Jul 112008


  • 80,000 miles


2002 Ford Windstar intermittent ABS light on. Brake switch recall done 6 months ago, no fire. I have reason to believe their is a problem with the ABS module due to code C1185 main relay issue. It has been reported of a solder joint on the ECM breaking due to expanding and contracting in heat and cold.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #159

Sep 172010


  • 140,000 miles
ABS brake light and emergency brake lights are coming on intermittently even after the vehicle speed control recall was taken care of. Braking distance has suddenly increased in the last month coinciding with the warning lights.

- Overton, NV, USA

problem #158

Sep 122010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Red (brake) light and yellow (ABS) light illuminate on instrument panel while driving. In this condition, the ABS does not work and hard braking results in rear wheels locking up even on dry road and partial loss of vehicle control. My mechanic says the ABS module is going bad and it is a common problem with Windstar. This vehicle was supposedly repaired in the 2009 cds recall. So far, lights come on about every 300 miles and are cleared (go off) once the vehicle is switched off and restarted. I think Ford should replace the ABS modules that are failing. Also, prior to the 2009 recall, the cruise control resume function stopped working and is still out. I understand that may well be a symptom related to the leaking of brake fluid from the cds.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #157

Jul 142010


  • 124,500 miles


Braking distance is suddenly increased. ABS and brake lights on intermittently. Ford recall 09S09 was performed 7/10/10 but light and braking issue not resolved.

- Kirkwood, MO, USA

problem #156

Sep 012009


  • miles
My brakes are working fine. But my ABS light keeps coming on for the past year. Prior to this, I had my oxygen sensor replaced. There is no definite movement that proceeds the light coming on, it can happen when I hit a bump, or when I simply drive along. It is becoming more and more recurrent. I was told it would be over $1,000 to replace, although the brakes were recently replaced, this did not remedy the problem.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #155

Jun 202006


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that when applying the brakes, there was an abnormal increase in stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was informed that brake fluid had leaked into the ABS electronic control module. The contact stated that he had received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control) but was told that the dealer would only replace the speed control deactivation switch and repair the ABS control module connector if necessary. The recall repair would not cover repairs for the abnormal leaking of brake fluid. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000 and the current mileage was approximately 200,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #154

Aug 152010


  • 103,000 miles


ABS brake light intermittently illuminates. Apparently the ECM module needs to be replaced.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #153

Jun 142004


  • 25,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar. Parking/ABS warning light on dash board is constantly lit. Problem started years ago, at that time it was intermittent now its almost constant.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #152

Sep 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The antilock brake light went on in my 2002 Ford Windstar. I took it to the Ford dealer, and they said it was the left front speed sensor. About 6 months later, the lights went on again - intermittently. They went on more and more as the weather got hotter, mostly when the engine is warm. I took it to a different repair shop to analyze the codes. It has too many error codes to list, which the mechanic says is an indication of an ECU failure. This shouldn't be happening! I am driving around with three kids in this vehicle, with no antilock brakes. It is going to be scary when winter comes and the snow and ice driving begins. I have to drive it like this though, because this is an expensive repair ( over $1,000)!!! the antilock brake lights have been on now for over 6 months straight.

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #151

Sep 052010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The anti lock brake light and the regular brake light come on together when the vehicle is driven in the summer heat, this is intermittent and happening more frequently. Because of this my braking distance has increased when the light is on and the vehicle will not brake as designed by Ford which could lead to an accident.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #150

Aug 012009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 72,036 miles


My 2002 Ford Windstar 's ABS & brake light illuminates all the time. Sometimes I hit a bump in the road and the light will go out for a time and return again with another bump or just comes on in about 20 to 30 minutes. I live in nc and I don't see my state on the recall list. I see others have the same complaint. The dealership says the cost is $1000 to repair. It should be free. He says a sensor in the rear axle or fracture I maybe the problem. If this is the problem it could cause an increase of a crash. The wheels are prevented from locking.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #149

Aug 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Extended braking distance and ABS system failure indication. When warm and without warning ABS failure warning indication is activated sometimes with a increase in braking distance. Dealer has not been able to pinpoint a cause. Warning will always clear when the car is turned off and restarted and sometimes during normal driving. This is on a 2002 Ford Windstar limited with traction control.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #148

Mar 282007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Windstar that has some sort of short and randomly sets off the traction control, emergency brake, and ABS lights. The led display always says, "check traction control". my mechanic has been unable to trace down the root of the cause. After reading a number of blogs/discussion boards, I have learned that this is a recurring problem with 99-03 Windstar.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #147

Jan 152010


  • 110,000 miles
ABS and brake lamp still on after recall for 2002 Ford Windstar.

- Mcmurray, PA, USA

problem #146

Dec 152009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. ABS & brake light stays on. Was advised by a Ford service shop that the ABS module was bad. They also said that they have seen this happen before. They tried to get Ford to cover it, but they would not.

- Merrillville, IN, USA

problem #145

Aug 302010


  • miles
ABS dashboard light -- for over a year now we have been dealing with a ABS dashboard light which comes on and off. The majority of the time it has been on. We have had computers hooked up trying to diagnose the issue with false diagnosis. In addition to the ABS light the engine light also will come on and off with the same outcomes, sometimes vehicle will show hesitating during cold weather and then light will emerge. In the past few months we have started having an issue with the right tail light remaining on after the vehicle has been turned off. We tried several different remedies with this problem too but eventually it too returns. If left alone the light will eventually shut itself off but makes the red tail light shield very hot to the touch. We have been told that all of the above problems it may be related and may be a relay problem. This has been a very frustrating problem and I worry about the ABS problem being a safety problem. I have two children who ride in this vehicle constantly with me, one of them has heart problems and is on coumadin therapy and even a minor incident could be major and life threatening to him. I ask you to please look into this problem. I am aware that there are many others experiencing the same problems with their Ford Windstar minivans too, a simple search on the internet shows many frustrated consumers. Thank you in advance for your help and investigation into this matter.. take care.

- Indian Head, MD, USA

problem #144

Jun 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
I own a Ford Windstar LX 2002. I had the ABS light recall done and the ABS and brake lights still comes on and with no obvious reason. Also it feels like the braking distance has suddenly increased when the light comes on.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #143

Aug 162010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
My ABS light is on in my minivan. The dealership wants me to change the ABS ECM which is not cheap, however after doing some research I see this is a major issue with these model Ford Windstar, 1999-2003, see www.fordwindstarrecall.info. I drive with my grandson in the van on a daily basis and the fact that I live in Massachusetts, I rely on the ABS system to work properly in the winter time due to our harsh climates. Please do what is right and issue a recall for this defective part and help ensure the safety of myself and my family. If this was simply a maintenance item, such as brakes or oil changes, I would be completely understanding, but this is a major system on this vehicle and now I am scared to drive this in the winter time during any ice or snow as the braking system will not work properly. Thank you for your help in resolving this matter as promptly as possible and helping ensure the safety and well being of myself and my family.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #142

Aug 292010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar mini van. At 56, xxx miles I had to replace the transmission. About 6 month after that I started experiencing a blizzard of lights on my dash indicating the following alerts for ABS/brakes, trac off & check traction control. This light blizzard appears each time I drive my van for a short period of time and remains on the dash until I stop the van and restart. Went to the transmission shop and they said it was not related to the tranny replacement. Took the van in to Ford dealership for the 2009 recall jumper and they said the ABS/traction control was not related to the leaking brake cylinder so they wouldn't fix it. A short time ago I started getting a check engine light too. Tried to go thru deq but the van failed emissions test. Went to a mechanic and he couldn't locate the problem but the check engine light is off so I went to deq and passed but I still an having a problem with the original light blizzard (ABS/tc). I had not experienced any problems with the braking system to date but I haven't had to slam them either. Next week it's off to the Ford dealership since no one else can determine a problem resolution. I've searched this problem on the internet and there seems to be quite a few Windstar/GM products with similar problems. It really points back to a poor quality product!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #141

Jul 112010


  • 84,000 miles
The morning of July 11, 2010, the ABS control module on our 2002 Windstar suffered an internal fire due to brake fluid leaked from the bad switch, resulting in a loss of proper brake function and no readings from the speedometer, tachometer, and odometer (as well as multiple warning lights). This occurred several weeks after having had the brake pressure deactivation switch recall performed (NHTSA campaign id 09V399000, action number EA08021). The local Ford dealership which had performed the initial recall work refused to repair or replace the module under the recall or as a warranty claim, stating that it was not part of the recall, nor was it apparently damaged at the time of the brake switch repair. I subsequently removed, opened and examined the control module (8/28/2010), and found blackened brake fluid present inside the module at the connector pins. I also found evidence of significant burning around the pins at the connections to the printed circuit board. This evidence included the blackened fluid, severe discoloration, and lifted traces, all of which are clearly apparent in photos of the module interior. Luckily, it appears that an internal trace burned through and interrupted the fault current prior to the failure becoming a runaway fire event. At this time the vehicle has not been repaired, and is sitting idle. I have kept the failed control module for examination as necessary.

- West Bend, WI, USA

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