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 8 of 13)

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problem #120

Jun 272010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


2002 Windstar received recall to fix fire problem but now I'm having issues. ABS/brake/traction control warning lights on and message board says check trac control. Online forums I've read seems to suggest this is an ongoing problem with a defective E.C.M. it was sporadic at first, but now a constant occurrence. Please have fomoco deal with this quality defect so I do not have to fork out any money I do not have to spend.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #119

Jul 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased ABS problem.

- Menifee , CA, USA

problem #118

Jul 022010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. Speed control deactivation switch (scds) is leaking. I smelt something burning, and when I went to stop the braking distance was suddenly greater than usual. That's when I notice brake fluid leaking from the scds. This component should have been replaced as part of a recall (09S09) done in January 2010, however most of the time Ford is not replacing this part. I'm forced to pay to replace this part out of my own pocket. If not brake fluid will continue to leak causing lose of brakes and also the possibility of a fire.

- Stony Brook, NY, USA

problem #117

Jul 042010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 197,298 miles


I, being the register owner, of this 2002 Ford winstar LX, have been driving this vehicle, for two months. I have driven approximately 4500 miles. I have replaced the front and rear brake linings. But still, the yellow ABS light, and the red brake light, keep coming on. I am afraid, that the vehicle braking distance will be suddenly increased, because of the Ford designed ECM, hcu, and scds switches. I am hoping that Ford will correct this vehicle problem, so that the fire threat and increased breaking distacethreat, may be resolved, before there could, or might be any accident, thusly, causing bodily injury, and or property damage to anyone or anything. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #116

Apr 032010


  • 125,000 miles
After having a cruise control safety recall done on our 2002 Ford Windstar, the "ABS" light comes on and stays on most of the time now! I am assuming the "ABS" system is not working and we might have a safety issue when it comes to emergency braking situations.

- Columbia Station, OH, USA

problem #115

Apr 012010


  • miles
I have a Ford Windstar 2002. Its ABS and brake lights come on during summer. In the recall last year, a Ford dealer changed the deactivation switch on the car. But after that, I still have the same problem: In warm weather, ABS and brake lights come on while driving.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #114

Jun 232010


  • 109,770 miles


I have a 2002 Ford Windstar minivan. I took the van to the local dealership to have my traction control checked because the lights(ABS, brakes, trac off) on the dash come on and stay on. This vehicle does not have any current recall orders and the dealership confirmed that. I had them check my van to find out why the lights are staying on. This is what I was told, they said that my hydraulic control unit (hcu)is leaking fluid onto my ECU (ABS control module computer) shorting the system out. They told me the way to fix this problem is to replace the ECU(ABS control module computer) which cost $2000. How is replacing the computer going to fix the leak? according to records the recall 09S09 (scds) was repaired on this vehicle. This concerns me because their is still fluid(brake) leaking onto a electronic component which poses as a fire hazard. According to complaints I have read this is a common concern for many other Windstar owners. The ABS issues are directly related to the leaking scds(recall 09S09). I am going to personally check the leak to verify the proximity of the location of the leak to the scds. I feel this may be a issue Ford has to address. Please note I have sent a memo to them first, and I hope to receive a response. I will not hold my breath though.

- Fayetteville, OH, USA

problem #113

Jun 152010


  • 122,000 miles
Brake light (red) and ABS brake lights (yellow) stay on. I went to replace fuse #10 and it keeps blowing out. Speedometer and odometer do not function. Cruise control does not work. A/C does not work. The O/D light flashes after about 30 seconds after the vehicle starts and continues to blink until the vehicle is shut off. I took it into a Ford dealership today to have them perform the 09S09H recall and it did not change anything. All issues seem to be associated with this 'leaker' scds that was replaced, but that caused further damage to the ABS ECM unit causing it to fail.

- Jefferson, OR, USA

problem #112

May 262010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,216 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Windstar that the brake light and ABS light stay on. I am told by my mechanic that the electronic control module is no good and needs to be replaced. The brakes do not function properly now on the van and it is a hazard to drive.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #111

Dec 212008


  • 94,000 miles
ABS/brake light on in my 2002 Ford Windstar when I bought it, I had told the dealer that it was on two years ago when I had purchased it they have done nothing to repair it I have contacted my local Ford dealer and no recall came up. Now my van will not pass inspection I need help !!~!!!!

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #110

Jun 082010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 84,495 miles


The ABS light on the dashboard of my 2002 Ford Windstar mini-van is on all the time. The Ford dealer told me that I would have to replace the ABS module for a price of $750 plus labor to correct this. Then I received a letter from Ford stating a recall involving the cruise control mechanism was needed to make my Windstar safe from a possible fire. I had Ford do the no-cost fix which amounted to a jumper wire with a fusible-link. However, this did not fix the existing ABS problem. Now, my speedometer is not functioning properly. I have read up on this problem and find that many Windstar mini-vans manufactured between 1999 and 2003 have had similar problems and they all are related to the ABS system. I believe that Ford should completely fix these problems and owners should not have to pay an amount exceeding $1000 to do so. These problems were apparently inherent in these model years and repairs or replacements should be the responsibility of Ford, not the vehicle owners. I can still drive my Windstar but will have to have the speedometer problem fixed at a minimum (if that is possible singularly). Not having the ABS problem fixed may lead to further complications, but I cannot afford these costly repairs at this time.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #109

Mar 182010


  • miles
Braking distance suddenly increased ( ABS brake light stays on ).

- Saskatoon , Saskatchewan, 00, USA

problem #108

Apr 232010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 103,500 miles
ABS and traction control failed - lights on dash and "check trac ctrl" on dash readout. This caused accident under adverse conditions.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #107

Mar 072010


  • 165,000 miles
We own a 2002 Ford Windstar and participated in the recent recall for the speed control. About a month after the recall fix, our brake lights (including ABS) came on. When we took it to our mechanic, he said the ABS control module is damaged and needs to be replaced. After doing some research on the web, it appears this is a well know issue (ABS ECM failure - ABS brake light). We don't have the money to fix this issue, and would like the Ford dealer to submit a recall. Thank you

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #106

Feb 102010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. ABS and brake light has been coming on after a short time and staying on after the car is driven for a while. Vehicle locked up the brakes while driving, dealer states that the ECU needs to be replaced-related to the Ford recall 09S09.

- Greendale, IN, USA

problem #105

Apr 092010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 122,234 miles
2002 Ford Windstar had the recall 09S09 done today the ABS and brake light still keep coming on and loosing brake fluid.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #104

Mar 282010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
2002 Windstar ABS/brake lights come on then suddenly braking distance increases. Was told by dealer it is an ongoing issue with this model that ABS modules overheat and fail. Very dangerous!!!

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #103

Mar 202010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar - the ABS light comes on (typically when the van is warm). Recall 09S09 has been performed but has had no effect on the ABS light coming on issue.

- Brodhead, WI, USA

problem #102

Nov 152009


  • 72,000 miles
My 2002 Windstar has the brake and ABS light issue. I brought it into my Ford dealer to have the recall done October 30th. A few weeks after my brake light started coming on again. Everytime I use my brakes the light will come on and then shut off....great job Ford..I guess your quick fix didn't work!

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #101

Nov 262009


  • 72,000 miles
I just had the recall repaired on my 2002 Ford Windstar. The next day after the recall was performed while driving it the ABS and brake lights came back on.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

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