really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,807 miles

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2002 Ford Windstar electrical problems

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2002 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 4 of 12)

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problem #167

Aug 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


Right after I had the recall for 3 different recall the front end, brakes, rear axle completed my ABS light, brake light & track off lights all light up on my dash all at the same time & stay on. I have a photo of this. After I turn van off for awhile (it needs to cool down) they go off. I called Ford several times about this and they said it had nothing to do with their brake recall or front end recalls if I wanted to pay them to check it out I can bring it in. Amazing that I never had any problems with my van until Ford started fixing the recalled items.

- Bridgeview, IL, USA

problem #166

Jul 012010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
About 2 plus years ago, my van started having an electrical malfunction. Shortly after starting the vehicle and sometimes in the middle of driving, the computer would beep and flash the message "check traction control". along with this, the ABS and E-brake lights would come on, and also the "trac off" light. I could clear the message from the computer by hitting reset, but the warning lights would stay on until I shut the vehicle off. It happens almost daily now, especially when it's humid and hot outside. About 3 weeks ago, the speedometer and tachometer started to "stick" or not move. Sometimes, they go up to 30-40mph, then stop working. Other times, they just don't move at all. The problem also affects the accuracy of the odometer and gas gauge. The vehicle can be traveling at 70mph, but be reading 40mph, and then the odometer is marking miles traveled according to 40mph. So, now my odometer needs to be reset as well. I never know when this is going to happen, and being a mother of two children and pregnant with #3, I need my vehicle to be safe and reliable. I found a website that has recall information, and I'm not the only one experiencing this issue with their Windstar. I was already part of the rear axle and subframe recall, and that was scary enough to know my vehicle could have fallen apart while I was driving it. There is a possibility of electrical fire with this, as one of the probable and likely causes of this is the wires are "self-grounding" on some metal part in the engine or behind the dash. If any fluids leaked on these exposed and self-grounding wires, one spark could set it off. Please make sure this problem is addressed in a timely manner, as there are several of these vehicles on our nation's roads.

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #165

Jul 092012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
At times when is col, D the ABS and brake light is off while driving, when it gets hot the ABS and brake light turns on and the ABS fails to work. Code C1185 ABS power relay output circuit failure. I got to a stop sign and the road was wet and the van skidded, the ABS did not work. No one was hurt and I have seen all the complaints that Ford owners are having. I don't know if my 2002 Ford Windstar had all the other recalls done, like the brake pressure differential deactivation switch (scds) and the rear frame welds that are breaking up on the chassis of many Ford owners. I would like to verify what has been done to my Ford Windstar that I bought two months ago. I just had the inner and outer tie rod ends done along with the sway bar links at the front suspension.

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #164

Aug 212008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I was driving on a street and the car in front of me came to a sudden stop. I immediately had to brake and then the ABS light and main brake light came on and stayed on. I took the vehicle to a dealer and they told me that the ABS module was bad and I asked them if the knew why and they told me that they did not know. I then asked if the vehicle was safe to drive and they said yes but I would not have ABS brakes.

- Pioneer, TN, USA

problem #163

Aug 172011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
The ABS and brake warning lights go on randomly for no reason, also cruise control will stop working.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #162

Jul 082012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
At drive-through, radio suddenly quit, and the ABS and brake lights came on. Right turn signal came on, vehicle began to pulsate and surge. Pulled over and shut van off, would not restart, lights and hazards began flashing and would not turn off. Retried ignition, lights and hazards went off, van completely died. Informed to replace battery, had battery tested, it was fine. Replaced battery, followed instructions to reset computer after battery replacement. Had to drive van 10 miles to complete, during which ABS and brake light came on, headlights quit (after dark) then began flashing. Turn signal came on to signal right turn on its own. Just before returning home, headlights quit entirely, and airbag light came on. Parked van, let it idle, and the tachometer surged from 500rpms to 3000rpms. Seems to fit descriptions others are saying about ABS and speed control module underneath master cylinder getting soaked with brake fluid.

- Upton, MA, USA

problem #161

May 252012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles


Purchased this vehicle in January 2012 and have had nothing but problems with it. According to Ford all recalls have been done on this vehicle but here is a list of the issues with the van: ABS light comes on, check engine light comes on, van has no cruise control at all, and last Friday I could not put the van in gear. After the Ford dealership "repaired" the solenoid for the van now all of a sudden there is currently no rear brake lights. This van is less than safe to be on the road and have seen that some of the recalls would have solved the speed control issue but the Ford factory will not answer any of my questions. Take a look online and you will see thousands of people with the same issues we are having and it was brought to the attention of Ford that we are having the same issues as thousands of other people so this is beyond a problematic vehicle.the vehicle is currently sitting at the local Ford dealer while they try and figure out what is wrong with the light system. This vehicle has been in the shop twice since we have owned it and this is costing us hundreds (so far) to fix issues that everyone with this vehicle is having. The latest issues have led to us being without a vehicle for almost a week and we have a disabled child in the home and this is unacceptable.

- Muscatine, IA, USA

problem #160

May 022011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
We had our Ford Windstar brakes done all the way around and my ABS and emergency brake light and traction light come on and off. The cruise control works sometimes. Ford dealer in my town wont check it out without a diagnostic fee even thou a recall is said to be issued for the same complaints.

- Tulsa , OK, USA

problem #159

May 032010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Inside lights comes on and flashes at times while driving, ABS and brakes light comes on and stays on while driving.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #158

Apr 072009

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Brake, ABS brake, cruise control, and speedometer/odometer electrical problems my dash lights are on and off all the time went to 3 mechanic they all checked my brakes, ABS and could not find a problem it goes on whenever it wants stays on for weeks then comes back on while driving this has been doing for over a year. I even put stickers over the lights that I can see while driving. I still think there is a electrical wiring problem it is very annoying. I can not afford to get another vehicle. I see there are a lot of complaint about same problem my niece has one does the same thing and my brother in law in West Virginia his is doing it too so I really thing Ford needs to check into this before someone's van catches fire or hurt some one.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #157

Mar 122012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


Every since I purchased my '02 Windstar, I have had problems with the ABS and brakes. I've had the brakes fixed numerous times and both lights still comes on while I'm driving. I had a brake fluid leak from the rear. My dvd and stereo both short- circuited on a month or two after they were installed. Sometimes if I come to a light to stop for a while, when the light turns green, I'll try to give it some gas but it becomes real hesitant and takes a while to pick up speed. The drivers behind me would start to get frustrated with me holding up traffic. Also, when I cut the ac on it takes power away from my vehicle and it threatens to cut off, so I don't turn it on. I also have to replace two oxygen sensors on it. I believe that my ABS module is bad as well. I feel that I am putting more money into it than it's worth. Please help me.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #156

Feb 292012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,750 miles
Brake lights come on randomly and stay on for some time until the brake pedal has been cycled through 5 or 6 times then lights go off for a while then comes back on again. Smell of burning plastic or wires permeates the vehicle when the lights have been on for any length of time.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #155

Feb 282011


  • 150,000 miles
ABS light, trac active light, alternator, check traction control light.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #154

Jan 032012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
The ABS light and the brake warning lights come on sometimes and stay on a long time. When the ABS light is on the ABS brakes do not work; it reverts back to regular brakes. I am trying to sell the car but prospects do not buy because the light comes on un-expectedly.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #153

Jan 032012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the key could not be turned in the ignition. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that the cylinder in the ignition may have fractured and could need replacing. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 90,000.

- Chalsont, PA, USA

problem #152

Nov 072011


  • 135,000 miles
The ABS and brake lights come on intermittently while driving. They stay on until the engine is shut off.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #151

Jul 272006

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
Speedometer not working accurately (occasionally speedometer will work than stops, which indicates defective part). Ford says speedometer and gear needs to be replaced now. Prior to that they said computer needed to be reprogrammed because of tire size.. cruise control did not work but was fixed by Ford via recall notice due to leaking speed control deactivation switch (scds). As I understand the dealer would also inspect the ABS control module connector and repair as necessary. ABS and brake light are on all of the time which is a result ABS control module failure.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #150

Nov 092010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Brake light (red) speedometer and odometer stop working cruise control will not activate or deactivates without warning ABS brake light (yellow) Ford trouble code C1185 problem codes P0171, P0174, P0401 171,174,401, egr or system too lean issue.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #149

Jun 162006


  • miles
Vehicle was parked and someone noticed that smoke was coming from under the hood. An electrical fire had started from windshield wiper motor assembly and burnt through motor terminal guide. Both parts had to be replaced. If this problem was not caught early extensive fire damage would have occurred.

- Manitowoc, WI, USA

problem #148

Oct 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
ABS, and service brake, come on simultaneously. I am afraid that stopping distance shall be increased, thusly causing personal & property damage liability. Fear of braking distance suddenly increased, when driving, on a personal daily basis. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fresno, CA, USA

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