really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,179 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 3 of 15)

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problem #241

Sep 272011


  • 136,463 miles


Yellow ABS light and red brake light come on daily. Yellow air bag light comes on weekly. Took to Ford dealer 10/1/11, found codes C1185, 1198, 1194, 1254, 1246, 1250, 1248, 1214, 1210, B1869, B1470, U1262, B1676, B1246. Internal module failure, recommend replacing ECU (verbally quoted $1,000 over the phone). If red brake light comes on, I think it's the ABS module, but if something is really wrong, this could create an 'unsafe' vehicle on the road.

- Bellflower, CA, USA

problem #240

Jan 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving down the road the ABS and brake light come on and stay on, and the interior lights come on and go off. I've had the brakes checked, and they are fine. We changed the module, which we were told was the problem, but it didn't solve the problem. The problem occurs more often when the weather is warmer, but it does happen during the winter, too. It is very distracting while driving at night, especially, to have the lights on the dash and the interior lights flashing, and it could be dangerous. Also, I wouldn't know if the brakes actually had a problem.

- Cambridge, KS, USA

problem #239

Aug 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,342 miles
ABS dash light came on and stays on, no ABS working. ABS light and dtc C1185.

- Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #238

Mar 122014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that the ABS and the brakes light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician replaced the brake pads and shoes. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the ABS module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #237

Jul 082014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
A few days after buying the van the ABS light started coming on, it goes on and off. My interior lights have flashed on and off, my passenger window no longer works! and the gear shifter is loose and sometimes hard to get into park.

- Thurman, IA, USA

problem #236

Nov 202013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
ABS lights come on intermittently and now are on all the time. This vehicle later was involved in a crash due to cruise control switch leaking out most of brake fluid. Ford replaced the switch and fixed the brakes but wants $2000 plus to replace the ABS/hcu.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #235

Jul 302014


  • 137,000 miles


April, noticed that cruise control not working 100% of time - not engaging and not disengaging!! opted not to use it anymore. July, ABS and brake light on and didn't shut off while in home garage. Shut van off, restarted it, lights off. August, lights seem to be coming on with more frequency. Doesn't seem to be speed related. September, ABS and brake light coming on more frequently. Seems to reset (for short time) after shut van off. October, had brake system checked. Disc rotor - R&R; control arm w/ ball joint - lower - front suspension; rear brakes serviced; brake fluid flush. Thought that would have "fixed" everything however less than 10 days later, the ABS and brake lights are coming on again while driving. Turn van off, turn back on - lights reset - until next time I drive it!! after reading through, realize that the two might be related. Safety is a must!!

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #234

Oct 182014


  • 175,019 miles
While driving, the ABS and brake warning lights on the dash came on, and stayed on until the engine was restarted. The lights are off until driving a short distance, when they will both come on at the same time. My mechanic claims that all sensors are good, and that the ABS control unit is defective. When the vehicle is cold, it takes longer for the lights to come on.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #233

Oct 132014


  • 92,000 miles
My brake warning and ABS lights are on I shut the car off and they are off I drive later they come back on, my brakes work fine the fluid is full.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #232

Oct 132014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and dark brake lights come on while driving then reset themselves when vehicle is turned off, then come on again while driving once vehicle warms up.

- Surrey Bc Canada, WA, USA

problem #231

Oct 152012


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond as the brake and ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the problem and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #230

Jun 122013


  • miles
The ABS light stays on no matter what I do.

- Girard, PA, USA

problem #229

Oct 202014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 163,000 miles
The ABS and brake light comes on and stays on.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #228

Aug 202014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
A dash indicator light came on that said, "check your traction control." At the same time the ABS and the brake light came on.

- Spring Green, WI, USA

problem #227

Oct 132014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
The ABS light and brake light are on constantly. Brakes (rotors, pads and calipers) have been replaced.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #226

Oct 022014


  • miles
Braking distance suddenly increased. ABS failed to activate. ABS light comes on intermittently.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #225

May 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
The 2003 Ford Windstar has a 'brake light' and a 'ABS light'. when driving the car the ABS and brake lights will both come on (but the car's brakes are not impacted). After a few minutes the two lights will go out. From what I have read on-line this is a fault in some module. The brakes themselves are not at issue but it provides false warning lights. A web site that tracks Ford Windstar issues says: "the (mostly unservicable) ECU master relay has a bad soldier joint which fails prematurely and causes the ABS light and dtc C1185. It also causes the enhanced ABS braking system to become inoperable. If your ABS light is on. Report the problem at NHTSA - safercar.gov. Use the category brakes, the more reports the better a chance of continued action." So, I am reporting this flaw.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #224

May 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving to the store and the speedometer needles went crazy and the ABS / brake lights went on. After a couple of minutes the needles went back to normal and the ABS/ brake lights stayed on. We changes the sensors that go to all 4 tires and the lights remain on.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #223

Oct 312013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Multiple episodes of the ABS traction control and brake light coming on at the same time..if you shut off engine and restart the warning lights go away. Started last year thru present time. Have had vehicle serviced and they have tried to reset the error codes with out success seems to be worse when its wet.suspect the ABS computer is defective.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #222

Oct 062012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
ABS and brake lights illuminate and stay illuminated. Investigation shows a failure to the ECU unit causing the ABS on my vehicle to be inoperable. When I have to aggressively brake my Ford Windstar it produces a skid instead of a controlled stop.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

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