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 6 of 15)

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problem #181

Nov 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


I purchased the car used in 2006. It worked fine for about a year. The brakes had worn out and the ABS light and the brake light was on. After replacing the brakes, the lights came on and off randomly on different days. The mechanics could not duplicate the problem. Now the lights come on steady after I drive awhile and stay on until I shut the vehicle off. I have had 4 brake jobs since, but that has not fixed the problem. I was told that the problem was probably the ABS module as that was a common problem with Windstar's. I am afraid to drive the car more than a half mile as the ABS brakes do not work when the lights are on.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #180

Jun 262014


  • 66,700 miles
ABS light and brakes light along with engine light and tire light all came on out of the blue.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #179

Feb 172014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 90,670 miles
ABS, brake warning lamps lit, speedometer doesn't show the operating speed.

- West Springfield , MA, USA

problem #178

Jun 242014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles


ABS light.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #177

Jun 232012


  • 132,500 miles
We were on vacation going thru mountains in w va when the ABS light and brake light came on. We pulled into a Ford dealer in statesville, nc. They could not determine what the problem was as it was not occurring all the time. The brake and ABS lights would go out for a period of time and come back on. Recently we took the van into a midas repair shop. They thought it was the wheel sensor and replaced it. When the problem came back the next day they thought it was a bad bearing on the front drivers side and we replaced it. Today the light is back on and after taking it into the repair shop again they are now telling us it is the ABS control module. We have dealt with this issue for the past 2 years. Lights going out for a period of time only to come back on. Today we called the local Ford dealer to see if their was a possible recall on this issue. We have read about others having these same issues. We were told that their was no recall at this time.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #176

Nov 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake light illuminate indicating an ABS failure. Lights turn on anywhere from immediately to 15 minutes upon starting vehicle. Vehicle has been assessed by mechanic, mechanic stated that component replacement would cost approximately $1000. ABS parts are faulty.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #175

Jun 052013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The ABS light and brake light come on during the spring and summer months not in the fall and winter months.

- Chillicothe, IL, USA

problem #174

May 292014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 173,230 miles
As I was driving on the highway the 'check advance track' light came on. The light has been coming on and for couple of weeks now. Check with a mechanic and was told might be a ABS sensor.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #173

Jun 012014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
The ABS/brake light keeps coming on.

- Benton Harbor, MI, USA

problem #172

Jan 012014


  • 102,000 miles
The ABS warning light will randomly come on and stay on until the vehicle is turned off. This happens occasionally, but not every time the vehicle is driven. It happens all different speeds, not just one speed zone. I am reporting this because I found out it is becoming a common issue for many people with this type of vehice.

- Waterville, OH, USA

problem #171

Jun 012011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


Dashboard indicated failure of anti-lock braking system. Code reader reports C1185 and cannot be cleared. ABS system completely inoperative. Repairs would require replacement of anti lock brake controller/computer.

- Wichita Fals, TX, USA

problem #170

Feb 072014


  • 140,000 miles
ABS light and brake light comes on and interior lights flash and all gauges going crazy and run all the time causing my battery to die everyday. Its a new battery and now its drained.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #169

Mar 012012


  • miles
ABS/brake light have been on and off for years now.....changed all brake pads....and brakes..still come off and on sporadically. New tires..nope....all new brake system...nope....brake fluid, changed and checked over and over....nope....tired of going to get the car serviced and every one guessing at it....got no more money to throw at the lemon of a car!

- Newport News , VA, USA

problem #168

May 012013


  • 95,000 miles
ABS & brake light intermittently come on. Brake fluid level is normal. Brake pads & shoes are good. No other problems with hydraulic system. No brake fluid leaks.

- Valley Park, MO, USA

problem #167

May 162014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
I had prior brake issues. Took my van to be inspected and had complete rear brakes replaced and front brakes were still ok, not needing replacement. After about 20 miles on my way out of town on my new brakes, the ABS and brake lights came on. Got back in town and took it back to where I got the new brakes. They said the brakes were fine, just not seated yet, so they ran a scan. My van threw the code C1185 (ABS control module circuit relay) and I was told I needed to have an electrical diagnosis done.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #166

Mar 142014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
The ABS light comes on randomly. The shop told be the computer is reporting faulty ABS codes. I will have to ask for the specific code.

- Nickerson, KS, USA

problem #165

May 012013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
ABS light on air bag little on won't turn off brake light also will come on at time feels like something is sticking like driving with brake on.

- Delmar, DE, USA

problem #164

May 182014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
On my 2003 Windstar I have been having problems with the ABS for quite some time don't know the exact time that it first happened its been a few years. The ABS lights come on and shut off periodically. As of today the check engine light came on and the ABS and brake lights came on. And the cigarette lighter fuse keeps blowing I went to get the codes read and the fuse was blown so I changed it and it blew right away again so put in one more so the codes could be read. It came up with 18 codes from just one day they are C1145, C1234, C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210, C1446, U1262, B1318 all having to do with the ABS they could tell me exactlly what was going on and told me to google it. Also codes P0171, P0174.

- Owatonna, MN, USA

problem #163

May 012012


  • 55,000 miles
ABS and brake light would go on and off intermittently beginning around 55000 miles. The mechanic told me Ford were known for this, but should not present a problem. Back wheels started smoking and leaking fluid at 76000. This contaminated the wheel wells and brake pads. The ABS/brake light also stay on consistently now. Repaired the problem and ran a diagnostic on the ABS. Mechanic told me I had a faulty ABS module that the dealer would have to repair. Have not done that yet, looking to see if there has been a recall on this problem. Apparently Ford has not addressed this issue. I have this van to Transport my disabled son, now concerned that our safety is at risk.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #162

Mar 302012

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
The brake light has been coming on, the check engine light has been on for some time, and the vehicle is currently leaking what appears to be brake fluid.

- Tuckerton, NJ, USA

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