hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,643 miles

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2003 Ford Windstar brakes problems

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2003 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 5 of 11)

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problem #129

Aug 282010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


Braking distance suddenly increased.

- Princeton, TX, USA

problem #128

Aug 282010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Intermittent ABS & brake lights on dash coming on. While these lights are on the braking is harder than normal and there is no ABS. This has been on & off for about 100,000 miles or so. During the warm weather/summer months, it appears to be on most of the time.

- Clarksville, MI, USA

problem #127

Jun 062010


  • 80,000 miles
Brakes on 2003 Windstar needed to be changed. After changing brakes and bleeding lines, ABS and brake line would come on during driving intermittently and remain on. Brake pedal would either be at acceptable level or have very little pedal (almost to floor. Changed master cylinder, rebled the lines. Still having intermittent ABS and brake light come on (usually once a day and continuing to remain on) car has acceptable brake pedal, but cannot figure out why ABS and brake light come on. Have had car put on and scanned by computer 3 times...no faults show. This is a major concern as the brakes have remained fine for stopping, but will it continue or will I find myself with serious issues in the future"?"

- Browns Mills, NJ, USA

problem #126

Aug 162010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The brake warning light on my 2003 Ford Windstar comes on intermittently. I have gone to the dealer, but they can't find the problem. They only keep charging me for diagnostic services. However, I've recently noticed that I'm not the only one who is posting this problem online.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #125

Jul 012010


  • 88,000 miles
ABS and brake light failure warning, 2003 Ford Windstar instrument panel lights come on and go off indicating an ABS & brake (separate lights for each) issue. In researching this issue on the internet and with local mechanic, I've learned that this is a known and common problem with this make, model and year vehicle which has yet to be acknowledged by the manufacturer. I am also told that this could result in failure of the ABS braking system and/or the standard braking system itself if not repaired. The failure "code" is 1185 according to my mechanic, which is apparently a control or power module" I've already replaced all the brake pads, resurfaced the rotors and have had all fluids and lines inspected for leaks, etc. - it appears that Ford is now going to make me pay another $700 - $1,000 to fix this issue with the ABS (which, in my opinion, they should be doing for free as this is a safety issue that may cause increased risk of crash or injury stemming from their poor design and/or parts. What ever happened to Ford's slogan "quality is job 1""

- S Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #124

Mar 072010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Where to start? almost seem like to many problems to list. We will start with the constant draining and replacement of the battery. New battery every few months. Thinking this issue may have to do with the fact that the interior lights go on and off at random unexplained times. Sometimes remaining on once the vehicle is off and all doors are completely closed. Problem with ABS and brake light coming on at randoms times in addition tp the checl charging system light. Sometimes they come on and off but if they remain on cause the car to hesitate or just quit on you. I have 3 kids and am terrified for our safety everytime we are in this vehicle. I have finally had enough and am filing a complaint since I have read from numerous sources that I am one of thousands and thousands having this same issue. Please consider the safety of the drivers of these vehicles and subsequently any innocent motorist or pedestrian who may become injured from these safety issues. Thank you.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #123

Aug 102010


  • miles


ABS light keeps coming on!

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #122

Jan 012009


  • miles
ABS and brake light is continually on, diagnosed as ABS module failure.

- Midland, NC, USA

problem #121

Mar 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
2003 Ford Windstar $58,000 miles ABS module is bad per mechanic, track control light, ABS, light and brake light come on while driving. It started about a year ago and did it about once a week. Now the problem occurs daily. Nothing has been done yet to correct the problem.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #120

Aug 242010


  • 68,000 miles
Brake light and ABS light come on intermittently- braking distance increases. Dealer states that this is a well known problem with the circuit boards in 2003 Windstar. This should be a recall.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #119

Jul 172009


  • 15,274 miles


On July 17, gaudin Ford charged me $169.95 to diagnose why my ABS/brake light was on constantly on my 2003 Ford Windstar... to this day, the problem has not been resolved and the lights are still on... I now learn this problem can lead to fire in the van and there was a recall October, 2009 but I was never notified of this recall. I feel Ford should refund my money and fix the problem!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #118

Jul 222010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Anti skid failure, the ABS and associated brake warning lights come on when warm. Dealer code says C1185. Lights stay on while driving.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #117

Jul 202005

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #116

Jun 012008


  • 75,000 miles
Intermittent ABS and brake light illumination. Once per month. Most often in summer. No apparent brake operation issues. Dtcs C1185, C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210. Vehicle is up to date on service and recalls. No service action taken yet for this issue.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #115

May 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 38,950 miles
Braking distance suddenly increased after the other recall was done. ABS and emergency brake lights come on after the car heats up.

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #114

Jul 192010


  • 117,633 miles
In 2009 our brake and ABS light came on and has stayed on. We received the Ford Windstar recall for the leaking cruise control switch. We had this done in Feb. 2010. We went back to Ford on July 7 2010 because of smoke and leaking brake fluid. They did nothing. I did not replace the switch right away and on August 1st we took a trip over a mountain pass. It started leaking very bad on this trip. So bad that the low brake fluid light came on. We got home I replaced the switch and removed there jumper due to the jumper was soaked in brake fluid. Also topped off fluid. Still brake lights are on, and having a family in a van over mountain passes, this should have been taken care of by Ford.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #113

Jun 032010


  • 81,286 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Windstar. While driving at 45 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated. The dealer made repairs to the braking system. The warning light re-illuminated within one week. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 81,286.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

problem #112

May 152010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2003 Windstar. The brake ABS lite intermittently comes on, just bought the car, and this did not start until the weather got between 90 & 100 degrees. Sometimes does not do this for a week, and then again everytime you start the car.

- Mcallen , TX, USA

problem #111

Jan 032010


  • 160,000 miles
ABS light brake light they are always on.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #110

Apr 012009


  • 80,000 miles
I have a Ford Windstar, 2003 and the brake light and the ABS light come on intermittently while driving. I have read and heard from numerous other individuals that this problem occurs due to an ABS module malfunctioning. Is this currently recalled? the Ford website says that the 2003 Windstar does not have any recalls.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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