really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,394 miles

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problem #206

Apr 102015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 16,700 miles
ABS brake lite illuminates, brakes appear to continue to work.

- Cornelius, OR, USA

problem #205

Apr 022015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 248,190 miles
Driving and light comes on and been on. Went to mechanic and said the ABS control needs replaced.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #204

Mar 162009


  • 89,000 miles
The brake and the ABS lights keep coming on they have been doing this for a couple of years.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #203

Dec 302014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Just noticed that the ABS light would go on and off, checked fluid levels, fine, and then the light stays on all the time.

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #202

Mar 032015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I try to stop and the ABS would not work.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #201

Feb 262015


  • 73,500 miles
The hand brake lights up when brakes are applied when coming to a stop. The light will go off and then back on again when brakes are applied again.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #200

Feb 012015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 92,205 miles
The ABS sensor light comes on after a minute of driving. Sometimes the emergency brake light will come on when braking. This happen to me after putting in new wheel bearings. Then I put in new ABS sensors still have problem. Alot of other people on the internet are having same issue as me. The I put in speed control deactivation switch. Still have same issue.

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #199

Feb 192014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
ABS light and traction control light illuminates after driving forward 150 yards. Heavily salted Chicago streets have caused corrosion under car. Suspect ABS failure due to salt and water corrosion in electrical connectors. High amperage ABS electrical wires could short- out and cause a fire; an environmental, pollution and safety issue.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #198

Jan 302015

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar sel with VIN [xxx], I am the third owner of this vehicle. The ABS and traction control system is damaged and has a recurring warning when the engine is started with the ABS / brake and traction control warning lights on. The person I purchased this van from (2nd owner) stated that he had all the recalls completed on this vehicle however he believed that the defect identified in Ford safety recall 09S09 for the speed control system has resulted in damage to the ABS system computer and/or associated harness wiring or harness connections. He (2nd owner) did not keep the repair orders for any of the recall repairs so I do not have any records to review. I believe that the wire harness, related wire harness connectors and the ABS system computer are damaged resulting from brake fluid leaking and/or corrosion related to the defect found in Ford safety recall 09S09. I believe that the Ford dealership that performed this recall failed to properly repair or identify collateral damage in the wire harness and ABS system computer as noted in recall repair procedure. The vehicle is currently not repaired and the ABS system is not functioning as designed (non-functioning), I believe this is a safety hazard. Current owner: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #197

Feb 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 73,425 miles
Used the vehicle to go on a trip about 200 miles from home, the cruise control was working but the brake light stayed on. When I got back home and parked the vehicle for a couple of days, when I went to go back out in the van on another short trip and got on the interstate the cruise wouldn't work again. The brake light stays on all the time when before the cruise stopped working it was only intermittent. Now the light is on all the time and the cruise isn't working at all. I can't use the van on trips O when I go a few miles away from home because the cruise don't work. I have a bad back and joints and rely on that cruise to help me get from point a to point B. thanks....updated 01/07/15 the consumer stated the issues are on recall. Updated 01/17/15

- Ward, AR, USA

problem #196

Aug 282010


  • 75,494 miles
While driving on a highway with cruise control engaged, the brake and ABS lights came on. The brakes were unaffected. We stopped and checked on finding a mechanic in the town we were going through, but when we re-started the van, the lights were back off. The brakes remained unaffected. The problem recurs sporadically at intervals of a few weeks to a few months. Sometime later, we had to have the cruise control repaired due to two bad switches (damaged by leaks). I mention this because evidence suggests a link between the cruise control and the ABS problems.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #195

Dec 062014


  • 112,000 miles
ABS lights on. Speedometer don't work and overdrive light keeps blinking..speed control fuse keeps blowing.

- Barling, AR, USA

problem #194

Nov 102014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 121,280 miles
Brake pressure differential deactivation switch (scds) switch is leaking brake fluid.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #193

Sep 012006


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. While operating the vehicle, the ABS sensor light and brake sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician reset the lights in order to turn it off, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Columbus , OH, USA

problem #192

Oct 022014


  • 1,110,100 miles
Driving van hit small bump in road ABS system comes on.now L brake get hot due to ABS control module coming on.

- Bridgeport, IL, USA

problem #191

Dec 182013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 124,511 miles
ABS system activated under normal breaking conditions, caused extended breaking distance. Has happened 13 times since the initial failure. Dealer unable to replicate but scanned for codes and found C1185 which they said was failure of the ABS controller/computer. They suggested $1200 in repairs but couldn't guarantee it would "fix the problem". have multiple ABS fault codes all the time now. C1198, C1194, C1254, C1246, C1250, C1242, C1214, C1210, C1446 which all point to multiple failures in the computer. Searching the internet it appears on www.fordwindstarrecall.info/ that a recall for this issue may be in the works as of 5/2014.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #190

Apr 152010


  • 105,000 miles
After purchasing used van the ABS and brake lights lit up on dash, and come on intermittently while driving. Weather seems to play a role whether the lights come on or not if its hot outside the lights come on quickly, and if it's raining they come on going through puddles. Once the lights come on they stay on until the van is shut off. Had a diagnosis done a Ford dealer, and was told there is a leak over the ABS brake module that is causing it to short out the ABS system.

- Fayetteville , OH, USA

problem #189

Oct 152014

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 150,420 miles
ABS light and brake lights are on. I had the brakes checked and levels are good and pads are fine. ABS is non-functioning. This is a common problem.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #188

Apr 012014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the ABS and brake warning lights illuminated. The contact stated that the pedal sank to the floor when the brakes were engaged and in order to stop the vehicle the pedal had to be depressed several times. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis. The technician stated that the ABS power relay output circuit had malfunctioned. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Oregan, IL, USA

problem #187

Oct 092014


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 35 mph, the suspension was unstable, causing a strong vibration and noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact indicated that burning plastic fumes emitted into the vehicle. In addition, the contact mentioned went over a bump and the vehicle was not riding steady. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over and upon further inspection, it was noticed that the rear frame, rear axle and the coil spring fractured. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop who diagnosed that the rear frame, rear brake drums and coil springs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Medford, MA, USA

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