really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
159,273 miles

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problem #128

Feb 012012


  • miles
The ABS and red brake light as well as the traction control light, and now my battery light come on and off intermittently. The ABS system kicks in at unnecessary times making it difficult to stop. The speedometer is now also bouncing up and down intermittently, but no other gauges seem to be affected.

- East Jordan, MI, USA

problem #127

Apr 302013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My ABS light & traction light are now on. Also, needles jump on dash {odometer, speedometer, fuel & heat level} and cruise control does not work any longer {this has been happening since receiving my van back from the Ford garage after 7 months from the axle recall repair over a year ago}. tried to bleed my brakes after replacing pads and caliper but cannot bleed front left or rear right. Was told by a Ford mechanic that this may be a problem in the ABS module. As pertaining to a Ford recall in October, 2009, all of the above problems may be connected to this recall. My van was inspected and nothing was done to it because, at the time, because it was deemed safe. I have since replaced the electrical tape on the wiring harness that they were suppose to be inspecting because it was falling off due to brake fluid on it (reason for said recall}. I plan on calling the garage in the am to have them reinspect my van for this recall because I cannot afford to replace any more parts in it. I have put a lot into it just since getting it back after the axle recall because it deteriorated sitting in their driveway for the winter due to salt. I hope nobody else is going through this. I love my van and have owned it for 11 years but it is getting too expensive for a one-income-household to repair due to bad parts or service. Please have Ford work to fix these problems so I can afford to keep my van. Thank you!

- Antrim, NH, USA

problem #126

Dec 102013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
ABS light came on during normal driving conditions for no apparent reason. Car is very well maintained with good brakes and has relatively low miles.

- Stone Ridge, NY, USA

problem #125

Feb 272013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
ABS and brake lights came on and stayed on until restarting engine. Problem could not be detected by several mechanics. The brakes are working ok, but the lights come on once in while independent of speed or hitting the brakes.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #124

Aug 142012


  • 191,000 miles
***********updated information from ODI number:10554248************ ABS and brake warning lights on the dashboard came on and when codes were retrieved, it was C1185, ABS power relay output circuit fault. My wife just informed me that when the lights came on, she could feel the brakes be applied just a little on its own (without pressing the brake pedal) for about a second or two. Had the codes cleared and the same code came back on a short time later with same reaction from brakes.

- Tyner, NC, USA

problem #123

Aug 142012


  • 191,000 miles
ABS and brake warning lights on dashboard came on and when codes were retrieved, it was C1185, ABS power relay output circuit fault.

- Tyner, NC, USA

problem #122

Nov 252013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
ABS and brake lights come on intermittently. I applied the brakes heavily and all 4 wheels locked up. The vehicle was uncontrollable while braking. The speedometer is erratic. The battery is dead sometimes after sitting overnight. The hazard lights come on by them selves. The door locks do not work properly. The tire indicator lights come on for no reason.

- Golden, MS, USA

problem #121

Mar 312006


  • 52,000 miles
Left Ford dealership with my just purchased 02 Ford Windstar. Within 10 miles of dealership ABS and brake light came on. Returned to dealership on Monday. Tried to charge me diagnostic fee for issue.... wouldn't fix problem unless I paid for parts and labor. I complained numerous times. Said wasn't their problem and not a recall. Still having issue. Now vehicle has ABS light on (without brake light). Check engine light came on. Barely made it home.... going back to dealership tomorrow. I will never again purchase a Ford. Especially not from dealership that won't correct problem even though I paid $2K extra for extended warranty.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #120

Sep 252013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 128,324 miles
The ABS, track off, brake light indicators, and check traction control intermittently illuminate. They remain on until the key is turned off, and then reset. The frequency is intermittent and not measurable. Initial checks have no results as the lights are out when checked by a repair shop.

- Round Hill, VA, USA

problem #119

Nov 122013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
ABS and brake lights have been turning on intermittently, when on ABS is not functional. Today on minimally slippery roads lights came on, ABS needed at an icy stop sign, did not come on. Rear ended the car in front of me. No damage to other car, front bumper on my car now cracked. ABS still not working.

- Ostrander, OH, USA

problem #118

Nov 062013


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Windstar. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the rear or the vehicle collapsed. The contact also mentioned that the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who informed the contact that the rear axle had fractured due to rust and the ABS master relay sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Camdenton , MO, USA

problem #117

Nov 252011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
After driving some distance, usually 5-20 miles or after the van has warmed up, the ABS and brake dashboard lights and come on. The speed at which this occurs is random. The ABS is indeed incapacitated, thus suddenly increasing the braking distance. The trip computer also beeps, and tells me that the traction control has been disabled.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #116

Sep 032011

Windstar 6-cyl

  • miles
ABS and brake lights come on periodically. Can't be reset and have asked mechanic what issue is. Was told it's an ABS module that costs at least $700 to replace. Have looked online for help on this and it looks like several other people are having this same issue. Is Ford looking to put a recall out for this? living in the midwest weather, having my ABS working would be a nice addition when driving in the four seasons of weather.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #115

May 312013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,102 miles
During normal driving both the brake warning light and the anti-lock brake warning light will come on and stay on. They don't always come on but if they do they don't shut off till you turn the ignition off. We never know if it's a real brake problem or just an electrical glitch.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #114

Jun 012010


  • 180,000 miles
ABS light continuously coming on and going off, tire sensor lights coming on and going off when tire pressure is ok. Took to mechanic in 9/2013 and diagnosis was that ABS module needed replacement.

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

problem #113

Oct 102013


  • miles
Brake lights were coming on so we took it to have it looked at and the said it was a bad wire for the anti lock brake system and said there has been a problem with these in other Windstar.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #112

Oct 092013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I have an ABS code C1185 which may be related to a faulty solder joint in the ABS module. This renders the ABS system ineffective.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #111

Jul 242013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 99,542 miles
While operating this van the ABS/brake light will illuminate on the dash. This is an intermittent problem that sometimes comes on as soon as the vehicle is started, other times it will come on after driving for a mile or two. This causes the ABS brake system to stop working and is a safety issue. I have had the codes checked many times and cleared with no other problems showing just to have it re-occur at a later time. It seems to be related to outside temperature. If it is really hot outside ( 90+ ) the light will come on quickly, when its cooler it may come on later in the day, or after driving further.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #110

Jul 022013

Windstar 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
ABS comes on immediately upon putting the car into drive and driving for a couple seconds. I can hear a noise and the ABS light comes on.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #109

Sep 022013


  • 50,000 miles
ABS warning light comes on & off intermittently. Can not re-set it, but the brakes seem to work good otherwise. Is this a problem or has Ford had a recall on this issue? I hear it is common.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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