really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,770 miles

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problem #23

Aug 102008


  • 75,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar - ABS and brake light come on all the time in warmer temperatures. Understand it to be a known defect in the braking module - aluminum housing expanding when warm. No problem in colder weather. ABS braking system not active when lights are on. No parts repaired or replaced at this time because of cost and after seeing hundreds of similar complaints with this year/model it appears to be possible recall along with faulty cruise control deactivation switch leaking brake fluid and causing fires.

- Dalton, MA, USA

problem #22

Nov 142007


  • 54,000 miles
I have been having trouble with the ABS light and the "E" brake light staying on all the time. My cruise control doesn't work any longer since this has occurred.

- Weaver, AL, USA

problem #21

Feb 142009


  • miles
The ABS staying on.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #20

May 012005


  • 20,000 miles
Constant ABS and brake light from factory faulty ABS module. One of thousands. How about some help.

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #19

Dec 012004


  • miles
My vehicle has had the brake light, the check engine light, the ABS light on at all times and the over drive light is blinking and now the odometer is blank. We have taken the van into the Ford dealership and they have no idea what to do. The brakes squeal and the battery dies often.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #18

Dec 092008


  • 124,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar LX instrument cluster has illuminated both the red brakelight and yellow ABS lights. This is consistent with NHTSA investigation EA08021. No sign of brake fluid below brake fluid reservoir. Lights come on and off. Seems to be linked with exterior temperature - on days that are warm, the lights illuminate. On days that are cold, they are less likely to be illuminated.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #17

May 072008


  • miles
I own Ford Windstar LX model year 2002. It is cluster panel it shows brake light (red) and ABS brake light (yellow).

- Mukilteo, WA, USA

problem #16

Nov 082008


  • 88,000 miles
Brakes leaking oil onto wires causing odometer and speedometer to not work.

- Obetz, OH, USA

problem #15

Nov 042008


  • 85,000 miles
2002 Ford Windstar ABS light intermittently comes on. Unable to determine problem.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #14

Jul 132007


  • 85,000 miles
The ABS, brake light and traction control light come on the dash.

- Sartell, MN, USA

problem #13

Sep 112008


  • 140,000 miles
ABS and brake light coming on and having no speedometer or odometer reading. When vehicle warms up the brake light will come on. Replaced fuses and they will blow shortly after replacing. Had smoke and burning smell from under van. Light on daily and smoke was when fuse was replaced. Removed fuse and left out and smoke and smell stopped. Consequences if possible fire and not knowing correct speed and cruise control not working. To correct the problem we have tried to replace fuses and see what is causing problem. Can't afford to do all replacement of parts to questionably fix problem. The dealership is not sure what is going on because the computer does not properly diagnose what is going on. According to web-site others are having same problem. Feel recall is warranted to help keep the Ford Windstar families safe and prevent someone's death or injury.

- North Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 182008


  • miles
Brake light and ABS wont go off.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 172008


  • 120,000 miles
Normal driving, ABS warning light and brake warning light come on. I turn the vehicle off and the warning lights go away. It is thought that the problem is the same problem that Ford trucks had that cause fires under the hood and has been recalled. From what I have read this should also warrant a recall.

- Spirit Lake, IA, USA

problem #10

Jan 012007


  • 50,000 miles
Red brake and ABS warning lights appear. Brakes grind and squeal repeatedly although even though I've spent thousands ensuring the system is operational.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #9

Jun 012008


  • 50,000 miles
I have an intermittent problem- I get message "check traction control". the ABS light, the brake light and the traction control lights all come on at this time. When this happens the van appears to drive and handle normal- however the ABS and traction control are not functional and the brake light is on. If the brake light is on all the time we don't know if we have a real problem with the brakes. If engine is shut off and restarted the problem may or may not repeat. I took van to garage and checked brakes and wheel sensors. The scanner showed a C1185 code. (problem with ECM; ABS control module). From my research it appears the problem is caused by thermal expansion of the ECM board. This first occurred approx June 1st and happens everyday we drive the van.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 072008


  • 117,619 miles
Lost brake pressure, speedometer not functioning properly, no brake fluid in master cylinder, brake light and ABS light on, and the brake differential deactivation switch is leaking.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 102008


  • 95,000 miles
Failure of the brake/cruise control deactivation switch caused leaking brake fluid to fall into and cause failure of ABS module. I am aware that the NHTSA is investigating and I encourage you to demand an immediate and complete recall. This is a serious fire hazard that can happen even while the vehicle is parked in the garage, hours after the vehicle was shut off. Please act!

- Mahomet, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 192008


  • 76,208 miles
Various warning lights coming on, ABS, brake light, odometer reading dashes only and overdrive lights started blinking while driving. Electrical diagnosis and pinpoint test by Ford found that the fuse blown due to the brake pressure switch leaking fluid through the wiring harness to the speed control servo and melting the servo. Two days after the repair, the ABS light and brake light started coming on again. Tested again by Ford dealer, they said it's a faulty ECU module.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #5

Jul 012008


  • 68,200 miles
Intermittent warning lights on instrument panel. Brake light (red) coming on then going off. ABS (yellow) light doing the same. We have taken the vehicle in for diagnostic and repair but the problem repeats after only one day. We are concerned after reading several reports of fires and brake failures.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 152008


  • 750,000 miles
ABS and brake light on.

- Lorain, OH, USA

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