definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,750 miles

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problem #4

Feb 222012


  • miles
Losing brake fluid unable to detect where is leaking. No leakage on the ground. Had brakes changed twice in 12 months. Braking distance increases sporadically. ABS and brake light comes on intermittently - more quickly during the summer months than winter months.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012009


  • 78,000 miles
I have had a continual brake fluid leak on this vehicle. In addition, while driving the vehicle on 08/06/2009, the ABS light and brake light suddenly came on, and the speedometer, odometer, and air conditioning stopped working. My mechanic replaced the #10 fuse, which fixed the problem for one day, then the fuse blew again. The Ford trouble code C1185 came up on the diagnostic computer, and my mechanic suggested I replace the ABS module. Looking at the switch in question, it is covered in brake fluid. I now have no air conditioning, speedometer, odometer, or ABS system functionality, along with a chronic brake fluid leak. Please investigate this and make Ford recall either the defective ABS module, the brake deactivation switch, and the leaky master cylinder! hopefully, all three of these items will be included in a recall!

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #2

Apr 192008

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My wife asked me to check the brakes because the brake light was on. I had checked the wheels for any leakage and found none. The master cylinder was low so I started to look for leak at other places and found the leak at the brake light switch. The brake fluid was leaking on the wires. So I looked on line and found a article that can cause a fire in the engine compartment. This why I am making this complaint. I as have lost my cruise control and the article said that this will happen. I am going to change the switch and replace the fuse if needed.

- Pleasanton, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Windstar van had an inoperable cruise control. I traced the problem to a leaking (brake fluid) switch mounted under the brake master cylinder. The leaking switch leaked flammable brake fluid onto the hot engine or exhaust system but did not caused a engine fire. I purchased a modified switch and wire harness from the Ford dealer and installed it myself. I was told by the Ford parts salesman that there was no recall for my Windstar at that time. This is the same defect found on the other Ford vehicles according to the New York times, 18 April 2008. I still have the defective switch in hopes I can be reimbursed by Ford. The defective switch is available for inspection if needed.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA