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#1 of 58 02 Windstar from brake question
Aug 22, 2010 (10:32 am)
The 2 bolts to release the front brake calipers are larger than 9/16 but smaller than 5/8
so i thought they were metric,
but they are larger than 14mm and smaller than 15mm
anyone else have this problem or know what size they are suppose to be?
checking online i fond no other people with similar problems
so it makes me think maybe they are 9/16 and mine are rounded a bit or somehting?
#2 of 58 Ford Windstar Brake Problems
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Aug 29, 2010 (6:26 pm)
#4 of 58 brake failure with no warning light on dash
May 30, 2006 (8:27 am)
I have a 2002 windstar. Saturday I went to slow down when a car had pulled out onto the road ahead of me and discovered my brakes were not working and the light on the dash was also not working. Also noted the van has no brake fluid leaks and the pads and rotors are in good shape and the brake fluid is at a normal level. the Emergency brake is working and the brake lights are not. Anyone have this issue????????????????
#5 of 58 Strange Brake Pedal Noise
Aug 08, 2006 (12:52 pm)
I am trying to diagnose a strange problem with the brakes on my 2001 Ford Windstar. When the pedal is depressed, we hear a sound from under the dash board that kind of sounds like something rubber being twisted or stretched, kind of a loud rubbery sqeaking sound. This isn't the pads or shoes. Definitely inside the car. I have the Ford Extended warranty and the dealer has replaced the brake booster three times so far. However, that hasn't made any difference at all. They tried to tell me that it's normal but it didn't do it when we bought the car and only started in the last 18 months or so.
Supposedly, it's the rubber bellows inside the booster making the noise. But, since we're on our third replacement so far, I'm beginning to wonder. What else could be causing this noise? If it is coming from the booster, is there anything else that could be causing the booster to make that noise?
It's worse when the weather is warm and when the problem really gets bad, the brake pedal gets hard to press, as if there is a lot of resistance.
#6 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [crankky]
Aug 12, 2006 (7:37 am)
I have a similar problem with my 2002 Ford Windstar with 77,000 miles on it. I have had an annoying brake pedal noise inside the vehicle since approximately 50,000 miles and after having a front brake job. As the brake pedal is depressed, a squishy and creaky noise is heard - it is more pronounced when the vehicle reaches normal operating temperature. While under extended warranty to 75,000 miles, the problem was addressed but not fixed by a Ford dealership on four different occasions - two times the brake booster was replaced, two times the brake pedal assembly was lubricated. The Ford dealer and Ford Customer Service now claim this is an inherent design problem and cannot be fixed. I have my doubts that it cannot be fixed. Both the dealer and Customer Service refuse to allow a factory field engineer to examine the vehicle. I am continuing to search for a solution. I will keep you informed if I have any success. I also would appreciate any input from you or any other subscribers on how to resolve the problem.
#7 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [drc2315]
Aug 12, 2006 (9:06 am)
i have same problem with my windstar 2001 have 46000 miles
#8 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [drc2315]
Aug 12, 2006 (2:26 pm)
I haven't found a solution. But, while searching all of the Edmunds forums, I did find a note in a Lincoln LS forum from someone who had a very similar problem. I thik they said that the fix for them was to replace both the brake booster and the master cylinder.
The Windstar certainly is no Lincoln, but since they are both Ford products, maybe there's a connection.
#9 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [drc2315]
Aug 25, 2006 (6:35 am)
Don't know if you will see this message, but we have finally fixed this problem. Turns out it was the master cylider. The first dealer we took it to replaced the brake booster three times and wouldn't even listen to me when I suggested that he check the master cylinder. He ended up telling me that he's done all he can do and that's just the way it is.
Went to another dealer and they diagnosed it as the master cylider. Replaced that and the problem is gone!
I think the total repair cost at this shop is just under $200, but with our ESP warrenty it was $50. Bugs me that I had to pay a 2nd deductible for the same problme, but at least it's fixed now.
Hope that helps
#10 of 58 Did I get a raw deal?
Sep 06, 2006 (3:20 pm)
I just recently purchased a 99' windstar from a kia dealership, beutiful van but im worried because already i see thats its a gas guzzler,when i accelerate it takes a minute or two to pick up speed and the guy told me the brakes were new but its obvious they are not because the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor and they squeak very loudly. Im paying a little under 9,000 for it,and upon purchasing it, the dealer told me that they just had alot of work put into it, did i get a raw deal? please help, any suggestions will be much appreciated.