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Ford Windstar, Brakes, Van
#19 of 58 Re: No brakes [jlkinc]
Aug 17, 2007 (5:14 pm)
i have the same problem with my 95 ford winstar the abs is activating too soon causing the brakes to stop then releas again and make a crazy noise, so i checked and the sensor ring on the axel was broke replace axel problem improved a bit but was not solve i will change speed sensor next
#20 of 58 New Brakes
Aug 19, 2007 (5:16 pm)
Just completed a DIY replacement of the pads, front rotors, and rear shoes on the 2000 Windstar with 117K miles.
Firestone Price: $600 plus.
With a little help from Oreily's and Auto Zone plus my own elbow grease about $100.
#21 of 58 emergency brake light on at stop
Sep 10, 2007 (4:10 pm)
Periodically, when I stop by 2001 Ford Windstar the emergency brake light come on. The emergency brake is handle is not pulled, but I can feel the brakes engaging. The ABS light is not on. The dealer who: 1) serviced the brakes before the problem started and 2)tried to fix the problem now wants to replace the $1000 control unit of the abs systems. I have my doubts because the problem started after the service of the brakes the first time, AND it was the same service tech both times. The only thing that supports their theory is that when I turn off the engine, and restart the car, the light goes off( which would seem to indicated an electronic malfunction)
Any input appreciated.
#22 of 58 Re: emergency brake light on at stop [mcilvadk]
Sep 11, 2007 (5:20 pm)
Check your brake fluid level, could be low and it turns on the light.
Oct 14, 2007 (3:47 pm)
I just purchased a 2000 windstar with 57000 miles from a ford dealer...I need help or suggestions here... before they gave us the car they claim they replaced all brakes rotors and gave us brand new tires...car drives wonderful engine clean, just while driving we get a creaky noise when we accelerate, brake or hit bumpy streets...Initially thought it was the shocks/struts...brought it back to dealer since we purchased premium warranty and they claim its the brakes... that it should go away.. right now its been a full week with the car and we get the same annoying noises...one thing the mechanic showed us is driving while emergency brake is on... u do not hear the noise.. but to me that sounds funny.. any advice will be appreciated..
#24 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Failure and Noise [od1]
Oct 14, 2007 (8:33 pm)
I HAVE A 2002 FORD WINDSTAR IT HAS BEEN GIVING US NOTHING BUT BRAKE PROBLEMS. WHEN WE GO TO STOP THE E BRAKE LIGHT COMES ON, THERES A VERY LOUD NOICE, AND AT TIMES WE COMPLETELY LOSE BRAKES... WE HAVE TAKEN IT IN THE THE DEALER THEY DONT HAVE A CLUE WHATS WRONG WITH IT, THERES NO BRAKE FLUID LOSE. THEY CUT THE DRUMS AND ROTORS, WE HAVE NEW BRAKES FRONT AND REAR. WE ARE IN THE HOLE $300.00 AND WE ARE STILL HAVEING THE SAME PROBLEM ACTUALLY THE VAN IS THERE NOW. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP US WE ARE ACTUALLY SCARED TO PUT OUR FAMILY IN THIS VEHICLE YET THE DEALER KEEPS GIVING IT BACK TO US..
#25 of 58 CHECK YOUR CRUISE CONTROL SWITCH!!!
Nov 16, 2007 (9:08 am)
The recall that Ford recently did involves the cruise control switch and poses a real, very serious fire danger. Ford Windstars are not included in this recall (YET) but they have this exact faulty switch up to 02.
I post this HERE with brakes because this switch going bad allows brake fluid to leak all over this switch, your shifter switch on your transmission AND your transmission. As for your brakes, you WILL lose brake fluid, your brake lights WILL come on, and you can totally lose braking power if the leak becomes bad enough. As for the transmission, it will cause your shifter switch to short which can cause serious damage to your transmission. It's not just your cruise control that will no longer work if this switch goes bad. AND, the reason for the recall, fires can result, even when the van is not running. People have lost their homes because their Ford was parked too close to their house or in the garage. Google "Ford Windstar Cruise Control Switch" you'll find full details!
I have had brake issues for a year now and lost the cruise control last winter. I learned about this when I just had to have my transmission rebuilt and am on shifter switch #3 within one weeks' time.
My transmission issue is not 100% cured, but the new cruise control switch stopped the brake lights coming on randomly AND I have cruise control again.
If your cruise control switch has not been disabled or replaced with the new part available this past October 2007, then you need to take it to a Ford Dealership ASAP and have it fixed. They will charge you to do this, but I was told that WHEN Ford issues the recall for our Windstars (and that is very, very likely) we will be reimbursed for this. This is a very cheap part that can cause some very, very seriously expensive problems.
Hope this helps someone figure out their confounded brake issues and spares someone a costly transmission repair, or worse a car/home fire.
#26 of 58 Re: New Brakes [seloo]
Nov 18, 2007 (1:55 pm)
My husband is having trouble replacing the brakes on our 2000 Windstar. The lug nut that keeps the disc and roter on just won't come off! Any suggestions?
#27 of 58 Re: CHECK YOUR CRUISE CONTROL SWITCH!!! [kwelty]
Jan 04, 2008 (1:59 pm)
you are so very right. I had the same problem and my brakes went completely out, got that fixed but now my abs light stays on all the time again. do not know what to do to fix this problem.
#28 of 58 2001 sqealing brakes
Feb 16, 2008 (10:32 am)