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#5 of 58 Strange Brake Pedal Noise
Aug 08, 2006 (1:52 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 (8:37 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 (10:06 am)
i have same problem with my windstar 2001 have 46000 miles
#8 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [drc2315]
Aug 12, 2006 (3:26 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 (7:35 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 (4:20 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.
#11 of 58 Strange Brake Failure and Noise
Nov 15, 2006 (10:40 am)
I have a 2001 Ford Windstar since 2 days ago whenever is on drive or reverse, we hear sounds like something rubber, the emergency brake light comes on, and the emergency brakes partially engage on their own. I just brough it back from the dealership to have a check engine light and airbag light diagnosed. I checked the brake fluid reservoir and I will check under the car. Is it possible that the e-brake cable or handle is causing the problem?
#12 of 58 Can't remove rotor..HELP!
Jan 21, 2007 (9:55 pm)
My wife drives a 2003 Windstar with 50,000 miles on it. There was noise coming from the passenger side front wheel. I removed the hub cap and found 3 of the 5 lug bolts/studs were sheared off. Not sure if this is a extended warranty item or caused by over tightening at the dealership, which I suspect, but I decided to tackle this repair myself. Only problem is I can't get the rotor off. I removed the brake calipers and the axle nut (not sure of the name) and washer. I thought with a little elbow grease I could get the rotor off. 1 hour of pushing, pulling, and banging without success. Is there something I'm missing? I don't see anything else that needs to be removed. Any suggestions? Also, any advice on installing the new studs? Can I just hammer them back in? The parts store guy said I may have to use a drill instead of a hammer due to space constraints. He explained it to me twice and I still don't understand. How does using a drill or a hammer get you the same result? He mentioned using a socket as a spacer...Huh? Any light you can shine on this would be appreciated.
#13 of 58 Re: brake failure with no warning light on dash [stama]
Jun 20, 2007 (8:26 am)
Got the same problem. Put a new master cyl in it and I still have the same problem. It has traction control and anti lock brakes. No warning light either. Any input would be a help.
#14 of 58 Re: Strange Brake Pedal Noise [drc2315]
Jul 13, 2007 (7:48 pm)
I'm having the same problem with my 2002 Ford Windstar's brakes. Mine has 74000 miles. I have no idea what is causing this. Like you said, it is worse after the car reaches normal operating temperature. Have you found out anything about what is causing this? I'm worried about how much it will cost to fix it.