Hello all Scott here from Vermont.
2002 Windstar with close to same problems here.
First off red brake light off in morning, after engine warms up (about ten minutes) red light will illuminate in the following condition.
1) When the vehicles speed decreased to less than two mph with or without braking, the red light comes on. In other words the pedal seems to have nothing to do with it. The red light goes out once I start accelerating again.
The ABS sometimes comes on.
I have a great mechanic that will read the codes for me (for free and twelve-pack when I am done.) Last week when this started there was only a stored code for the right rear wheel speed sensor. He cleared that code and it has not re-occurred.
Since then the ABS light has come one sometimes and it throws the c1185 code.
I have disconnected all my master cylinder sensors and the e-brake switch and the brake light remains an issue subject to the same speed thing described above. When it is cold the problem is not there!
I have tried a master cylinder and the problem is still there. I have a right rear speed sensor on order.
I was getting the brake light and sporadic ABS prior to my brake job. I hoped the brake job would fix it. Well at least I know my pads and shoes are good.
My bet is that speed sensor. But hey I am glad to hear I am not alone.
My mechanic's assistant seems to think the only thing that throws the red is the fluid level and the e-brake. I think I disagree, but I am just a Saturday mechanic and a computer programmer. When I replaced the master cylinder I cleaned the float as it seemed sticky. But that did not solve the problem. I wonder if the float is bad?
More thinking on the speed sensor. Rear brake cylinders were bad and I replaced. With them bad, there was little heat generated back there. Is the new heat causing the speed sensor to fail? Did any of you have the rear cylinder replaced?
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 AT 5:04 PM