I am an owner of a 2003 Ford Windstar LX. I have been having the same problem with the brake/ABS light coming on for over a year now. It was more of an annoyance than anything. I have not had the problem with the brake fluid leaking down out of the master cylinder.
Well, about two weeks ago I was out driving it and when I went to stop at a light the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. I could not get it to work at all and was very thankful to be able to get it to stop with the emergency brake. I had it towed to a mechanic. It was working when he went out to test it but was eventually able to get it to fail. The codes he came back with are the following:
C1185, C1198, C1194, C C1246, C1254, C1250, C1242, C1214 and C1210
He stated that the HCM needed to be replaced and he recommended I take it to a dealer due to the fact they needed to reprogram the module. I have now been told by the dealer that I need the ECM and HCM replaced.
Has anyone experience total loss of brakes through this process and would the brake/ABS light issue be related to that this failure? I have talked to various non dealer mechanics and they seem to think this is what I need to have replaced based on the codes and failure of the braking system.
Any thoughts from you guys on this failure and resulting diagnosis?
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 AT 1:11 PM