I am the sad, sorry owner of a '99 Windstar (now has 148K). About three years ago the ABS light began to come on intermittently. After taking it around and getting estimattes ranging from $500 to $1500 for a new ABS module to a new computer, I decided to live with the light.
About two months ago, we moved from Michigan, where the van had lived since it was born, to Virginia - where it was warmer longer. The ABS light stayed on for most of the trip, unless we went over a bump, then it would come back on about five minutes later.
Anyway, I heard that Ford had finally recalled the Windstar after years of recalling everything but. So I called the dealer we purchased it from, they gave me the information I needed, and I took it in Friday to the local Ford dealer for the repair. Prior to going in on a cold, rainy day, I took the flashlight out to see if there was brake fluid leaking. Sure enough, there was a puddle of yellow fluid right under the master cylinder.
So I took the van in, walked the kids down to McDonald's (they're three and I was in a repair facility; it's not like I was going to be able to take them out to watch the repair being done anyway). An hour later I get the call that it's done. I walk back and they say I'm all set. I specifically tell them there was brake fluid under the master cylinder, please check the ABS unit not just the SCDS. The three techs look at each other, shrug their shoulders, huff a sigh, and fifteen minutes later pronounce my van 'complete'.
I'm uneasy that it took them 15 minutes when the original issue took an hour, but it's my first time to this dealer - it's my first repair in this state. I'm not going to call shenanigans without at least testing it.
So Sunday my husband and I took our three kids to the zoo. Not five miles in to the trip the ABS light came on and stayed on. And it was warmer and less humid - it was 70oF. The cruise does in fact turn off at the steering wheel now, we checked that. But I'm still concerned about a fire.
And was it ever determined that the "O/D Off" idiot light was part of this problem?
Monday, November 16th, 2009 AT 8:29 AM