First off, 2002 Windstar 131,000 miles, code c1185 presented prior to trip, only yellow ABS light was on during the trip.
After the first four hundred mile leg the van was parked and off. After fifteen minutes of being off large amounts of smoke came from under the vehicle.
I quickly looked and noticed smoke pouring out of the ECM (ABS electronic control module). I very quickly disconnected the battery, this stopped the fire.
I removed the two 40 amp ABS fuses as was able to continue with the conventional system only.
On the way back the cruise was flaky (would not stay engaged), so I disconnected the pressure switch on the bottom of the master cylinder installed a bypass and all was normal (including brake deactivation of cruise control). A note, the wiring harness had brake fluid on it, indicating that switch under the master cylinder was/is leaking. How does this switch relate to the ABS system?
I did report to NHTSA and Ford.
Beware (as far as I can tell) c1185 may be a precursor to a fire in the ABS ECM unit.
Monday, August 20th, 2007 AT 11:12 AM