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Ford Freestar Transmission Problems



  • It is no wonder Ford cannot compete in today's marketplace. They have demonstrated, clearly, that they do not care about their customer base. I WAS a loyal Ford customer for 24 years. Twentyfour years, and 9 new Fords! When my Freestar transmission failed at 45K miles, all I got was, "You didn't change your transmission fluid at 30K. Tough luck, pal."

    I will never give up until Ford is somehow held accountable to all of us and until there is, at the very least, a recall so that people can be forwarned of this problem before some gets killed as a result of this inevitable failure.

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • right on Jim!!!!!! 100% AGREE!!!!!!! it's sooooo disconcern on FORD'S part.Iam sooo afraid of Christmas travel after just having tranny rebuilt. VERY UNFAIR FORD!!!!! YOU DON'T NEED MILLION $$$$$$ "BAIL OUT"!!!!!!!!!!
  • You are absolutely justified in your anger and in your concern for your safety during the Christmas travel season. All I can say is; be careful, be ready to take evasive action if necessary, but, most of all, don't let it ruin your holidays. Whatever justice we extract from Ford will likely be months if not years away because that is how these things work, unfortunately. In the meantime, keep spreading the word about this defective product and stay tuned to this site for updates.

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • still haven't figured it out yet. it han't done it again lately but now my traction control switches off shortly after take-off and a check trac control message displays.

    Anyone with any in-put on this anomoly please help. :lemon:
  • i am having a problem with my traction control shutting off shortly after take-off and a check trac control message displays. Also my cruise control works intrmittantly. did these problems happen to you prior to this repair? Also i am a victim of the sudden jerks believed to be a slipping torque converter. :lemon:
  • tbnatbna Posts: 1
    maybe someone can help me with my problem. My 2005 ford freestar started doing it once in a while but now yesterday it did it very often. what happens is as i am driving down the road it suddenly drops rpms then goes back to normal. any ideas of what could be going on would be great. also occasionally when i start it, it jumps forward. please help!!!! i just bought it 1.5 months ago. i can not afford a repair right now.
  • Hey all. I have an answer to my lurching problem on my 2004 Monterey. Maybe it's your problem too. THANK GOD it was not the transmission or torque converter (YET) BUT it cost me $450 on a car I just purchased a month ago. I did some major bitching to the dealer who knocked half price off, so it cost me $225. It was what they are calling a faulty "cam sensor" (whatever that is) that was causing a belt squeaking noise and misfires that were causing the lurching.

    Running fine now, but I am quickly losing faith in this thing. We'll see if I can make it a few more weeks with no problems.

    To the guy with the cruise control problem, mine didn't work from day one when I bought it used. They fixed that free (well I would hope so, I just had bought it the day before). It was a faulty deactivation switch or something. Now it works. Had it not been free, it would have been about a $150 job. Just to give you an idea.

    Hope I helped you guys a bit. This board is turning into the Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey's anonymous support group. :blush:
  • jp

    was there any diagnostics done on your van or did the dealer just randomly replace this sensor. Was there a check engine light on that would allow for them to read a trouble code. i hope this could be the same problem i am encountering, because my transmission seems to operate fine other than the occasional sudden jerk, that others believe to be a slipping torque converter.

    My cruise control and traction control seem to working properly at the moment, but thanks for that little nugget.
  • can anyone tell me where to get a repair manual for this *&*%&^%&**( called a 2004 monterey? i like to preform my own repairs but i can't find a manual anywhere. Chilton and haynes do not produce one for this model. If my tranny fails i will be lucky if i can afford a new one let alone pay the addition labor charges.

    For now my van is running good (no jerking in the last 500 miles, but from reading these posts, i feel that this could be the calm before the storm. :confuse:
  • Ok... NEVER MIND! On my home from work Monday night, it started doing the EXACT same thing it has always done. Still coding the same thing. (Crank shaft sensor that I have replaced 2 or 3 times). It is obviously something electrical. Today my husband babied it down the street to the convienience store. He said it did not want to go in reverse. Acts like it is taking off in 3rd geer. He could not get it over 25 mph and it kept stalling out. When he got there he disconnected the battery to try to reset it. When he plugged the battery back in, he heard a noise, opened the door and the radio, dvd player, and heater was on. The car was not started. Now, I did by the part used from a junkyard. So, there is the possiblity that it was faulty also. But I would hate to by a $400 part from the dealership to find out that it is not it after sinking so much money in to it already. I mean, $400 is more than the payment! But this is our family's ONLY vehicle. I have missed work 2 days in a row and my husband is laid off. I can not afford to lose my job, but I can't get to it!!!
  • mercmonty,

    well here's the thing. Every time mine would lurch, I would notice a weird nails on a chalkboard squeaking coming from under the hood. I figured the two had to be related. I mentioned it to the dealer and he did a stethoscope on it said he could guarantee that the sensor replacement would stop the squeaking, but couldn't guarantee 100 percent that that's what was causing the lurching, but said it was quite possible given a faulty sensor could cause engine misfires. Since then, I have had no lurching and the engine doesn't feel as "jittery" to me as it did beforehand, so I'm holding faith that the sensor was the lurching problem, but not guaranteed 100 percent. Seems we can never be 100 percent sure with these fine pieces of machinery (sarcasm) called Freestars or Montereys. That's my story. Hope it helps.
  • It's very sad this many complaints, and Ford doesn't as much as respond. I WOULDN'T ACCEPT ANOTHER FORD IF LEFT TO ME IN A WILL! Im serious......1 month later, actually, day after trans. repaired we heard a "squeaky" sound, and now read it on here.

    FORD....... YOU'RE A SORRY COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    :mad: :P FORD = :lemon: SHOP
  • I wouldn't get too excited. Ford diagnosed mine in 2006 as the cam sensor. It seemed to work for a while. Then it started again. They told me that I may have gotten a faulty one. So, it was replaced again. Mine always codes that, but after 3 of them... that is obviously NOT the problem. I hope yours works for you. But like I said, I have thought mine was fixed multiple times. It will run fine for months and start up again. Until here in the last month, mine has ran since MARCH w/ no problems. Then out of the blue, no warning at all. The thing is just POSESSED!!! In my opinion it is obviously something electrical. Poor engineering.
  • My friend went to the dealership today to have some spec printed off so that him and my husband could attempt to get this stupid thing running before I lose my job for attendance. When he picked me up from work this evening, he said "Get a load of this. The techinician told me he had never heard of the Freestars doing anything like that before." He said he was just about to call him a liar to his face when his wife started going off on him about looking on the internet about all the complaints. The guy politely handed him his printouts and got the heck out of dodge. Just thought it was ironic that it was the exact same dealership that I very first went to in 2006 for the problem that diagnosed it as "PO304 FT Position Sensor" but yet they never heard of such thing before. Can we say DENIAL!!!!
  • This should not come as a shock to anyone. This is the pattern; "We have never heard of that before. Yours is the first Freestar to ever have that problem. Did you have this service completed? No? Well then it is your fault. That will be $3000.00, please."

    No wonder Ford is in Washington crying for a bailout. Now they know how we feel. I have made every payment on time on the loan I had to take out to have our van fixed and, because of the intrest rate, we still have not paid down one penny in principal! Who is going to bail us out? Who is goping to explain to my kids on Christmas morning why this year is even worse than last year?

    I have no sympathy for any of the "Big 3." They did it to themselves by taking once loyal customers like us for granted, not standing by their products, and by far the worst thing, knowingly putting families like ours in harms way.

    Stay tuned......

    Jim Genovese
    Annapolis, MD
  • We bought our 2004 Freestar in Sept 07 with about 37k on it. In Feb 08 with less than 43K, the transmission went out. Thankfully under warranty it was replaced at no cost to us, though it was over a $3000 job. In July 08, we had to replace the front driver side caliper, the rotor and pad, costing $430. This week, the van would not go into reverse. After several attempts it finally did, only to get me a block down the road and onto a busy highway before it started stalling out, and finally completely died. In order to get off the highway into a safe area, I had to coast down the highway about 1/2 block till I came to a parking lot. I called the Ford dealer that I have had the van serviced like clockwork. according to the owners manual. They did diagnostics, saying the only thing that came up was the cam sensor, and they had driven it a few times and it was driving just fine.Apparently there was moisture involved which would cause it to do this. For them not to do anything to it cost us $125 in towing charges.
    I've gotten the same run around everyone else has on all aspects. "this is very rare for the transmission to go out blah blah blah." These service dept employees cover their behinds for them and I am tired of it.
    I have gotten in touch with a lemon law lawyer who is willing to take my case without charging me, even if they loose.. Maybe the rest of you should do the same, just to see what your rights are. Also, I have sent the law office a link to this forum so that they can see all of the complaints on the Freestar and Monterey. Will also be filing with the NHTSA.
  • Yeah, Jim, I found out that the Ford technicians are told to respond that way. Thank you for the website to! Nice to see someone is on our side. Funny, Ford denied that bailout. Why take the governments money when they can keep making money off of ripping off their consumers! I am very bitter towards them too! Everyone keep adding their complaints to the NHTSA website. Also, contact the attorney general for your state to file a complaint. There are only 61 complaints on the National Highway and Traffic Safety website w/ all the hundreds of complaints on the internet. We have a job spreading the word, Jim!
    Thanks new friend and Merry Christmas!
  • Same thing happened to wife's 2005 Freestar (95k miles) last night. We were traveling 50 mph on the freeway and the tranny just stopped working with virtually no warning, noise or indicaters on the dash. Up until this point it's been fine except whenever we put it into drive we'd have to wait for it to engage before applying the gas: forward or reverse. If we pushed the gas to soon, it would surge with a clunk and we'd have to back off of it until the tranny engaged. I'm afraid I'll have to buy a whole new transmission and I'm just sick about it. I bought the Ford thinking the transmission would be better than the Dodges because we'd already had problems with her previous van's transmission: a 1997 Dodge B350.
  • Jim, I fell victim to the Freestar Transmission issue last night doing 50 mph on the freeway: 2005 model with 95k miles. I've had 0 problems except we'd have to wait longer than normal for the tranny to engage when starting out before applying gas. if not, it would surge with a loud clunk. Tranny completely went out quietly with no warning noises or indicators on the dash. The van has been serviced regularly and with your encouragement I reported it to NHTSA today. I'm curious about your particular interest in this specific problem.

    Steve Cummins
    Joshua, TX
  • I would suggest not jumping to conclusions on putting a new transmission in it. There have been people who have had their rebuilt &/or put 2-3 new transmissions in and STILL have the problem. We are researching the exact cause. Ford is quick to tell people to replace the tranny. They just want your money.
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