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Ford Freestar Transmission Problems

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  • philvidphilvid Posts: 8
    Get rid of the car...

    :lemon:
  • artklartkl Posts: 1
    I OWN A 2005 FORD FREESTAR AND THE BLOODY TRANSMISSION WENT WITHOUT ANY WARNING. IT ONLY HAS 120000KM ON IT i CALLED FORD OF CANADA AND GOT THE RUN AROUND, I HEARD THAT THERE IS A LAW SUIT GOING ON WITH FORD AND SOME OF THE DIGRUNTLED OWNS OF THEIR FORDS. I THINK IT IS ABSOULUTE A DISGRACE THAT FORD WON'T RECALL THESE VEHICLES WHEN THEY KNOW THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THEM. SO IF ANYONE KNOWS WHO AND WHERE I CAN GET IN CONTACT WITH TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT.
  • fordfailfordfail Posts: 4
    Honestly, getting 120,000KM out of a Freestar is pretty good. They are usually ready for the junkyard well before that. Expect expensive repair from here on out. I don't mean to sound sarcastic, it is just that we've all been there. The vehicle sucks...money. It was a disaster and Ford knows it. Notice they are no longer built!
  • jetmech03jetmech03 Posts: 1
    2005 Freestar I had same problem. Yes you can after you let the computer dry out for at least 3-5 days and reuse it After reading how the water passes under the drip shield under the windshield wipers due to cheap foam gasket which the water drips down the fire wall right onto the computer also the water drips on to the coil pack which cracks the plastic and will make the van backfire. I installed a home made shield over the top of the computer and put large amount of sealant where the gasket is that was 10,000 miles ago and have not had more problems. This pmc will destroy your transmission if you do not keep it from getting wet. when it gets wet the shifting it controls gets out wac making the trans do small micro shifts to torque converter lock out which then strips out the splines in the torque converter and your trans stops working. People have had thier trans go out replaced them and 10,000-15,000 milres later go out again for for the same torque converter failure because of water getting on the pmc. The pmc can get so wet that reverse would not work which was my case. I hope this was a help to you.
  • shocked1shocked1 Posts: 85
    I haven't responded on this site in 2 years... first time i registered complaint was 3 years, when we replaced a $1500.00 transmission!! And 3 yrs later NOTHING different. NO RECALLS!!Not going be any.... cause FORD still able to sale junk. In bank line Fri. lady nx to us had open door to do bussiness @ bank in her WINDSTAR. I noticed her cause Iwas having to do same thing!! Windows quit working!!!! FORD, WINDSTAR & FREESTARS SUX!!!! Oct / 2011 we are buying a TOYOTA.... WEVE NOTICED THEY STAND BEHIND RECALLS & REPAIRS...WHEN NEEDED!!!!! :mad: :P :lemon:
  • drhmthdrhmth Posts: 6
    The following is a copy of a letter I sent today to Stephen McHenry, the last know investigator with the NHSTA:
    It’s been several months since I have seen any reporting through Edmunds.com on the above titled issue and it looks like dates are changing on the dates investigations were opened (assume that’s just a procedural issue), but am pleased to see that the investigation is not closed, however, I am concerned that there is still no information about a recall campaign.

    Is there a way to know how many of these vehicles were manufactured and are still on the road, today. Or, the totals vs. number of complaints for the model history?

    I know from previous conversations we have had that there is little you can say, but, I do have to admit that Ford now being lauded as the car company that didn’t require a government bailout (maybe because they did such a poor job of standing behind their product back then), is a little disturbing.

    I guess one question I can ask is that now that the Mercury brand is no longer being manufactured, is this travesty just going to die a slow death or will the Ford Freestar (same components) keep it alive?

    Thank you for whatever has been done and can only hope that someday there will be a fair resolution.

    PEOPLE............THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP THIS ISSUE ALIVE IS TO CONTINUE CONTACTING THE NHSTA WITH AS MUCH DETAIL OF YOUR "HORROR STORIES". THE CORRECT EMAIL FOR THE INVESTIGATOR I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH OVER THE YEARS (YEARS???ABSURD) IS: Stephen.McHenry@dot.gov
    :mad:
  • madman77madman77 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 freestar 3.9l with 84967ms on the dash which my family & I took on our vacation. The drive down & around was great but the trip home was something different. Without any warning my transmission went up. I notice that the van was losing power, the rpm damn near did a whole lap and massive smoke started coming out of the exhaust & from under the hood. I pulled over to get my family out & safe then I pop the hood when a small flame shoot out. I never had a vehicle that did anything like this and reading some of the other posted forums ford has some serious problems they need to address. How can you "FORD" have a vehicle on the road that's catching on fire or even having faulted transmission :mad:
  • idbumpkinidbumpkin Posts: 4
    I was leaving a softball game, and turned onto a busy road when all of a sudden I was no longer moving, like my Freestar was put in neutral. I immediately put my hazards on and tried putting it in reverse to see if I could get out of the road. No such luck! I called a girl on the team who was still in the parking lot, and she called over a family friend who was gracious enough to help me. He ended up having to bump my car accross 4 lanes of traffic so that I could park in a lot across the street. I was nearly hit by a motorcycle and another car!! I had the van towed to the dealership who said it was the torque converter. The cost to fix it is $1700, but he recommended that we rebuild the transmission because when there is one problem, it is likely the whole thing will go later. That is a mere $3400. We called a local place who said he could do it for $1100. He also said we should look online because he heard there was a class action lawsuit filled for this. He is right!! Here is the link! http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/08/10/Ford.pdf
    We are now having to tow it to the local guy to have it fixed, and Ford is charging us $200 because they spent 2 hours looking at it. They didn't even try to match the local guys fees to keep the business. Maybe it is because they know about the lawsuit and really aren't saying much at all!! I should also mention, the family friend who helped me push my car through traffic and waited with me for the tow truck.. the same thing happened to his sister a week earlier. He said it would be about $1500 to fix if it was the same thing!! I am going to forward the same information to them, maybe they can get their money back too!!

    It sounds like most of us were fortunate enough to not get hit by oncoming traffic!! We are supposed to go on vacation in 5 days, driving this vehicle!! This is setting us back quite a bit as you all know!!"
  • tervmomtervmom Posts: 12
    It's just frustrating to see the lawsuit end at the 2005 model when my 2006 Freestar did exactly the same thing with about the same mileage of the original claimant.
  • bambam12bambam12 Posts: 1
    My 2006 freestar broke down June 2. Took it to the dealership and they checked it out. After six days they called to "regretfully" tell me the radiator line running through the transmission caused the problem. Now the radiator also needs to be replaced and the warranty will not cover the expenses because the radiator caused the problem. Any feedback on these issues is greatly appreciated.
  • aumond61aumond61 Posts: 1
    I am writing this because I have every problem listed here the transmission, the computer issue which was sealed again after paying 600.00 and it is doing it again, my back hatch door doesn't work either. I can't believe that this is allowed we were in contact with dot about the transmission issues and recalls but apparently that is not going to happen. I can't believe that so many have the same problems and ford still thinks there is no problem. If anyone knows of a way let me know I will tell my story to anyone and everyone.
    Thaks,
    JoAnne
  • dxcbostondxcboston Posts: 2
    Hi

    Good info. Are you saying that if the transmission is not engaging that it may after the electronics dry out?
  • We had the exact same problem on the interstate yesterday with our 2004 Freestar. On cruise RPM's went to makes and it quit going. After pulling over, it would not go into any gear including reverse. I filed a complaint also.

    Thanks,
    Greg
  • klp470klp470 Posts: 3
    I have had so many issues with this van. It is a 2005 freestar. I noticed that the transmission was slipping - had the garage look at it. oh and ever since the dealer tried to rip me off with my rotors I have used a different garage. Then the issue stopped until recently when it started again but this time the check engine light blinks at you and the van seems to slip constantly and does not want to seem to go - this happened in the rain storms. The garage and this time the ford dealer said the check engine code wasn't written to the system for them to see what the problem was. Today was a beautiful day. My husband told me that the transaxle light came on, the rpms went real high and then it was slipping a lot, wouldn't shift and didn't want to seem to go. When I drove it later, it seems to slip a lot but now the light isn't on. I am going to try to get it fixed this week if possible. I leave for vacation soon. How can you take such a vehicle on any kind of road trip? I wouldn't trust it today to take it on a 1 hour trip for fear of it letting us sit on the highway with a family of 5. My tire rims are an issue also. I pump so much air into those tires on a weekly basis. That is one issue that I took back to the dealer (different from the one I bought the car from) - so far knock on wood it seems to be fixed. I truely hate this van and all of the problems. I have had Ford/Mercury vans since 1994 - this is the worst of all of them!
  • carranoacarranoa Posts: 7
    My engine light started flashing during a rain storm. I had a cracked ignition coil that was causing water to leak in and causing cylinder #3 to foul within 5 mind of a new plug being put in. The dealer didn't believe that I just put new plugs in recently. They told me they couldn't believe how fast they fouled. Replaced the transmission 2 uses ago. Now my engine lights on again with a code for a pressure problem in my gas tank. It's driving fine and my gas mileage is still a crappy 18 mpg, so I'm not worrying about it now. Fan blower in the middle/back doesn't blow and drivers side slide door doesn't always unlock when I try.
  • klp470klp470 Posts: 3
    please call ford at 1800-392-3673 to register all of your compaints about these freestars that is the only way that they will do something for all of us according to them. it is worth a try.
  • Has anyone had their transmission brake because of water in the transmission? In 2008 I had to have my transmission replaced because I couldn't switch my van into gear and the transmission was broke. In Nov. 2009 I had to bring my 2004 Freestar back into the shop to fixed my transmission and I had to get another new transmission put in because of the same issue. They also stated that there was water in my transmission fluid and that is why the transmission went out. I came back to their shop in Jan. 2010 because of my car having a hard time shifting into gear which had happened prior to the two previous transmissions going out. They decided that since there was again water in my transmission that it was a radiator malfunction and that they needed to replace my radiator. Just Monday, (June 20 2011) I had to bring my van back into the shop because it is having a hard time shifting into Drive, Reverse, etc. AGAIN. This time I was told of a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) issued by Ford stating that some 1999-2003 Windstars and 2004-2007 Freestar/Monterey vehicles built prior to 6/22/2006 may exhibit some engine/transmission driveability issues due to water entering the powertrain control module or transaxle vent. So Ford not only knows about the problem but has issued instructions on how to fix the problem on their online publication website. This isn't a recall because they have not had enough people with the problem bring attention to the problem. If this is a problem you've had please please please post about your problem so we can get Ford to see that this is not a minor issue but one that has effected numerous vans and needs to be recalled. I have had to pay for 3 transmissions, 1 radiator, and numerous fluid flushes, diagnostic testing, etc. for a MANUFACTING problem that Ford knows about, knows how to fix, but yet leaves the consumer in charge of getting it fixed. This is a preexisting problem and when you're a stay at home mother of 3 with only one income the financial and mental headache from this problem is devastating!! This is unacceptable.
  • nadinebnadineb Posts: 190
    My 2004 Freestar went into the dealer for water in the power control module, and they could not adjust the vehicle enough to stop the issue with the water. Even stated that fact on the receipts I received from them.

    You need to write to your Senators, Congressperson, and everyone else! I agree that this is unacceptable, but I believe that Ford could care less. They do have a crash and burn policy!
  • ielyiely Posts: 1
    Phil..did yo have that repaired in the dealer? My ford freestar 2004's transmission just gave up and brought it to an auto shop in my area (hoping its cheaper than the dealer service shop)..They told me labor and parts would cost me $3900!
  • klp470klp470 Posts: 3
    My transmission is now replaced ($2700 later). The transmission shop told me that the 2nd gear was burned out. A Ford supervisor finally called me back. She asked if I took the van to a ford dealer. I told her no because I couldn't afford their labor charges and I had already had it into them to be checked and they couldn't find the problem. Mine only really acted up after the transmission shop let it run for while then when they rehooked it up to the computer codes started coming forth. Apparently Ford didn't want to take the time with it. She acted dissappointed when I told her all of the problems with the van but since I didn't take it to a ford dealer they wouldn't help. I wonder how they would have really helped if they would have called me back before I decided to take it to the transmission place. The transmission place said that this is common from what he has seen in this make and model. Call and ask for a supervisor and tell them everything about these vans. They need to know. good luck everyone. Now lets pray that this is it for a while with this van.
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