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Ford Freestyle Rear Brakes



  • summewesummewe Posts: 14
    I've also had no other problems since having my brakes replaced. Love my Freestyle! ;)
  • bjbundybjbundy Posts: 1
    My 2005 AWD Limited Freestyle has begun having some issues with the brakes the last couple of days. It sounds like a grinding sound. Husband says that they don't work as well. Have to push harder to stop. Was going to take it this morning to a shop that has done all of our break work on all of our cars and is reasonable and does great work. I am thinking that maybe I should take it to our dealership and have them look at it if there may be a chance that Ford would pay some if not all of the bill. I have a feeling that it is more than just brakes. I think rotors, too. I don't know when our car was built. Is there a way to find out via internet using the VIN?
  • fejesfejes Posts: 1
    My '07 Freestyle w/22,000 miles needed back brakes and rotors. The service department at the Ford dealer told me this certainly shouldn't happen at 22,000 miles yet the extended warranty only covers back brakes/rotors up to 18,000 miles. My front brakes are fine. Any one else have this problem with their 2007 Freestyle?

    I have had other problems such as brake light switch replacement, brake lights. The waranty covered the replacements yet the time spent waiting at the dealers wasn't something I expacted when purchasing my first "new" car in 20 years.
  • Good luck... I have a 2005 for Freestyle 2WD and I took it in for the replacement brakes at 16000 miles. I just took it in to have the power steering looked at (33000 miles) and they told me the rear brakes were shot and grooving the rotors. Even though the car is under factory warranty they told me that they will not fix the problem. They said the new brakes installed were under a 12 month 12000 mile warranty and because I had gone 17000 miles that they could not fix them. I called Ford corporate and they told me that "Ford had nothing to offer me at this time." I had the manager call me back and he said Ford replaced the brakes as a one time courtesy (he said it was not a recall) and that basically it was up to me now because they were outside of the 12/12000 warranty. I told him that I was upset that it ruined my rotors and I was not aware that I was going to have to change the rear brakes every 15000 miles. He said sorry and that was it. I have been a Ford man my entire life but my advice to anyone looking to buy a new car... Get a Toyota. If Ford and GM keep turning out crap and not trying to help their consumers they will be out of business in a few years anyways. Everyone I talk to about the brakes knows that they should not be shot in 17000 miles but they are not willing to do anything about it.
  • kjnormankjnorman Posts: 243
    Our Freestyle is basically a rolling trash can for my wife and two children. The last time it was serviced was July 2007. I kind of missed the last service or two and the oil change light has been blinking since November 07.

    Well I finally took the car in for a 3 year, 30,000 mile service and overall the Dealer said the car was in excellent condition apart from needing new rear brakes. He stated the rotors are fine but would need to be machined. Unfortunately, because I've been a delinquent with servicing, I've missed the extended warranty on the brakes (I got the car is May 05) so I'm going to have to foot the bill.

    Last time the car was in (in July 07) I really quizzed the dealer regarding the brakes hoping to get them all changed for free but he stated that they were fine with plenty of life left at the time - so I kind of forgot about them. Since then the car has been doing more miles so I guess they have worn out faster... :(

    I asked the dealer if all the pads needed changing because our car is AWD and he stated that it was the same OEM pads going on as were taken off, and that our car did not have the old style of pads. Still he stated that if it was done under warranty then Ford would have done all the pads, but as I am paying for it, there was no need (there was still 50% life left on the fronts).

    So on the whole, apart from the rear pads, I would say this car is bulletproof.
  • I have the same problem and my husband took it to a local shop to get it fixed, and was told it will cost him 380.00, I called a Ford dealership and they looked it up and told me that there is a group of 07 Freestyle's that were built from July 06- through Nov.15th 06 that the rear brakes and roters are bad, and to bring it in and they will replace for free.
  • I have a freestyle 2006 and have put about 30k in a year, I received a recall letter last sept. on a recall on the brakes ive had them checked everytime i get an oil change at 6000 mi. ive never been told anything was wrong with the pads or rotors. I have always asked for the brake check each time i rotate at oil changes this last one they said my left rear was gone and the rotor was grooved. we are previously changing pads ourself because ford wants about 300.00 to do this pads and labor. i generally upset that between changes i can wear a pad that quick. they also told me that they changed my brakes at 21,000 and put new ones on. I bought the car with approximately 21,700 miles on it. they said nothing at any of my other oil changes that they had been changed out, now the computer system says they did that at 21,000. also didn't get it in the quality checklist that they
    d been changed. we cannot get the cylinder to compress back down does any one know how to do this. Thanks in advance
  • red27red27 Posts: 2
    I have just done 15,000 miles (in two years) and at today's service I was told that the rear brake pads were worn out and needed replacing under a Ford program for free.
    Not very impressive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • '07 Freestyle SEL Fwd with 24,000 miles. Heard brake noise two days ago, thought it might be due to rain/wet brakes. Husband heard same noise yesterday and checked. Front brakes are good. Rear brakes are shot and rotors are grooved.
    Called my local Ford dealer and was told that it is not uncommon to have to change brakes every 15,000 miles and the warranty didn't cover the rotors. They had no suggestions on how to keep from ruining my new set of rotors. Is this just a car thing? Or a Ford thing?
  • My 06 Freestyle has 26,000 miles. I took it in today to the dealer I purchased it from (I bought it new). There was a grinding noise in the back. Turns out it was the rear pads and roters.
    I asked the service man about why the brakes would wear out so quickly and he said its because of the design of the Freestyle. Its on a Volvo chassis and the rear brakes kick in prior to front to avoid the harsh braking feeling. That makes the rears wear out faster and means that instead of replacing the front brakes more, its the rear. They are fixing my brakes for free but I need to ask more questions such as 'why' and 'which kind of pads are they using to replace them".
    I don't think just the way the car is made should result in poor rear brakes, I'm told it could be a defective switch (don't know the name but it controls which brakes apply how much pressure). This would possibly be fixed because Ford might have sent a maintenance letter to their dealers saying to replace it. I haven't been able to find any such letter though.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Your service advisor has quite a story there about rear brakes being applied first. I wonder where he heard this nonsense. The fact is that the rear brake pads were manufactured incorrectly and hopefully the new pads are made to the proper specs.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "Your service advisor has quite a story there about rear brakes being applied first. I wonder where he heard this nonsense. The fact is that the rear brake pads were manufactured incorrectly and hopefully the new pads are made to the proper specs."

    My understanding is that a batch of brake pads got water damage before they were installed, and therefore failed prematurely.
  • I must apologize, its been a while since my 05 500 had the brakes done......Is the Freestyle/500 "program" still in effect for vehicles that have not had it done? If yes, is their a mileage max, anything thing else, etc...?? Please advise, again, sorry I forgot!
  • Copy of Ford recall letter for reference:

    07N10 Certain 2005 through 2007 FWD & AWD Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle & Mercury Montego Vehicles - Rear Brake Wear


    Frank M. Ligon
    Service Engineering Operations
    Ford Customer Service Division

    Ford Motor Company
    P.O. Box 1904
    Dearborn, Michigan 48121

    July 3, 2007

    TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers

    SUBJECT: Customer Satisfaction Program 07N10
    Certain 2005 through 2007 FWD & AWD Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle & Mercury Montego Vehicles - Rear Brake Wear


    This program extends the warranty coverage of the rear brake pads to 3 years of service or 36,000 miles from the warranty start date of the vehicle, whichever occurs first. If a vehicle has already accumulated more than 36,000 miles, this coverage will last until December 31, 2007. This program provides one-time replacement coverage, and is automatically transferred to subsequent owners.


    Certain 2005 through 2007 Model Year Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego FWD & AWD and Ford Freestyle FWD vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Job #1 2005 through November 28, 2006.
    Certain 2005 through 2007 Model Year Ford Freestyle AWD Vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Job #1 2005 through Job Last 2007.
    Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS.

    Some of the affected vehicles may have had direct exposure to moisture for an extended period that may have caused the pads to "swell" and create a slight drag condition. Low levels of brake drag might not be noticed by a customer, but could lead to premature brake pad wear and excessive brake dust.

    2005 through 2007 FWD and AWD Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego & FWD Freestyle Vehicles

    If an affected vehicle experiences the condition of rear brake pad premature wear (below 3mm thickness), dealers are to replace the rear brake pads and if necessary, turn or replace the rear rotors, if they are below the thickness specification. This service will be performed on affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner.

    2005 through 2007 AWD Freestyle Vehicles

    Due to the configuration of the braking system on AWD Freestyle vehicles the front brake pads must be replaced when rear brake pads are replaced. Therefore, this program will allow replacement of front brake pads, but only if the rear brake pads require replacement during the same visit.
    If an affected AWD Freestyle experiences the condition of rear brake pad premature wear (below 3mm thickness), dealers are to replace the front and rear brake pads and if necessary, turn or replace the rotors, if they are below the thickness specification. This service will be performed on affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner.

    NOTE: Brake pad inspection is part of normal maintenance and is not covered as part of this program. If the vehicle is within this extended time and mileage coverage and the owner experiences a brake system symptom or during a normal maintenance inspection (brakes every 15,000 miles or more often, per the Scheduled Maintenance Guide) the vehicle's rear brake pads are found to have less than 3 millimeters (0.118 inch) of lining material, then Ford Motor Company will cover the cost of replacing the rear brake pads.


    Mailing will begin July 9, 2007.


    Attachment I: Administrative Information
    Attachment II: Labor Allowances and Parts Ordering Information
    Attachment III: Technical Information

    Customer Notification Letter
  • I am going to change the rotors/pads on the rear of my wifes Freestyle. Any special tools or adjustments I need to know about?

  • volfangaryvolfangary Posts: 105
    Just had my second set of rotors and pads put on. First time Ford paid for them at 28,000 miles. This time I did at 53,000, $385. Put ceramics on this time. Will see how they do.
  • 2 new rotors and new pads cost about $120. The only problem was compressing the calipers. Each side turns a DIFFERENT direction which the generic tools that work fine on the GM products don't do. Used Vise Grips and a clamp to do the passenger side. Sure would be nice if the pads had the indicators that squeal to let you know it's time to replace them, rather than making you keep an eye on the thickness of the pads or wait for the gggrrinndd that lets you know it's too late!. Guess it forces more people to get service and/or spend close to $400 for the dealer to do what I could now easily do in less than 45minutes and only spend $120 or less than 25 minutes and $20 if only replacing the pads.
    Still really like the FREESTYLE though and will just pay more attention.
  • 1st off, thanks to everyone here who posted, I used your info to fix my wifes brakes on her 07 freestyle. Here's my contribution, I followed the instructions and rented a caliper service kit from autozone and accomplished the LH pad change out with no problem. I struggled with the RH for a day & couldn't get it because the counter clockwise rotation was not compatable with the rented tool (Clockwise only). I went to the local harbor freight and they had the clowise kit for $19.99 but they also had an 18 piece set for $39.99 with two spindles one reguler (clockwise) & one with left hand threads to use for compressing & turning the piston counter clock wise...yes! Bought it home and finished the pain in the butt CCW caliper in 5 minutes. Here is the kit I bought & a link to buy it online if you dont have a harbor freight in your town, again thanks for the help on fixing my wifes brakes
  • I have 85000 thousand on the car,have put on four set of rear pads, all works fine for a short time, then the rear brakes start to dragg.
    This happen only after I back up and try to pull forward, I can hit the brakes and they seem to free up.
    I notices tonight when I backed up at Wal Mart they dragged when I pulled forward, so I went out in the lot away from the other cars pull into a spot, park and backed out and to see what would happen, with out giving it the gas to move forward.
    the car would not move on it own for a few seconds and then it just pulled forward with no dragg what so ever.
    So that tells me the Calipers are not releasing as they should, any thoughts on this matter.
  • I just got back yesterday from my oil and tire rotation to be told my rear brakes are gone AGAIN at 34K! They were just replaced at 15K and I had them checked regularly! Last Sept at 24K I was in the yellow but was told Ford would take no action at that time. Now the action they are giving me is none! How can an obvious defect in either design or equipment just be blown off like this?

    Isn't this a lemon law issue? :mad:
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