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Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey

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  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    I agree. If the wear is same edge of both tires (outboard or inboard) its camber. But lets be clear.. is it the edges of each tire or outside (outboard) edges of each tire (only one edge per tire, not two)?

    The reason I ask this is that the way the pressure has been maintained could make it an underinflation issue:

    Let's say the manufacturer of the vehicle specifies 35 psi.
    1) Vehicle manufacturers sometimes specify less than the tire manufacturer because they want a smooth ride, not long tire life. Let's say one pound less.
    2) Maybe you check the pressure when the tires are warm or even hot. The pressure is higher than it would be when cold which is when you should check it. Let's say 2#.
    3) All gauges are off in one direction or another. Your's may read high. Let's say its off by one pound.
    4) If you only check it once every six months and set the pressure dead-on 35# and over the next six months, pressure is being lost, that's six months of averaging less that 35#. Let's say by one pound.

    YIKES! You could have been running your tires 5# LOW for 26,000 miles and didn't even know it!

    Alignment could very likely be the problem - my advice is to never trust just one shop - not all alignment specialists are created equal - assuming your shop even has one. But... make sure your tire pressure management is sound. Every six months isn't often enough, make sure its done at the right tire temperature and with a top notch gauge.
  • I've had the pinging problem with my 2004 freestar with the 3.9.since i bought it new.I've had the van worked on several times.I can easily duplicate the pinging for the dealer.But no one can fix it.Any luck with the engineer?
  • I have the base Freestar with the second row bench. It is supposedly not fore/aft adjustable, though I understand that in higher-level trims the bench seat can be moved forward and back. When I look under the seat, I can see two movable levers and the rail system appears to be fully intact, but movement appears to have been disabled or blocked somehow. Does anyone know if it is possible to bypass whatever it is that blocking movement of the seat? Thanks.
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    There is a bolt that locks the seat into that position. First remove the the bolt. The locking levers are missing the wire that connects them together so you have to hold them both open at the same time to move the seat.
    PS I think the bolt was a gold or silver color.
  • I have been reading that the Ford Freestar (Winstar) is a slow selling mini van. Perhaps Ford should contract with Kia Motors. Have Kia build a Kia Sedona, as a rebadged Ford Freestar Minivan. A Kia Freestar sounds like the next bigg thing....
  • I've hurd that very thing that the Ford Freestar is a very slow selling Mini van. A Kia Sedona sold as a rebadged Ford would be a slap in the face to Ford. But then again, they should build a vehicle that people would really want to drive and buy. So Mr. Ford, Swallow your pride and call the Kia Motor Car Company and tell them that you need a really good MiniVan. Tell them that you would like to sell a rebadged Kia Sedona as a Korean made Ford Winstar/Freestar. Maybe just maybe mr Ford, the Koreans can teach your company how to make a Good looking minivan.
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    Does anyone know what type of alignment the Freestar takes - 2 wheel, or 4 wheel? I don't see anything on the rear suspension that looks adjustable.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I just had my wife's van done. Where I bought her new tires they included a rear wheel to front wheel alignment free for the purchase of tires and then I paid for them to align the front end. I'm not a mechanic but it sounds to me there are two types of alignments. Hope this is helpful.
  • I was just wondering if anyone had heard anything on a possible Freestar replacement for 07' or 08'. Never too early to start thinkling about it!
  • sunburnsunburn Posts: 319
    I've only heard two rumors. The first is the replacement won't be until 2008. The drivetrain will use the new 250 hp 3.5L V-6 that Ford has developed. The second rumor that I've heard was that Ford was getting out of the minivan market and will instead offer SUV-like vehicle for 2008. I guess that we'll have to wait and see.
  • Thanks sunburn! :shades:
  • I have hurd that Ford is getting out of the Mini van Race. The replacement would be an SUV with seating for 6 or 7. Something called the EDGE.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    The Edge is an SUV based off the Fusion platform CD3. The vehicle you heard about is the Fairlane concept, which is a boxy, SUV/StationWagon/Minivan combo with seating for 7/8.
  • Can someone answer a question for me.? Why don't American automakers offer longer warranties, such as those from Hyundai and Kia? It would seem that if the automakers have faith in their own produacts, then the public would feel the same. Obviously, the american car companies don't have faith in their own products... :lemon:
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Stupid queston but waht are the OEM tires on your Freestar? YOu mention they were goodyears. the reason I ask is if they are the Eagle LSII, you wil only get about 30k-35k miles out of these tires. Very common OEM tires. Rapid wear on these tires are reported on a number of boards.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    You have to remember why these companies offered these long warranties in the first place. Hyundai HAD to do it to restore confidence in their product. During the late 80's and early 90's, Hyundai did not build good cars. So when they re-entered the market in the late 90's, they needed something to convince people they changed. I bet they would love to get rid of the warranty now that their quality has improved but still not sure if Americans are willing to buy Korean cars without the 10-year warranty.

    Another example is Chrysler. they don't offer teh 7/70k powertrain on their minivans for no reason.
  • bri66bri66 Posts: 220
    I believe they were the Integrity series tire. No way to check for sure, now that there gone, but I'm pretty certain they were Integrity's. The paperwork I received with the van from the dealer had a pamphlet in the glovebox for Michelin and the sticker that was in the window only lists the size not brand. The Toyo's on my wife's van now appear to be fine. My wife has seen a huge improvement on snowy roads.
  • lostlost Posts: 64
    42,00 miles NO problems, oil changes and airfilters only.
  • have a 2004 Ford Freestyle and have nothing but problems with it. Most importantly the driver side power sliding door. Problems include-not opening or closing with any of the power buttons (no action at all), not closing- almost closes then reopens (and is not drivable) and opening when other doors are shut. The problems started right after I bought it new and they could never figure out the problem since it would never malfunction in front of them. In October 2005 the door stuck shut and the dealership fixed it. I am now having similar problems. Has anyone else experienced similar problems?
  • ham2ham2 Posts: 4
    My last posting was on April 13. My 05 Freestar went into the Dealership before Easter. They are waiting for a part from Memphis, and i think Elvis is delivering the part! They believe it is electrical. I have a 2005 dodge ram slt quad cab for a rental, which i am not paying for. I like it, but i want my van back! It is now May 1st.
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    Hello. I have 2004 Freestar LTD and when driving for 10 minutes over 50 MPH a loud squeeling sound comes from the front end. This stops when you slow down to around 30 MPH and then comes back when you accelerate. If you stay under 50 MPH nothing is heard. You can hear it clearly inside with the windows closed. What could this be?
  • ham2ham2 Posts: 4
    I have have the same problem. It comes and goes. It sounds like the ringing in your ear. I have a 2005 freestar se, that I just got back from the dealer after three weeks
    (Different problem). This is the first vehicle I have bought off the lot, and I am not the happiest!

    Ham2
  • revjohnrevjohn Posts: 3
    You description of the loud squeeling coming after about 10 minutes of driving at around 50 mph and stopping when you slow down is EXACTLY what mine does!!! I took this to service dept head of the dealership (who is the father of a very nice person in my church), and he said it was the planateriu gears in the transmission. He said it doesn't affect performance (which it hasn't), but the high pitched whining is almost too much. They said short of putting in another transmission, nothing could be done, and that even a new transmission might do the same thing. It is very discouraging for a car with 39,000 miles on it. Please let me know if you learn anything else because it sounds like the exactly the same problem (and also the problem the person right after your post is having as well).
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Based on what the service manager told you about not having a fix, sounds like it could be a defect in the tranny. If you haven't already, I would get the tranny flushed and refilled and see if the noise persists. If it does, you may want to make a call to Customer Service and get this documented. It sounds like this could be an issue down the road.
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    The dealer is replacing both front hubs today. They were able to find a TSB on this today but not yesterday so could be bran new TSB. Everyone having this issue may want to contact your dealer about having them replaced. I will be picking my van up later today. Good luck to all!
  • revjohnrevjohn Posts: 3
    Could you let us know how it turns out for you? . Are you having the front hub caps replaced? And, what is TSB? Thanks so much!
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    I have now driven round trip from home and work without any noise from the front end. Problem solved. The van seems to run smoother and "glides" down the road with these new front hubs. I hope this helps others with the same issue!
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    Technical Service Bulletin which means Ford is aware of an issue and if you identify it during your service visit will be able to replace proper parts. You need to raise your concern with the TSB affected area for them to address.
  • bombardierbombardier Posts: 9
    Both fron hubs on the axle were replaced not hub caps.
  • whymycarwhymycar Posts: 1
    Mine is a 2004 Freestar used for work. A co-worker has same van, same noise. The noise goes away when the wheel is turned, such as going aroun a sharp bend in road. My local service dept is clueless. Van has over 67K and this started @40K.
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