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Ford Freestyle Maintenance and Repair



  • I leave the RCA inputs from the iPod / XM Radio setup plugged into the DVD player all the time.

    As far as I know, this doesn't affect the DVD player. But then again, I never use the darned thing, so I wouldn't really know. LOL

    One thing I have noticed: About every second or third time I start the vehicle, the AUX inputs of the DVD will no longer be selected. Instead, it'll be on FM. And if I try to select the AUX inputs, I can't (I get a NO AUX INPUT error message).

    The way I fixed this was to leave a DVD in the DVD player all the time. Now, when the system switches to FM radio every second or third start, I have to press AUX twice: The first time selects the DVD player, the second time selects the AUX inputs on the DVD player.

    I don't know why this happens, and would be curious to see if you (or others) have this same issue.
  • I've just had an oil change and they forgot to reset the monitor; I've read and re-read the manual and tried every combination to try to reset this feature. Can anyone offer some help, please? It's driving me crazy! :cry:
  • I believe its as simple pressing the odometer until you see the oil %, and then holding the odometer button in for 5 seconds until it beeps and resets. Maybe you have a problem, since you say you've tried every combination. I have to imagine you tried the method I described.
  • carolzcarolz Posts: 1
    REF: intermittent "clunk" I have experienced the same thing especially on a slight incline and acclerate from a stop. I had it to the service dept. the tech. also heard the clunk but they could not find anything wrong.
  • My wife had exactly the same problem when trying to play her ipod through the aux inputs. Thanks for the tip about putting the dvd in the player. We were pulling our hair out trying to figure out how to get the NO AUX INPUT message to go away.
  • I just got my Freestyle back after exactly one month in :blush: the shop. The transmission problem was mechanical. They did a rebuild on the transmission and we had to wait to several different parts. I can't tell you exactly what parts were replaced, but I know they did replace the tourque converter. They told me there was metal shavings in it, and Ford wanted to completely replace it. I'm glad to finally have my vehicle back. It seems to be running fine. Since this was the first CVT job our local dealer had done, I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that it all went back together correctly!!
  • enricoenrico Posts: 3
    I noticed that when my 2005 Freestyle AWD has been parked for a few hours, the headlights would flash repeatedly by them selves. No problems otherwise. Anybody have an idea what is going on?
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    Thanks very much for your update. I'm glad to know that you have it back and that it's running fine. I am surprised it is a mechanical problem, although that happens from time to time. There are so many electronic components in automatic transmissions now that even a bad battery can sometimes cause what looks like a problem with the transmission. Again, thanks for keeping us informed.
  • This is interesting. We have been having trouble with our Freebie not starting in the morning. (something draining the battery) It has happened 4 times in the last month. When we were visiting Canada recently my wife said that she saw the headlights flickering by themselves. The car had been off for hours.

    When we returned, We took it to the dealer for the Fuel Tank Recall and had them check this mysterious concern. Of course because it wasn't happening at the time, they couldn't find anything. The next time it happens, we have been instructed to have it towed to the dealer so that they can run tests while it is dead. Hmmmmm!

    Anyway, this isn't very convenient for us. If you learn of anything new regarding this, please let us know and we will do the same...
  • I would leave the vehicle with Ford Service, and have them hook up one of their code-readers to it.

    There are STILL some codes that don't get stored in new vehicles, but they do show up if you can "catch it in the act".

    I had to do this with a vehicle that had an alarm that kept going off.

    You've probably got a bad component somewhere.
  • This is an interesting post because my wife told me a few days ago that she saw our Freestyle's headlights blinking on and off by themselves. I, of course, have never seen this (and we haven't had a dead battery issue) so I took that with a grain of salt. Actually, I thought she may have been seeing things. Now it's another electrial issue to keep my eye on. Yes, there are other electrical issues I have seen with our vehicle.

    Beeps from the info center for no apparent reason, failure of the cruise control to engage until the engine was turned off and restarted, and a radio that stopped putting out sound while playing a CD the other day. Just little stuff. I'm waiting for a big electrical crash one of these days. Oh, of course, the local Ford dealer can't find anything wrong......ever!
  • enricoenrico Posts: 3
    Actually,we had the same experience with the car not starting. The night after my daugther said she saw the light flickering, the car wouldn't start in the morning. The battery wasn't run down, just seemed like it wasn't getting fuel. I remembered that I had the Fuel strap recall done by the Dealer just the week before and wondered if I had shut the rear hatch too hard and the system thought the car had been hit and shut down the fuel flow so I pressed the fuel restart button that is up under the dash on the passenger side and the car started and hasn't had a problem since. I have witnessed the headlight flicker myself since then but have had no trouble with the car starting. We got the same story from the Dealer, they haven't heard of problem and would need to see it happen to be able to do anything about it. I keep you posted...
  • I had my radio quit playing once, too. Weird.

    Must be that CAN-Bus. LOL
  • pnewbypnewby Posts: 277
    Hve the dealer look at the following- :confuse:

    Publication Date: February 23, 2005

    FORD: 2005 Five Hundred, Freestyle
    MERCURY: 2005 Montego

    Some 2005 Freestyle, Five Hundred and Montego vehicles built before 2/21/2005 may exhibit the headlamps flickering intermittently, with no key in the ignition.

    Reprogram the smart junction box (SJB) to the latest calibration using WDS B36.0 or higher. Calibration files may also be obtained at The procedure to reprogram the SJB is virtually the same as reprogramming a powertrain control module (PCM), except when selecting the module to be programmed, select the SJB (WDS may refer to it as the GEM).

    Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage

    050501A 2005 Freestyle, Five Hundred, Montego: Check For Diagnostic Trouble Codes And Reprogram The Smart Junction Box (SJB) (Do Not Use With 12650D, 12650D84, 12651D, 12651D4) 0.4 Hr.

    14C184 04


    NOTE: The information in Technical Service Bulletins is intended for use by trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job properly and safely. It informs these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or provides information that could assist in proper vehicle service. The procedures should not be performed by "do-it-yourselfers". Do not assume that a condition described affects your car or truck. Contact a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership to determine whether the Bulletin applies to your vehicle. Warranty Policy and Extended Service Plan documentation determine Warranty and/or Extended Service Plan coverage unless stated otherwise in the TSB article. The information in this Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) was current at the time of printing. Ford Motor Company reserves the right to supercede this information with updates. The most recent information is available through Ford Motor Company's on-line technical resources.
  • Strange . . you'd *think* that the dealer would at least check the TSBs.

    I wonder what ELSE that Smart Junction Box controls?

    When I finally get around to getting my radio replaced on my Freestyle, I'll have them do that reprogramming . . . . just in case. Shouldn't hurt to have it done, I'd imagine.

    You'd think that ALL of the models before a certain time period would need this reprogramming . . and perhaps people simply haven't noticed the flickering of the lights.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I'm wondering if it's wise to have Ford service technicians working on a "Smart Box".....I'd hate to have any "smart" rubbing off on the technicians.
    Or even worse...the other way around!

  • Thanks for the info.
  • enricoenrico Posts: 3
    Thanks, I spoke to the dealer again today before I saw your post and they still didn't know anything about this...
  • We haven't been able to close the doors on our 05 SEL on some cold (20 degree) mornings. The doors (both front and rear) just bounce back open, even when slammed. I think the door design may be allowing water to get onto the door latch mechanisms during a heavy rain, and then if it freezes overnight, the doors can be opened but not shut again until warmed up.

    This problem showed up recently this winter (three times so far) after rain followed by frost. I think this is a serious problem in our climate (CT). I have never experienced it in another car.

    Has anyone else seen this? Thanks...
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    This same thing happened to me this past weekend. Rainstorm changing to snow and then single digit temps the next day. The Freestyles door just bounced back open like there was an obstruction. (seatbelt, ice) closed fine though if I held onto the door when closing.

    I don't mind at all though.....My Acura I couldn't even get into until I poured boiling salty water into the door jams. And even now the automatic door locks will not function. Nasty storm!
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