Ford Freestar Brakes
Van has 35,000 miles and wife told me last weekend it was making a funny noise. $400 funny for rear brakes and new rotors. I have a 2001 Escape and those rotors are disposable, but I guess the ones on her van are also. I remember a time when you use to be able to turn them once. Guess they don't make em like they use to. First vehicle I've owned with front and rear discs. Front discs usually go first and rear drums usually only need adjusting, but with rear discs I guess they go first. Two monthly payments this month. HA! HA! Sorry to hear about your transmission. The one in my Escape went about the same mileage, but I had the 100,000 mile powertrain and they covered it. Didn't know they sold a 75,000 mile warranty.
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I am also experiencing the funny noise coming from the rear right wheel. It started after I changed the rotors and pads (@ 50,000 km). I complained to my mechanic and he put another set of (higher quality) pads. But noise is still there. Did you manage to fix your noise problem? thx
The only thing that offered in your post is that has changed is you installed new brake pads. And these brake pads are squealing. Have you talked to the mechanic who changed the pads? Sometimes there is squealing with new pads.
I'm not trying to defend Ford but you have offered nothing to suggest that the brake design is poor other than squealing brakes and reading about a poor design somewhere.
Provide more information so people can help you.
It is so embarrassing when you drive a car, and everyone can hear you brake. It seems to be getting worse and worse.
I had similar issues with the rear caliper sticking causing uneven wear of the pad and also a noise when breaking (somewhat load whistling type noise).
We noticed over the last 30-60 days a "groaning" type noise coming from what I think is the rear passenger wheel area.
You can only hear this when you go slow around 0 to 10 MPH.
Any thoughts on what this is. I was thinking bearing but never heard anything like this or maybe it needed lubrication but cannot find anything on lubricating the rear axle/wheels.