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Ford Freestyle, SUV
#1286 of 1415 Re: Rear Hatch Issue [jenn71]
Jun 19, 2009 (5:16 am)
I had to replace the gas liftgate struts on my 2005 a few months ago. Struts and install from my local dealer would have been $85. Struts alone from Ford were $35+/- and install was only a couple minutes each side. Very easy to do, no tools needed (that I recall).
BTW - I believe NAPA also had the struts but they were ~$30 - not much different.
#1287 of 1415 Re: Replacing Tail Lights [zobes]
Jun 19, 2009 (8:50 am)
Also, there are two pins with heads on the front of the assembly that pressure fit into rubber grommets in the body. Once the screws are out, if you grip the front of the light housing (on the side of the car) with your finger tips and wiggle it back towards the rear (it eventually comes out) to get the pins released from the grommets.
#1288 of 1415 Power Steering Pump
Jun 25, 2009 (8:11 am)
I just had to replace the power steering pump at 72,000 miles. It didn't fail, but it's been groaning pretty loud on hot days. It was covered under my extended warranty, so I didn't have to pay anything ($0 deductable) but I'm wondering how much I would have paid if I didn't have the warranty.
#1289 of 1415 A couple of issues with our 2006
Jun 25, 2009 (1:55 pm)
My wife and I bought our 2006 Freestyle with 80,000 miles on it last month. We love almost everything about it, the cargo space the comfortable ride, and its apperance. We have had a couple of things happen that I did not see addressed here in the posts I read. (I only read about half, but did do a 2006 search.)
The first thing that has been happening is that after sitting at an idle for 5 minutes or more with the AC on it behaves strangely when put into gear. The warning lights come on and it revs and jerks. When truned off and then turned back on it is fine.
The other issue is with the car surging as i did see on here. It does this at low speeds such as in a parking lot or when I slow down to park. This is disconcerting to say the least. I thought it was because I was hitting the acc. with my big foot while applying the break, but that is not the problem.
Any help on how i can fix these issues would be greatly appreciated. I'm glad i found this board. It has a ton of great info. thanks to you all.
Also, where can we get an owners manual? It was not in the car when we bought it.
Thanks in advance for any help provided.
#1291 of 1415 Re: A couple of issues with our 2006 [sycamoreken]
Jul 16, 2009 (4:26 pm)
There are occasional problems with the "throttle-by-wire" system on the Freestyle reported by some owners. That might be what you are seeing. Your foot on the accel pedal actually sends an electrical (not mechanical) signal to the engine. The accel pedal is directly connected to an integral transducer, and that might be the part that is going awry here. Also, the engine itself must receive the electrical signal via a sensor to command the engine throttle to move, so there might be problems on that end. A Ford technician is accustomed to these issues, since Ford has been using the throttle-by-wire system. I think there may be Technical Service Bulletins published by Ford for use by technicians to help guide them through diagnosis/replacement. A Ford dealership (service advisor) might be able to find that Technical Service Bulletin through a keyword search on their computers into that database.
#1292 of 1415 Re: A couple of issues with our 2006 [sycamoreken]
Jul 16, 2009 (4:38 pm)
There was a discussion between myself and jrmust (among others) Click Here to view.
The throttle body sensor (on the engine) and the accel pedal transducer are both possible failure points, and the discussion and Technical Service Bulletins cited may help you in a conversation with a Ford technician. Possible anyway.
#1293 of 1415 Worn upper motor mount, transaxle roll resistor, torque strut
Jul 17, 2009 (10:06 am)
that part is worn/cracked on our 2005 FS (56k mls). It's in the repair shop right now and replacement will be around $500 as it is not covered by the ESP. I didn't find anything related on here but on another forum
Seems to be not uncommon and a bit early for them to wear out. Does anyone know if there's a TSB out (couldn't find one)? Should i complain and try to get some money back or do i just have to accept it?
#1294 of 1415 Re: Worn upper motor mount, transaxle roll resistor, torque strut [carstenb
Jul 17, 2009 (12:29 pm)
I did a bing.com search (starting to like that better than google.com) and found a cool PDF file some Freestyle owners may want to peruse. Click Here for article.
Back on carstenb's subject (#1293 above), rockauto.com sells a motor mount (articulated bushing) for $71. Couldn't find the torque strut or transaxle roll resistor for sale anywhere.
Caution: It seems very unlikely that all three of these would suddenly go bad at the same time. I wonder if the repair shop is putting their thumb on the scales here. A little extra business for them. I'd ask for the old parts back, although, if this is fraud, they might be able to rough the old parts up a little to fake wear. Just suspicious. Those parts normally break if the vehicle is operated over rough roads, but even then its incredibly rare for all three to fail at the same time, and especially after just 56k miles. Has the car hit any severe bumps recently? Those mounts and torque structural elements get stressed heavily when curbs or railroad tracks are hit hard, or just rough roads.
I think if you complain to Ford it will go nowhere.
#1295 of 1415 Re: Worn upper motor mount, transaxle roll resistor, torque strut [carstenb [coldcranker]
Jul 17, 2009 (4:16 pm)
sorry, the title was a bit misleading. i was just talking about the one mount but found those three names for it.
it's the one shown in the link in my first post.
the car's just back from the repair. $214 for the part (it is huge and includes the aluminum bracket) and $306 for the work
the problem seems to be that if that one fails the other rubber mounts are going to fail soon as well.
oh, the master brake cylinder was replaced as well. the brake pedal feel got really mushy over the past months and made a squeekie and grinding sound. fortunately that was covered by the ESP...