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Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, Sedan
#199 of 265 2007 Ford 500 Rear Brake Issues
Mar 18, 2010 (8:05 am)
I bought the car new and just had a rear brake issue occur at 29500 miles. Having read the postings prior to bringing the car in to the dealer, I knew what to expect. My vehicle was made in January 2008, the pad material was changed late in 2007. I first noticed a scraping sound during braking at very low speed in reverse similar to worn out brake metal to metal contact. The braking of the car felt "different" with the pedal going down a half inch more than originally with a definite two stage effect. Also the the car seemed to nose dive more than originally in high speed heavy braking situations. The parking brake would no longer hold on a steep driveway. The rear rotors were scored and the visible pads seemed worn down. Like everyone else, my experience is 3 to 4 front brake jobs for every rear.
My dealer, Cogswell Motors, Russellville, AR, did an excellent job of working thru the problem. With new pads and machined rotors, braking is fully restored to original. I examined the old pads. The outside pads were 50% worn, the inside pads less so. Apparently Ford setup the 500 with extra rear brake bias to reduce dose dive which it does very well until rear brake job time. My front brake pads and rotors are still in excellent condition. There was no metal to metal contact, just sounds like it. Bottom line: Instead of replacing front brakes more often than rear, its simply the other way around. When the rear bakes wear and become less effective, more braking is shifted to the front which is really normal with most cars. Little or no braking is actually lost, just feels like it. Now that I understand what is going on, I don't see this as a big problem.
Overall, I really like the 500. Its big, roomy, lots of glass and gets decent gas milage (last trip 26.5 mpg 75 mph with some mountain driving and 10% alcohol gas). For what I paid, it was and is a real bargain. I can hear the car salesman when your trying to trade your 500, "Gee whiz buddy, you got a reeel brake problem there, I'm gonna have to offer ya $1500 less than you think she's worth. I'm taken a chance here, ya know brake problems are reeel tricky."
#200 of 265 Re: Ford Five Hundred Vibration [charlescurtis]
Mar 21, 2010 (6:45 pm)
I have all the exact problems you have , on my 07 500 I also purchaced very high quality, expensive touring tires didn't help at all.
#201 of 265 oil quality
Apr 16, 2010 (4:57 pm)
i purchased a 2007 ford500 limited about a month ago....
i drove to mpls mn which is about 90 miles west of where i live...
while in mpls a message comes on stating the quality of oil is at
1 % and should change oil soon....the sticker in the window stated that the oil should be due for changing about the time i came back home...my question is can i drive the car until i get my oil changed a week from today...???? what exactly is the message saying....
#202 of 265 Re: oil quality [nan1947]
Apr 17, 2010 (8:38 am)
The message has nothing to do with the quality of the oil. It is timed for six months or 5000 miles. if you left it in the driveway for six months, the message would still appear.
#203 of 265 Timing belt?
Apr 17, 2010 (9:44 pm)
Ive got almost 90k miles on a 06 500. Almost time for the major service. Does anybody know when the timing belt has to be changed. Or is there a timing chain?
Only problem that Ive had with this was a broken motor mount (the middle one) at 75k miles
#204 of 265 Re: Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego: Problems & Solutions [zhuge]
Apr 29, 2010 (10:52 am)
I have the same problem. Did you ever find a solution to this? It is very scary.
#205 of 265 just a question
Apr 29, 2010 (10:08 pm)
i have a 2006 fivehundred SEL and I have a little issue when im in gear and just lightly tap on the gas and under thousand RPM my car hesitates do anybody have any suggestions as to why this could be? Im just over the 100k mark and i have had the 100k tune-up so i have no idea what to do
#206 of 265 the brake problem!!!
May 04, 2010 (6:34 pm)
had 22000 mi. on the ol'500 when i changed the back brakes, but instead of using the normal stuff i went with aftermarket, EBC brake pads and slotted,vented rotors, now at 55000 mi, i still have a good chunk of pad left, paid under $500 to have them installed, and no rusty rotors, vibrations, or problems check them out at EBC brakes website, pep boys also does the ordreing and installation but they are expensive. on the other hand it beats having to change the pads every 10-20000 mi
#207 of 265 Re: Timing belt? [elastin]
May 05, 2010 (3:46 pm)
i got my five hundred last year but anyway my dad works on cars and i have a timeing belt look where u fill up your oil that is the chain inthere the car should never have to be timed
#208 of 265 Re: 2005 Ford Five Hundred Instrument Cluster [adams430]
May 14, 2010 (1:23 pm)
I have a 2005 Montego, same thing... dash says nothing except that the driver side airbag light is the only thing on, which means the airbag does not work. Weeks went by and all of the sudden it worked. Few days later... same thing, all dash quit working and the reverse lights stuck on. Thought it was mice. Just heard from the repair shop and was told that the car had a "brain jam" and had to be reset. We'll see how long this lasts. I did find a posting online that this was addressed in a ford service bulletin 662. link title. Also had to replace rear rotors at 15,000 miles and pads and calipers. Love the car, but this is not right... Also we have the problem of using the one touch lowering of the driver window actually makes the window go up which is very dangerous.