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Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, Transmission, Van
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#1049 of 1891 my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission
Jan 11, 2010 (11:05 am)
Well, I signed up for this forum specifically for the Ford Freestar Transmission issues. Reading this forum has given me nightmares, and finally yesterday, my transmission went out in my Freestar. Luckily I wasn't on the road when it went out, but I had the same issues as the other people - the vehicle starts up just fine, but wont shift into any gear. It's at the transmission shop now, so we'll see how much I'm going to get reamed here in a few hours.....
#1050 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [bucknuts920]
Jan 11, 2010 (1:26 pm)
I found this forum a few days ago after the transmission in my 2006 Ford Freestar died as I was driving up a hill. It just dropped out of drive and that was the end. No drive or reverse. I wish I found this information before I bought the van. I got it used with 54,000 miles. I haven't even owned it 1 year. The dealer quoted the new transmission for $3000 with a 36mth/36,000 mile warranty. What choice do I have but to fix it.
#1051 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [bucknuts920]
Jan 11, 2010 (3:42 pm)
File a complaint with NHTSA and the Center for Auto Safety. Write Ford a letter of complaint, too.
#1052 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [nadineb]
Jan 13, 2010 (9:09 am)
I have, but I'm afraid that nothing can be done for me. Just got off the phone with the transmission shop, I'm out at least $1800
#1053 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [bucknuts920]
Jan 13, 2010 (2:31 pm)
Thank you for filing the reports. Each report is CRITICAL to the cause. Think of our cause as a brick wall that we are trying to build and each report as a brick in that wall. The higher and wider our wall becomes, the harder it is to ignore.
Keep us posted on your repairs.
#1054 of 1891 almost fixed
Jan 14, 2010 (1:13 pm)
well about got my 04 fixed most of these probl;ems sound like mine it was the torque converter. it stripped out the pump splines and after talking to a local transmission guy he said it wont burn the tranny up so everyone be sure to ask what exactly was wrong dont let someone charge you so much for just a converter. i got an aftermarket one my guy says he has not seen any com back. total cost on mine is under $400 cause i pulled it and replaced myself but ford wants that for just the converter.
Jan 14, 2010 (5:52 pm)
Got my 2006 Ford Freestar out of the transmission shop today, the total damage was $2013, plus taxes. Good thing I'm rich, or else I'd be broke! (can you smell the sarcasm?)
Thanks to the Ford Motor Company, I am broke. I had to take out savings to pay for this, and since I still owe more money than it's worth, I had to pay for it - I didn't have a choice. Normally it wouldn't bother me, but this is obviously a known (and ignored) issue.
I will NEVER buy another Ford vehicle, EVER!
As a side note, I found out that FORD is actually an acronym. Found On Road Dead. LOL
#1056 of 1891 Ford circled the problem [bucknuts920]
Jan 15, 2010 (6:45 am)
There is a facebook group - Ford Sucks. They have the Ford emblem on the page and below it the statement - Well.....At least they circled the problem....
Adrian Jara posted a poem, "Go to ford, buy the best, drive a mile, then walk the rest!"
FORD spelled in reverse-Driver returns on foot
I am sure that we all can come up with some other select word that we use when we speak of Ford.
#1057 of 1891 New source for Torque Converter parts
Jan 15, 2010 (11:11 am)
I passed this truck on the interstate and it said they manufacture torque converters and transmissions, so I called themů.they said they make harden turbine blades in the torque converter and also harden spline shaft which comes out of the transmission into the torque converter which I believe are the failures in the Ford design. At least you are getting a different product then Ford is still offering. Company's name is ETX Inc Dacco Inc, DACCO's International Headquarters is located in Cookeville, Tennessee
#1058 of 1891 Try PCM replacement - Dry it yourself first, if you can, then dealer
Jan 15, 2010 (1:58 pm)
Our story is exactly the same as the others, luckily I was not on the road. No notice, no advance warning, Started the car in the driveway and the car started with no problem but no gears. This happened about 10 months ago. I found it hard to believe that transmissions would just die like that they usually start slipping, etc. ahead of dying.
We immedialy went to the web, found this forum and many other postings and were furious. My mechanically inclined husband decided to investigate the PCM based on the posts here. Foud the TSB with detailed instructions. Took it apart and it was full of water. We dried it out with an air compressor and put it back together. The car started and ran like a dream for about two weeks (and several rain storms later) no slipping, etc. It then sputtered and died on the road. We had it towed to the dealer. Same story there acting like they never heard of this .We came prepared with the TSB on the PCM part and insisted they investigate the PCM (if it were tranny, we may not have had it working perfectly after drying the PCM). They said they wouldn't know if the problem was the PCM or the transmission unless they worked on/replaced either. They found it hard to believe the PCM would cause this issue even though the TSB clearly says this affects the transmission. We insisted they try replacing the PCM first (only a couple hundred dollar repair - small compared to a tranny) and we would go from there. They replaced it and performed the TSB procedure and the car ran like a dream and has been for 10 months (through the snow, rain, etc.). There is no guarantee that this will be a long term fix but it has been good so far.
The dealership may not be aware of the impact of the PCM on the transmission or even know to check it, Go prepared to discuss. They may be quick to say transmission when in fact they may not know.
Keeping my fingers crossed .