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#1060 of 1891 PCM is not the Same as the Torque Converter Issue
Jan 16, 2010 (6:48 am)
"ENGINE/TRANSMISSION DRIVEABILITY ISSUES TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN Reference Number(s): 06-14-10, Date of Issue: July 24, 2006 Superceded Bulletin(s): 05-23-7, Date of Issue: November 28, 2005 Related Ref Number(s): 05-23-7, 06-14-10 ARTICLE BEGINNING ISSUE Some 1999-2003 Windstar and 2004-2007 Freestar / Monterey vehicles built prior to 6/22/2006 may exhibit engine / transmission driveability issues due to water entering the powertrain control module (PCM) or transaxle vent. Symptoms may include various diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), harsh or delayed transmission shifts / engagements, no reverse engagement, engine overheat, engine lean condition causing a misfire (possibly leading to melted electrodes on the spark plugs), and rough idle. The water leakage may be due to the PCM connector cover not seating completely and water leaking down from the cowl panel grille (cowl top vent panel) area. ACTION During normal diagnostic and repair procedures, inspect for evidence of water damage at the PCM, PCM connector, and/or transaxle. If present, inspect the sealing area of the PCM cover, seal the water leak path in the cowl panel grill area, and service the PCM as needed per the following Service Procedure. SERVICE PROCEDURE Disconnect the PCM connector. Remove the PCM cover from the studs in the bulkhead. ( Fig. 1 ) Fig. 1: PCM Connector Inspect the body sealant on the bulkhead to ensure it is not protruding out causing the cover not to seal properly in that area. ( Fig. 2 ) If sealant is interfering with the PCM cover, remove excess with a sharp tool. Reinstall the PCM cover ensuring the cover seals and is flush with the bulkhead. Fig. 2: Body Sealant On Bulkhead 1. Remove the wiper pivot arm. ( Fig. 3 ) a. Release pivot arm nut cover. b. Remove the pivot arm nut. FORD: 1999-2003 Windstar; 2004-2007 Freestar MERCURY: 2004-2007 Monterey NOTE: This article supersedes TSB 05-23-7 to update the Service Procedure and model years. Page 1 of 4 ENGINE/TRANSMISSION DRIVEABILITY ISSUES -2004 Mercury Monterey 8/3/2008 "
#1061 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [carranoa]
Jan 16, 2010 (7:19 pm)
Got my van back with a new transmission on Wednesday. Total cost was $3300 and change. They also found broken studs for the exhaust...Which they convienently fix and charged me for. I've also started having problems with the automatic locks and only the driver side sliding door not unlocking and the control panel in the ceiling over the middle seat will not stay up in the ceiling and is now hanging. I think that happened when the dealer had to replace the blower motor for the back heat/ac back in June 2009. What next!
#1062 of 1891 Re: in the same boat? [den2pack495]
Jan 18, 2010 (3:22 pm)
Please file an online complaint w/ NHTSA and also the Center for Auto Safety. We need as many bricks as possible in our wall. Good luck and stay safe!
#1063 of 1891 Re: my 2006 Ford Freestar Failed Transmission [carranoa]
Jan 18, 2010 (6:12 pm)
I too have had the blower replaced in my van for heating/AC. And too many electrical problems to list here. What a piece of junk, to say it politely!
#1064 of 1891 Electrical problems [Thirstyboots]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:09 am)
I would bet that some of the electrical problems could be related to the PCM since it is the control center. Because of a design defect, water on the sensors can create many issues.
#1065 of 1891 I smell something rotten-
Jan 19, 2010 (3:11 pm)
Several sites that I have posted about have since disappeared. Anyone care to venture a reason why? Diesel Dave had posted the entire TSB for the "Engine/Transmission Driveability Issue" - gone. The Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iarpca/2809441868/ ) which hosted photos of a PCM and repairs - gone.
I do not believe that this is all by chance.
NHTSA has the entire TSB so if you need it, you can still find it there, but the other site - well .....
#1066 of 1891 Re: Electrical problems [nadineb]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:05 pm)
A year ago this past Nov. our tranny went out...no warning so ever. Mechanic said was the torq convertor. And FORD had made the tranny too small for the engine. And that the tranny will go out again. So, we own junk & a safety hazard...and FORD SIMPLY DOESN'T GIVE A CRAP!!!!!!! OR anyone else.
#1067 of 1891 Re: Electrical problems [shocked1]
Jan 20, 2010 (8:09 am)
Ford may not give a crap, but we all share the problem in some form or another. Most of us on this forum all care because we have this issue in common. We are a large group of people and if we work together can accomplish a lot together.
United we could be a very loud voice that other would hear even FORD! I have not given up. Together, we could make Ford give a crap because we do matter, our families matter, our lives do matter!
If your cause is just and right, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.
#1068 of 1891 Re: Electrical problems [nadineb]
Jan 20, 2010 (10:16 pm)
Amen, Nadine. I have been at this for over 2 years now and I will NEVER give up. There is a movie that came out not long ago about the man who invented the technology for intermittent wipers. Long story short, Ford stole it and he spent the rest of his life fighting the good fight. With that story, the Pinto, and now this, Ford seems hell bent on cementing their image as a corporation that puts money over people, families, and integrity. What a shame. I understand that it is a business but I draw the line when lives are at stake. This story could have such a good ending but, sadly, based on history, it likely won't without one hell of a fight. I am in it for the long haul. I know you and the others are too. Together, we WILL make a difference.