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#1389 of 1927 Re: I had exactly the same problem!! [andyyam]
Feb 05, 2011 (10:07 am)
Exactly the problem I had with my 2004 freestar. They told me the oil pump when out and drove the pump shaft thru the torque converter. Fortunately for me, my freestart was under a Ford extended service program and Ford fixed it under warranty. I now have 139,000 miles on it and I'm hoping for the best. I no longer have any kind of warranty except for me. I have a 2004 SEL fully loaded and Knock on wood since that time only one other problem. Cruise control went out but I found reading on the internet it was a break control switch. I called my Ford dealer and the parts man said when I asked for the switch, what happen cruise go out? The switch cost $28 and my local mechanic put it in for another $50, everything has been working ok since but I still worry about the transmission.
I think Ford needs a law suite leveled at them for this, its very much of a known problem, as is that cruise contro break switch. I was told the trans is really for a Taursus and subquently not desiged for a 4500lbs auto, and thats why it eventually gives out.
#1390 of 1927 Re: Transmission [tyecherry]
Feb 05, 2011 (11:02 am)
Your story is so sad. That's the main reason why I sold my freestar a year ago.
I do a lot of long driving every summer with my kids and I don't want that
thing gave up on me with them especially on highway. I lost money when I sold it, but the main thing here is we don't worry about it anymore while driving away from home. It will happen once or twice mine just once after that
it is over for this junk. Good body, but bad tranny and more...
#1391 of 1927 Re: I had exactly the same problem!! [barrybeck1]
Feb 05, 2011 (4:47 pm)
We also own a 2004 Ford Freestar and when it gets really hot our transmission light comes on. The sensor system is also screwed up the drivers side window does not go up or down. My air conditioning also went out. And our engine light just turned on and it makes a horrible screaming noise. What are we supposed to do? I can't buy a new car this one is almost all paid off. My husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain disease and I rely on my car so much to get him to dr appointments and get the kids to school and myself to work since I am the breadwinner. Any input would be nice thanks.
#1392 of 1927 Re: I had exactly the same problem!! [jjgordon]
Feb 06, 2011 (8:16 am)
Hello, sorry to hear about your husband. The drivers side window in my freestar would not go down, I removed part of the rubber seal on the outside that was holding it from doing so. There was also also a squealing noise ( sounded just like squeal disc brakes make), but brakes were fine. It is the hub assy. Right front in my case; The noise is annoying , but prob. will not fail. I do not know about your other issues, I can only offer my labor free of charge if you are close enough to south central Pa.
#1393 of 1927 Re: Yup it's the transmission! [jccrawford]
Feb 14, 2011 (1:58 pm)
Transmission transaxil ,I'm having the same problems with my 04 freestar,paid $1500 to have transmission rebuilt,but now my 1 yr. 50,000 mi warranty is up and this thing is not right,sometimes hesitates going into gear and the transaxil light is on.I hope we can get a recall for this or even selling is a bad option
#1394 of 1927 Re: NHTSA Investigation [jccrawford]
Feb 17, 2011 (11:22 am)
Can you provide any details about the NHTSA Ford Freestar investigation?
I am the original owner of a 2005 Freestar that had the torque converter replaced at 30K mi (one month out of warranty!) and now again at 65K mi the torque converter and pump need to be replaced. Both times it was completely without warning and the second time was at night on the interstate.
It cost $1000 the first time and they tell me it will be $3500 for this.
I am very interested in seeing what the investigation reveals.
#1395 of 1927 Re: NHTSA Investigation [unfordunately]
Feb 17, 2011 (11:36 am)
Here is the website...
you will need to search defect investigations. when you get to the results, you will be able to view a summary of the investigation and also the documents. it is still an open investigation.
#1396 of 1927 Just had my 2004 Freestar towed to Aamco AGAIN
Feb 17, 2011 (11:11 pm)
I just got my van back exactly one month ago. When I picked it up, they said to bring it back in 2 weeks to a month--well, here it is. One month later, and I had to have it towed to their parking lot as it was after hours. I can't wait to hear from them in the morning. I will not buy another Ford. I am a single mom of five kids, and I REALLY need my van. Too bad Ford doesn't care about it customers.
#1397 of 1927 Re: NHTSA Investigation [unfordunately]
Feb 18, 2011 (10:53 am)
as far as I have read on here, the NHTSA investigation has not reached the 2005's yet... they are still on the 2004's with no resolution. I have had the same exact problems (around the same mileage no less) with my 2005 Freestar. First was at 39K second at 67K. We did manage to get it fixed (had it towed away from the dealer that quoted $3500) at a transmission shop for $2300. Still too much out of pocket money but better than what the dealer would have charged. I feel your pain!
#1398 of 1927 Another Tran Fails "Death Trap"
Feb 20, 2011 (1:31 pm)
I have a 2004 Freestar and was traveling on a 5 line freeway when all the sudden the tran light came on. The car lost all power even the power steering. I was in the inside lane and had to coast to try and make it off the highway cutting off traffic. I had my 3 kids in the car and was terrified as we almost got slammed in to twice since I was coasting at 30 and the traffic was going 70. Once on the side of the road I tried to start the van and nothing worked. Had to walk with my 3 girls 2 mikes along side the highway "against the law" to get to a pay phone and call AAA. Had the van towed to a shop and it will cost me $3000 to fix. Ford- Shame on you! You have put a big burden on my family and put our lives at risk!!! - Alton Dennis