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#1558 of 1927 Failure pending test????
Nov 19, 2011 (9:38 am)
FWIW I purchased a 2005 Mercury Monterey with 90,000 miles about a year ago before I found this site. Concerned about trans/converter failure during a long trip we planned, I decide to have the transmission fluid changed to find out one thing - whether there was any indication of upcoming failure. I asked the mechanic to carefully examine the old tranny fluid for metal particles - certainly an indicator of damage and potential failure. No metal particles found. This might be a method to determine upcoming failure.
Any mechanics out there see any reason this doesn't make sense?
#1559 of 1927 Transmission Problems with Ford Freestar
Nov 24, 2011 (9:47 pm)
I have an 04 ford freestar as well it only has 57,000 miles on and gave no warnings of indications that the tranny was about to go. Anyway I was on my way back home from school and stop at a light at an intersection, when the light turned green to go my van moved a little and then left me stranded in the middle of the intersection on a busy highway. Being a mechanic I find it very unusual for the transmission to go out at this low of a mileage on any. vehicle. I take care of my car like it should be but it did not help with this design issue on Fords behalf
#1560 of 1927 Re: rainwater in transmission fluid [memmad2]
Nov 26, 2011 (8:43 pm)
Not sure if we have had the same problem, but our 2006 Freestar seems to act up when it is raining now too. We had problems with other minivans from other companies so we finally went with a new van hoping there wouldn't be any issues, but that wasn't the case... We have had many issues and have had it back in the dealership many many times but they muraculously couldn't find anything wrong... Now this is a new thing, it seems to run very ruff, almost a chugging feeling when its raining. Paying alot of money for this vehicle & tired of the headaches. Know wonder why Ford stopped making vans...
#1561 of 1927 Re: 2004 freestar Transmission failed last night [ifer]
Dec 02, 2011 (10:19 am)
How did this turn out for you? My 2005 Freestar with 51K miles failed last Saturday. The problem was found to the torque converter pump shaft. The converter has been replaced and now I have check transaxle light and check engine light on. The dealer says my PCM has moisture in it.
Any advice on what to do with the PCM?
Thanks! - Mike D
#1562 of 1927 Re: 2004 freestar Transmission failed last night [emdigg]
Dec 02, 2011 (10:52 am)
My Van is still sitting in my driveway, I have read that in many cases even after repairing the PCM or converter, the car died again less than a year later, obviously is the Ford parts that are faulty. I have purchased a new car, not a Ford, and plan on fixing the Van next year and selling it privately. I am so disgusted with Ford and still have a few payments on it.
#1563 of 1927 Re: 2005 FREESTAR TRANSMISSION/PCM [kaulin7]
Dec 02, 2011 (2:22 pm)
I read your story about your Freestar. My girlfriend has the exact same van and I thought to myself, what is this guy doing driving my girlfriends van? Your problems are 100% identical to ours. Unbelievable!
#1564 of 1927 2005 Freestar Transmission failure
Dec 06, 2011 (10:29 am)
On my way home from work during rush hour stop and go traffic my (deathtrap of a van) decided to create a dangerous situation for me. Let me pain this pretty picture, Rt 42 South, through a construction zone (which is a deathtrap in and of itself) heading toward Rt 55 all the way in the right lane next to the cattle shoots. Stop and go, noticed the RPM shooting up and the car not really going anywhere. Let off the gas then proceeded with the same response. As the lanes started to move faster, I didn't. The speed limit is 65 (we all know that is not what people travel at) but me in my mom van was only able to do 35 - 40 with the engine screaming. I pulled over several times, tried the trick of shift down into 3rd, didn't work. I had first and second gear but no third. I had to travel on this god forsaken road with my hazard lights on and only doing 35 mph with people passing me and honking.
I make it to the daycare to pick up my one child and the car will not go into reverse. I had to put it in drive then in reverse.
Also, I have been having this issue where it seems to studder at 40-45MPH and the whole car shakes. I had to follow my husband with the hazard lights on when we took it to the transmission place. He had it for a week, said he hooked it up to the computer and there was an error that he cleared, drove the car for 3 days and couldn't get it to do what it did to me. He said I still have the studder, he has no idea what that is but to drive it until it happens again. He also mentioned that this is a known problem with these vehicles.
I will be getting in touch with the lawyers for the class action suit.
Doesn't FORD realize this is a minivan - families are in these every single day. Do they really want this on their hands if a family is seriously injured or worse? It amazes me that these huge companies don't really care about the little people, they just want there big fat bonuses at the end of the year.
When is enough, enough!? I don't know about all of you but I am sick and tired of being taken advantage of, taken for granted and lied to!
Fix the problem or the problem will fix you! You need to re-evaluate your best business practices and customer service policies and procedures.
Fords we have owned in the past:
Freestar - horrible
Focus - had a transmission problem
Bronco - 2
F150 - 2
Escort - caught fire
We have always been a ford family - this will be changing.
#1565 of 1927 Re: 04 Freestar transmission--more of the same [motheye]
Dec 09, 2011 (1:22 pm)
2005 - 80K miles, all previous maintenance done by Ford. Shot Transmission just 3-4 weeks ago. 1st it all of a sudden started running terrible, then lost reverse by the time AAMCO started working on it. AAMCO came and got it for free. Ultimately had it rebuilt, running fine now with a 3yr warranty, $2200 later. AAMCO says water had leaked down into the computer area on the front passenger side (just under the rt. corner dash), and they had to re-harness the computer as part of the diag to rid the computer of check engine alerts.. whatever, they fixed it (it seems). Had it towed again a wk later due to failed TPS sensor. 1st FORD TPS sensor failed, 2nd FORD TPS Sensor working, so far.. Hopefully, it'll last me another year. Oh yeah, had the A/C replaced about 6 months ago. I'll be back to this forum later, when I have a chance to read through.....
#1566 of 1927 Re: 04 Freestar transmission--more of the same [xtremeandrew]
Dec 09, 2011 (1:26 pm)
oh, and just took it to Ford for an 80K mile check up. All good they say. I asked about the transmission problems, the guys said "All Transmissions fail eventually". I said, "yeah, but at 80K miles?" He said, "yes, even so, and told me to go ask Toyota bout their trans problem experiences"...
I've owned many types of vehicles over 120K miles, including Toyotas, don't recall ever having such transmission problems with any of those, especially at 80K miles...
#1567 of 1927 05 Freestar transmission
Dec 13, 2011 (5:01 am)
Just had my Freestar towed to the shop. I was on the interstate doing 70 when the motor started racing, but losing speed. Pulled over to the side as far as I could. I tried all gears, but none worked. Called AAA for a tow truck to take me back home. Tow bill was $90 and have not heard yet from the shop as to what the problem is, but guessing by posts here it is either the PCM or the transmission or both. If Ford does not take care of all these bad transmissions, its time to start a petition on www.change.org to if something can get done. I just paid my van off in August and cannot afford to replace it or even fix it at this time, first brand new Ford I have ever bought. My brother built Fords for the Claycomo plant in Missouri for many years. He is probably turning over in his grave to see how Ford treats its customers. I have had Fords all my life and it is time to buy something else.