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#1638 of 1927 Re: computer [04mercurymess]
Mar 14, 2012 (5:14 pm)
My van is currently in the shop as we speak with PCM issues and it needs to be replaced. This is after I have had $760.00 worth of work already last week. I have already replaced a tie rod, the a/c unit and the torque converter a few years ago. I also have had issues with the driver side automatic sliding door not closing at times ( it will just pop back open ). I have also had the rear latch rust shut on me so that I could not open it. I had to take the panel from the inside off and spray WD40 or some other rust remover to get it to open again. This van was a complete design flaw and the engineer must have been on something when he/she did. Terrible, why oh why would you put the PCM under the windshield where water could possibly drain into it?? AND then have the audacity to charge me to fix a flaw in the design! We need as many people possible to file a complaint to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ so that this really starts to get attention. I did this a few years back when my torque converter failed and now they are issuing a recall on it. File complaints, do not let FORD win this one. The 2004 freestar was piece of crap from the start and they charged alot of people alot of money for and are still making money off of it from repairs. Go to https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ and file!
#1639 of 1927 Re: no warranty?????? [heartlander]
Mar 16, 2012 (3:36 am)
I have a 2006 Ford Freestar. Ive always been a ford customer... My van has only 58,000 miles. We were on the highway when it stopped responding to any gear Once I had it towed, they found that the trasmission stick was rusted and had broken off. Ford company told me that I was on my own. Trasmission will cost me $$$$3,500 really What a with this low mileage I didnt expect that!!! Ford just lost a dedicated customer. Does anyone have any positive outcome on this issue???
#1641 of 1927 Re: Youtube video of PCM [upsetatford]
Mar 19, 2012 (2:21 pm)
Great video. Thanks for posting. Did this help to fix your issue?
#1642 of 1927 Re: Youtube video of PCM [nadineb]
Mar 19, 2012 (5:07 pm)
I just got my van back tonight and took it all apart and going to leave a fan blowing on the PCM to dry it out. It seemed to have some moisture in it, but not as much as I was expecting. I will let you know in a day or two when I put it all back together. I am crossing my fingers that this works and if it does I am going to seal everything I can with silicone.
If you are worried about taking the thing apart on your own, as I was, it was actually pretty easy. I am by no means anything close to a mechanic, but it really is just taking off 10-15 bolts, disconnecting the wipers and tubes and it all pretty much pops off.
If you all have not emailed the Ford corporate office and let them know of the issue (water in the PCM, which may lead to the issue with the transmission problems) I encourage you to do so. Their email is crcfmcford.com
This is all the info that they need:
Registered Owner of Vehicle Information
Daytime Phone Number:
Home Phone Number:
Vehicle Identification Number:
#1643 of 1927 Re: 04 Freestar transmission--more of the same [xtremeandrew]
Mar 20, 2012 (9:10 am)
After 2 trans. rebuild attempts, seemed fine till the cam synchronizer went out 1 week later, and left me stranded again. Transmission guy said the cam sync routinely has to be replaced at around 80K miles. I say, if so, why does Ford not include that replacement as a scheduled maintenance task?
Another $500 later, traded it back to Ford for a New Ford (insane?, I know, but the wife loves her new vehicle with full warranty, and Ford gave a good offer. Karma, in my view, despite all the work done on it, Ford took it off my hands.
#1644 of 1927 Re: 04 Freestar transmission--more of the same [xtremeandrew]
Mar 20, 2012 (9:21 am)
It isn't Karma! Ford has sent me 4 letters trying to buy back our Freestar!! I think they want to buy them back so they don't have to pay us for everything. My only issue is that it is paid off, under 100k miles and $4000 already for the torque converter, transmission and other issues that piled up on us when my car died 3 separate times on the highway!! If they would give me another car with a full warranty, and have it paid off, I would call that an even trade! My husband has a long line of family members who worked for Ford at one time or another, so we cannot buy anything but Fords! I am just super frustrated, and when I called about the recall, they said I needed to wait until I received a letter from them telling me to bring it in!! we do not have the money to keep fixing this car, nor to start making payments again on a new one!! It really just makes me sad and sick! It should last us for a few more years, but from listening to all of this, I am just waiting for the water issues to start!
#1645 of 1927 Transmission failed in Vermont 74000 miles
Mar 26, 2012 (10:43 am)
Last year in shop for "chugging" when traveling at highway speeds on decline (going down hill.)
Problem never identified by dealer. (now I'm reading online about others with PCM issues...)
Driver-side passenger door will not close on first try remotely, sometimes not on second either.
Just had transmission flush two months ago.
Now transmission went.
Evidently, that "chugging" was causing damage, slowly. Even though dealer experienced the same symptoms, and charged us for the diagnosis, they never figured it out (or repaired.)
Repair the thing for costs that could be equal to value?!
Called FORD MOTORS, they contacted our local dealer. NO OFFER other than, they'll appraise the value of car (that should be cute), and try to give us a deal on a replacement.
We need a van though...
We did NOT abuse this thing, it got less than 10k miles a year...
#1646 of 1927 FINALLY GOT MY RECALL!!!!!!!!!
Mar 31, 2012 (1:49 pm)
YES!!!! I received my recall papers TODAY....3/31/12 i HAD TRANS. REPAIRED 3 YR nOV. They say Ill receive my directions the 2nd quarter of 2012...that will be june, 2012. But, Im wondering if they will have to reinburse me AND redo trans again, since garage used SAME parts to repair, and FORD'S supposebly waiting for NEW trans parts.?????????
#1647 of 1927 Re: FINALLY GOT MY RECALL!!!!!!!!! [shocked1]
Mar 31, 2012 (3:28 pm)
We pray for that day for us. What a loss we've suffered. Ours is a 2006. Was yours an 04? Anyone heard anything on the 2006 models?