Last post on Nov 26, 2011 at 6:24 AM
You are in the Ford Freestyle
What is this discussion about?
Ford Freestyle, Brakes, SUV
#2 of 476 Rear Brake Problems???
May 11, 2006 (9:25 am)
I have a '06 Freestyle AWD (26K miles) and took my vehicle in for an oil change and tire rotation. The mechanic noted that the is severe and uneven wear on the rear brake pads. He asked if I accidently did not take off my parking brake, which I never use. I called the dealer and the service technician said that brakes are considered "normal" wear on the car and are not covered, which I understand if I didn't only have 26k miles on it. Has anyone else had problems??? -- Thanks.
Replies to this message:
- farmerswife (May 22, 2006 3:05 pm)
- bakerboo (Jun 11, 2006 8:41 am)
- gigpeb7 (Nov 09, 2006 1:04 pm)
- jalon (Nov 09, 2006 2:04 pm)
- musicalmerlin (Dec 18, 2006 6:20 am)
- joe5636 (Jun 08, 2007 10:40 am)
- lotusblossom (Jun 21, 2007 6:01 am)
- macy0626 (Jun 26, 2007 8:36 pm)
- leo44 (Jun 24, 2008 1:31 pm)
- debbiew75 (Oct 27, 2010 5:53 am)
#3 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [summewe]
May 22, 2006 (2:05 pm)
I have an '05 Freestyle FWD SEL and just had to have the rear brake pads replaced and rotors cut with 13K on the car. The fronts were fine. The dealership was puzzled and agreed to cover them under warranty. The dealership has performed all services to date and rotated the tires as scheduled and never noticed anything. I had a screw in the rear passenger tire and took it to a tire shop to have it plugged. The kid who fixed it noticed how bad the brakes were. I had just started to feel it when I was driving,but thought it was because the tire was a little low. Otherwise, I'm thrilled with the car and hope this isn't an on-going problem. My mileage averages 28 on the highway and 24 around town. i do notice the glare that others have mentioned, but don't find it to be anything I can't live with. It's so practical for hauling kids, groceries, and all the stuff a family needs to lug around... and yet I don't feel as though I'm driving the "Mom Mobile."
#4 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [farmerswife]
May 22, 2006 (5:04 pm)
you make a very key point. you have dealer service done on a regular basis. if they don't note any problems, then all of a sudden you have one, it is more likely to be covered.
it gives them a history to work from.
#5 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [summewe]
Jun 11, 2006 (7:41 am)
I have an 05 FWD Freestyle with 20k. I started hearing rear brake noise and my regular mechanic discovered (free of charge) that the rear brakes are worn out and the front are like new. This shouldn't happen with such low miles. I am taking it into the dealer next. I as well as my husband have owned several Fords and never had this problem.
#6 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [bakerboo]
Jun 12, 2006 (4:06 am)
bakerboo - Let me know what your dealer says about your rear brake problems. I've owned many Fords and have NEVER had this problem in the past.
#7 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [bakerboo]
Jun 13, 2006 (8:33 pm)
Our Freestyle (Limited from June 2005, 14400mls) was at the dealer for the 15000mls service and they discovered that the rear brakes were not safe to use any more. The right rotor and the left and right pads were replaced free of charge. The brakes were overheated and glazed. We did not notice anything obviously wrong but had the impression that acceleration sometimes was slower. Also the mpg got worse but i thought that was due to the ethanol. On the way back from the dealer i had the impression that it drives with less effort but that may be subjective. Curious if the mpg gets better again now. Interestingly, the Ford Mondeo we had in Europe (2001 model) had the same problem, the rear brakes tended to lock up due to overheating. It was fixed with special brake pads that had a rotation mark, i.e. were side specific.
The guy at the service lane mentioned that the rear brakes need to be done at the 20000mls service but then checked with someone else. That tech guy obviously knew about the problem and did not let my wife drive away.
She was brought home and later was picked up by the dealer's shuttle service! Last time the Freestyle was in for service we even got a Lincoln Navigator as loaner free of charge because they couldn't get a spare part in time! We really cannot complain about our Ford dealer and still are more than happy with the Freebie The brake problem shouldn't happen, i agree, but nobody's perfect...
#8 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [carstenb]
Jun 21, 2006 (3:49 am)
Carsten - Thank you for sharing your brake experience. I wish my dealer was as responsive as the experience you had with you. Happy Driving...
#9 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [bakerboo]
Jul 11, 2006 (5:29 pm)
I too have an 05 FWD Freestyle. My rear brake pads were replaced 2 weeks ago at 36,500 miles. A week later my right rear brake got red hot. It hasn't happened again but I wanted the dealership to check it before I make any long road trips. Today, the dealership tells me the emergency brake has been on just a tiny bit. I said it couldn't possibly be. I have never used it because my left leg will not bend to press it down and the emergency brake light was not activated. Then they thought it might be defective pads "but it is hard to prove defects on something like that". So now they have ordered rear pads at their cost ($about $7 less than what I paid the first time and will give me a break on labor. I don't think that is acceptable. If the emergency brake is so sensitive and doesn't activate the warning light, then that sounds like a recall issue. I have really enjoyed the Freestyle until this episode. I am going to talk to the dealer/owner when I go in for the work.
#10 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [phyllisw]
Jul 12, 2006 (2:40 am)
It doesn't sound like a recall issue, it sounds like the mechanic that installed the new brakes didn't do it correctly.