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#424 of 476 Re: Better pad solution for rear brakes? [fordwrench]
Jun 06, 2008 (12:52 pm)
I have a 2005 Freestyle and have the same issues with my rear brakes/tires as mentioned by so many of you. The difference with me, and the reason I am writing, is that my car has 37K on it. I had my brakes diagnosed in march 07, and it was fixed. When the "extended warranty" mail came, I was reimbursed for the cost, but I think they installed the same "bad" pads as fordwrench mentioned. I just had the car in for service, and they said my replacement pads are low, and to make matters worse, my the rear tires that I just put on in December are at 3 and 4/32 already. My question for all of you is, have any of you dealt with Ford on the issue of brakes outside the 36K coverage period? And also, many of you mentioned having to get new tires. Did Ford help with any of your costs? Did any of you experience poor gas mileage as well. I am getting 16-19mpg and my daily commute of 25 miles is not stop and go driving.
I am really upset because the dealer who replaced my pads at 21k is out of business, and I spoke with customer care at Ford, and while they were very nice, they didn't really seem too concerned that my 6 mo. old tires were so worn, and that my rear pad (4 and 5mm) were so worn after only 1 year. They were quick to point out that my car was out of the extended warranty period, and they didn't seem to want to acknowledge the possibility that the replacement pads could have been bad or as bad as the first set that came with the car originally.
Regardless, if anyone can reply and let me know of their experience working with Ford to get replacements outside the warranty coverage period, that would be much appreciated.
#425 of 476 Re: Better pad solution for rear brakes? [kpevav]
Jun 06, 2008 (1:38 pm)
the akebonos have been on the car for around 15 months, or roughly 15,000 miles. they have made no dust; the wheels stay clean. it looks like the rears are less than 1/2 worn, but maybe more than i would expect to see normally on rear pads at this mileage. they're not very big for a fairly heavy car. they have also been quiet. judging by the wear so far, i guess i'll get at least 40-50,000 miles out of the rears.
#426 of 476 Re: Rear Brake Problems??? [summewe]
Jun 24, 2008 (1:31 pm)
same thing 22000 miles rear brakes had zero pads i mean down to see the rivets i was amazed. arent they supposed to operate like 70%front 30% rear
#427 of 476 Another Rear Brake Fiasco
Jul 07, 2008 (4:10 pm)
Bought my 2006 AWD Limited in 10/06. Soccer mom usage. (I admit she's a little heavy on the brakes and gas.)
1. New front and rear brake pads & rear rotors resurfaced on 6/07 at 9300 miles.
2. New front and rear brake pads on 3/08 at 22,000 miles.
It's now at 25,000 miles and the rear wheels are covered with brake dust and the rear rotors are deeply grooved, with the inside way more than the outside so that I am garaging it until its dealer appointment in 3 days.
From reading the various forums this is not that unusual. My question, if anyone knows the answer, is why the heck is this continuing to happen? Can't they fix this once and be done? I worry about what happens when the warranty coverage expires.
I've been a Ford guy all my life, with the first family LTD in 1967 (my parents). This is discouraging, not to even mention the Pirelli tires being shot already! (That I attribute to driving habits.)
#428 of 476 Re: Another Rear Brake Fiasco [dcs67]
Jul 08, 2008 (1:06 am)
Yes, it's fixable. Had the same issues with our '05 FWD. Ended up just missing the warranty period and had to part with like $400 for new rotors in the back (because my wife kept driving it when we should have done like you).
Anyway, we're up to 54k with no further issues.
The Tech told me that the original brake/rotor combination were incompatible on the rear. I'm no materials expert - but that seems plausible.
This has been our only prolbem. I love the Freestyle otherwise.
Can deliver unreal gas mileage on long road trips.
#429 of 476 Just had my rear brakes replaced
Jul 10, 2008 (10:25 am)
06 with 24000 miles. They just did it under warranty, no hassle. Hopefully, it will last. You'd think by now they would have figured out the problem.
#430 of 476 Re: Another Rear Brake Fiasco [mfkoerschner]
Jul 10, 2008 (11:25 am)
I've also had no other problems since having my brakes replaced. Love my Freestyle!
#431 of 476 Any hope in recovering $ with 40,311 miles and out of warrenty?
Jul 17, 2008 (2:23 am)
My 2005 AWD Limited Freestyle has begun having some issues with the brakes the last couple of days. It sounds like a grinding sound. Husband says that they don't work as well. Have to push harder to stop. Was going to take it this morning to a shop that has done all of our break work on all of our cars and is reasonable and does great work. I am thinking that maybe I should take it to our dealership and have them look at it if there may be a chance that Ford would pay some if not all of the bill. I have a feeling that it is more than just brakes. I think rotors, too. I don't know when our car was built. Is there a way to find out via internet using the VIN?
#432 of 476 Re: Better pad solution for rear brakes? [fordwrench]
Aug 08, 2008 (8:38 am)
My '07 Freestyle w/22,000 miles needed back brakes and rotors. The service department at the Ford dealer told me this certainly shouldn't happen at 22,000 miles yet the extended warranty only covers back brakes/rotors up to 18,000 miles. My front brakes are fine. Any one else have this problem with their 2007 Freestyle?
I have had other problems such as brake light switch replacement, brake lights. The waranty covered the replacements yet the time spent waiting at the dealers wasn't something I expacted when purchasing my first "new" car in 20 years.
#433 of 476 Re: Any hope in recovering $ with 40,311 miles and out of warrenty? [bjbundy]
Aug 08, 2008 (11:50 am)
Good luck... I have a 2005 for Freestyle 2WD and I took it in for the replacement brakes at 16000 miles. I just took it in to have the power steering looked at (33000 miles) and they told me the rear brakes were shot and grooving the rotors. Even though the car is under factory warranty they told me that they will not fix the problem. They said the new brakes installed were under a 12 month 12000 mile warranty and because I had gone 17000 miles that they could not fix them. I called Ford corporate and they told me that "Ford had nothing to offer me at this time." I had the manager call me back and he said Ford replaced the brakes as a one time courtesy (he said it was not a recall) and that basically it was up to me now because they were outside of the 12/12000 warranty. I told him that I was upset that it ruined my rotors and I was not aware that I was going to have to change the rear brakes every 15000 miles. He said sorry and that was it. I have been a Ford man my entire life but my advice to anyone looking to buy a new car... Get a Toyota. If Ford and GM keep turning out crap and not trying to help their consumers they will be out of business in a few years anyways. Everyone I talk to about the brakes knows that they should not be shot in 17000 miles but they are not willing to do anything about it.