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#444 of 476 Re: Is program over? [01taurussel]
Feb 11, 2009 (3:54 pm)
Copy of Ford recall letter for reference:
EXTENDED COVERAGE PROGRAM
07N10 Certain 2005 through 2007 FWD & AWD Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle & Mercury Montego Vehicles - Rear Brake Wear
Frank M. Ligon
Service Engineering Operations
Ford Customer Service Division
Ford Motor Company
P.O. Box 1904
Dearborn, Michigan 48121
July 3, 2007
TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers
SUBJECT: Customer Satisfaction Program 07N10
Certain 2005 through 2007 FWD & AWD Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle & Mercury Montego Vehicles - Rear Brake Wear
This program extends the warranty coverage of the rear brake pads to 3 years of service or 36,000 miles from the warranty start date of the vehicle, whichever occurs first. If a vehicle has already accumulated more than 36,000 miles, this coverage will last until December 31, 2007. This program provides one-time replacement coverage, and is automatically transferred to subsequent owners.
VEHICLES COVERED BY THIS PROGRAM
Certain 2005 through 2007 Model Year Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego FWD & AWD and Ford Freestyle FWD vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Job #1 2005 through November 28, 2006.
Certain 2005 through 2007 Model Year Ford Freestyle AWD Vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Job #1 2005 through Job Last 2007.
Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS.
REASON FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
Some of the affected vehicles may have had direct exposure to moisture for an extended period that may have caused the pads to "swell" and create a slight drag condition. Low levels of brake drag might not be noticed by a customer, but could lead to premature brake pad wear and excessive brake dust.
2005 through 2007 FWD and AWD Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego & FWD Freestyle Vehicles
If an affected vehicle experiences the condition of rear brake pad premature wear (below 3mm thickness), dealers are to replace the rear brake pads and if necessary, turn or replace the rear rotors, if they are below the thickness specification. This service will be performed on affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner.
2005 through 2007 AWD Freestyle Vehicles
Due to the configuration of the braking system on AWD Freestyle vehicles the front brake pads must be replaced when rear brake pads are replaced. Therefore, this program will allow replacement of front brake pads, but only if the rear brake pads require replacement during the same visit.
If an affected AWD Freestyle experiences the condition of rear brake pad premature wear (below 3mm thickness), dealers are to replace the front and rear brake pads and if necessary, turn or replace the rotors, if they are below the thickness specification. This service will be performed on affected vehicles at no charge to the vehicle owner.
NOTE: Brake pad inspection is part of normal maintenance and is not covered as part of this program. If the vehicle is within this extended time and mileage coverage and the owner experiences a brake system symptom or during a normal maintenance inspection (brakes every 15,000 miles or more often, per the Scheduled Maintenance Guide) the vehicle's rear brake pads are found to have less than 3 millimeters (0.118 inch) of lining material, then Ford Motor Company will cover the cost of replacing the rear brake pads.
OWNER NOTIFICATION MAILING SCHEDULE
Mailing will begin July 9, 2007.
Attachment I: Administrative Information
Attachment II: Labor Allowances and Parts Ordering Information
Attachment III: Technical Information
Customer Notification Letter
#445 of 476 Special Tools for Rear Rotors/Pads????
May 05, 2009 (2:22 pm)
I am going to change the rotors/pads on the rear of my wifes Freestyle. Any special tools or adjustments I need to know about?
May 05, 2009 (5:29 pm)
Just had my second set of rotors and pads put on. First time Ford paid for them at 28,000 miles. This time I did at 53,000, $385. Put ceramics on this time. Will see how they do.
#447 of 476 Re: Special Tools for Rear Rotors/Pads???? [freestylephil]
May 10, 2009 (5:43 pm)
2 new rotors and new pads cost about $120. The only problem was compressing the calipers. Each side turns a DIFFERENT direction which the generic tools that work fine on the GM products don't do. Used Vise Grips and a clamp to do the passenger side. Sure would be nice if the pads had the indicators that squeal to let you know it's time to replace them, rather than making you keep an eye on the thickness of the pads or wait for the gggrrinndd that lets you know it's too late!. Guess it forces more people to get service and/or spend close to $400 for the dealer to do what I could now easily do in less than 45minutes and only spend $120 or less than 25 minutes and $20 if only replacing the pads.
Still really like the FREESTYLE though and will just pay more attention.
#448 of 476 Re: Special Tools for Rear Rotors/Pads???? [freestylephil]
Aug 15, 2009 (3:22 pm)
1st off, thanks to everyone here who posted, I used your info to fix my wifes brakes on her 07 freestyle. Here's my contribution, I followed the instructions and rented a caliper service kit from autozone and accomplished the LH pad change out with no problem. I struggled with the RH for a day & couldn't get it because the counter clockwise rotation was not compatable with the rented tool (Clockwise only). I went to the local harbor freight and they had the clowise kit for $19.99 but they also had an 18 piece set for $39.99 with two spindles one reguler (clockwise) & one with left hand threads to use for compressing & turning the piston counter clock wise...yes! Bought it home and finished the pain in the butt CCW caliper in 5 minutes. Here is the kit I bought & a link to buy it online if you dont have a harbor freight in your town, again thanks for the help on fixing my wifes brakes
#449 of 476 05 ford freestyle brakes
Aug 22, 2009 (7:05 pm)
I have 85000 thousand on the car,have put on four set of rear pads, all works fine for a short time, then the rear brakes start to dragg.
This happen only after I back up and try to pull forward, I can hit the brakes and they seem to free up.
I notices tonight when I backed up at Wal Mart they dragged when I pulled forward, so I went out in the lot away from the other cars pull into a spot, park and backed out and to see what would happen, with out giving it the gas to move forward.
the car would not move on it own for a few seconds and then it just pulled forward with no dragg what so ever.
So that tells me the Calipers are not releasing as they should, any thoughts on this matter.
#450 of 476 Re: 05 ford freestyle brakes [slickone]
Sep 17, 2009 (4:03 pm)
I just got back yesterday from my oil and tire rotation to be told my rear brakes are gone AGAIN at 34K! They were just replaced at 15K and I had them checked regularly! Last Sept at 24K I was in the yellow but was told Ford would take no action at that time. Now the action they are giving me is none! How can an obvious defect in either design or equipment just be blown off like this?
Isn't this a lemon law issue?
#451 of 476 Re: 05 ford freestyle brakes [illustrator5]
Sep 27, 2009 (2:02 pm)
Going to the Ford dealership Tuesday about these brakes. If Ford will not fix them I am taking it to a private place Thursday. I also contacted a lemon law lawyer here in Wisconsin. He wants me to call him back Wednesday with Fords answer.
This should not be acceptable in any way shape or form. My next car will be either a Subaru Forester or Honda CR-V. Enough of this .....
I wonder if the Tarus X was a change because of all the problems with Freestyle! How can you go three model years with rear brake issues and no fix?
#452 of 476 Re: 05 ford freestyle brakes [illustrator5]
Sep 28, 2009 (12:20 pm)
I filed a complain with the nhtsa on this break issue. I suggest everyone else do the same. Something needs to be done we shouldn't be eating the cost of this every 15-20K
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm is the website