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Ford Freestyle, Brakes, SUV
#447 of 476 Re: Special Tools for Rear Rotors/Pads???? [freestylephil]
May 10, 2009 (6:43 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 (4:22 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 (8:05 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 (5:03 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 (3:02 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 (1:20 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
#454 of 476 4th Set of Brakes
Sep 28, 2009 (1:38 pm)
I took my 2005 Freestyle (93K miles) in for maintenace service today and they said I need rear brakes/calipers again (4th time for brakes). I think I've had enough. Ford replaced the brakes once, reimbursed me once, and the third was on my own. The brakes/calipers on the rear will be $1068. Enough is enough.
#455 of 476 Re: 4th Set of Brakes [summewe]
Sep 29, 2009 (12:48 pm)
OMG....I have had enough too. Ford told me they only guranteed the replacement brakes for 12K so I am out of warranty for those....which is BS since the TSB extended the warrnaty to 36K or 3 years. Not only that I was vigilant about having them checked and when they were in the yellow a year ago with only 10K on them they blew me off then.
I filed a complaint with the nhtsa which is www.nhtsa.gov about this being a safety issue that maybe if enough freestyle owners filed they would light a fire under Ford.
Alan Mulally was just on CBS Good Morning this past Sunday saying how Ford is turning their business around yadah yadah! I am writing him a letter about this with the whole story!! Do not contact the customer service center they will just blow you off. I am assuming Mulally is at ford headquarters in Dearborn so....
The more we all scream about this issue maybe we will be heard....makes me wonder what CHANGES they made on the Tarus X!!
#456 of 476 Re: 4th Set of Brakes [illustrator5]
Oct 01, 2009 (12:57 pm)
I took my Freestyle to an independent garage today recommended by a friend. Apparently the company they order parts from has heard of this issue and is recommending a different set of pads to try. Both rotors are being replaced too and my brake lines need to be flushed out due to water. That part they said is normal due to time, climate and if I park in a damp garage.
My calipers were good and so are the front brakes. i had requested a radiator flush and they said it tested good and factory recommendations wasn't until 100K or to retest every so often.
I will post the name of the brakes etc when I get it back tonight...maybe this will help others.