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Slow Acceleration, Engine Revving, Turned Off Car and Engine Jerked
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MARION, OHIO -- Slow acceleration, engine revving, turned off car and engine jerked. Thought car was going to explode. I explained this when I called them to get car in and when I had it towed. Have faithfully had car serviced (papers to prove it). Towed car to dealership, they fixed (speed sensor) at a charge and replaced torque converter (no charge) was on recall.

Got it back and 300 miles later car back in shop for acceleration problems again and another charge to replace two clips on the intake manifold. Got car back and 75 miles later car back at dealership. Car is still at dealership after numerous tests drives to see if it is fixed. They have informed me that car needs a new transmission, there is two much wrong with it.

Evidently synthetic oil is not what it says it is, or did the torque converter (recall) have something to do with the condition of my transmission.

My car has run perfect for 7 years and now this.
     
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Blending Valve on Freestar
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Ford built the Freestar using substandard parts for the blend door actuator.. $30.00 part $1000.00 fix... David Morgandon is Ford Canada President and their customer service says too bad..
     
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trmn8r on 2011-01-05:
The blend door failure is a common one with certain Ford vehicles (as well as other manufacturers)

The factory process to replace is extremely involved. There are companies that have developed alternate methods which entail cutting holes in the heater plenum versus ripping apart the whole dashboard. One is HeaterTreater.net
Anonymous on 2011-01-05:
After about 7 years, our's went out on our Ford Ranger. The rest of the truck was in such good shape, we didn't mind spending the excessive amount of money needed to get it repaired. (We couldn't have bought a new truck for the money.) That is the only expensive repair we've had on this truck. You didn't happen to mention how old your car is. Our's is a 1997 and still going strong.

Our son has a 5 year old Audi and was just hit with a $2,500 bill to repair the power steering. Yikes! I guess it can always be worse.
trmn8r on 2011-01-05:
The aggravating thing, singsing, is the situation is as the author stated. $30 part, poorly designed, very expensive repair. Of course you want heat and will pay, it's just it shouldn't be that way. I'd put a redesigned metal door in myself, if the replacement part is the original plastic one.
Anonymous on 2011-01-05:
I totally agree trmn8r, but sometimes I have to justify the cost of repair to make myself feel better. It does suck to have to pay that amount in the first place because of poor design. Hopefully they've corrected the problem in their newer cars?
trmn8r on 2011-01-05:
I hear ya! I do the exact same thing on the rare occasions I pay others to do work. I see what you are saying. Maybe the OP's vehicle isn't as nice as yours (;
dave_feu on 2011-01-17:
The blend door on my 97 E150 broke at 45K miles. I fixed it with heavy fishing line. Just pull on the line and it closes the door. Heat works great. When I turn the van off the door opens back up. Didn't have the money to get the thing done right. It still works by the line pull 5 years later.
Anonymous on 2011-01-17:
Great fix, dave! And good info for anyone who doesn't want to pay the big bucks, whether they can afford it or not. Wish we would have known about this. We had many more miles on our truck, so we wouldn't have minded doing something simple like this.
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2005 Ford Freestar SES - Transmission
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I guess I am "luckier than most" with this vehichle. My transmission made it to almost 89,000 miles before it went kaput. No warning signs nothing -I was driving and the engine revved since I was on the accelator. I thought I knocked into Neutral. I drifted off the road onto the shoulder and brought it to a stop. I put in Park and then attempted to put it in Drive - stepped on the gas - nothing....just an engine revving....I should have known better. My 2000 Altima GXE with a 155,000 miles still has the same ROTORS....wake up American car manufacturers. The new transmission ran me, including labor, $3,200...and this was a Ford Tranny off a salvage vehichle. Of course, I was outside my warranty 5 year / 60,000.
     
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Anonymous on 2010-12-21:
You are luckier than many minivan owners. Minivans are notorious for having transmission issues. The transmissions on Freestars may shift late or engage harshly, and the engine may have rough idle or misfires due to water leaking from the fresh air intake area and onto the transmission vent or PCM. Also, the transmission may not upshift from first to second due to a damaged clutch piston seal inside the transmission, especially in '04 and '05's.

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Transmission Failure
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FLORENCE, KENTUCKY -- I have an 2005 ford Freestar and just had to replace the transmission at 44,000 miles. I was driving through the city and stopped at a stop sign and it wouldn't go. There wasn't any warning or noise. I had to be towed to the dealer and the transmission replaced. The cost was $3,100 and 7 days in the shop.

There are many of the same complaints on line. I still owe $22,000 on this vehicle so not fixing wasn't an option. Ford paid for the tow but not the repairs! I will be writing ford to seek reimbursement.
     
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samtheman on 2008-06-27:
You didn't mention anything about your warranty. Most standard coverages are 3yrs/36K miles. If you're at 44K miles and didn't purchase an extended warranty why would you think Ford owes you money?
CrazyRedHead on 2008-06-27:
$3100.00 for a new transmission sounds quite expensive, I think you could buy a new engine for that amount? Or am I wrong here?
Anonymous on 2008-06-28:
Drive train warranties may be a little longer. Just be prepared to show documented prove that all scheduled maintenance to the tranny was done. Otherwise you'll be wasting your time with Ford.
Anonymous on 2008-06-28:
I've read that Freestars have pretty terrible reliability. As for the tranny, that sounds familiar. My Dad's Sable was on trans #3 when he got rid of it.
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