Ford Five Hundred Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Ford Five Hundred
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Ford Five Hundred ProblemsHarsh or Delayed Shifting of Automatic Transmission
The automatic transmission may develop shifting concerns. On lower mileage vehicles, upgrading the software in the powertrain control module (PCM) and the transmission control module (TCM) may correct the problem. As the mileage increases, internal transmission damage can occur. Repairs could involve replacement of the valve body or a complete transmission rebuild. Whenever major transmission repairs are made, it is important to be sure the PCM and the TCM have the latest software updates to help prevent these issues from reoccurring.
A defective electronic throttle body (ETB) can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate and could have limited to no throttle response. Our technicians tall us that replacing the electronic throttle body will commonly correct this concern.
If the rear brakes wear out abnormally fast, this can be caused by defective rear brake pads. The rear wheels may also appear to become excessively dusty. They should be replaced with revised brake pads, and all wheel drive (AWD) vehicles should replace front brake pads as well.
Ford Five Hundred QuestionsWhy does car accelerate by itself and makes transmission jerk or slip gears? (1 answer)
Car idles by itself and when you put it in gear it lunges forwards/backwards on its own. Is there a recall on these cars for this issue.
The RMP goes beyond 4 and the car is limited to the speed 40 and the car if stopped in signal will not pick up speed until the RPM reached 4. Once car is turned off for an hour then it is ok for 50 miles and then its the same problem again. There will be a burning smell from the AC vents.
Ford Five Hundred RecallsPotential Fuel Leak at Fuel Tank
Some fuel tanks may not have consistent welds between the fuel tank and the fuel filler neck, affecting the strength of the joint. In the event of a severe rear impact, an improper weld can result in a crack in the joint. This could illuminate the Check Engine Light, cause a fuel odor, or allow fuel to leak out. Any fuel leak increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the affected fuel tanks to correct this concern. This recall is scheduled to begin on August 15, 2011. The Ford recall number is 11S20.
The side door latches may freeze in cold weather due to water intrusion. As a result, the door may not latch when closed, and could open while the vehicle is moving. Dealers will install a shield over the front door latches and seal a drain hole in the rear window molding on the Freestyle rear side doors. Grease will also be applied to all the latch mechanisms free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2006. The Ford recall number is 06S45.
The straps securing the fuel tank to the vehicle may break, allowing the fuel tank and heat shield to drop onto either the driveshaft or exhaust, depending on the model. If this happens, drivers may hear a noise or notice a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace both fuel tank straps. The recall began December 1, 2005. The Ford recall number is 05S37.