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Ford Freestyle Transmission Shifter is Hard To Move

Ford Freestyle Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2005, 2006, 2007

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 102,500 mi (65,000 mi - 140,000 mi)


Binding of the shifter slider can make the transmission shifter difficult to move. Replacing the bezel should fix this problem.

  • Visitor, , FWD, 65,000 mi

    Hi all, I had the same problem and simply sprayed it with silicone lube. It hasn't happened since but I now eventually I'll have to spray it again. What ever you do, don't force it and break it -- get some silicone lube and spray it lightly around the corners and then work the shifter back and forth. Works fantastic.


    Vince, Canada.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 140,000 mi

    Wife spill a full soda on the console. Now the shifter is very hard to move. This happened before and ford replaced the parts, but I would think if I remove the plate and cleaned the sticky stuff from the soda it would be fine.

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