Binding of the shifter slider can make the transmission shifter difficult to move. Replacing the bezel should fix this problem.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Ford Freestyle Transmission Shifter is Hard To Move
Ford Freestyle Problem
Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD
Visitor, 2007 Ford Freestyle, 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.