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Car doesn't always go into gear

(2004 Ford Freestar)
in Eagle, NE on October 16, 2009
Freestar SEL sometimes has trouble going into gear from "park" to reverse or drive - gets stuck - won't budge. Will move steering wheel around, push on brake - nothing; doesn't happen all the time but lately several times a week. Mechanic can't figure it out yet. What do you say?
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on November 03, 2009
Go to town hall on and look up 2004 Ford Freestar engine trouble. You'll be amazed. Do it before you find yourself in a precarious position while you're driving and your car starts lunging and bucking and the engine power ceases. BAD news.
on April 05, 2013
Your answer makes no sense.
on June 03, 2010
How many miles? I just put a new transmission in ours after only 100K. I have been told that there are significant transmission problems in this model.
on September 05, 2010
we got our 2004 ford freestar with 34,000 miles... at 38,000 the transmission went..we have had nothing but problems ever sence..the fact. warrenty was up at 36, offered to take off half the cost of fixing...but i would have to get it towed to them which was about 70 mile tow...never ever buy this Van.
on April 05, 2013
When you say "transmission went", what do you actually mean by that. Freestar had bad torque converters. Well, they weren't actually bad, what happened was, the manufacturers of torque converters, when they sold these units to Ford, didn't harden the splines properly, and what has happened over time, especially in 4.2L V6, the splines wore out and input shaft would start slipping, causing no power transfer to the wheels.
There was actually no problem with the rest of the transmission, and Ford replaced, and is still replacing torque converters in over 450,000 Freestars accross North America absolutely free of charge.
If they did charge you any moneys, send your receipt to Ford Motor Company for a full refund.
Ford, like any other manufacturers, don't actually make much of anything. They buy their transmissions, engines, axles from third party manufacturers. For example, trans-axles are manufactured by a company that supplies Chrysler, GM, Ford and few other companies.
Another perfect example of this is Nissan and Infinity. Even thou seperate manufacturers, they buy their motors and transmissions from the same manufacturer. Even engine Vin codes are identical, right to the engine codes, and same goes for transmissions.
In todays economy, manufacturers use same suppliers due to huge cost savings. This is why certain vehicles, even thou might be from two or three different manufacturers, will have the exact problems.
Example of this is Ford and GM. Share the same intake seals, which end up leaking antifreeze between 60,000-80,000 miles. Same design, same seals, same mnufacturer, same problem.
on April 05, 2013
Most likely it's the brake light switch located on the brake pedal. If the switch goes bad, you won't have brake lights, your shifter will be stuck in "P" (park) and cruise control will not dissengage properly when brakes tapped.
Sometimes problems comes and goes if switch has bad connection. You can remove the switch, open it up and clean connection inside.
New switch is about $30. No tools required to change it, it's held by a cotter pin. Time to change it between 5-10 minutes.
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