Transmission Shifter is Hard To Move on Ford Freestyle

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

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Average mileage: 102,500 (65,000–140,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD
3 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007
8 people reported this problem
3 people shared problem details
When applying brake to slow down or stop, the front end of the car starts to vibrate. I can feel the heavy, almost uncontrollable shimmy of the vibrations in the steering wheel. Shifter is very difficult to move from (P)park to (D)drive.
2007 Ford Freestyle- FWD65,000
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. Best, Vince, Canada.
2005 Ford Freestyle- FWD140,000
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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