Wiring Problems of Ford Freestar

Ford Freestar owners have reported 10 problems related to wiring (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Freestar based on all problems reported for the Freestar.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Ford Freestar 1
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

We replaced the torque converter about a year ago, on our own; we were not familiar with the recall on that part. The van started to exhibit same issues a few weeks later. We went to the dealer where we learned of the torque converter recall. Dealer stated that this time, it was a bad transmission, he informed us that due to us paying out of our own pocket for the torque converter, he would take that money off of the price of replacement transmission; we had issues with that deal. Now, about a year later, the van would not go into gear. We took it to a dealer who gave us a hard time with the three year warranty which came along with the replacement transmission; the van was at the dealer for over two weeks. Once we agreed to pay out of our own pocket, we were told that the wiring between computer and transmission was dirty; they stated that it was now fixed. Now three weeks later, same issue; we took it to a mechanic who found water in the computer.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Freestar 2
Failure Date: 02/19/2013

Took van in to transmission repair shop because even though Ford replaced the torque converter on the recall the transmission still slipped. When repair was completed we went and picked up our van on the way home it died and all the lights were going crazy. Shop towed back to their shop. They went through van and found the computer was saturated with water. We were told need a new computer and new wiring harness and this has been a known issue with Ford with their computers getting wet. Now we are out 2600 and still don't have a car. If this is a known issue why isn't Ford doing anything to fix the issue?.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Freestar 3
Failure Date: 12/24/2012

This vechicle has a continuing problem with the pcm shorting out due to water entering the wiring harness throught the windshield wipers. Once the pcm short circuts the transmisson does not function causing the car to loose its' motion. This occurs without warning and places the occupants of the vehicle at greater risk of being invovled in an accident as the car simple ceases to work. The company has currently recalled this make and model to replace a defective torque converter. Although this seems to solve the problem initially, the long term problem of water seeping into the pcm will cause the transmission to fail time and time again.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Ford Freestar 4
Failure Date: 02/16/2011

I to own a 2004 Ford Freestar. I never had any trouble with the van until febuary 2011. I was pulling out in an intersection the van started to go but decided not to. I tried to put the van in reverse to get out of traffic and it wouldn't go. Then all of a sudden it decided to go in a big hurry squealing tires. I was pretty happy there wasn't another car at the stop sign waiting to get out. I finally got the van home and it wouldn't stay running. We towed it over to a local dealer. He finally looked at the computer and dumped water out of it. He had called the Ford dealer parts department and they told him it was a common problem with the Freestar vans. I ended up taking it to the same Ford dealer and I was told they had never seen this problem. They put a new computer in it and a wiring harness. $1,800. 00 dollars of work. They test drove it and it threw 2 more sensors. That would be another 500. 00 to fix that and they wouldn't guarantee that if I fixed that it wouldn't happen again on another sensor. Apparently the water from the computer rand down the wiring harness and followed down to the sensors and croided most of them. They suggested I just hurry and get rid of my van. Of course, after I pay them the 1,800. 00. I called Ford, the manager at the Ford dealership and they are really sorry but there is nothing they can do to help me. I paid 26,000. 00 for this van and I had it for 7 years and Ford just basically said get rid of it. I have the van back with the 2 sensors still bad it runs alright now but they said it wouldn't for long.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Ford Freestar 5
Failure Date: 08/16/2010

Stop running sometime would start,then wouldnt start,took to a shop they said look at it been submeris or under water,at eclt plug where,wet with water,said it wood need new wiring harnes, possilbe computer box. . At cost of $1200-1500 part and then there labor. . Here in kenai alaska. . Got to fixer if I want to do this. . . I brough this used here came up from the south ,arazona, done car fax all good.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Freestar 6
Failure Date: 10/01/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Freestar purchased in 2008. He stated that the vehicle would continue to stall without warning. An independent mechanic confirmed that the computer was damaged. An authorized dealer stated that the computer and entire wiring harness needed to be replaced since the components were wet and the seal was damaged. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer would not take any liability for the failure. The current and failure mileages were under 51,100. Updated 12/9/09 the dealer replaed the wiring harness and computer as the termnal ends of the harness were corroded. The computer was damaged from water. The deaerl stated the upper seal failed on both sides which allowed water to seep in fromt he top cover. Updated 12/10/09.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2006 Ford Freestar 7
Failure Date: 09/09/2009

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Freestar. The contact stated that all of the warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the exterior and interior lamps were flickering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that ecm was defective and needed to be replaced. The remedy failed to repair the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and current mileage was 140,000. Updated 5/7/12 updated 05/30/12.

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car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Freestar 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2008

My family and I pulled into the bank to get some money then when we were pulling out across a four lane highway our van acted like it was pulled into nutrual. I coasted it back into parking lot. We called Ford and they said it was not covered under warranty because it had 50,800 miles on it and the warranty ran out at 50,000 miles. I had an independent mechanic fix it. Also it has been up at our local dealer 5 times since 10/1/2009 because it was shuting off in the middle of the raod whne it rained. They changed the computer and said that was what the problem was but it did it again. I was informed the next time it was the trans. Again. It turned out that the fire wall was leeking water on the wiring harnes.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2005 Ford Freestar 9
Failure Date: 03/08/2008

Twice our 2005 Ford Freestar experienced water leakage through the cowl grill on the hood. After heavy rain in March 2008, the first of several breakdowns and fix attempts occurred, resulting in 3 months out of service, and replacements of the wiring harness, the pcm computer, several other computers and sensors, and the entire transmission, equaling nearly $5,000 in tow, rental car, and repair bills--some of which the dealership talked my insurance to pay for as a "water damage claim. " in between, we've had multiple electrical system problems and breakdowns, and then this past March 2009, also during heavy rain, the car experienced the water damage breakdown. This time the water only ruined the pcm computer, but the dealership refused to honor the repairs that were less than 12 months old and we took it to a private licensed repair technician. He found the technical service bulletin online that described the known water leakage problem in some 2005 Freestar models and did the recommended fix twice. In his opinion and in the geico insurance adjusters opinion, this is a serious problem that Ford needs to address. This time we had no coverage for the damage and were out of a vehicle for two months and out of pocket over $3,000. I've begged Ford's corporate offices to take the vehicle back and just let me out of the financing but they refuse due to the number of miles. Also, the attorney general's lemon law office said there were too many miles. In addition to these problems, in 90,000 miles, I've had to replace the rotors now four times because they are warping dangerously. The pads are ok, but the rotors are continually warping and it costs $800 each time to have the brakes fixed.

car image   Wiring problem of the 2004 Ford Freestar 10
Failure Date: 07/10/2006

Upon leaving the interstate and coming into town (approximately 1 mile ) my vehicle made a slight noise, I looked at my gauges with no indicators on I proceeded into my driveway where my van began to erupt into flames within moments the entire front end was engulfed with 12 ft. Flames I called the fire dept who extinguished the flames, I narrowly escaped the van.

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