Brake Grinding Noise Problems of Ford Freestyle

Ford Freestyle owners have reported 5 problems related to brake grinding noise (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Freestyle based on all problems reported for the Freestyle.

car image   Brake Grinding Noise problem of the 2006 Ford Freestyle 1
Failure Date: 12/28/2008

06 Ford Freestyle, 26,000 miles. Bought it new. Drive conservatively. Grinding noise in right rear tire, expect it to be brake since it is when I apply the brake. Have smelled burning smell twice when starting car, don't know why. Engine 'revs' when first started when cold, need to keep foot on brake or it takes off. Took it to dealer once, they couldn't identify problem said bring back if it happens again. That was before the brake grinding noise, which has been in the last few days. Will take to dealer this week.

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car image   Brake Grinding Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 2
Failure Date: 02/06/2008

I own a 2005 Ford Freestyle and there are 45,854 miles on the car. Over the previous few months, while backing up, I heard a grinding noise from the rear of the car. As a retired salesman who drove over 1,000,000 miles without replacing any brakes on a car, I did not immediately come to the conclusion that this noise was coming from the rear brakes. I was under the impression that the front brakes historically would fail before the rear brakes would. I finally did take the car to brakes only America, inc. , in lansing, mi, where I was told that the entire rear brake system was worn out. I had to have the rotors and pads replaced for a cost of $269. 85. Staff at the brakes only store told me that the quality of the rear disc brakes are not of the same quality as the front, which on my car, are still in very good condition. I contacted Ford motor company today, March 3, 2008, and they told me that until December 31, 2007, the company reviewed each complaint regarding these rear brakes on an individual basis, even after the expiration of the warranty. Because of the timing of my rear brakes failing, Ford said that it could not help me with this matter. If there was a recall from Ford, I did not receive this notification.

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car image   Brake Grinding Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 3
Failure Date: 03/16/2007

I had to have the rear brakes replaced on my 2005 Ford Freestyle at 24,000 miles. The reason I consider this a safety hazard is that I do not know of any vehicle that has to have the rear brakes replaced at such low miles. Thus, when the grinding noises appeared at less than 20,000 miles, I never even guessed that it might be the brakes. I have talked to other people with this issue and no one can believe that rear brakes had to be replaced at that low a mileage total. There is a TSB out that says that Ford understands that this is happening and will replace the brakes at no cost if they wear out at less than the regular warranty period. However, if this is such an issue that they have a TSB out on it, I believe they understand it is an issue and many people can't afford to replace brakes on a new car so they may continue to drive in the hopes it is not a big issue.

car image   Brake Grinding Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 4
Failure Date: 01/09/2007

- the contact stated that on January 9, 2007 she was driving at 30 mph on a rural road. The road conditions were icy and slushy. The contact was driving down hill, when the contact applied the brakes and the vehicle would not stop. There were no warning lights. The contact veered off the to avoid hitting anyone, there were no injuries. The contact believes the brakes did not engage. The contact continued on her trip and was able to stop the vehicle, but she had to push the brake pedal all the way to the floor. She did hear a grinding noise in the rear of the vehicle. Later in the day the vehicle fish tailed and she does not recall if she applied the brakes but, remembers slowing the vehicle down. The contact took the vehicle to a repair shop and purchased 4 new tires. The contact was told she needed rear brakes and rear rotors, the vehicle had 30,000 miles at the time of the failure. She has not replaced the brakes & rotors. Updated 03/07/07.

car image   Brake Grinding Noise problem of the 2005 Ford Freestyle 5
Failure Date: 06/24/2005

Owner has had numerous serious repair issues since vehicle purchased. This is complaint 2 of 4. Car is 3 months old. Owner must push brake almost to the floor to get vehicle to stop. Brakes make grinding noises and steering wheel vibrates when decelerating from 40 mph or less.

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