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Old 02-15-2011, 20:59   #1 (permalink)
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2004 freestar transmission failure

My 2004 freestar transmission went out while I was doing 80 mph on the hwy with my family in the van, 2500 dollars later the dealership informed me that the slpines on the torque converter simpliy blew apart, before this we had no problems with the van and no signs of tranny failure. I found out thanks to GOOGLE that this has happened to over 2700 of these vans and 1 lady was killed in New York, there is a class action lawsuit against Ford for this and I hope it turns into a recall. this is info for any freestar owners out there, be careful. we were lucky that the semi that was behind us was paying attention when we lost all ability to accelerate or we could have been killed.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 freestar transmission failure

You could have been killed doing 80 M.P.H. when a tire blew. You are doing 80 M.P.H.
with your family in the van ? Just a matter of time. Your damn lucky that is all that happened. If that shaft have snapped and jammed up the pump or crank shaft at that
speed the transmission, converter, or parts of the bell housing could have come up through the floor boards. You didn't need those legs any way did you. The weight of that spinning converter has enough momentum to exit threw the roof or any side door. A friend of mine finally got his cheque from a class action suit from a drug company.
His cheque was for ninety three cents. Took four years.
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The speed limit is 75 and traffic moves at 80+ on that highway and to respond to all the could have happends. a meteor could have came through the roof and an airplane could have crashed on top of us as well. I am always safe when my family is in the vehicle.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:46   #4 (permalink)
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But a meteor didn't come through the roof and an airplane didn't crash on top of you.
Almost could never happen but a catastrophic transmission failure usually happens
every 5 minuets somewhere in the world. You had good luck but bad luck if you know
what i mean. Hope you get it sorted. Two years out of warranty. I guess ford has that
down to a science. Hope this is a permanent fix for that kind of money.
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