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by RussC
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Interior & Electronics
Topic: Instrument Cluster Went Out
Replies: 38
Views: 29510

Re: Instrument Cluster Went Out

Here is a link to the pictures I took when I did the repair a few weeks ago... https://picasaweb.google.com/102069518981214219428/Freestyle?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJS62cXuucyaNA&feat=directlink I took apart the cluster to ID the Oscillator and photograph it. It's up to you if you want to try and r...
by RussC
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Interior & Electronics
Topic: Please give me hope on my 2005 Freestyle instrument cluster!
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: Please give me hope on my 2005 Freestyle instrument clus

I did the fix listed in here and posted the steps I took and a link to pictures... Look at Forum title: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!
by RussC
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!
Replies: 33
Views: 18678

Re: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!

Side note about the "dust cover" that was glued to the back of the circuit board... I am under the impression that this is part of the problem with the oscillator needing to be resoldered. Almost immediately next to where the oscillator prongs come through the circuit board is where one of the hot g...
by RussC
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!
Replies: 33
Views: 18678

Re: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!

Here are 2 pictures of the instrument cluster, once taken apart VERY CAREFULLY. The first is the "front" of the circuit board that points out the oscillator. The second is the back of the circuit board that points out the 2 prongs that I soldered. Pictures are in a web album since I was unable to up...
by RussC
Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!
Replies: 33
Views: 18678

Re: 2005 Ford Freestyle Still Not Fixed $1100 Later!

After experiencing the exact same Instrument cluster problem earlier this week and taking a few minutes to read all informaton I could find on this webaite about the problem... SOLVED! Repair shop estimate for replacing instrument cluster was $1150. I spent $105 on diagnostics and tow, then $24 on a...
by RussC
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Welcome / Introductions Forum
Topic: What cars did we get rid of to get our Freestyles!!!
Replies: 285
Views: 57640

Re: What cars did we get rid of to get our Freestyles!!!

I had a 1999.5 VW Jetta TDI with well over 150k miles on it when all heck broke loose (Oct 2006)... turbo failed, major engine problems, etc... traded that into CarMax witout telling them it needed $3,500 woth of repairs... received a very favorable trade price and bought our 2005 FS Limited with on...
by RussC
Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Alternator longevity?
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: Alternator longevity?

We hit 184k miles this week and the alternator went. Thankfully AAA provided a battery tech to diagnose BEFORE we had it towed. Repair shop was done in less than 6hrs and also replaced the serpentine belt. Bill totaled $740.