Ford has this problem on a few of there units , the Freestyle, Edge, Flex ,, and its all the same problem , the second row left seat will not fold down , the fix is to replace the inboard seat reclining hing , Ford has updated the part and should have no problems after the repaire ,, there is no way around the repaire or temp fix , the part has to be replaced, and Ford also did not offer a bucket seat for this unit so you cant install one ,, so if you have a some time on your hands and are a little handy, you can do this job on your own , not that hard just time consuming , -
First you have to fold the seat down and forward to remove the four bolts that hold it to the floor and then you can remove the seat from the car, its very heavy so ask for help installing and removing it,, if you cant get the seat to recline , then sometimes if you work the seat handle with one hand and bang on the seat back with your fist at the same time , this will jar the latch and it will release,, give it some time may take 5 min or so of banging on the seat back and working the handle to get it unsized, then you can fold the seat down and forward and remove the four bolts that hold it to the floor, then you have to take the seat all apart , just about everything has to come off to replace the inboard hing,you will need a screw driver , a 13 mm and 15 mm socket, and a 45 or 50 torx socket to perform the job , its not rocket science , but just takes some time, but if you do it on your own you can save $300, I think the part is $150 , most dealer have them in stock ,
any more info just , we can go back and forth on this page
yes , i have some but they are not much help ,,, yes once you fold the seat back down , then it should with no problem fold forward,
also what state are you in ?
to bad, I am in AZ, would have liked to have worked out a deal with you , but thats a long drive for me , lol
just did one this weak ,,, took me about 5 min of banging on the seat back and working the handle at the same time to get it unsized to fold down to remove the seat ,,,,so give it some time,
below is a TSB on how to fix the problem , its not a recall... the part you need is
Attachments are only available to registered users.
This article supersedes TSB 06-6-4 to update the vehicle model years and Service Procedure.
Some 2005-2007 Freestyle vehicles may exhibit difficulties with the folding, unfolding and recliner function of the 2nd row seat backs.
Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.
Attempt to verify the concern and perform actions below based on symptom and type of seat vehicle is equipped with.
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage