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by Jack Watts
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: 165k miles - Anticipated Longevity?
Replies: 12
Views: 2156

Re: 165k miles - Anticipated Longevity?

no, unfortunately mine was not a scroll valve issue--it was leaking at the seal where the 2 halves join. Frankly, this is my fault--I should have pulled it and fixed it when I saw PAG oil leaking out of it, but I didn't. I then just ran it into the ground--then pulled the fuse so I didn't blow the t...
by Jack Watts
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: 165k miles - Anticipated Longevity?
Replies: 12
Views: 2156

Re: 165k miles - Anticipated Longevity?

I am creeping up--slowly, on 200K. I don't actually drive my Freestyle that much any longer, as I don't need quite as much room, and frankly I just got tired of driving a vehicle this big. I also prefer to shift my own gears, so I went back to a car with 3 pedals. I see tons of these cars for sale w...
by Jack Watts
Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Same old story 05 Freestyle problem
Replies: 20
Views: 2294

Re: Same old story 05 Freestyle problem

Eddy, sorry for your troubles! One thing you have going for you is that you used Haldex fluid vs. something else. It's a non-detergent 20W oil, so it's about the least likely to cause contamination. Honestly, I think if the transmission would have failed you'd already, with a terrible noise from the...
by Jack Watts
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: AWD Maintence: Part 1
Replies: 130
Views: 60370

Re: AWD Maintence: Part 1

I did not end up drilling out a drain plug, I've just sucked it out with a vacuum pump. My experience: front PTU: giant pain to remove fluid w/a vacuum pump, sometime get 1/3 of the fluid out and have to repeat several times rear differential: I got almost all of the fluid out first shot, very easy ...
by Jack Watts
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Welcome / Introductions Forum
Topic: New here - 2007 Freestyle
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: New here - 2007 Freestyle

looks awesome--very nice work!
by Jack Watts
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Did a CVT fluid and high pressure filter change today
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: Did a CVT fluid and high pressure filter change today

Fluid level seems good. Just to confirm though I'd check one more time when it's up to full operating temps (say after 30-40 minutes of highway driving) and make sure it's not above the hatch marks. Ford actually changed to the filter w/the composite end caps at the OEM level (not sure when). With y...
by Jack Watts
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: I just got a Freestyle!
Topic: New to me -- 2007 Freestyle Limited FWD w/ 80,000 miles
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: New to me -- 2007 Freestyle Limited FWD w/ 80,000 miles

I wonder if running a quart of fluid through after draining (drain plug still out) would help get most of the dirty fluid out? No, the only thing that's going to do is to get anything that settles in the pan. It's pretty much a straight shot from the fill plug to the drain plug. The fluid that can'...
by Jack Watts
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: I just got a Freestyle!
Topic: Just got a new Freestyle... BUT...
Replies: 5
Views: 1537

Re: Just got a new Freestyle... BUT...

All of those symptoms sound like either an axle or wheel bearing--particularly a wheel bearing. Isolating which one can be tricky! If it's more prominent when turning left, then it's likely on the right side of the car, and vise versa.
by Jack Watts
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: I just got a Freestyle!
Topic: New to me -- 2007 Freestyle Limited FWD w/ 80,000 miles
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: New to me -- 2007 Freestyle Limited FWD w/ 80,000 miles

The good news is that if they put a non-CVT fluid in there, chances are good your transmission would have failed already. It really can happen that quickly. Yeah, I'd recommend checking the dipstick. There are a bunch of CVT fluids out there, and while they're different colors (BG is amber, Valvolin...
by Jack Watts
Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Five Hundred w/CVT engine swap. Inspect CVT while down?
Replies: 1
Views: 632

Re: Five Hundred w/CVT engine swap. Inspect CVT while down?

Yeah, kudos to the technical writers at Ford--the factory service manual is awesome. I didn't realize this until I started plowing through Audi's Bentley manual, which is terrible.... If it were me and I had the engine out of the car, I'd pull the transmission off, TC and replace the o-ring. It woul...
by Jack Watts
Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Vehicle shut down while towing
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Vehicle shut down while towing

There actually is an external transmission cooler already--but unlike conventional transmissions there CVT fluid is both heat and pressure-activated (it actually creates friction under pressure to give the steel belts traction), so the fluid works in a more narrow band than conventional ATF. As a re...
by Jack Watts
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Vehicle shut down while towing
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Vehicle shut down while towing

It's likely related to either transmission temps or engine oil temps--but if he's getting a TC error than it's more likely the transmission temps are too high (or pressure too low). Keep in mind the towing capacity is only 2K pounds, and if he's towing in the mountains that's adds a fair bit of stre...
by Jack Watts
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Missing in action
Replies: 33
Views: 1681

Re: Missing in action

wow, I have my own thread. Go figure! As I mentioned in my response on another thread, I have a project car I've been working on (a couple, actually). As far as my FS, I don't have much else to contribute, because nothing ever breaks on it. I don't actually drive it that much any more, as I picked u...
by Jack Watts
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: AWD Maintence: Part 1
Replies: 130
Views: 60370

Re: AWD Maintence: Part 1

The center one is the one that needs pulled out with the balancer tool? I so wish that there was a book for this car! Parts ended up having to be ordered after I ordered them from a company and it won't be here until next week so it looks like I am getting a rental to avoid further complications. I...
by Jack Watts
Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions - How-To
Topic: AWD Maintence: Part 1
Replies: 130
Views: 60370

Re: AWD Maintence: Part 1

The driveshaft bolt spec is as follows: First pass: star pattern, 10NM Second pass: star pattern, 25NM Note: make sure to mark the bolt position in case they used weighted bolts (I've actually seen this before). Index the shaft and use a piece of cardboard as a template and punch the bolts in there ...