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by Mike51Merc
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Start then no start 05 Fredstyle
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: Start then no start 05 Fredstyle

I've found that permanent-magnet gear-reduction starters (like the Freestyle has) will fail in that fashion---- by intermittently working and not working until finally they quit altogether. The good news is that removing/replacing the starter on these engines is pretty easy, and also that many auto ...
by Mike51Merc
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Front Subframe Hole
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: Front Subframe Hole

I pulled my subframe when I repaired my transmission. It's not really that hard to do. Support engine from above, disconnect lower suspension at the A-arms, remove all the stuff attached to the subframe, drop exhaust system, and remove the 4 bolts holding frame in place.
by Mike51Merc
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: A different kind of CVT problem
Replies: 16
Views: 542

Re: A different kind of CVT problem

You can just get a replacement torque converter at a reasonable price.
by Mike51Merc
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: A different kind of CVT problem
Replies: 16
Views: 542

Re: A different kind of CVT problem

I think what he's saying is that R&R of the CVT is the hardest part. Everything else is easy, so you should do it all while the unit is out.
by Mike51Merc
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Leaking rear differential
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Leaking rear differential

You can remove the shafts, but I'd say it's unnecessary, unless you're doing it just for better fuel economy.
by Mike51Merc
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Leaking rear differential
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Leaking rear differential

The Freestyle differential has two fluids for two different chambers. One is the same old fashioned gear lube for the ring and pinion gears, the other is Haldex fluid for the AWD system. Haldex is in the front section. The Haldex system has known problems (call it maintenance or repair as you wish),...
by Mike51Merc
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Looking for education on Awd... please teach me....
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Looking for education on Awd... please teach me....

I haven't heard or read anything particularly vulnerable in a Freestyle rear to make funny noises, but, as with any rear differential, I'd suspect axle bearings first. Known problems with Freestyle rear have to do with the Haldex system, but they don't make noise. Pumps wear out and temp/pressure se...
by Mike51Merc
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Traction Control light Prbl
Replies: 21
Views: 10828

Re: Traction Control light Prbl

You need to clear the fault code. It may clear itself over time.
by Mike51Merc
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: What parts "break" in the CVT?
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: What parts "break" in the CVT?

I had a great uncle who always said "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Seriously, the amount of work to change out a working input shaft is exactly the same amount of work to change a broken one. There's no such thing as a preventative repair, especially since there are no "new and improved" parts t...
by Mike51Merc
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: What parts "break" in the CVT?
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: What parts "break" in the CVT?

Do a search on "Helicopter noise". There was actually a class action lawsuit filed about bad input shafts, but regretfully it never really got off the ground (sorry for the pun). There's a bunch of postings on this forum on the subject. You'll also find a lot of Freestyles for sale (really cheap) wi...
by Mike51Merc
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Wondering what this part is
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Wondering what this part is

Ahh, now I remember. It has two plastic pins that hold it in place on the exhaust pipe side. You can probably substitute any plastic pin (or screw) you can find in an auto parts or hardware store. On the other hand, probably not any harm in just removing it completely. So a little dust gets in there.
by Mike51Merc
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Replace FWD tranny with AWD tranny
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: Replace FWD tranny with AWD tranny

Sorry can't help with tcm question, I'm more old school mechanic than computer guru.
by Mike51Merc
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: "AWD Malfunction" in message center
Replies: 101
Views: 34880

Re: "AWD Malfunction" in message center

The 80/90 and additive are for the differential, not the Haldex.

On mine, the pump ran, but ran poorly. The filter and fluid were in good shape.

Changing the pump is a pain. They took a 15 minute job and made it a half-day affair.
by Mike51Merc
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: Replace FWD tranny with AWD tranny
Replies: 13
Views: 952

Re: Replace FWD tranny with AWD tranny

The power transfer is not at the PTU, it's at the rear differential Haldex unit. The PTU and the driveshaft are "live" all the time. The Haldex unit "locks up" to transfer power to the differential.

If you have no Haldex unit, there is no transfer of power.
by Mike51Merc
Wed May 31, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Drivetrain
Topic: "AWD Malfunction" in message center
Replies: 101
Views: 34880

Re: "AWD Malfunction" in message center

The Ford reference is 80W90 gear oil for the differential. You want the Haldex oil, which is more expensive, but you don't need much. Get the Volvo stuff or a generic alternative.

Are you changing only the filter?
Have you changed the pressure sensor and/or the pump as well?