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Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:51 am
by tapnerd
Hey all, I've had my 07 freestyle for two years now. I've changed the oil religiously and have had no issue thus far. I know the previous owner took care of it cus he gave me all the records!

I'm currently at 168000 miles. I want to change all of the fluids so that the car will last a bit longer. But I've heard that if you change the transmission fluid on a car that hasn't had them changed in a while it can destroy the trans. I know that these freestyles have a lot of transmission issues. The last time the trans was flushed was at 66000.

I would not be flushing the trans I'd just drop the pan and drain it and put in a new filter. My trans is not slipping and has had no problems this far. Would it be a good idea to change the transmission fluid in my freestyle? Or is my trans on borrowed time?

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:28 pm
by mmsstar
A drain & fill won’t hurt

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:23 pm
by tapnerd
:D Thanks

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:48 am
by ds32928
You need the high pressure filter replaced, pan filter not necessary, watch you dont strip out the pan screws when re-tightening if you do the pan filter, only use ford OEM filter in pan, other pan filter can, and have, fell off the pickup pipe afterwards. HP filter does much more filtering than the pan filter. CVT has a drain plug. Search in this forum will tell you all you need to know.

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:17 pm
by tapnerd
Appreciate it!

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:21 pm
by Scotty17
AWD SEL AWD

I got a 163,000 on my Freestyle and was advised by my mechanic to leave the filters alone, I just did
a drain and fill of the trans fluid changing the filters might open a can of worms like the saying goes
if it ain't broke leave it alone.

I was not having any transmission so did a fluid change as preventative maintenance which needs
to be done on a CVT ever 50,000 with ONLY CVT Motorcraft fluid

Re: Should I change the trans fluid?

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:08 pm
by tapnerd
Thanks Scotty!