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Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

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KJW
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Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

Post by KJW » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:13 pm

Just aquired an 06 Freestyle AWD. 133K miles. No machanical issues that I can find. CVT has never been serviced. Have the dealer change the fluid and HP filter or drive it until it dies? Thanks in advamce for your thoughts.

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jas88
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Re: Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

Post by jas88 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:21 am

I vote for change it, but I don't trust the dealer. I do mine myself. If you gotta take it in, just make sure they do not hook it up to a machine and check to see what fluid they are using.
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Re: Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

Post by Tenn_Freestyling » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:07 am

I will vote for a change as well or at least partial change with the hp filter. I noticed my shifting was a little smoother when I did it and it wasn't too difficult to do.

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Re: Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

Post by Scotty17 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:24 pm

05 SEL AWD

I just had my CVT serviced my local mechanic he advised just drain and replace with fluid (Motorcraft CVT) only, don't mess around with the filters if it isn't broke leave it alone.

Got 133,000 no issue at all with the CVT.

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Re: Service CVT or drive it until it breaks?

Post by jas88 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:35 am

I say you should replace the high pressure filter (i've seen the crud they collect) and leave the pan filter alone.
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