CVT Removal... how difficult to do at home

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CVT Removal... how difficult to do at home

Post by Stangyog » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:32 pm

Thinking about pulling the tranny to check the input shaft seals. Feels like the touque convertor is not going into lockup. I am a pretty good "Home Mechanic", but would like to have a better idea about what I am getting into. Some instructions, and/or pics would be AWESOME!!! Also, I don't have any codes, could there be any codes stored that I can't see with free software and a scan tool that plugs into my laptop?

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Post by Mike51Merc » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:35 pm

Do a search on this forum. Myself (hobby mechanic) and some others have R&R'ed the CVT at home. Basically support the engine, drop subframe, lower trans (heavy and awkward). If you're going that far, you'd better inspect input shaft top and bottom bearing surfaces, otherwise known as the Freestyle "helicopter" problem.

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Post by an_electricman » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:55 pm

I have a 2007 freestyle, that the transmission safety/lock out would prevent the car from driving in forward or reverse. (The wrench repair icon would display on the dash.) When the mechanic opened the transmission filter was off & they reinstalled it, It worked fine then soon then fell off again & the mechanic reinstalled it more secure with a different design of filter (ford must have redesigned the filter in order to the set better.)It was the transmission filter that fell off was & caused the transmission lockout that prevented from driving. I hope that helps, It's a nice car otherwise. Good Luck!

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Post by timothy » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:07 pm

I did a transmission rebuild on my freestyle. BUT I did it through the top it was pretty easy(I never pulled or rebuilt a transmission). I think my method was better then going from the bottom though....

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Post by timothy » Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:08 pm

If you have symptoms I might be able to help with answers

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Post by jas88 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:32 am

What all has to be removed to get the trans out the top? Battery and battery box, brake master cylinder, what else? I know the trans stuff such as half-shafts, but what all has to get out of the way?
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Post by Splicer » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:54 am

jas88 wrote:What all has to be removed to get the trans out the top? Battery and battery box, brake master cylinder, what else? I know the trans stuff such as half-shafts, but what all has to get out of the way?
The engine. :lol:
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Post by Mike51Merc » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:26 am

This has been discussed before. Although I hear it's possible to do from above, I'll still say it's easier to drop through the bottom. My theory is that's the way it went in, and that's the way the manuals say to do it.

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Post by pmassey31545 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:33 am

Interested in this as well. Not having any problems yet...but the CVT has me scared for the long run.
an_electricman wrote:I have a 2007 freestyle, that the transmission safety/lock out would prevent the car from driving in forward or reverse. (The wrench repair icon would display on the dash.) When the mechanic opened the transmission filter was off & they reinstalled it, It worked fine then soon then fell off again & the mechanic reinstalled it more secure with a different design of filter (ford must have redesigned the filter in order to the set better.)It was the transmission filter that fell off was & caused the transmission lockout that prevented from driving. I hope that helps, It's a nice car otherwise. Good Luck!
I've seen where you posted this a few times. Good info and nice to have in the memory bank. Easy fix.
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Re: CVT Removal... how difficult to do at home

Post by jas88 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:14 am

If you are going to drop the subframe, why not bring it down with the motor and trans together and then replace the trans on the floor?
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Post by Mike51Merc » Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:57 am

jas88 wrote:If you are going to drop the subframe, why not bring it down with the motor and trans together and then replace the trans on the floor?
That certainly can be done, but requires disconnecting/removing a lot more stuff. I dropped my trans without disturbing any cooling system, air conditioning, or power steering stuff, not to mention the weight issue....

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Post by jas88 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:21 am

The PS rack is bolted to the subframe - did you just unbolt and let hang when you dropped subframe?
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Post by Mike51Merc » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:47 am

jas88 wrote:The PS rack is bolted to the subframe - did you just unbolt and let hang when you dropped subframe?
No, it hangs too low, so I zip tied it up and out of the way.

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Post by timothy » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:12 pm

I'm pretty late to add to this but to get out the top I took the water pump off the air box and the throttle body. and anything attached to the transmission of course. I then used bolt holes on the front of the transmission with the cherry picker and turned it side ways came right out excluding the time removing all the stuff attached to the transmission it took about a 40 minutes from the top. took like 10 minutes getting it back in though( don't ask me how cause even I was amazed).

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Post by Gator417 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:47 pm

Any pics of this Timothy? Not calling BS, just want to see for future reference.
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