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You are in the Ford Freestyle
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Ford Freestyle, Transmission, SUV
#116 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [steve_]
Jul 16, 2008 (8:50 pm)
I have a 2006 Freestyle AWD. Waiting for a plane, with engine idling, drove away at slow speed. Stopped for traffic and the yellow wrench light comes on and the car won't move. Put it in park, shut off the engine, restarted, won't move. Shifted through low to reverse to drive, the car moves slowly. Shut off again and loaded passengers. Parked for the night. Next morning, no wrench light, car runs fine. To the dealer, they change a transmission module since the "codes" were not related to the transmission. A month later, same thing and back to the dealer. Dealer rebuilds transmission with info from Ford that seal is allowing fluid to bypass, causing loss of power from engine through the transmission. Month later - still working.
#117 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [drewmimi]
Jul 17, 2008 (6:29 am)
Thatís sort of what they did to my 06 last year. I started having problems at around 60,000 miles. Never had the no-go problem but had the wrench light and hard downshifting when going up hills. My dealerís service department had no clue what was wrong and I ended up having loaner cars for a total of nine weeks. The third time the service department had the CVT out of the car they finally fixed it (with Fordís hotline help). The problem had to do with input shaft machining defects which destroyed the o-ring seal and screwed up the internal pressure. The service manager stated that Ford specifically told them to check the integrity of the input shaft seal. The list of parts is outlined in ďTSB 06-11-4 CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSAXLE (CVT) NOISE DIAGNOSISĒ. I will also say that my car never made any noise that I heard. I have included the list of parts from the TSB below. Not all of the parts on the list will have to be replaced for every CVT, but as you can see, they donít appear to be inexpensive parts.
PART NUMBER PART NAME
7F9Z-7015-A Input Shaft
5F9Z-7F465-AA Diff Assy AWD
5F9Z-7F465-BA Diff Assy FWD
5F9Z-4222-BA Diff Bearing Race
5F9Z-4222-CA Diff Bearing Race
7F9Z-7H348-A Side Shaft Gear Assy 5.19
7F9Z-7H348-B Side Shaft Gear Assy 5.54
5F9Z-7J309-AA Dust Cap
All of my problems were fixed under my extended warranty and I didnít even have to pay the $100.00 deductible. I have put about 40,000 additional miles on the repairs and havenít had any issues.
#118 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [steve_]
Jul 17, 2008 (6:57 pm)
Could you add "500/Montego" to the title? Those had the CVT as well. Sorry I forgot to mention that before.
#119 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [coldcranker]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 17, 2008 (9:33 pm)
You're welcome to go start your own Montego discussion over in Sedans.
#120 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [steve_]
Jul 18, 2008 (6:58 am)
The same CVT transmission was in the Freestyle/500/Montego for model years '05, '06, and '07. Therefore, shouldn't this CVT discussion include all the vehicles that had the identical CVT?
#121 of 420 Re: WHO THE HECK changed the name of this forum? [coldcranker]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 18, 2008 (8:07 am)
Parts is parts but we don't ordinarily lump the different vehicle types together like that; we do have discussions like 4WD & AWD systems explained that aren't model specific.
And we do refer people with a, say, Rodeo question to a Passport one if they don't find answers with the search tools.
We could link this over to Sedans and just call it something like Ford CVT Transmissions.
Meanwhile, if anyone has a question about their CVT, please jump in.
Jul 21, 2008 (4:48 am)
My 05 FS has a noise coming from the tranny that sounds like a bearing on a pulley dragging when it is in P or N. When its under load it stops. And now the cvt tranny seems to surge when accel and trying to pull a hill. And it also sounds like a regular transmission in a low gear when going down a hill. Oh yes and one more thing, it has a really loud whine and some what grinding noise going in reverse. Anyone want to take a stab at it??
#123 of 420 Re: 05 AWD FS [baethke]
Jul 21, 2008 (10:52 am)
It doesn't sound like the same exact thing as you are experiencing, but our '05 AWD FS has been making a loud whining noise for about a year now, worse when it is hot out. At first I thought it was the CVT going south, but later discovered the whine is coming from the power steering pump. Our Ford dealer didn't seem too concerned about it and said, "We've heard a lot worse", even though people turn their heads to see what is making the noise when we drive by. Perhaps this is one reason why Ford is in trouble.
#124 of 420 Re: 05 AWD FS [saabturboid]
Jul 21, 2008 (11:53 am)
Thanks for the idea but i figured that out right after we bought it. If you fill the power steering up past the max mark it should stop it for you for awhile. thats what i tried on mine just for the hell of it and it worked.
Jul 22, 2008 (6:39 pm)
Hi. New to this forum. I have an 05 Freestyle with about 29K miles on it. We use it primarily for trips to TX coast from OH to get out of the cold weather. I purchased an extended warranty when I bought the vehicle. I've thought about getting a new vehicle, possibly a Taurus X, but not sure if I want to keep the CVT or not. Haven't really had any problems with it other than a squeaking noise from brakes being in the salt air I was wondering if I'd get as good gas mileage without the CVT. Doesn't Volvo use the CVT on their wagons? Have they had any problems with it? Any thoughts or comments are welcome. Thanks.