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#1 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:34 PM

Has anyone changed their trans fluid DIY?

 

After hearing about failures, and since I tow my CMax four wheels down, I'm thinking at 45K miles I should go on and do it.









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#2 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:17 PM

The OM says 150K and problems were caused by bad bearing. :sad:  Replaced my Trans at 98k mi.  What year is yours?

 

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#3 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 08:47 AM

Mine is early model year 2013.  I took delivery in December, 2012.

 

Did Ford replace yours under warranty? Seems that some guys are getting stiffed on replacement because dealer/Ford says they were improperly flat towed.



#4 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 09:13 AM

Mine was replaced under the original FORD 100k mi./8yr Hybrid warranty and I didn't tow, but I did have Grill Covers. :)  I have 38k mi. on new Trans. and getting Great MPG's. :)

 

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#5 OFFLINE   jmckinley

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 08:31 PM

Good to know that Lord Motor Co. did the right thing for you.

 

I'm running grille covers too but would probably remove if I have to take it in.

 

So far tranny is doing fine. No funny noises, probably towed 20 K miles by now.

 

Speaking of mpg, mine never got much over 40 until early this year when suddenly it started to get in the high 40s. Don't know why.



#6 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 10:15 AM

Interesting, must be all that towing.  LOL  :) I'm also averaging about 4 mpg more too, little more city driving. :)

 

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#7 OFFLINE   obob

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 12:31 PM

I wonder if Ford has started to go into full phase damage control with the 2013 transmissions, looking for excuses to not replace the trans.  Though I suspect that case of towing cancelling out the warranty could be changed.  Things often so depend on which person you get to handle a situation.  I am thinking some significant percent of the people first denied would just give up, and that could be Ford's thinking.  

 

It might be worthwhile to Ford to have a transmission team which could swap out a trans in 1/3 the time or less of a person that has done like 0 or 1 of them, even if they are consultants rather than Ford employees.

 

And this is not just a Ford thing.  I had a friend with a Saturn engine that went bad at 70K like a bunch of other engines, but it was not under warranty because of over so may years.  I had a similar thing with my Toyota Sienna transmission that had a design problem and was not fixed because of time.  But really expensive problems are worth looking for ways to not give fairness.

 

And it may be that towing does speed up the trans problem.   Though there is no disclaimer about towing invalidating warranty as far as I know.

 

I personally have no plans to change my trans oil.  


Edited by obob, 06 August 2016 - 12:32 PM.


#8 OFFLINE   mightydog

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 09:49 PM

I have not good info








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