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by Tomcat
Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Other Vehicles
Topic: VW Phaeton
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: VW Phaeton

It's one of the best (but most complex) vehicles I have ever driven (it weighs nearly 3 tons). Unfortunatley, most VW dealers don't know how to work on them so you are basically screwed if you need any major repair work. You'd probaly be better off taking it to an Audi dealer since it share the same...
by Tomcat
Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Oil changes
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Oil changes

I change every 5K as well but I use Motorcraft semi-synthetic (costs something like $11 for a 5 quart jug at Walmart). In my single and pre-baby years, I used to use Mobil 1 on my previous cars and worked great. I just can't justify spending $4 per quart anymore.
by Tomcat
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26126

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

Just put in the sway bar link this afternoon and clunking noise gone (much easier than I expected). Thanks for the info. I wish I would have order the part for the other side while I was at it.
by Tomcat
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred
Replies: 37
Views: 26126

Re: What struts for 2005 Five Hundred

I plan on replacing the passenger sway bar link in the next few days. The new one has a zerk fitting so hopefully it will hold up better than the original. Anyways, does anyone know how much tension are on these when you try to remove it (that is, how much weight of the car is being held up by the s...
by Tomcat
Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Tires (05-07)
Replies: 14
Views: 2779

Re: Tires (05-07)

I have the 60's on my '06 Limited. I can't tell much difference in terms of the speedo or gas mileage. The most noticable difference is when accelerating, the CVT seems to allow the engine to rev more. I'm assuming the bigger tire effectively makes for a taller final drive ratio. Also I bent a rim o...
by Tomcat
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Could it be the input shaft and bearing???
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Re: Could it be the input shaft and bearing???

Out of curiosity, have you changed CVT fluid and filter every 60K miles? After reading so many incidents like this I'm wondering if its happening due to lack of maintenance or if its something that is inevitable to all high mileage 500's with CVTs.
by Tomcat
Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Suspension Noise
Replies: 18
Views: 8022

Re: Suspension Noise

I have a front end rattle as well (front passenger side). Road doesn't have to be that rough to hear it though; pretty much any little bump will cause the rattling noise. I plan on taking mine in to make sure it isn't a safety issue.
by Tomcat
Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: Five Hundred / Montego Reviews
Topic: Just picked up an 07 500
Replies: 11
Views: 1642

Re: Just picked up an 07 500

For $9,600, that's a lot of car for the money. It's hard to justify buying a new car when they depreciate so much the first few years.
by Tomcat
Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Knocking noise when turning hard
Replies: 7
Views: 1708

Re: Knocking noise when turning hard

I think I have had the same issue every winter I've had my 500. Last year I took it to the dealer thinking it was cv joints. They said they couldn't find anything wrong bit did lube the stops and noise went away. Mine did it at less than a full turn as well.
by Tomcat
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: ctv transmission
Replies: 15
Views: 6669

Re: ctv transmission

Just drained and filled the CVT with new fluid (6 quarts using the method of adding in the amount drained out) and replaced filter. I've driven it a couple of hours today and nothing has blown up yet and haven't noticed any leaks. I originally thought the 60K maintenace could be stretched but even a...
by Tomcat
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:40 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: CVT ASE video
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: CVT ASE video

Thanks for the video. After watching this, I guess the main takeaway is if you hear the famous "tick" (or have any other transmission problem), its time to trade her in. It does not look like an easy or cheap transmission to work on. I'm hoping I can get at least 150K out of this thing.
by Tomcat
Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:02 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: CVT reliability and repair?
Replies: 25
Views: 34127

Re: CVT reliability and repair?

Thanks for info WChain. I see the plug on the top and the allen screw in the pan where I assume it comes out. Seems pretty simple keeping in mind to add only the amount that was drained out. If I had the chance to see it done first, it seems changing the filter wouldn't be too bad, but I can see mys...
by Tomcat
Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Rim cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Rim cleaning

They have been great so far (no noise, low dust, stopping power might be a little better). My rotors were warped from the stock pads and I am curious to see if the new ones will last longer with the ceramics. The real answer will come 40-50K from now, but the brake dust alone, IMO, made them a good ...
by Tomcat
Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: CVT reliability and repair?
Replies: 25
Views: 34127

Re: CVT reliability and repair?

I think the CVT is great but can't get a straight answer from the dealers in terms of maintenance. I'm at 60k miles and I've read that the fluid and filter should be changed. The closest Ford dealer says it need a fluid change only (no filter change) and it will cost $320. Interesting thing is I've ...
by Tomcat
Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Rim cleaning
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Rim cleaning

Its also worth mentioning to swap the stock pads with ceramics. I have about a 2k miles on a set of ATE ceramics (ordered from Tirerack), and the dust wipes off much easier.
by Tomcat
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: ctv transmission
Replies: 15
Views: 6669

Re: ctv transmission

I think the CVT is a great transmission (makes up for the underpowered 3.0L). But I'm coming up to the 60K mark as well and am curious what would happen if the fluid wasn't changed. Since I do mainly highway driving I'm thinking about stretching that out a bit (say 100K). Eventually, I'm sure the fi...
by Tomcat
Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: ford 500 blower fan does not work on speeds 1-3 only on 4
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: ford 500 blower fan does not work on speeds 1-3 only on 4

The fact that it works on full speed but not the lower ones would likely be due to a bad resistor. I'm not sure if the resistors are part of the switch or elsewhere.
by Tomcat
Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Michelin Primacy 18" tires
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: Michelin Primacy 18" tires

Based on the comments above, I decided to put on the Michelin Primacy MXV4 with the 225/60 R18 sizing. No real issues to speak of and much quieter than the Pirellis and hopefully won't bend another wheel on these Michigan roads. One thing I have noticed is that the CVT tends to let the engine rev a ...
by Tomcat
Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacing front wheel bearing
Replies: 7
Views: 7148

Re: Replacing front wheel bearing

Went to the dealer today picked one up for $160 and plan to give it a try this weekend. The hub and bearing is one unit. Update: Put it on tonight. Problem Fixed. As an FYI for anybody putting one on. The five hundred has a 32mm hub nut and (4) 15mm bolts which hold the bearing. Hardest part was get...
by Tomcat
Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacing front wheel bearing
Replies: 7
Views: 7148

Replacing front wheel bearing

I've been hearing a humming noise coming from front drivers side wheel at highway speeds. With about 50K on the car, I replaced the Pirelli's with a set of Michelins (Primacy). Humming noise/vibration is still there (gets worse during braking and right turns). I've rotated my new tires and noise sti...