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Transmission Service

Post by 3triple0gt » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:36 am

Dropped my '07 Five Hundred off at the dealership this morning for a Transmission Flush and throttle bottle cleaning under the TSB. They told me the price on the Fluid flush was going to run ~169. Just got a call saying I had "special" fluid built for 100k miles and that raises the cost to ~300. Naturally, I told them that was insane and I would be there momentarily to retrieve my car. Has anyone heard of this or are they just trying to take me for a ride?


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Re: Transmission Service

Post by GenoS » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:38 pm

Do you have the CVT?
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by Tomcat » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:17 am

I'm thinking the service representative didn't realize it was a CVT when he quoted $169 and came up with the story about using a high mileage fluid. I'm not sure if $300 is that bad if it is for a CVT, but if you can still trust them.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by GenoS » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:18 am

I pay $250 for the CVT trans service from my dealer...
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by 3triple0gt » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:23 pm

I have the 6-speed.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by dwcopple » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:42 pm

3triple0gt wrote:I have the 6-speed.
if you have the Aisin 6-spd you should be doing your own drain and fills in your driveway. It is easier than an oil change for gosh sake. You just need a funnel with a hose on it. Use Maxlife ATF and enjoy the new shifting. Should be less than $20.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by 3triple0gt » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:15 am

dwcopple wrote:
3triple0gt wrote:I have the 6-speed.
if you have the Aisin 6-spd you should be doing your own drain and fills in your driveway. It is easier than an oil change for gosh sake. You just need a funnel with a hose on it. Use Maxlife ATF and enjoy the new shifting. Should be less than $20.
I do not want a drain and fill, i want a complete system flush.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by dwcopple » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:41 am

3triple0gt wrote:
dwcopple wrote:
3triple0gt wrote:I have the 6-speed.
if you have the Aisin 6-spd you should be doing your own drain and fills in your driveway. It is easier than an oil change for gosh sake. You just need a funnel with a hose on it. Use Maxlife ATF and enjoy the new shifting. Should be less than $20.
I do not want a drain and fill, i want a complete system flush.
unhook a cooler line and do it that way then. Youtube is your friend.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by 3triple0gt » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:52 pm

dwcopple wrote:
3triple0gt wrote:
dwcopple wrote: if you have the Aisin 6-spd you should be doing your own drain and fills in your driveway. It is easier than an oil change for gosh sake. You just need a funnel with a hose on it. Use Maxlife ATF and enjoy the new shifting. Should be less than $20.
I do not want a drain and fill, i want a complete system flush.
unhook a cooler line and do it that way then. Youtube is your friend.
Believe it or not, the purpose of the OP was to ask if i was being ripped off. Not to find out how to do my own transmission service.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by tmcalavy » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:21 am

I do my own, but IMHO you are being ripped off. A reputable shop should do a complete flush for you, using the cooler line method, for less than $200...might want to shop around unless you are bound by loyalty or location to this particular dealer.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by dwcopple » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:57 am

^no kidding right? Go to Valvoline and have it done with MaxLife. It is better than the OEM fluid anyways. Should be around $120 for a complete exchange.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by 3triple0gt » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:00 am

I ended up finding another dealer in my area that quoted me 180+ tax, then since it didn't take as long as expected, cut some of the labor and i got it for 166 out the door.

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Re: Transmission Service

Post by EmmaJean500 » Fri May 08, 2015 6:58 pm

Bought my late Mom's 2005 500 a month ago. I learned it had a CVT. The car only had 43,340 miles. I learned yesterday that the fluid needs to be drained and refilled at 60,000. The dealer I go to quoted me a price of $160. When I found out how much one is, if you can find it, this was a bargain. My question is should I also replace the filter, or wait at 100,000 and replace it then? I am leaning toward replacing the filter at 60,000.
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by frankparisi » Mon May 11, 2015 11:47 am

Also considering the age, I would replace it. The cost to replace the CVT is so high.

Personally I believe that Ford tends to set maintenance schedules higher than they actually should be in order to lower total costs of ownership.
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by EmmaJean500 » Mon May 11, 2015 6:28 pm

Thanks for a reply. I never did do any research on my Mom's car. Is 60,000 miles a good time to do this, or something earlier or later? Right now the car is running great.
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by Domain » Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 am

EmmaJean500 wrote:Thanks for a reply. I never did do any research on my Mom's car. Is 60,000 miles a good time to do this, or something earlier or later? Right now the car is running great.
You could always replace both now and continue at 60k intervals from there.
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Re: Transmission Service

Post by EmmaJean500 » Wed May 20, 2015 3:56 pm

Does the 2005 500 SE have a dipstick for the CVT? I read it may be under the air filter housing. Is there a photo of that? I'm not blind yet, but for the life of me I don't see it! If I can see the fluid is still an :? "ocean green" colour I can stop fretting about this. Thanks!
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Found the CVT dipstick

Post by EmmaJean500 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:42 pm

:D This morning I found the CVT dipstick. I removed the air filter, carefully bent back the top part of the box, looked down at the tranny case, and there it was! I took out the dipstick, and looked at the end. The fluid was a yellowish-green. It had a smell, but not a burning smell. What I may have to do is drive around for about 20 minutes, with the car still running, remove the air filter, then the dipstick to check the level. Most likely I will wear a glove to remove the dipstick. Any one have a better way? I am reading.
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