SOS for a co-work
A co-worker has a 2008 Ford Escape. That special light came on and these are the codes:
He is trying to decide between a flush, a rebuild, or getting a new(er) vehicle. He says driving at lower speeds everything is fine, at 4th and 5th it struggles to gain any speed.
What do you guys think? would a flush get him through the summer?
Sovande last edited by
@OPPOsaurus-WRX I would see if you can reset the transmission computer or reflash it?
facw last edited by
@OPPOsaurus-WRX I think before putting any money into fixing the codes, they should check their rear shock towers for rust.
UpCreekwithShitPaddle last edited by
@OPPOsaurus-WRX I am not an expert on the Escape, or Ford, transmissions in general. But it is amazing what a fluid flush can do. It's in-expensive enough that it is worth giving it a shot, and even if they don't fix the codes, you can feel good about getting it done. Especially if they haven't done it already.
As far as the re-build, any dealer or big shop will say a new one will be cheaper than a rebuild. You may have to go to a Cottman or a trans specialty shop to diagnose the problem.
As far as the new vehicle someone last week posted this nify calculator (https://afdc.energy.gov/calc/) that can show the cost of ownership of a vehicle. It is kinda built for alternative fuels, but I put a new Escape in there anyway.
Hopefully this can help them make the best decision possible. Personally, a trans flush is first up. But good idea to wait to see what other Opponauts with Escape experience have to say.
@UpCreekwithShitPaddle I'm getting the impression that with the age of the vehicle, they are not excited about dumping money into it. I'm guessing a flush is all this thing is going to get, especially if it has other issues like the shock towers that FACW mentioned.
@facw I'll pass that on. He is worried about dumping money into it just to have other stuff break.
facw last edited by
@OPPOsaurus-WRX It's apparently a super common thing. Everything around the mount just goes away:
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@facw Love. It's what makes a Ford, a Ford.
@facw HAHA he is horrified. He is definitely going to check for that.
AMGtech last edited by
@OPPOsaurus-WRX by the time you get those faults it's almost always too late to save the trans without a rebuild, regardless of make.
TheBarber last edited by
Incorrect gear ratios accompanied by an over rev from what I’m assuming was the transmission slipping? Yea I’m sorry but at that point the transmission is done for. Flushing a transmission at that point would just be pushing all that sludgy clutch debris further into the system and still having to rebuild the transmission in the end.