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Eddy Kilowatt

6F35 tranny rebuild at 62k

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I took my new-to-me 2015 wagon to local dealer service, to have them do something about the green-and-yellow brake fluid in the reservoir that I posted about a few weeks ago.   While handing over the van I also mentioned the delayed and harsh 2-3 upshift, and general minor clunkiness at random times on other shifts.

 

I didn't think those issues would make me stand out from thousands of other 6F35 owners, but lo and behold... they called to say that I just had two colors of DOT4 in the reservoir and they wouldn't do anything about the brakes... but by the way they reproduced my shift symptoms and noticed a shift flare too, so they were pulling the trans to do a service bulletin on the valve body and replace some clutches while they were in there. (!)

 

That was Tuesday and I've heard one update on Friday that parts were due in Saturday and Monday... so we'll see how it turns out.   I have a sneaking suspicion I happened in there during a slow week for their trans tech, and they were happy to see some warranty work they could charge to Ford.  (It's a CPO vehicle with powertrain warranty to 100k).   It'll all come down to the skill level of that tech, but the service advisor seems confident they can get it running like it's supposed to.

 

Further news as it happens...

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Well it is good that it was warranty, I  wonder what the charge would have been if you had been out of the 60000 power train warranty?

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Great stuff. The 6F35 is a simple trans to rebuild, watched some tutorial videos. Like a LEGO set so if the tech follows the instructons it should be good as new.

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6F35 has been in service enough that there are known issues.  Hopefully, a transmission builder will offer a remanufactured transmission with those issues corrected.

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@Eddy Kilowatt - Sorry you will have to wait to get your ride back. But a 3 year old vehicle with a free, rebuilt transmission sounds like  a good deal to me!  If it takes another 60,000 to crap out again, you win! :thumbsup:

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I just had the solenoids replaced at 35k over Christmas break. drives a million times better. They didn't do any clutches or anything else while I was there. They did complain about my van being lowered and the rear springs coming out. 

 

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16 hours ago, G B L said:

Well it is good that it was warranty, I  wonder what the charge would have been if you had been out of the 60000 power train warranty?

 

It's a Certified Pre-Owned, so warranty now goes to 100k.   I noticed the clunky shifting during my test drive, decided to have faith in the warranty and not scuttle the deal (which I'd driven 100+ miles to make)... if it had been a private-sale deal five miles from home I'd have probably passed on it after the drive.

 

I'm glad that Ford was there for me, so far, as I really didn't expect this level of repair.  (I guess they didn't either or they wouldn't have CPO'ed the car.)    I considered the harsh shifts to be annoying but not damaging, but as I read more about the 6F35, my alarm level grew.  So I'm happy with the direction things are going at the moment; as DavidParker said, kicking off ownership with a well-rebuilt trans is nothing to complain about.

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@eddy kw - Thanks for sharing your problem.

Sorry to hear about your transmission woes but glad you're getting it fixed under warranty.

Good luck with the repair.


 

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@project bike truck - Thanks for the update on your repair. What symptoms did you experience to make you want to get it checked out?

I'm wondering if my transmission would need the same. It's not the smoothest thing at times. Makes me wonder if a repair like yours could make things better.

My van just turned four years old with only 18K miles so I've got a year left on the transmission warranty to sort this out.

 

Did the techs have problems getting your low rider onto their lift?

 

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5 hours ago, Eddy Kilowatt said:

 

 

I'm glad that Ford was there for me, so far, as I really didn't expect this level of repair. 

 

 

 

Did you get a roadside assistance card?  With new cars, Ford has an auto club type program that will send a tow truck.  

 

Good enough for me to cancel my AAA Auto Club membership.  

 

I used it once.  Got in the tow truck with the driver; and the tow truck smelled like weed.  

 

"Dude, your tow truck smells like weed."

 

"Uh, yeah.....you want some?"

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Fingers crossed here, My TC just crossed 80000 and seems to run the way it did on day one, it has not been back to the Dealer once.

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