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06 Ford Freestyle FWD CVT Fluid Level Measuring (IDLE? or off?)

I have a 2006 Ford Freestyle FWD 3.0L with CVT. I followed the Alldata info at the library to change my CVT fluid and filter. When I went to ford, they had the filter, pan gasket, and fluid that I purchased. BUT the filter was only the PAN filter, NOT the high pressure (shown in the library), which FORD said did not show for my VIN. I assume the High pressure if for the AWD? and not my FWD? Does this make sense?

And secondly the information is confusing on how much fluid to add (I failed to look at the level Before replacement); as it does not state if the measurement is done with the engine IDLEing or OFF (yes the temperature should be Hot). Anyone know if you should have the car in idle like typical Transmission measurements of the past? (Thus there are 2 holes, and when in idle the level is slightly below both, but when off, it is slightly above the 2nd), so am I a little low or a little high?

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According to the Ford shop manual, the cvt transmission has a transmission fluid dipstick located on the front of the transmission (drivers side between the radiator and trans. The fluid should be checked with the transmission temp between 190deg F and 198deg F ( I think hot engine covers it) running in park. The fluid should be in the crosshatched area of the dipstick. With the the transmission between 109deg f and 117deg f running in park the fluid should be at the bottom hole of the dipstick. This whole procedure is based on your being able to monitor the transmission fluid temperature. If you have a scan tool that shows you live data and you are able to monitor the temp, good. But if you don't own a scan tool and buying one would cancel out the savings of doing your own trans service................ then if it were me I would top off the fluid at the hot (190-198deg f) temp adding a little at a time until I was just near the top of the crosshatch area. I think logic prevails here. If the manual wants the fluid at the bottom hole with a cool trans then we must assume that when the trans is hot it wont be above the top hole. And I also want to add that if this fluid level was this critical then I would think I would have alot of freestyles going thru my shop with transmission concerns as soon as one sprung the smallest leak.
I really hope this helps you out and good for you for doing your own service, I admire that!

Posted on May 16, 2010


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it's very special, and if done wrong, dooms the trans-axle
all this is covered, in the FSM
read it in the book and on most cars the CVT has very very
special needs and procedures for changing lube.
some, it must be done a s special temperature. < yes.

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