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Old 03-30-2014, 03:00 PM   #21
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6F35's have issues too? How so?
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6F35's have issues too? How so?
2009/2010s have valve body issues that led to burnt direct and o/d clutches. The 6F35 has also required changes to the center support to keep the snap-rings from blowing out. There are LH axle seal leaks due to worn case bushings that is still not a resolved issue (even the 2013s/2014s have the problem) - now they supposedly have a bushing design that will fix it but I have my doubts as they supposedly fixed the problems 2 years ago (yeah right). Torque converter failures are pretty common too (even in new ones). I've had a few 2013s where the torque converter clutch stays locked up and results in stalling while coming to a stop, or any time the trans is shifted into a gear from park/neutral. The last 6F35 I overhauled was in a 2013 and I had to overhaul it because it didn't even get the customer to their first oil change before it cratered. Ford sold piles of the Escapes to people claiming they could be flat-towed behind motorhomes and that resulted in most of them melting/burning up and now you have to install an aftermarket fluid pump to keep the fluid circulating during a tow.....this fix took so long to come out that most RV owners pitched off their vehicles and bought ones from other manufacturers that could actually be towed without melting. The fluid turns extremely dark in these transmissions (black by the first oil change is not uncommon) and Ford has a message saying it is a normal characteristic of Mercon LV yet none of the other Ford transmissions that use the same fluid have that problem. The 6F35 is the only one it does it with. I've seen super duties with 200,000 kms on their mercon LV and it doesn't look half as dark as the fluid from an Escape with 10,000 kms. I have had a handful of them over the past years that have come in on a tow-truck completely blown up where I don't even know what happened (suspect the center support might have puked out a snap-ring). Some of these were cases where families were travelling at highway speeds and they heard a bang and all 4 wheels locked up as their vehicles skidded to a stop because the shrapnel jams the differential and none of the wheels can turn. They come in with fist sized holes in the case and nothing but shrapnel....some of them have been blown up to the point that the even the PTU requires replacement because of the extensive damage. There are also handfuls of TSBs released over the years to correct quirky shifting with them too.

Ford makes some great vehicles but there are some turds that can never be polished into diamonds.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:25 PM   #23
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Thank goodness I have a dct, yeah sometimes it's a pain but at least I won't be blowing holes and locking my wheels.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:23 PM   #24
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40k hard miles in less than a year on my dct no issues here?
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