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Old 10-16-2006, 03:00 AM   #1
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need help with trans problem

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I have an 04 svt with 53k on her, Last week, I noticed the driver side of the transmission was leaking trans fluid on the driver side. I thought it just needed axel seals. Then when I would turn, the wheel would jerk and some kind of noise would come from the front end of the car. My brother, who works at a local ford dealership, looked at the problem today. He said were the axle goes in to the trans is loose and was probable the axle bearing along with axle seals. The car is undrivable now because the axle is making so much noise and the car jerks all over the road. The bearing that needs to be replaced is inside the trans. He was not sure if it is even able to get fixed. He thought that the getrag transmission was not a serviceable part at the dealership and I might get a new trans.
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-Is the trans unserviceable resulting in a trans?
-What would make the bearing go?
-Why did my vf engineer motor mount bushing start to pop out were it mounts to the trans?

I appreciate any response to solving this problem
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Old 10-16-2006, 06:51 AM   #2
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the trans is not unserviceable, ford just chooses not to service it because it's not a "ford" transmisison. ford offers no service manual for the transmisison, and getrag isn't helpful at all. if you're going to try to get the trans warrantied, take the vf mount off and reinstall the stocker. any aftermarket part connected to the trans will be under attack, and believe me, the ideas they come up with why such and such a part caused whichever failure are rediculous. best to avoid all that to begin with. no idea what could have caused the failure....it's very uncommon. but if you end up servicing the trans, go ahead and install a quaife while you're at it, and an aftermarket clutch/flywheel to protect against your dual mass flywheel falling apart and grenading thru the bellhousing
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:49 AM   #3
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The axle shafts go directly into the Diff and both Diff bearings are Avb. at an NAPA dealer

I have seen this before where the shafts have come out of the Diff because the little lock ring either broke or came loose that holds them in , Some of the time it gaulds the shaft where it has to be replaced but check this first by pulling the shaft and see if it is the Diff bearings or the shaft backed out

You can not do this by looking with nothing removed , pull the shaft and inspect it all before you go through the trouble to pull the trans , yes it could be the bearings but this is an easy fix if its only come out of place , in all the cases i have seen this the seal is dead so have one ready

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Old 10-16-2006, 09:26 AM   #4
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If only the seal is bad can it be replaced without removing the trans?
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:03 AM   #5
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If only the seal is bad can it be replaced without removing the trans?
Yes.

Also, there is some play between the axle and diff bearing. I would just make sure the noise is not from the axle as it's really easy to replace.
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:19 PM   #6
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The other day I was driving down to cedar point and I jumped on my car a little and when I went to hit 4th I just heard a POP! Just yesterday I jumped on it which I hardly ever do and when I hit second hard I heard a pop again. I don't know if this somehow that sound but the tires aren't squealing I just hear a pop. I looked under there and I don't see anything leaking I do have the VF mount, I don't know if it busted or what but maybe it's something internally.
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Old 10-16-2006, 05:15 PM   #7
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I can move the shaft up, down, in and out were it goes into the trans while it is still in the car. For about 3 to 4 weeks it felt like a motor mount was going bad, when I would shift it felt like the motor was moving under low rpm shifts. Three days before the problem made the car undriveable, I had the oil changed. The dealer said the motor mount seemed fine but the vf mount bushing was starting to pop out, but still, the motor had very little movement, and there was no fluid leaks at all in the car. Then three day latter, It was hard to get it into reverse and it would grind 3 shifting at about 3k rpms. That is when I sall the trans was just covered in fluid. I have been easy on the car for the last 25k since I got the tsb clutch, what could be the cause of this problem?
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Old 10-16-2006, 06:46 PM   #8
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Wow. At a minimum you nee to pull it and inspect and like Tom said you can buy new diff bearings. You can also replace the diff with another open one or buy a limited slip. Other than that you're looking for a new transmission and they go from $400-$800 used.
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I have an 04 svt with 53k on her
Question: is this not covered under the 100,000 mile PT warrenty?
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:41 PM   #10
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No, It still has warrenty on her with 100k pt, I Did not want the dealer to look at the car and say that the trans is shot, and we need 90.00 dollar now just for looking at it. My header flang is cracked at the weld, so I am just waiting for it to come in to put the cat and header on, along with the other mods. When I had 40k on her, the pasenger side axel bracket broke and made the axle bearing go where the two axle met. I took it to the dealer for a shake in the front end. I got charge the $90.00 plus they said that the car warrenty was no longer any go. They clamed the intake was messing up the flow into the intake mainfold which caused the shakes. So I took of all the part I had put on and waited about 2 weeks and took it to a nother dealer in the area. About 1 hour after dropping the car off I got a call form the dealer. They said I would have to take a rental for about 2 weeks and a ford rep would have to come down and ok the part before the could fix it. Here the bad axle braket made the axle, sway bars, link ends and steering box go. So it did all get fixed but now it is the other side with the problem. Next week it will go in to get looked at, So I just have to wait and see. Yes, I did get my $90.00 back from the other dealer, they clamid it was fine.
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