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2017 Ford Edge Sport ATF Fluid Leak


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#1 OFFLINE   Sierra

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:01 PM

My 2017 Ford Edge Sport is leaking what looks like ATF fluid by the front wheel on the driver’s side. I noticed a few drops on the garage floor this afternoon when I returned home. I looked under the car and saw the red fluid splattered all over the lower A-arm and inner fender on the driver’s side. My car only has 1,200 miles on it. I will pull the drivers side front wheel tomorrow to get a better look. Any guess on what may have failed?









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#2 OFFLINE   NoDTMF

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:58 AM

No guess from me, but I have 1400 miles, so I am interested in your findings. What is your buildi date? Mine was October 16

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:09 AM

No guess from me, but I have 1400 miles, so I am interested in your findings. What is your buildi date? Mine was October 16

 

 

 

I believe mine was built in November of 2016. I see your location is SC Mtns. Is that Santa Cruz? I live in Aptos.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:57 AM

Most likely the torque converter seal.  This has happened since the 2015 MY.  How frequent IDK.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:28 AM

Most likely the torque converter seal.  This has happened since the 2015 MY.  How frequent IDK.

 

 

 

Sounds like a major repair. My biggest concern is finding a dealership that has competent staff to do the work correctly.

 

I purchased this Ford Edge to replace a 1990 Toyota V6 4x4 SR5 pickup that I owned for 26  years. After 26 years one of the head gaskets went. My new Ford Edge could not even make it to 26 weeks without needing a major repair.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

OK folks. Here are some photos.

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:52 PM

I sent the photos to a local Ford Dealer and their technician thinks the red fluid may be power steering fluid. When I look up I can see the red fluid all over one of the upper motor mounts.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:39 PM

I just learned that the 2017 Ford Edge Sport does not have a power steering pump. The steering is electric.

 

I think it would be beneficial if I had a service manual to see how to remove all the covers and get under the air cleaner. The source of the leak appears to be well above the drive shafts and to the left under the air cleaner.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:35 PM

 

 

 

I believe mine was built in November of 2016. I see your location is SC Mtns. Is that Santa Cruz? I live in Aptos.

 

Yep, just off hwy 17. I have fun driving the Sport on Old Santa Cruz hwy. For those unfamiliar, the highway is total twisty, in sport mode you rarely go beyond 2 gear.

 

Bummed that your leaking fluid.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:37 PM

 

 

 

Sounds like a major repair. My biggest concern is finding a dealership that has competent staff to do the work correctly.

 

I purchased this Ford Edge to replace a 1990 Toyota V6 4x4 SR5 pickup that I owned for 26  years. After 26 years one of the head gaskets went. My new Ford Edge could not even make it to 26 weeks without needing a major repair.

Well my 99 ford ranger is at 194K is doing well with no leaks what so ever...so hopefully that was your last major repair.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:23 AM

 

Yep, just off hwy 17. I have fun driving the Sport on Old Santa Cruz hwy. For those unfamiliar, the highway is total twisty, in sport mode you rarely go beyond 2 gear.

 

Bummed that your leaking fluid.

 

 

 

 

I stay off Old San Jose Road. Too many bicyclists.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:25 AM

Well my 99 ford ranger is at 194K is doing well with no leaks what so ever...so hopefully that was your last major repair.

 

 

I sold the Toyota on Craigslist last year. Sold in less than 1 hour. I had about 30 people contact me.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:05 PM

Today I decided to remove the air filter box to see if I could get a better view of the top of the transmission where I believe the red fluid may be coming from. I also wanted to check the transmission fluid level. I found evidence of the red fluid as indicated in the photos below. I still could not locate a source. Looks like I need to pull the battery next since I see the red fluid under the battery. I will need the repair manual to figure out how to do that. Hopefully I will have the Edge repair manual I ordered today by tomorrow.

 

NOTE: The transmission ATF level was fine.

 

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:55 PM

Just take it in to your dealer and have them diagnose. No matter what it is, you really are not going to be doing the work yourself anyway on a brand new vehicle. It is very likely ATF as there is nothing else that color. Brake fluid, oil, and gear lube are all amber to brown colored. I think you must be the first to have this issue since I've been following this forum. These 2015+ Edges have been pretty reliable other than some of the early model year issues.


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Posted 26 May 2017 - 10:08 AM

I appreciate members who look into the issues, even if they know they will have the dealer fix. I find odd that here and on other sites people are not appreciative of the self-diagnosis/detective work even if the vehicle is under warranty. After all these forums are for our education ...no?

 

BTW, any update?



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Posted 26 May 2017 - 10:41 AM

Most people probably feel it's a waste of time.



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Posted 26 May 2017 - 03:44 PM

Most people probably feel it's a waste of time.

 

 

Well, to the OP, it wasn't waste of my time. If it was, I wouldn't read the thread........



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Posted 26 May 2017 - 05:57 PM

Most people probably feel it's a waste of time.


Might be *now*, but fast forward 5 years to when somebody is searching for red fluid leak for the used 2017 Edge they bought.

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 09:04 PM

The issue is that we are car nuts who often are distressed when something is going on that we don't have an immediate answer to. As a result, we sift through the forums looking for that magical answer that supposedly puts our minds at rest or causes even more distress based on what the findings are. This is why I give the quick answer of have the dealer take a look at it. It is free, and most dealers are decent about stuff like this. We will often drive ourselves crazy only to realize that we cannot do a thing about it ourselves.


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 12:33 PM

Follow-up To The Fluid Leak On My 2017 Ford Edge Sport

 

The dealer I decided to go to was 30 miles away from my home and I wanted to make sure I could drive that distance without damaging anything. My investigation showed there was no ATF leaking from the transmission and the ATF level in the transmission was full. I was convinced the fluid was emanating from above the transmission case so I removed the air cleaner, battery and battery tray for a better look. See photo below. I even used a flexible bore scope to get a better look in tight spaces. All signs pointed to the transmission mount area, but I could not find anything definitive.
 

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When I dropped my Edge off at the dealership service department last Wednesday the staff was very impressed with my investigation and assigned the work order to their master mechanic. He was able to confirm that the transmission mount incorporates a hydraulic dampener that had failed and was leaking hydraulic fluid. This was a surprise to everyone. Before I took my Edge in I went through the Ford factory repair manual and I could find no mention that the transmission mount incorporated a hydraulic dampener.
 

It will take 7 to 10 days for a new transmission mount to arrive. In the meantime the service department staff said I could drive my Edge with out damaging anything.

 

BTW, back in the 60’s and 70’s I never hesitated to take my cars and motorcycles apart for repairs or to improve performance. I am guessing these days many are limiting their capabilities to the apps available on their smart phones.


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