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  1. When my wife had an 09, her car did this. I found a bad outer tie rod on both sides. Changed them both and had it aligned. Problem gone. John
  2. Has anyone tried taking a long Torx tool like this one: .. and cutting it down behind the head to gain access to the fasteners behind the tone ring? Or, would this tool work for that purpose without relieving it behind the tip as is? Thanks. EDIT: I'm inclined to try to make this tool. Does anyone know how thin the "waist" behind the head needs to be? I don't want to make it too thin for obvious reasons but I also don't want to knacker the tone ring either... Thanks again. John
  3. The NAV straightened itself out. It probably had to figure itself out after I reset it a few days ago. It's now on track and usable. One thing I noticed is that the "no gps" warning square pops up on and off on the display while driving today. This was my wife's car before we gave it to my sister and she doesn't remember the no gps indicator, but then, she might not have noticed it even if it did pop up. Is this abnormal? This has a new antenna and it acts like the other antenna I changed a few years ago. I also tried reconnecting the original antenna still mounted under the dash and it doesn't work at all. So the original antenna was bad and I've tried two Chinese aftermarket antennas that work - kind of. I wonder if the marginal reception is because of the cheap antennas. At least it works so I'm not going to worry about it. Thanks for the help everyone. John
  4. No, running stock wheels and tires. Battery about two years old and tests perfect on electronic analyzer. Thanks for the reply. John
  5. In Connecticut, which tends to be hilly with a lot of tall trees. Here's some more info that I didn't think to mention: this car had a bad tone ring - so to keep the ABS from chattering the brakes on dry pavement, I pulled the ABS fuse which disabled the AWD, ABS, traction, and stability until I had the chance to install the new axle. Disabling the ABS also eliminated the NAV from dead reckoning using the car's speed sensors (like when in a tunnel or in a tall stand of trees), so the radio announced a Nav error. Once I installed the new axle and restored the ABS, the GPS still refused to dead reckon even after a couple days of usage. Resetting the phone settings suddenly allowed the dead reckoning to work and the NAV is now functional again, except of course for the 1/4 error. I'll drive it a few more days before giving it back to my sister and see if the NAV sorts itself out. Thanks. John
  6. 2009 Edge Limited. The NAV works but it always lags about 1/4 mile behind regardless of direction. In the diagnostic menu, it shows anywhere between 2 and 5 satellites depending on conditions, but it's always behind. Needless to say it's tough or impossible to use. I went into the phone section and did a reset and that didn't help. I don't see any method of resetting the NAV or calibrating it. This is a car I gave to my sister a few years ago, and it worked properly when I last had it. Is it just too old to work? BTW, I just picked up another antenna on Amazon, and it acts the same way. Thanks. John
  7. My sister went to have new tires installed on her 2009 AWD, and the tire shop couldn't get one of the lug nuts off on the right front. I took a quick look at it and the stud itself is spinning in the hub (I opened a hole on the decorative outer trim cap to see the stud center). Is there enough room behind the hub to tack weld the stud down to the back of the hub in order to pull the wheel off? She's going back today because they said they could change the stud, but in case they run into a problem, I'd like to know what my options are. If we can get it apart, I'll change the hub/bearing. Also, are these front hubs problematic where it might be better to replace both front hub/wheel bearings? Thanks. John
  8. JohnCT

    Spark Plugs

    My sister's 09 set a code last week for a #3 misfire (front of the engine) so I tossed in an NGK plug I picked up locally to get her going. The original misfiring plug was gapped over .09. I ordered a set of Motorcraft plugs, Motorcraft coil boots, Motorcraft PCV valve, and Felpro intake plenum gaskets and changed them Saturday. These plugs are supposedly pregapped but they were inconsistent. Half of them needed to be tweaked. All the rest of the remaining original plugs were in the same shape with over .085 and up gap measured. At 90K miles, these plugs were probably at least 20K beyond their expiration. And just like the old Escapes, a misfire will damage the coil drivers in the PCM and require replacement or rebuild of the PCM, so it's prudent to replace the plugs *before* they misfire. The total job took about 90 minutes and required no special tools. Just a basic socket set, a channel lock pliers to squeeze a hose clamp that held a hose onto the plenum, and a "cats claw" tool to help pop out the wire looms. It may seem daunting at first but removing the upper intake plenum is very easy. Just remember to stuff rags into the intake runners after the plenum is removed lest you drop something down the intake and into the engine (that's bad folks.) There is information both on the web and on this site from other members for the procedure so I won't describe it except to say it's an easy job. Don't be afraid to change the plugs yourself, and make sure you do BEFORE you get a misfire and damage your PCM. John
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    Rebuild Cost of Engine

    I gotta tell you, if the engine has 30K miles on it I wouldn't touch anything on it - just plug and play. Okay, I'd probably change the plugs as long as it's on the engine stand but that's it. At 30K miles, the engine is for all intents and purposes virtually new. John
  10. JohnCT

    PTU discontinued by Ford

    Thanks for the info. My sister has the Edge now and I'll change her coolant before the winter. What brand of coolant have you been using? John
  11. JohnCT

    PTU discontinued by Ford

    All cars have problems, even Jeeps. But I've owned an 88 Sable, 95 Sable, two 95 Windstars, 2004 Escape and a 2005 Escape (bought used to replace the Windstars in my business). Both Sables needed transmissions. Fortunately, I specifically ordered the 3.0 Vulcan V6s because they were available so no engine problems. Both Windstars blew transmissions and both needed their Essex V6 engines rebuilt because of head gaskets. Both Escapes needed the CD4E transmissions rebuilt. The only Ford that was bullet proof was my 2000 Explorer Sport that I specifically ordered with a manual because the automatics were known to be junk. Between the German Cologne 4.0 and the Japanese (Mitsu) manual transmission, the power train gave me no trouble. BTW, all the above failures were known issues from the day they were put in production and never addressed. The 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee we bought new now has about 300K miles on it, and it's on it's original engine, original automatic trans, and original transfer case. In all this time I've replaced the cooling fan, fan controller, passenger side power window regulator, the coil pack and last week the alternator. All these things I did in my driveway except for a vacuum line leak that a garage smoked out (rubber lines at charcoal canister near gas tank). My son still has this Jeep and it's still running well. I bought a Jeep Compass to replace one of the Escapes and a new Grand Cherokee for my wife. There were not many bigger Ford fans around than I was, but it reaches a point of absurdity, and I'm there now. And as Bigblock says above, it's a shame. Ford really did their homework on the NVH of the Edge. It's as tight, smooth, and silent a ride as I've ever experienced. The resale is in the toilet because it's typical Ford major systems failures have become known. If Ford snuffed these problems out early in production instead of making the owners cover the costs, resale on Ford products would be much higher. John
  12. JohnCT

    PTU discontinued by Ford

    Hijack away. This is important information to anyone who still has an Edge. Hopefully, something as innocuous as a silly water pump didn't destroy your engine. Hmmm... burying a water pump inside the timing cover... what could go wrong? I left Ford in the early 2000s because of constant auto trans problems and the Essex V6 engine failures (I've had them all). We bought the Edge because my wife liked it, we got a good deal on it, and I had heard that GM had a lot to do with the Edge's transmission design, so I took a chance. The PTU going out at 50K has taught me that sometimes you just can't go home. The Edge is gone and I'm back with Jeep. The last Ford I'll own is one I bought the year I got married: a 1966 Mustang 2+2 bought in 1985. I'll keep this car and give it to my son when I'm all done driving, but Ford has bitten me for the last time. John
  13. JohnCT

    PTU discontinued by Ford

    Do you mean *literally* into the oil pan? Coolant in the oil will strip the babbitt off the bearings and destroy the engine in a very short time. John
  14. JohnCT

    PTU replacement hints and info

    Sure, they're fair game.. John
  15. JohnCT

    PTU discontinued by Ford

    Although the PTU has a fairly severe angle on the ring and pinion, it's otherwise just a gear box with no clutches. It's hard to believe that it's just friction alone (particularly since it's all roller bearing) that could cause synthetic fluid breakdown of this magnitude, which is why I believe the PTU's proximity to the cat is a huge contributing factor. It's tiny fluid capacity is another contributing factor, but still points back to unmitigated heat gain. I have no evidence, but logical speculation would suggest that Ford designed and prototyped several examples of the PTU which were run with full torque to see how the box could cope with stress and heat. I would assume the box would have to have passed these bench tests before production was ordered. My speculation is that the environment the PTU experiences as installed in these platforms was an unforeseen problem that caught Ford by surprise. I unloaded my Edge after installing a new PTU, but if I was going to keep it, the plan was to fabricate and install a heat shield and airflow diverter and monitor the temperatures before and after with a thermocouple to test the effectiveness of it. John