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  1. 14AWD3.5

    Check charging system warning

    What was weird for me this week is other than "No Key Detected", I never got any indication of a battery failure/low voltage either before or during my week long issue with a bad battery. no check engine light, code, alternator charging idiot light, nothing. There was no way that I could find to see any voltage display on any screen in my Limited. Until the battery went dead, I had zero issues or warning. Not cool at 11:15 pm after a long shift at work. Only after I removed the dead battery and switched it out for an rv battery that I had did I get a motor symbol on the dash.
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    Wheel lock laugh

    OK so my neighbor across the street is a mechanic and works for cash on Saturdays out of his garage. After getting a $1,400 estimate from Firestone for brakes and struts I asked him if he would like to do my Edge brakes (still stock with 105K, having no issues). Firestone had reported "deep scoring" in the rear rotors and all 4 needed R&R to include pads. I've never felt any shuddering or heard any squealing so I wondered about that diagnosis. So he gets my wheel lock key (McGard) and takes off the wheels. He finds the fronts about 50% left on the pads and the rotors are fine. The rears have a slight scoring and pads are about 50%, but he said it really didn't need to be replaced at the present. Since he had the rear rotors and pads already (at half the O'Reilleys retail cost to me), I had him put on the rear rotors and pads, leaving the fronts alone for now. Total bill for rear brakes was $170. Firestone wanted $440... He reinstalls the wheels and I drive it around to check braking, can't tell much difference (it was fine before anyway). Next day I am looking for the wheel lock and can't find it. Thinking he still has it I ask. "Nope, I think I left it on the rim". Uh oh, it's gone. Probably fell off and I never heard it. So a week later he's located 4 junkyard lugnuts and proceeds to use a socket to over-ride the wheel lock, like several YouTube vids said can be done. Now all is well. I go to check tire pressure of the spare a week later and tucked down by the space saver spare is the original McGard plastic envelope with the code #'s and the 4 original lugnuts. Sheesh!
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    Walmart Supertech fluids

    Edit update. Car now has 105K and I have used the (Walmart sells it) Valvoline Maxlife Synthetic Mercon LV equivalent (gallon gray jug) for the last 3 tranny pan changes. The transmission shifts are smooth and everything is quiet so I guess it likes it enough. At $17 + tax for a gallon, that's way cheaper than the auto parts stores by the quart Mercon LV (which costs around $8 a qt). I'm using Supertech DOT 4 synthetic brake fluid for the (turkey baster) siphoning of the brake fluid reservoir about every 3 months. I don't bleed the brakes due to being just me here but I figure it recirculates as it's always a light brown coming out as opposed to clear going in. That's only like $3 a bottle (pint?) and it makes 3 siphon and fills.
  4. I changed PTU fluid (5th time in 105K) last week and the whine is gone. Could have been low from the previous Firestone change, don't know but the whine is gone. Nothing else was disturbed so I'm thinking that was it, a low amount of gear oil. Strange since there was no evidence of a leak. Now I'm unsure if Firestone filled it. I drove on their service fill for 30K without incident so perhaps it was simply low?.
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    PTU Care

    Maybe time to change your RDU now too. I did mine early (around 60K) and it was fairly dirty looking. I think that's it for the RDU changes now.
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    PTU Care

    105K update. Had the neighbor mechanic siphon out the PTU (or try to). He was using a (more professional grade) hand pump and said that his hose bottomed out in the PTU but he couldn't get anything out. Now after 4 changes in 105K it shouldn't be sludge, so I'm not sure just what the problem was. He did get the (.5 or .6 liters) of new 75-140 synthetic fluid in, so how is that possible if it wasn't almost dry? Hmm, not sure but the bottle was only 12 ounces and we used about half of it till it started weeping out Never have had a spot on the driveway or in the garage and the plug /area around it was bone dry. I did notice that my persistent (what I thought was the power steering pump) whine is now gone. Coincidence? All this done with just jackstands.
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    Walmart Supertech fluids

    Appreciate the input. As opposed to my finicky RAM that can only digest real AT-4 fluid or suffer tranny damage, perhaps the Ford 6 speed can handle it. Hope so. It sure is an easy pan drain, takes maybe 20-30 minutes total including the cleanup. Makes keeping the trans fluid fresh not so much of a chore.
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    PTU Care

    Flushed twice with (real) Mercon LV by turkey basting draining the reservoir, going lock to lock with the top off to “burp”, then siphoning out again. Never helped though.
  9. 14AWD3.5

    Any ideas for turning off AWD?

    I would wonder why bother turning it off/disabling it anyway? Mine seems to not cost me any mpg penalty based on sticker ratings, so what's the advantage?
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    PTU Care

    4th PTU fluid change at 72K. Same Firestone, same cost, the fluid looked fine, no smells, no drips. Kinda' hate to keep changing it every 20K but guess $100 is cheaper than $1600... Though I wonder if I can stretch the intervals out to 30K now that its been done 4 times. Other than the persistent rpm dependent power steering pump whine, the car has been a gem. Consistent 24 mpg's per dash meter on highway at appx 65-70. I just can't get the ps unit quiet and Ford refused to do anything just before the ext warranty ran out at 70K.
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    2016 AWD RDU Oil Change?

    On my gen 1 2014 I had it serviced at appx 70K at 6 years old. Gear oil still looked fine. Used synthetic gear oil. Reason I did it was age and a bit of U-Haul towing. Tiny rear end punkin' though... So it's probably good for another 100K now. Just how much does the rear end ever engage anyways?
  12. OK at the risk of automotive fluid heresy, having watched a couple Farm Project videos, one of which was on Supertech oil vs others, the result was that it was fine to use. Question is, what about the Walmart non-branded Mercon LV? And strangely enough it also says Dexron usage too... I had drained the trans pan, appx 6 qts 2 weeks ago and used the $18 jug (1 gallon) of WM Mercon LV instead of O'Reilleys $6.85/qt Mercon LV. Trans sounds and shifts the same after about 1,000 miles on it (course that's less than 50% mixed). What say you all? A - it's ruined, get ready to replace it B - maybe not the best practice but ok C - oil branding is all hype
  13. Late reading and replying but on my 14’ Edge the Firestone charge for the PTU and the RDU services was $230 total. I’ll never need to do the RDU again but obviously the PTU needs more frequent services than once every 70K...
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    Dealer PTU response.. never changed fluid?

    I’ve been to 2 Ford dealers. The one I bought the Edge from happily changed the fluid along with a trans flush. Then I moved and the 2nd one had no clue about the PTU changes and said it was uneccesary cause it’s lifetime... so I went to Firestone ($100) and although they had never done one, they listened to my explanation from the forum and they did it. I’m going back now 30K later for another change this month. You’d think a service advisor would read some Ford vehicle forums just to keep up on what owners were finding. Their service centers try to upsell everything under the sun as it is anyway... All I can say is to try an independent shop if your dealer refuses like my local one did.
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    Surprise in spark plug change

    Got the dealer to do it, $230 total.