DRIVE AXLE REMOVAL

2004 Ford Freestar

Tiny

mlw64

August, 30, 2008 AT 12:12 PM

Transmission problem
2004 Ford Freestar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 60k miles

Does the transmission need to be drained prior to removing the drive axles? Or, can the outer boots be replaced without axle removal?

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3 Answers

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 30, 2008 AT 6:55 PM

Hi mlw64,

Thank you for the donations.

When the axle shafts are removed, some amount of gear oil will flow out as the level is higher then the shafts joints.

You can either drain or in my case, I use an oil pan under the joints to collect any oil that may drain out when the shafts are removed.

Remember to top up after reinstallation.

Tiny

mlw64

September, 1, 2008 AT 9:52 PM

Is this the type trans that is pressurized? My sister's Explorer is pressurized. My nephrew drained the trans by mistake while beginning an oil change. It wouldn't move after replacing the fluid. The dealership technician said it needed to be re-pressurized.
Mark

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 2, 2008 AT 8:09 AM

No, the axle gears and transmission assy are 2 different component. Both items are separated by another shaft.

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