Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

PTU Problems

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by GeoMimi89, December 9, 2012.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^



Do Not Sell My Personal Information



  1. blwnsmoke

    blwnsmoke Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    February 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,251
    Likes Received:
    995
    Trophy Points:
    133
    City, State:
    Moderator
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2020 Explorer ST
    EcoBoost 3.5 gets water cooled, 3.5NA does not.
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20.

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. metroplex

    metroplex Active Member

    Joined:
    October 29, 2000
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    SE MI
    City, State:
    SE MI, USA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2018 Ford Explorer XLT
    Yes. It's not like the cooler does much though for PTU longevity.
     
  4. 613GT500

    613GT500 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    September 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,528
    Likes Received:
    106
    Trophy Points:
    73
    City, State:
    Ontario, Canada
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 XC90 T8 R-Design
    Do you have any reference material for this?
     
  5. metroplex

    metroplex Active Member

    Joined:
    October 29, 2000
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    SE MI
    City, State:
    SE MI, USA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2018 Ford Explorer XLT
    I looked at the order guides and didn't see an option, but maybe other countries that import it have to add a hot weather package. I know the US Explorer Sports get the PTU cooler. My Fusion Sport even comes with one.
     
  6. 613GT500

    613GT500 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    September 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,528
    Likes Received:
    106
    Trophy Points:
    73
    City, State:
    Ontario, Canada
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 XC90 T8 R-Design
    I'm in Canada and it was never an option nor referenced anywhere in the literature as standard or optional.
     
  7. kars85

    kars85 Active Member

    Joined:
    June 21, 2006
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    City, State:
    IOWA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2015 Explorer XLT - 202A
    I did a fluid extraction a couple weeks ago through the fill port using a shop air powered mity vac. Got about 9oz out and put in around 16oz in before it started dribbling out the fill hole. So, that means of the pint the manual specs, I was running with about half that quantity for 30k+ miles. Wow.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. RhinoQuartz

    RhinoQuartz Active Member

    Joined:
    December 16, 2018
    Messages:
    688
    Likes Received:
    108
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    17 Explorer Base
    From what I have been able to gather, you are correct - water cooled PTUs were installed only on PIUs from factory.

    Edit: 3.5 ecoboosts in general. I have heard that the 3.7 Duratec on the PIUs also gets a water cooled PTU...
     
    Last edited: April 26, 2019
  9. metroplex

    metroplex Active Member

    Joined:
    October 29, 2000
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    21
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    SE MI
    City, State:
    SE MI, USA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2018 Ford Explorer XLT
  10. PlatinumOwner

    PlatinumOwner Active Member

    Joined:
    March 6, 2016
    Messages:
    333
    Likes Received:
    48
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Platinum
    My Platinum definitely had a water cooled PTU from the factory as I remember the service tech mentioning it.

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. bigtexan99

    bigtexan99 Active Member

    Joined:
    July 16, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Sport
    My Sport now has 28,800 miles and I had been noticing an occasional slight one time jerk in the drivetrain every 4 or 5 days. Nowhere near as bad as when the original PTU failed. Then I noticed a few drops of fluid on the garage floor. It seemed to be coolant. Took the Sport in and they said the replacement PTU is leaking (coolant I guess) and they are going to replace the PTU (for the 2nd time) on Monday. Do the PTU's leak coolant???
     
  12. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    December 28, 2010
    Messages:
    25,601
    Likes Received:
    1,271
    Trophy Points:
    143
    City, State:
    Ottawa, Ontario area
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2020 Aviator Reserve II
    Callsign:
    VE3
    See the first post on this page. Posts 323 and 344 as well.

    Peter
     
  13. ExPlat

    ExPlat Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    October 29, 2016
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Platinum
    Sorry to hear about yours failing again! Sure, they leak coolant if they are water cooled as our Platinum models are supposed to be.
     
  14. bigtexan99

    bigtexan99 Active Member

    Joined:
    July 16, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Sport
    The dealer advised that it was not coolant leaking from the PTU but gear oil from inside the PTU. They said a 'vent tube' attached to the PTU is cracked and its leaking from there. They are replacing the 'vent tube' tomorrow.
     
  15. Mekks082

    Mekks082 New Member

    Joined:
    June 26, 2019
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    City, State:
    Denver, CO
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Limited
    My 16 limited was made 7/15. Is there a chance this PTU will have a drain plug? I have 69k miles and would like to change it asap.
     
  16. Adrian Gitch

    Adrian Gitch Active Member

    Joined:
    February 15, 2019
    Messages:
    210
    Likes Received:
    26
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    Paris, KY
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2015 Explorer Limited
    There's seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet as to when they permanently stopped using the PTU's without the drain plug and permanently started using PTU's with the drain plug. If there's even exact time frames. I would just drive it up on ramps or put it on a jack stand and crawl under and eyeball it.
     
  17. Mekks082

    Mekks082 New Member

    Joined:
    June 26, 2019
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    City, State:
    Denver, CO
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Limited
    That's the plan I guess. Lowest price I can find on the MC 75w140 is around $20/qt.

    At that price point would running something like Amsoil SG, or Redline Lightweight be a better choice?
     
  18. Crates

    Crates New Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2019
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    3
    City, State:
    Windsor, Ont
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2014 Explorer AWD Limited
    I would not be afraid to use the Amsoil gear lube, thats what I put in mine 10k ago and its running perfect.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. Mekks082

    Mekks082 New Member

    Joined:
    June 26, 2019
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    City, State:
    Denver, CO
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2016 Explorer Limited
  20. Odrapnew

    Odrapnew Active Member

    Joined:
    December 27, 2013
    Messages:
    811
    Likes Received:
    67
    Trophy Points:
    38
    City, State:
    MN
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2014 Explorer Sport
    I have that one and it works good. I purchased it to change PTU fluid on my wife's CX9 ~ 5 years ago. I used it to siphon the rear diff on my explorer when I changed it as well.

    I had access to my motorcycle battery, which I placed behind the vehicle. I don't think the cables will reach to the front.

    Mine came with a few hose sizes. One was small diameter and a little stiff (looks like that one has the same) which worked to fish to the bottom of the diff.

    It was well worth the money in my eyes.

    I recommend making sure the fluid is at least warm.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  21. Keith N

    Keith N Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    July 3, 2016
    Messages:
    123
    Likes Received:
    14
    Trophy Points:
    28
    City, State:
    Midwest
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2011 explorer xlt
    I used that one also and worked good on my 11. Warm fluid helps for sure. I used it to fill it also. I used about 12” of 1/4” OD copper line- the soft kind u can bend by hand. Made a French curve shape to it and I could easily feel the bottom of the case as I menuvered it thru the fill hole. The hose in the kit fits over the copper tubing. I pulled 15 of 16 ounces out quick and easy.
     

Share This Page







We Support Our Troops!