Car Problem Reports
Ford Fusion PTU (power transfer unit) - Fusion Sport AWD
Ford Fusion Problem
Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 51,100 mi (40,200 mi - 62,000 mi)
Noticing for a couple of months a burning smell coming into the car, at random times. Sometimes very strong, enough to have to drive with the windows down. Took into dealer and discovered the PTU (the thing off the transmission that powers the AWD) was leaking fluid, possibly dripping on exhaust causing the burning smell. Shop said parts inside were possibly worn or broken and the fluid was very burned. Covered under drive train warranty thank goodness. Surpised that something so major could be wrong with such a young vehicle that is well cared for.
Had odors of burning oil and a oil leak we could not find source, we were told by the people doing our service probably a minor thing as drivability was good. now at 135,000 miles they say transfer case was dry and unit is burned up. Also the transmission was banging real hard and bucking on attempts to pass and going uphill as well. My wife tells me about this after two weeks of driving like that. they tell me have to do transmission repair, over a valve body in transmission. they want $3500 to do these repairs. Then they hit me with it needs wheel bearings for a complete total of $4200 Transfer unit, transmission, and wheel bearings.
OK so then they call and want another $500 PLUS LABOR for new halfshafts, saying bearings are shot.
I said did you have to take that out to do estimated repairs already authorized, Yes, well then dont double dip me on LABOR, no way. extra for parts yes, no extra labor.
QUESTION; Is the estimated transmission and transfer case repair number of $3500 in the right range?