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Ford Edge Transmission (Red) or Power Transfer Unit (PTU) (Brown) Fluid Leaks at Axle Area

Ford Edge Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 70,540 mi (3,000 mi - 360,000 mi)


A leaking axle shaft seal and / or PTU cover seal can cause transmission (red) or Power Transfer Unit (PTU) (brown) fluid leaks at the axle area. The axle shaft seal and / or PTU cover seal may be leaking and should be replaced as required.

  • , , 80,000 mi

    My Edge has been at dealer for close to 2 months!!! Still waiting on this epidemic of PTU backorders. Have received ZERO help from Ford customer fact, they act like it's the first they've heard of this problem. This should be a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT! Found this and will inquire...'re not covering this up. I will help see to it. You've had a WELL know problem at hand and were jut praying that people just waited months for the part, paid up the $2000 to fix it and then went on their way. Not this time...shame on your corporate greed!

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  • , , AWD, 65,000 mi

    I have a 2007 AWD EDGE began dripping black fluid on my driveway at 65K, I thought it was oil at first since I just had it changed. The drip stopped so on my way until I hit 70K then I began to smell a burnt smell from under the car and really noticed when I turned on the heater. Bigger spots of grease appeared so I took it in to a nearby Transmission shop they knew right off the bat it was the PTU Leaking. Cost to repair is $1600 a deal from what I am seeing what others have paid but when you do not have the $$ it is a lot. I bought the FORD EDGE because I wanted to buy American and support our People who build our cars and FORD'S Motto "Built Tough" Well from what I am learning this is a design flaw in in the Transmission and Ford is aware but has yet to do anything!! Had a Honda Accord before and put 150K on it never had a repair bill NEVER! this Car has been in the shop for struts,bearings, swing arms etc... Never again..

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  • , , AWD, 30,280 mi

    Currently at the dealer because a large fluid leak developed over two days. Dealer says it is a transmission seal leak and will cost $535 to fix. Waiting on the repairs now sounds like there are quite a few that have had the same problem. This is my Mothers car and she is 84 years old the 3 yr warranty expired in May this year wouldn't it figure. We know she has not been driving it hard so can't understand how a 3 year old car with less than 31k miles has a transmission seal go bad seems like a factory defect to me.

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  • , , AWD, 120,000 mi

    Noticed the leak only after the cabin filled with smoke and realized that something was leaking onto the exhaust causing the smoke (it really stinks). Determined it was transmission fluid and took it to the transmission repair shop (not the dealership) since it was past the warranty period. They at first replaced the seal to the axel but then it started leaking again within a few days and that's when it was diagnosed as a bad PTU that would need to be replaced. The shop I took it to applied the money I already spent the first time towards this repair. Total cost approximately $1,700.00 I am very disappointed in the Edge, I love the car but I certainly thought that I would get more than a 120k miles out of it before it started needing major repairs. I have a 1999 Ford Explorer with 250,000 miles and no major repairs. I guess they don't build them Ford Tough anymore!

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  • , , AWD, 76,000 mi

    I bought an extended warranty on my 2007 Edge SEL plus, AWD. It's been a great, trouble free vehicle for several years, but just after the extended warranty went out, I noticed a "whining" noise. I took it in and the service folks informed me that the PTU was going out. They said it could not be repaired--only replaced. Cost: $1,554. Yikes! I expected the Edge to be more reliable than that. I get my car serviced on a regular basis. After doing a little research, I find out that the PTU is a trouble spot on the Edge. I'm not a happy camper.

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  • , , AWD, 26,000 mi

    I started to hear a hum when I accelerated. I took the vehicle in to my dealer. Asked a technician to ride along to recreate the noise. He heard it right away. Immediately lifted the vehicle up to inspect it and identified it was the PTU. Was leaking blackish/brown fluid. they put in a part replacement request. Was told that the part is on a "national backorder" and I would hopefully be identified as an emergency replacement recipient. This was March 30th, 2012. As of 12 April 2012, I contacted Ford directly to follow up, and the part was still not available.

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  • , , AWD, 94,000 mi

    Leak around PTU unit which will cost approx. $1400 to fix and is definitely a problem with the 2007 Ford Edge. Should be a recall for this matter. Ford, do you want our business or do you want us to go with foreign made vehicles which seem to be manufactured to last without major issues?

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  • , , AWD, 3,000 mi

    My Ford Edge has had a grinding noise in the transmission area from day one. I have complained over and over and have always been told that it was normal and not to worry. Yesterday I took the vehicle in because the grinding was much louder. I was told the PTU was out and the vehicle was unsafe to drive and it would be 1800.00 to fix it. I now have 70,000 miles on it. I am upset because I have complained since I bought it.

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  • , , FWD, 38,000 mi

    Ford eplorer xlt- Had the ptu seal replaced 3 times. Leaking oil every 45 days or so. First two times was told seal must have been bad. Finally they are admitting it may be more than the seal. Seal and car covered under warrantee. Part has a 90 day guarantee so haven't paid anything yet. Bought the car with this problem. The leak Issa slow I didn't realize it was a problem. Bought direct from a ford dealer. Car should have been problem free since it was certified.

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  •  Rookie

    Haven't had it fixed yet because the leak is a slow drip.

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