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Old 11-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just bought a five hundred and the flywheel needs replacing. i can't find a chiton or haynes manual for this car. any help on removal procedure?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Never did that job myself but I know there are no internal trans parts
for that car. (At least that was the case in 2008)

"Repairing" a 500 trans at the dealer level involved removing the broken
one and replacing with a brand new one direct from the assembly line.
I went through that rigmarole with a Ford 500 company car that was
2000 miles outside of warranty, with a trans failure. The whole engine
cradle is dropped to do the job. It's a labor-intensive deal and it cost
an arm & a leg.

On your situation, you may be able to get the part, but I'm thinking
you won't easily find any shop manuals detailing an R&R for the flexplate.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is it a 6-spd auto or the CVT? When I was at Ford they just R&R'd the CVT's. No overhaul procedures were to be done. The one we owned was a 6 spd. Awesome car. Never did a thing to it other then maint.
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its a 6 speed. it must be serviceable because the local trans shop said $450 for labor. im laid off right now and would hate to pay someone else to do it. im very confident in my mechanical abilities but cautious about attempting this without a manual.
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FYI- Helm's has an oline service where for $10, you get a 1 time access to anything in the Ford Service manual......
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Is it a 6-spd auto or the CVT? When I was at Ford they just R&R'd the CVT's. No overhaul procedures were to be done. The one we owned was a 6 spd. Awesome car. Never did a thing to it other then maint.
Interesting. Mine is a 6 speed. They follow (or at least followed) the same CVT procedures
for the 6 speed on the car...... R&R with a new unit.
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It's not at all fun.
The front wheels and engine support have to come off. Which means the car has to be high enough off the ground to get the crossmember out from underneath. (You didn't mention if you had access to a lift.) The engine must be hung from an added support up top since it's sole support is the crossmember you have to remove. There are no good and obvious places to "hang" a 500 engine. Last time I did one I used small chains. One around the intake neck (which I wasn't happy about) and one around the piece of aluminum that the lower alternator bolt goes through. Seemed to work but iffy.
Then remove the transmission. When I do such at home with no lift I usually use my engine cherry picker to support the transmission and lower it. You could use one for the engine and a floor jack for the transmission but those transmissions are "tall" and wobbly so you better have a helper. Pulling the trans just far enough to get at the flywheel is for all purposes the same as just flat removing the transmission.
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Even with a lift and a good transmission jack it still evidently requires two people to actually wrestle the transmission out of the car. You might note the CV axles are out of the transmission but still hanging in the steering knuckles. Little time and effort saving trick.
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