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I bought a Ford 500 from the auction. It drove through,

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Hi. I bought a Ford 500 from the auction. It drove through, however when I went to take it home it wouldn't move forward or backwards
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I removed both vice axles and the driver side had to be removed with a chisel and hammer and it was extremely dry inside and rusty
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Cv axles. Not vice axles.
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

If you check the fluid level is it full? Do you know if you have the CVT or six speed? If you put it in low gear will the transmission move?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It's AWD. The fluid level was fine before I drained it. I have it apart now so I can't test low gear
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
CVT
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I didn't actually check the fluid myself
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hello. Any suggestions
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

Did you check for codes or anything before taking the transmission apart?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I was in the prosess in taking it out and didn't check codes I thought maybe I would get better advise
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I meant that I would seek advice before taking it out
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

I'm not sure how you expect to know what is wrong without diagnosing the transmission. You can't tear into a transmission without an idea of what is wrong or it is a guessing game. You could have a pump issue or it could simply be a wire concern. The CVT transmission can't be overhauled with out a lot of special tools and equipment. The transmission is also electronically controlled. I'm sure you aren't going to be happy with what I am telling you but you shouldn't have started to tear it apart without at least some more testing If it works in low and not in drive that is a different issue. Since the vehicle is electronically controlled they are monitored closely for faults. It could be a module fault. The CVT also requires a special fluid and if the wrong fluid was ever used it ruins the transmission.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not that you were giving me bad advice. Just to clarify
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What should I do put it back together and check the codes
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.
Did you already disconnect the battery?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

That will make it more difficult because all codes will now be erased. What color was the fluid you removed from the vehicle?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
red
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The codes should come back if I put it back together right?
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

The red fluid is your problem. CVT fluid is a clear bluish in color and the wrong fluid will destroy it. he fluid when burned will get a brown tint but still be clear.

Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

There is a chance adding the right fluid may make the transmission work without minimal damage?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I'll try it and let you know. I'm also getting a scanner
Expert:  James replied 10 months ago.

Sounds good. The scanner will need to be able to test the TCM as well as PCM.