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Author Topic: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems  (Read 375 times)

Offline Ko994

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My Galaxy sets off fine then after 5/10 minutes it will only go into gear 2 or 3. When I bought it, we gave it an oil & filter change of engine & transmission as it had done 160k with no transmission oil change and there was only 3L max. transmission oil that came out of it. Even if I put it in manual it will not allow me to select any other gears but 2 & 3. Diagnostic machine shows Transmission failure & DCT error.
Thinking its the transmission solenoid/sensor??
Any ideas anyone?

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2020, 11:11:50 PM »
What were the fault codes you pulled off it?
Gonna assume itís a powershift gearbox so I would fear it is in need of a rebuild given the long time before oil change I seem to recall these gearboxes have short service intervals 40k??

I would take it to an auto box specialist to have a look

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 07:03:31 AM »
Thanks. In the 1st 10 minutes or so of driving it does go into all the gears and drives completely normal so was unsure whether it was a sensor/solenoid/transmitter.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 12:25:58 PM »
Who did the oil change. with what procedure and with what oil? Was it driving correctly before the oil change?

The Powershift box has a specific way it needs to be drained and refilled, there are three chambers which need to be drained seperately and then refilled to level. 3L would make me think only one has been drained which then questions how much has been put back in etc etc. Assuming its the MPS6 box then virtually no way 3L would be enough to operate the box normally .

Normally, they DONT work when cold and get better at they warm up so this to me, sounds more like an oil issue.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 02:00:47 PM »
Both tanks were drained with 2L coming from the 1st one and less from the 2nd part.
Today the car won't go into any gear at all or reverse, I've rang around and they have all said it needs the gearbox out & reconditioning or a new one in.
Around 2-3k that I dont have whilst not working at the moment.. nightmare  >:(

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 02:03:02 PM »
Funnily enough.... my partner is a mechanic but does not work on automatic gear boxes.
We used the correct oil for the powershift..
No this is the 1st problem we have had with the car so thought it may need servicing so did the oil & filter..

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 04:34:31 PM »
Both? Did you drain Two or Three tanks??? There are two at the front, one at the back. If you've only drained two then let me know which ones as they do different systems so will help in diagnosing.

OK so it had the issue prior to the change? Its likely that with such a low amount of fluid that damage probably has occurred then :(

However, Its also still possible its not filled properly so please confirm, how much did it take to refill? Because its a multichamber system, I have seen these with similar issues which were just down to airlocks and the mechanic thought it was full when it fact it wasn't.


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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2020, 05:41:01 PM »
Ok since there is no reply from the OP and for future readers there are three tanks on a PowerShift, as you look up from underneath the furthest away on its own is the gear oil then the next is the Clutch pack and finally the Mechatronics unit has its own. You need to drain all three down and then refill in sequence, from the top filler plug but with the side level plug also removed, yes in total there are FIVE plugs on these boxes.

The box takes a little over 5 litres of oil and you fill from the top filler until its seen at the level plug. You can then start the engine, engage first then reverse a couple of times before turning off and topping up until oil runs from the level plug again.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2020, 07:06:12 PM »
Sounds like quite a tricky procedure. Would be so much better if Fords could make these things doable by the casual motorist.
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2020, 09:49:30 PM »
Nothing to do with ford they give the likes of ZF,getrag etc the spec of gearbox they want to suit certain engines etc and zf/getrag design something suitable.


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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2020, 11:23:18 PM »
It would be good perhaps if Fords could include in their specification some sort of requirement around making it easy for the casual DIY person to do the necessary oil changes and maintenance, it seems to me this could all be designed much better really  :)
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2020, 07:53:49 AM »
Manufacturers will never do that as they donít want people to DIY stuff they want maintenance/repairs to be bought to the dealer network. The days of easy repairs on the drive are long gone. I remember Vauxhall you could change a clutch in 30 minutes without removing gearbox but now they all need subframe drop to get gearbox out etc.

Admittedly not everyone will take car to the dealer but there are a lot of people who once did some maintenance on their cars that now look how complex it can be and just get it booked in instead.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2020, 11:42:10 AM »
Manufacturers will never do that as they donít want people to DIY stuff they want maintenance/repairs to be bought to the dealer network. The days of easy repairs on the drive are long gone. I remember Vauxhall you could change a clutch in 30 minutes without removing gearbox but now they all need subframe drop to get gearbox out etc.

Admittedly not everyone will take car to the dealer but there are a lot of people who once did some maintenance on their cars that now look how complex it can be and just get it booked in instead.
Yeah I remember that idea with the clutch, didn't the splines use to wear out on the input shaft? clever idea though, they wouldn't want things like that to catch on.
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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2020, 03:14:35 PM »
I donít recall wearing splines on input shaft as it was being phased out when I started at vauxhall dealer. Was a good foreigner money earner though outside of work hours. I once did clutch,flywheel and a gear train replacement on a Saturday morning. I was back home by lunch time and not too tired either. :)

Compare that to a clutch on a vw golf 1.4tfsi the other week that was 3 hours of hard work.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2020, 10:53:50 PM »
The early Powershift had three drain plugs the later ones only two as ther are two chambers hence the need for two cycles of running up and going through the gear selection 20 seconds in each position in both directions.
I'm about to do a change on mine and did a bit of pre work research.
The hardest part of the change is getting the car up and level especially if like me you have no garage. Luckily I work on an ex-USAF air base in what was a massive maintenance hangar with a lovely level floor.

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Re: 2011 Ford Galaxy Automatic Powershift Transmission Problems
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2020, 11:15:04 PM »
So did my powershift oil change and got to say very easy to do but a bit 'faffy'.
Hardest part was ensuring I could get high enough to gat under it  and level enough to get the filling level correct.
Took me about1.5 hours with a fair bit of that being getting the car in the air and level.
The oil needs to be warm, Ford don't give a figure but Volvo do 35-45 degrees C, so I gave it a good drive around the airfield using the gears and also S mode to get things warmed up.

The process is straightforward once the car is raised;

It is recommended that you remove the nearside wheel but can be done without, also taking off the wheel arch liner can help, I didn't but i'm a lazy fat barsteward.......
Foot hard on brake , engine running cycle through gears pausing for 20 seconds in each including S, do the same back to park and switch off
Remove undertray 8x 10mm bolts
Remove air box , screwdriver to loosen the jubilee clip
Remove filler plug on top of gearbox 8mm hex
Remove drain plugs x2 , 8mm hex
Remove filter 32mm socket, short extension and knuckle joint and replace refitting a new one.

Have cuppa while oil drains

Refit drain plugs
Put 6 litres of Powershift oil in filler hole
Replace filler plug.
plug MAF back in (no need to refit airbox as long as MAF is connected)
Start engine, foot on brake and do the 20 second per gear cycle again , turn engine off.
Remove filler bung
Remove level plug (to rear of drive shaft n/s) and allow oil to come out and when dribble becomes droplets top up oil again until oil spills out of level hole again (this tops front chamber), when it becomes droplets refit level plug, refit filler plug, refit airbox, refit undertray and lower car to ground.
Enjoy driving your improved gearchange powershift.

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