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#174 of 338 Transmission? i think i'm being scammed...
Feb 20, 2006 (2:33 pm)
My car stalled the other day when I came to an abrupt stop. I have a 2001 focus SE. It has 42,000 miles on it.
I took it to Aamco as I don't trust my local ford place (i have repeatedly taken my car there and it is rarely improved by their quite expensive service.) However, I am sorely regretting this decision.
I somehow got conned into spending $2,750 on having my transmission rebuilt. Apparently not only did I need the $1500 repair kit (plus $480 just for them to take out the transmission to diagnose the problem) i apparently also needed various hard parts including a new torque converter.
I know nothing about cars, so I haven't the foggiest notion of what a torque converter does, or how I could possibly need one after only 42,000, let alone all the other stuff. Does this actually seem reasonable?
I know i'm out of warranty, but if the transmission is defective surely there should be some sort of recourse?
Anyway, if anyone who knows stuff about transmissions (as well as the relative price of fixing one) and could explain this to me... I just get a bad feeling about all of it, as if my ignorance on the issue is being used against me... so HELP?
#175 of 338 Re: Maintenance Book? [caroledrake]
Mar 16, 2006 (4:40 pm)
I hope this info will help you, maybe late but will help you in other matters, in the site www.fleet.ford.com you can find owner's manuals for all Ford models, Regards.
#176 of 338 Bizarre Transmission Problem...
Mar 21, 2006 (5:33 am)
My Brother-in-law has a 2000 Focus SE (Ford 2.0L w/auto). He is having bizarre problem with his transmission. The car has only 45k km.
When he is cruising along (about 50km (30MPH), and steps on the gas to activiate the kick-down (passing, etc..), the transmission starts slipping, much like a finished clutch in a standard shift. If he backs off, it eventually grabs again. The car was used in city for awhile so unknown when it appeared. Now it is getting highway useage. If the kickdown is done at highway speeds it works OK.
The tranny was brought in to Ford (which overhauled the tranny). It is still doing it. They even changed the car computer. They (FORD dealer) are stumped. It did not do this before. Also went to try a used 2001 to see if it was normal but is behaved OK.
Any suggestions? The car had the tranny overhaul done in the final days of the extended warranty.
#177 of 338 front rotors done at 25k miles (pads also)
Mar 28, 2006 (12:43 am)
On my 2004 zts (automatic tranny) I had always noticed rusting and an unusual ware pattern. although it did pass state inspection a couple of months ago.
Have there been problems with premature rotor failure on these cars?
I do not do not live in a mountainous area.
#178 of 338 Ford Focus radio antenna....
Mar 31, 2006 (2:29 pm)
My 2002 Ford Focus radio antenna was unscrewed and stolen. Before I spend time calling a bunch of dealers, what is the price for a replacement?
#179 of 338 Re: Ford Focus radio antenna.... [mazda6iguy]
Apr 06, 2006 (2:18 am)
Mine disappeared a month ago..I bought one for $8.48 including sales tax at NAPA. It is a universal model comes with several adaptors. I did not need any of the adaptors..
#180 of 338 HELP!!! Steering wheel falling off!!!
Apr 16, 2006 (2:36 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Focus and have had the ignition replace once by Cowboy in Atlanta, haven't had any problems since. But on yesterday, I'm driving along and my steering wheel is practically falling off, it is so loose that I'm afraid it will fall into my lap. I went to Firestone with the car and they recommended that I take it to the dealer, which I will do first thing tomorrow. I will also contact Ford about this issue, as well as a local reporter here in Atlanta, (they seem to thrive on problems). Whenever I see that Ford commercial going on about customer service and safety, I just scream at the television, what a bunch of BS!!! Oh, and my trunk, just opens up whenever it feels like it. That I can almost live with, but I don't think I can make it without a steering wheel. Any answers please let me know.
#181 of 338 Re: My 2003 Focus SE Sedan concerns. [jeromeb]
May 29, 2006 (5:47 pm)
An update ... With one week remaining on the b2b warranty, it's in the shop for warranty replacement of the power window control module, rebuild of the transaxle, and body work.
The body work is pursuant to being rear-ended by a hummer.
It's strange to say that I owe my life to a car that has so many problems. So, I won't say it. The hummer was going 3 mph.
The transaxle overhaul was a replacement of a faulty design. It's not been recalled as a safety issue. The performance indicator was that on 2 occasions at the transition to 4th gear, the car "jerked", as if abruptly losing force to the wheels.
The power window control module stopped operating one of the windows, so I pushed harder, and pushed the button assembly through the door handle.
I think they're going to keep it until the b2b warranty expires.
#182 of 338 air conditioner not very cold after being fixed at mechanic
Jun 28, 2006 (4:44 pm)
Hello. I had a leak on my for focus setec se. It was made in 2002, but sold as a 2003 model. The leak was fixed as I understand by sealing the outside, and putting a sealer INSIDE the A/C system. It was cold for 1 day and now it's barely cold at all. somewhat "Cool" would be a better description of the air coming out of the vents. Also, when I am in neutral or stopped the car seems to rev more when the a/c is on, than before being fixed. It revs up to 1000 rpm or slightly more even sometimes evert 3 or 4 seconds and lasts only a second before the revs drop off. It didn't used to do this.
I'm just trying to get an understanding of what's happening. My mechanic suspecs that the sealer he put in the a/c took up the room the freon needed when he filled it. He told me it took only 15 min to refill the freon when it normally takes 30 min. I'm gonna take it back to him to check out but I wanted to see if any mechanics out there know if this is actually the proble. My mechanic said he would take a look at it and refill the freon. What worrys me more is the increased revving by the compressor.
#183 of 338 Help with Air Conditioning in my Focus
Jul 02, 2006 (10:12 am)
I drive a 2001 Ford Focus LX Saloon, with a 1.6litre 16valve Zetec SE engine.
This is the first car I've owned thats had proper air conditioning, and now its got to the summer I'm starting to use it. Thing is, it doesnt seem to do very much at all. It doesnt seem any colder than having the ordinary fan on. On a hot day, it isnt until you've been driving for about 25mins that you actually get any cool air. Even then its not cold. So you have to have open windows instead.
Any ideas as to why this is? I've heard people talk about getting their air con 'charged'. What does this entail and would it help me? Is it an expensive proceedure?
Appreciate any help you can offer.