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#121 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [smokifl]
Mar 02, 2009 (12:51 pm)
(RE: Does any one have a picture or illustration of the transmission from the bottom with the pan off showing the filter and then with the filter off showing the solenoid?)
I do not have a pic or illustration of the solenoid, however it is super-easy!!
When you pull down the filter, there will be 3 solenoids facing to the passenger side of the car, the middle one will have a white wire going to it. This is the "A" solenoid.
When you do it, you will say to yourself, "Wow, couldn't miss that one".
It removes with a 5/16 hex socket and pulls straight out.
#122 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Mar 02, 2009 (4:21 pm)
It looks like you had the P0750 code in your post #110 and I'm glad it worked well for you. What were your symptoms? I picked up the car today from the shop to bring it home and it seems to go into 1st and 2nd then it revs and drops out and loses power. I can still use reverse.
Your #110 post is very helpful along with post #76. It looks like there are mainly success stories so I'm hoping for the best. I went and got the solenoid, filter, gasket and fluid and will attack it in the morning. I'll also verify the connector mates. I have my fingers crossed big time!!!!
#123 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [smokifl]
Mar 02, 2009 (5:03 pm)
Yes we had intermittent "Neutral Kick-In" at between 32 & 38 mph. Could never predict it, and was scary especially merging into traffic in suburban Chicago.
I thought the reverse clean-run would help, but, while it helped, it seemed that the solenoid was "gone", and in need of replacement. I never lost reverse.
Best of Luck,
#124 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Mar 04, 2009 (6:41 am)
Holy cow!!!!! I owe someone a beer!!!! Performed the procedure as outlined in posts #76 and #110 and I'll have to say I was hopeful but not expecting much. But after I reconnected the battery and the check engine light was off, "okay that's a good start but maybe it will trip again when I drive it". Took it for a drive cautiously, bringing it up to speed and VOILA 3rd gear then 4th. Drove it around for a while in traffic and on the highway and all is good again. One thing I found with the bad solenoid is the electrical connection on the solenoid was not tight and could be rotated back and forth a little where all the others were tight. I'm guessing that might have been the problem.
Thanks again for the information on this site, it saved me big $$$$.
Here's the story:
The car was 4 hours away with my daughter at college so I had her bring the car to the big name transmission shop in town that starts with 2 As. The guy calls me back 2 days later with the bad news that he will have to drop the transmission for them to inspect and just that will be $350. I ask him about the solenoid and he says that's not the problem and it won't fix it for code P0750. I tell him not to do anything and my daughter will be back to pick up the car. I took the day off made the 4 hour ride, did the work and drove back the same day. Granted the ride home was a little easier with the transmission fixed. Parts, gas and lunch with the daughter & friends $150. A lot better then the $700 to $2000 they said it could be. Here I am just some yahoo searching the internet for the same problem and I find the answer. Thank goodness they were slammed ripping other people off which gave me time to research the problem and I found this web-site.
#125 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Mar 06, 2009 (5:21 am)
I will change the filter and report back, however after the procedure I had the codes checked again and now it is not showing any codes at all. It is still very slow to shift out of first and not wanting to shift up past 3rd (?). Should I change the fluid? I used (as suggested) the same fluid that came out.
I will report back after the filter change. This may give someone a clue to their problem if the have similar experiences.
#126 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [smokifl]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 06, 2009 (7:39 am)
It could have been the connection, yes. The book suggests that as an exact reason for that code.
#127 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [ed33935]
Mar 06, 2009 (4:19 pm)
Using the fluid that originally came out of the trans is like reusing your dirty dishwater. It will work but.........I don't do either myself.
What's the point... trying to save $15 in fluid?? Not trusting you bought the right fluid??
Not trusting the manufacturer put the right fluid in the bottle??
How much microscopic metallic material, and residue is in the fluid that is not caught by the filter. The old fluid looks dirty, because it is, just like your old dishwater.
While the 3ish quarts you drop in a filter change is only a bit less than 1/2 the fluid, why go on the cheap here?? It is your choice.
#128 of 830 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 06, 2009 (4:38 pm)
Hey Mr. Shiftright,
Thanks for all your help here!! Much appreciated!!
The "open" could be caused from a "loose" internal connection within the solenoid as well, correct. Maybe our Blue-Oval buddies got a deal on a few million AA's that have a higher-than-normal internal connection failure that doesn't short out to throw the 0750 code with loss of reverse, just the 4th gear neutral thing .
Just an idea
Mar 12, 2009 (6:18 pm)
I also have 2 2002 Focus's with the 2liter single cam engine with automatic transmissions. This morning while getting on the highway the transmission failed to go into overdrive, reved the engine, I took the first exit, slowed and took off the overdrive, at this point the cars engine light was on but I was able to drive it and it seemed just fine going through all the gears, (except the overdrive) while the overdrive was turned off. I have read the post #76 and #110 about the code "750" and will be taking it to Auto Zone for a free code check. I will report back my findings but I truly believe those post named above have already pointed out my problems. Thanks for the great advice!
#130 of 830 Re: Code "750" [edit188]
Mar 13, 2009 (3:22 pm)
Well I got a code of "0750". My printout reads: Definition, shift solenoid "1" circuit condition, not "A" I'm assuming this is the same solenoid as in post 76 and 110 since is is code "0750". Could someone please let me know what they think is the solenoid "1" the same as "A"?