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#203 of 833 Re: Transmission Problems??? [dmeece]
Aug 18, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I also have a 2003 focus SE, and tranni is doing the same thing, had the car scanned and it shows P0761 shift solenoid "C" performance or stock off, called ford and they don't know which solenoid is "C", tranni has 6 solenoids 3 are the same, 2 are also the same and the 6th is a different one, in other words there are 3 diff. solonoids but they couldn't tell me which one is "C", if you find our please let me know, i'm driving the car the way it is because i took it to 3 different trasnsmission shops and was quoted 600.00 w/out warranty to just replace the bad solonoid, 1450.00 for rebuilt w/6mo warranty and 2700.00 at amco w/3yr. warranty. Please let me know what you find out. carvaz4611 this is for hotmail or "Y". thanks.
#204 of 833 Get it scanned 1st. - Re: Transmission Problems??? [dmeece]
Aug 18, 2009 (3:03 pm)
Get your computer scanned for free and post back the results.
#205 of 833 Manual.= Clutch issue - Re: Transmission Problems??? [sandybeach1]
Aug 18, 2009 (3:09 pm)
If you have a manual it will NOT be doing the same thing as an automatic, similar but different.
Vitrually no electronics in a manual vs. lots in the automatic.
Sounds like a clutch issue to me.
I am not familiar with Focus Clutches, however I would think either:
1. Worn or shined clutch or pressure plate.
2. Clutch out of adjustment, either cable or linkage.
Don't let a shop tell you there are no adjustments, just check them.
BTW - Get the engine scanned just for safes sake and post back.
#206 of 833 Re: Transmission Problems??? [carvaz4611]
Aug 18, 2009 (3:14 pm)
There are a couple of posts here that diagram which solenoid is which.
On my '02 I know the "A" is middle passenger side, and that's all I know.
Search posts for solenoid diagrams and you should be OK.
Also check a couple online site for the diagram as well. Can't remember where I found it, if I do I'll post back.
#207 of 833 Similar Problem
Aug 20, 2009 (7:57 am)
I have been having the same issue w/ my 02 zx5 (slipping out of drive) then the other day my transaxle light comes on (still driving the vehicle) i get off my exit and it will not move, after shutting the vehicle off and restarting it i realize it will not go into any gear??? my question is could it be the solenoid or is the tranni shot? or something else, i am having my guy who rebuilds focus's run the diagnostics on it to see what codes come up. any advice on where to go would help, thanks.
Aug 20, 2009 (8:41 am)
You do not need a "special-guy" to get codes!!
Just take it to a major parts house and they will do it for FREE!!!
Then post back what codes, if any, they tell you are on your cars computer.
#209 of 833 2004 Focus SE tranny heavy vibration/rumble
Aug 20, 2009 (3:06 pm)
I've read most of the posts, some great advice here. I have an issue I have seen brought up a time or two but not seen a resolution anywhere. It's an '04 wagon SE 2.0 with dual overhead, auto tranny. I have always performed all service myself, in a timely manner. The car has almost 120K on it, still get 25 to 30 MPG, a mix of highway and city miles. I have no slip or drop in the tranny, only rough shift ever was when tranny due for servicing. When the car is cranked cold, the colder the ambient air temp the worse the symptom, the car has a heavy vibration almost sounding like a grinding or rumble it is so distinct. No error lights ever, no codes either. I will call it a vibration as it is felt very much, intensifies in reverse, almost disappears in neutral, and is less in drive. It has been going on for about 3000 miles, overall symptoms lessened when I did a fluid and filter change 10, 000 miles early. The vibration lessened for a few days, then has returned on a more sporadic basis. When you go over a speedbump while engine is not very warm, the vibration turns into a harsh impulse type groan/grind. All vibration/noise disappears at highway speeds or after 20 - 30 minutes of driving. They seem to be staying around longer though here of late. I have cleaned the mass airflow sensor, checked pulleys, belts....argh.
External electric issue is something I have thought about. Since the car hit appro 85K - 90K there has been an issue with the instrument control panel. The speedometer, temp gauge, and fuel level gauges work sporadically; sometimes twitching erradically or sticking in the topped out position. All the 'idiot' lights work fine. I have tested and replaced fuses, relays, sending units and gauges to no benefit. Car also has the craziest habit of blowing the left rear tail light....a lot....
Any input is greatly appreciated...hell, if your advice works and you're in the ATL area I'll buy ya a beer!
#210 of 833 Rumblings...
Aug 21, 2009 (5:01 am)
Just my 2 cents. It sounds as if the rumble is related to the viscosity of the trans fluid or a thermo sensor related to the trans.
Are you super-sure you have the proper fluid in it, and there is not tooo much fluid?
The light blowing and the gauges.....eeek. Intermittent electrical is one of the worst to find, however...if that entire cluster twitches, I would think the issue would be either the connector for that cluster or in the power source that feeds it.
One time my dash light would flicker a bit and then I kept blowing the minivan fuse that ran my dash panel lights. I found the problem was in my trailer wiring harness had worn through in the back and was shorting out causing me to lose dash and running lights.
#211 of 833 Still having problems with SE4 EX tranny
Aug 22, 2009 (4:22 am)
See post # 165 for my first entry about this issue.
Back in May, I had a new Jarvis tranny put in a 2005 Focus with about 89K miles. on it. The original transmission failed about 12K miles after the car experienced numerous, strange electrical problems.
I continue to have transmission problems and am about to take the car back to the garage for the third time. The car runs fine for a day or so. Then shifitng becomes very rough. The OD light flashes and the "check engine " light comes on. Codes show a heat sensor on the tranny keeps blowing. Last time it also showed a bad ground in the left tail light. Garage has already replaced sensor twice and thoroughly cleaned the ground connection. What else could be causing this to happen?
The strange electrical prolems from last year included a blown alternator, anti-theft fuse that blew, and a seemingly good battery rather suddenly turning into one that held no charge. All through these issues, the battery idiot light never came on although I had it tested and it is working.
Any ideas, anyone?????
#212 of 833 Re: Rumblings... [dno36]
Aug 25, 2009 (4:34 am)
I have been using Castrol Trans fluid for high milage transmissions, it is a Merc V fluid. I have checked, re-checked, and re-re-checked fluid levels numerous times. I have thought the issues were with internal lubrication not being sufficient but have not been able to figure out a solution. I thought perhaps it might be an issue with a solenoid or valve body but not sure where to begin to check that. It has been hard finding good repair literature, especially when it comes to dealing with the tranny. Any suggestions on where to get a good manual for tranny repair for this car?