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#225 of 833 2004 ford forcus
Sep 26, 2009 (1:44 pm)
I have a 2004 ford focus(auto), i had to a new transmission put in about a year and a half ago. (POS FORD)
about 2 days ago, i put my car in gear, turned my wheel right and started to back up, it felt like my right wheel was shaking.
i called my dad he took it to the shop, they said it was the transmission, something about worn clutch plates.
i don't think it could be that
i can't find anything about this, what are common problems do worn clutch plates cause?
#226 of 833 Re: 2004 ford forcus [cinnful]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2009 (7:34 am)
Well if it were worn clutch plates, the transmission would slip badly. Is this what happened? How exactly did they come to this diagnosis I wonder? X-ray vision?
Anyway, if they've guessed right, worn clutch plates are something that happens eventually to all transmissions, the result of wear and tear, miles, and heat. The clutch plates are what "grab" the power generated by the torque converter, and these plates are applied or released depending on what gear you are in. They can be controlled by electronics, or hydraulic pressure, or both. Usually they slip and start to burn off their friction material.
#227 of 833 Re: 2004 ford forcus [Mr_Shiftright]
Sep 27, 2009 (10:12 am)
Judging from all the focus tranny complaints, we should all get together & do a class action lawsuit. Ford should be held responsible! 3500$ for a automatic transmission at 26,000...ford sucks!
#228 of 833 Focus Transmission slipping.
Oct 01, 2009 (3:13 pm)
My daughter has an 01Focus. I replaced the engine two weeks ago and it ran like a
new car. Two days ago she said it was "acting funny". I drove it and noticed that the
transmission seemed to be slipping and not shifting correctly. I drained the pan and replaced the filter. As I was about to put new fluid in it I noticed that there is
way more oil in the drain pan than the 3.1qts that the book says should take to
refill after filter service. My question is. Is it possible for the fluid in the torque
converter to pump/leak back into the transaxle and over filling it ? I know the
fluid level was correct before the engine change.
#229 of 833 Thank you aokrongly and dno36!!!
Oct 06, 2009 (8:40 am)
You two have saved me THOUSANDS of dollars!!!!!
Car started shifting into neutral on the freeway, and I freaked out. 2002 ZTW with 131,000 miles on it. Took it to our garage (new to the shop, hadn't been going there long). Mechanic told me the tranny was done and quoted me $1700 for a used one, and $3200 for a rebuilt jasper.
Came home over the weekend, found this thread, read the entire thing....printed out posts 76 & 110, and we showed it to the mechanic, who all of a sudden was, "Oh yeah, well, that could be it, but it could also be the tranny, and we didn't want you to be mad at us if we did the solenoid and didn't fix the issue." Pure BS. So then, they wanted $600 for a tranny flush, new filter and the solenoid. We said no thank you, please put it back to together. Paid them for their time and drove off.
My buddy and I spent about 2 hours last night doing this and it worked like a charm. My only issue is a small leak that I need to locate and check.
Thanks to aokrongly and dno36 for you knowledge and compassion to share with this thread.
#230 of 833 Re: Thank you aokrongly and dno36!!! [ifontaine]
Oct 06, 2009 (11:23 am)
Yes the VERY 1st thing I did was replace the SYLINOID....ran ok for 29 days..then it happened all over again....so thats why I had to replace the tranny! 2nd opinions are always good...but I have to tell you, my mechanics.....that I take my cars too, I have been with them for 20 years....and HONESTY is part of their policy,.unlike FORD..who hires a bunch of liars & thieves!
#231 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Oct 15, 2009 (3:59 pm)
I followed this proceedure and it fixed my overdrive problem perfectly. Thank you so much for your post and the part numbers and everything. You can trust his procedure.
#232 of 833 Re: 2001 Ford Focus vibration [gmancera]
Oct 21, 2009 (5:31 am)
I also have a 2001 Focus with the Zetec engine, automatic transmission. I find the vibration is worse when its colder, but as you said after 20-30 minutes of driving the vibration smooths out. I get it in park, reverse, and neutral while sitting still. I also get it while driving, but only while its still cool. It happens then like after you crest a hill and the transmission is being slowed by the enging when the throttle is released. Then it will happen again when I am climbing a hill with a lower rpm. Upshifting by accelerating stops the vibration. Sometimes I get a hesitation when I press the gas to upshift, and it will make a 'chirp' when it shifts. The hesitation and chirp do not seem to stop when it warms up, but the hesitation gets a little better.
I see a lot of upset people in here, but I am not one of them! I have this one paid off, so it will probably die like the rest of the cars I've paid off. I have put 187K on this car, and hauled too much and not cared for it as well as I should. The only issue I have had with it was the 2 ignition switches I put in at almost $400 each. 12 month 12K warranty on an ignition switch? Oh well. The first one I bought lasted 13 months- go figure.
Any help on the tranny issue would be appreciated!!!
#233 of 833 Re: 03 focus zx3 manual transmission problems [rocko8507]
Oct 24, 2009 (5:05 pm)
im having the same problem with my 2000 zx3 did u find out what it was if so what was it?? Dustin
#234 of 833 2005 Ford Focus SE Auto
Oct 28, 2009 (1:06 am)
Hi, new to the forum.
My car doesn't accelerate good anymore. While driving, shifting from first to second, it will go ok. But from second to third, it will rev up and change gears. It doesn't maintain speed as it drops slowly and the car will joint with a gear change. Also, the O/D light will turn after a while if it keeps on going back and forth trying to change gears. The miles on my car are over 130,000 +.
I have taking it to a auto-shop who did a diagnostic on it and it had two faults with it. One was a transmission chip fault, and the other I don't remember.
Can i be able to fix this on my own or should I take it to a mechanic?