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#232 of 825 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 825 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 825 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?
#235 of 825 Re: 2005 Ford Focus SE Auto [yobynnad]
Oct 28, 2009 (3:55 am)
Hi Yobi, and welcome.
Lets have you take it to an Autozone-type auto parts center where they will do a free scan for you , and give you the results printed for your assessment.
It only takes about 5 minutes to do it all. There may or may not be one to many numerical codes given by the cars computer that correspond with a possible engine fault.
After you get that done, please post back with the results and we can go from there.
Oct 29, 2009 (2:43 pm)
I had my trans rebuilt at 63k. First the dealership replaced the servo and valve body. Still didn't fix the problem. It was slipping in 3 and fourth. With these two parts bad it ruined the 3 and fourth gear clutches and the overdrive band. When I picked it up it was fine, so I thought. Now at 73,335 miles, it is having shifting issues. It won't down shift and seems like it also hesitates up shifting too. Go to past a car and it bogs down. It just wouldn't shift. I had to hold it to the floor for it to shift. I wish it was paid off. It would then be put out of it's missery(demo derby)
#237 of 825 Re: 2001 Ford Focus vibration [pepper2275]
Nov 02, 2009 (7:16 pm)
Our 2003 ZTW ~70k started getting a vibration, that was worse in reverse and which also decreased after it warmed up, however it got progressively worse over time, it turned out to be the passenger side hydraulic motor mount, which wasn't to difficult to change. Also the lower rear engine roll restrictor (Dogbone) may pickup some stones and cause this common Focus problem.
We also have the issue were the trans is slow to engage and clunks after braking and then accelerating. It's rare now after switching to Amsoil Synth Tranny fluid.
Ignition yup that's a new one I've order a Strattec 707592 replacement cylinder online, and removed the pins from the cylinder in the meantime to prevent complete ignition cylinder failure. And fixed up the squealing blower motor.
Now the ABS and Traction Control lights clear and then come on after after a short drive.
Oddly enough we just bought a new Honda Cr-V instead of the Escape.
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#238 of 825 No fourth gear
Nov 12, 2009 (5:50 am)
I bought a 2002 Focus with the Ztec and automatic transmission and now the transmission refuses to shift into fourth gear. Is it possible there is a fix that doesn't result in tons of money leaving my possession?
#239 of 825 Get it scanned 1st for fault codes.
Nov 12, 2009 (11:06 am)
Get it scanned at a local parts store for free and post results back here.
#240 of 825 2005 Focus Auto trans slips/disengages
Nov 13, 2009 (1:04 pm)
I have a 2005 focus automatic. It has 90000 miles. When in drive the transmission is slow to slip out of first. Then when it does there is no second gear and engine revs. Took it to ford dealer, and six weeks later they said it was a wiring harness problem and wanted $3500 to fix. They replaced the PCM and that did not fix it. I had them put the old one back in and brought it home after paying the $1000 for diagnostics. I am an electronic tech so I purchased a service manual and checked out the wiring harness my self. It checks good all the way from the PCM to the tranny. The voltages to energize the solinoids is being applied to the tranny connector at the appropriate times. The solinoids pass the resistance test, so I am assuming they are good. My code reader give me a P0750 solinoid A code, and occasionally a P0755 solinoid B code. Does anyone have an idea what may be wrong with the tranny?
#241 of 825 Re: 2005 Focus Auto trans slips/disengages [backyardmech2]
Nov 13, 2009 (5:10 pm)
I finally fixed my daughter's car after many parts. I replaced the mass air flow, o2 sensor, PCV valve, and ignition coil. None of that helped. I started to think maybe a jealous girl put something in the gas tank so I took it to Valvoline to have the fuel injection system cleaned. While performing that service the VIOC tech asked me if I had any electrical work done. We hadn't so I got out to look at what he had seen. Turns out a mouse or a squirrel had gotten under the hood and destroyed 3 bundles of wiring and a return tube for something that has to do with the air flow. After reconnecting all of the wiring (thank god for color coated wires) and splicing in tubing back together EVERYTHING is working great. She was even having trouble with the automatic transmission not shifting beyond 3rd gear. That is now also fixed. What a relief....I got out pretty cheap overall I guess but it was still a major headache. The only thing I don't understand is why the garage I took it to didn't notice any of this when they had it for two days!!!! WHEW!!!!