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Nov 20, 2009 (1:43 am)
I have a 2001 Ford Focus SE with the DOHC and auto transmission. The car is in great condition and only has 79.8k miles on it. We've had no issues with the vehicle thus far (bought it from the local ford dealership used and as-is in april with 72k miles). In early October I was rear-ended while coasting by a van moving about 30MPH. The damage to the vehicle seemed to be fairly minor and only body damage estimated at about $2.4k. However the vehicle was making a barely discernable noise that vaguely sounded like the CV joint. It took a few weeks but fortunately the other guy's insurance approved the claim and got the car to a body shop. I notified the insurance about the noise and told them I dont feel comfortable driving the vehicle given the drive-train noise and possible issues. Following the accident the vehcile was driven home and sat for about a week then to the body shop with no issues other than the noise increasing in volume. Upon picking up the vehicle from the body shop (note: a trusted body shop run by a friend), I was notified that they smelled power steering fluid the few times they moved the vehicle. I made it less than a mile up the road before the OD indicator on the dash began flashing off and on rapidly and smoke began pouring from the hood. I returned to the shop and called the insurance to have the vehicle towed home. When i got to the shop i had issues getting the key out of the ignition and had to bump the shifter to get the transmission to settle into park. Granted it seemed to be engaged but would not release the key until i bumped the gearshift forward a few times. The smoke did not smell like coolant but rather something burning. I notified the insurance company that was handling repairs on the vehicle who had it towed to the dealership it was purchased from. I spoke to the service department at the dealership who told me there was an issue with the rack & pinion and valve body but could not give much more information because they needed to wait for the appraiser to review the vehicle. When i was hit I was knocked into a curd, the front drivers side tire hitting the curb but i didnt think anything of it. My question is, are these problems likely caused by the accident? Could the transmission issue be the solenoid? Unfortunately i dont have error codes for you as the vehicle is currently at the dealership. I'm hoping I wont have any issues with the insurance company repairing the vehicle as it was in perfect working order prior to the accident and was my daily driver. Thanks for the time and help guys.
#248 of 833 Re: 2001 Focus [tslroper]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:29 am)
Doubtful if the solenoid is an issue.
Scanning will not show anything recent unless the 'check engine' light has come on.
The car getting 'pinched' between a curb and a van could cause a shift in the engine/trans in relation to the body of the car itself.
The front end and powertrain should be checked for being out of proper alaignment.
Just my 2-bits
#249 of 833 Re: 2001 Focus [dno36]
Nov 20, 2009 (5:43 am)
Hmm, and the issue with the key and overdrive light? Do you think the drivetrain being out of alignment would cause those issues? Just trying to figure out whats going on here so i dont get the shaft between the dealership and the insurance company. Like I said the car was in perfect working and driveable condition prior to the accident.
#250 of 833 2002 Ford Focus auto transmission disengages in 4th gear
Nov 23, 2009 (9:12 am)
Hello, came accross this thread, and was so glad it was current! My automatic transmission in my 2002 Focus won't go into 4th gear, started as a one time incident that followed with a hesitation to go into 4th, but the next day refused to go into into that gear at all and my check engine light came on. I called my Autozone about the free diagnotistic check, but they advised its no longer available in CA (same thing at the Napa and other shops I called). I checked my fluid and it was low, so I took it to my nearest Firestone to get the tranny fluid topped off and to get a diagnotic check. The diagnostic came back that it was indeed the #P0750 Shift Solenoid Malfunctioning that has been noted in this thread. I can't do the repair myself, and have to take it to a specialist to do, but wanted to make sure I was educated enough not to get screwed at the shop. Is there anything more serious that could have caused the Solenoid to malfunction? Since my fluid was low and its disengaging in 4th? If they say its something more serious, should I insist they just replace this solenoid?
Thanks for your help! So thankful!!!!!
#251 of 833 2001 Ford Focus (Auto Tran)
Nov 23, 2009 (10:25 am)
My car has been acting odd for a few weeks now, about 3 weeks ago it rained really hard and I blamed its strange behavior on that. The 1st incident, I walked out to my car to go to work in the morning , turned the ignition and the engine started revving up and down, and when I popped the hood the engine was literally bouncing, I was horrified I honestly thought my engine was about to die right in front of me, well I park on an inclined driveway and it had been raining so I assumed maybe something got wet, because after a few minutes of this engine bouncing madness I turned off the car, restarted it and it acted normal. I was concerned about driving to work wondering whether my car would restart at the end of the day, I didn't have any issues with it for a few days, and then I noticed that when i came to a stop suddenly, or downshifted the car would idle strangely, almost as if it were to shut off, it never did though. (It has not had any engine lights go on) Then that stopped as well..and now today when I took it out of park to run an errand for work I pushed the pedal to accelerate into drive and it stuck..like i had the e brake on..and then it lurched forward. The car was in drive, and the brakes were not engaged, and now its back to doing the idling thing where it shudders like it may die when I come to a stop or am in the process of slowing down! Is this a common problem? Could it be something simple like a dirty spark plug ?? The engine has 200k miles on it (mostly highway, my father commuted to work w.the vehicle) we have had pretty much 0 problems other than the rack and pinion which we replaced 2x (seemed like a faulty design). But the vehicle has had regular matinance and no major issues or accidents! Any help would be appreciated!
#252 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus auto transmission disengages in 4th gear [sheenasmusic]
Nov 23, 2009 (2:35 pm)
Sounds as if you are on the right track here.
Has the issue changed at all since you topped off the fluid?
You really do not need a specialty shop to this job, it is quite easy.
The 0750 is solenoid "A" costs about $50 retail at your local dealer.
It is pretty straight-forward to replace it and can be done in a driveway in less than 2 hours.
I do not know what "book-time" is for this item, however the whole thing should be under $350 with the needed 3 quarts of fluid, new filter and gasket set.
Keep us advised and good luck.
#253 of 833 Re: 2001 Ford Focus (Auto Tran) [rhende24]
Nov 23, 2009 (2:38 pm)
Sounds like you have this posted on the wrong board, as this sounds electrical/computer related.
#254 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus auto transmission disengages in 4th gear [dno36]
Nov 23, 2009 (4:46 pm)
Thanks for your response Dean! I truly appreciate your help. The fluid didn't change anything noticably, I'm still having the same problem with 4th gear. I wish I could repair the solenoid myself, but I'm a single 24 year old female 400 miles away from home, living in a very strict apartment complex in the city where we are not allowed to do auto repairs in the subterranean parking garage, no street parking to do it there if thats even legal, plus I don't own any of the tools I would probably need. So I just wanted to educate myself enough on the issue to be able to talk to the shop without them thinking I was a naive little girl they could take advantage of! Tranny's are expensive and I didn't want to replace it if it doesn't need to be, so I am SO thankful I can now come to them with the diagnostic error code and tell them what to do instead of them giving me the huge list of repairs and services they'd say I would need! Thank you so much!
#255 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus auto transmission disengages in 4th gear [dno36]
Nov 24, 2009 (10:35 am)
Ok, so I drove my car to the transmission specialist this morning, this guy was referred to me by the company I work for, they take all the company vehicles there so they set up the appointment for me (how nice!). He did a courtesy diagnostic check right in front of me in the parking lot to make sure the code Firestone gave me was correct and that there were no other codes showing up (it was too easy, makes me angry Firestone charged me so much for it!). It was definitely the P0750 Shift Solenoid A Malfunction, he showed me the reading. He checked the fluid again and it was still just as low as when I checked it myself before I took it to Firestone! So either (A) I have a major Tranny Fluid Leak, or (B) Firestone forgot to top of the Tranny Fluid like I asked them to do with the Oil Change and Diagnostic Check. I am betting its B, because I would have noticed a major leak like that under my car when I drove away this morning (I will deal with them later). So the tranny specialist this morning added fluid for me (for free) and we drove her around the block to show him what the problem was that I was experiencing and is able to take it in to replace the solenoid on Monday. He said its safe to drive it locally small distances until then, so I left the shop (without a bill at least until Monday) and decided to drive the car to work now that I KNOW is has fluid in it, and 4th gear slowly started working again. It was hesitating to change into that gear for a while and then lurching forward when it finally took, but it slowly started to smooth out once the fluid was being distributed. I'll be keeping an eye on the fluid level over the next couple days to see if I do have a major leak, and will be monitoring how well its working now with the fluid level back to where it should be.
SO glad its looking like there isn't any major problems! Thank you to this thread and to Dean for keeping me hopeful and sane through all of this! MUCH appreciated!
#256 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus auto transmission disengages in 4th gear [sheenasmusic]
Nov 24, 2009 (11:13 am)
Was the tranni filled with mercon V fluid? very important, i had my fluid changed and they didn't use mercon V, tranni acted up, replaced it and now shifts properly.