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Dec 16, 2009 (3:02 pm)
Hello, my name is Cpl. Collins (Obviously, lol) I'm currently stationed in Iraq. Now that my wife is back home from over here we are back to driving our car. The car I bought is like new condition, I've had it for oh 3 going on 4 years. It being a "cheap car" that I bought from another soldier I started working on it as a hobby. I had a new Z-tech engin put in it since I didn't have the space or cherry picker at home and then mounted a 66mm throttle body on it with larger fuel injectors, and a nice new K&N cold air intake. About 3 years ago before I came on this deployment the transmission was having probelms, long story short, I got it replaced used transmission, low milage, newer focus. Now we're having the same issues and I'm having it rebuilt. Luckly I'm going to a personal friend of mine who owns a shop. So it's only costing me $800 from a transmission specialest. My friend is making no money off of this at all. So I thought I would take out the time to find out if this is common or not. Apparently it is. Any advice? Sell the car or what?
#270 of 823 Goes from drive to neutral all by itself.
Dec 16, 2009 (6:19 pm)
I own a 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 automatic transmission and every couple months my gearshift lever will suddenly shift into neutral from drive. The first time I thought I bumped it into neutral, but by now I know I'm not. I can put it right back into drive and it's fine. I'm not sure if it's an actual transmission issue or just an issue with the gearshift lever. The car does go into neutral when it happens but easily goes back into drive.
There are no maintance lights on when this occurs, so I know that having it scanned won't do any good. Any ideas on what this could be would be helpful!
#271 of 823 trans interchange between years question
Dec 20, 2009 (5:22 pm)
I have a different question of sorts. My 2000 SE, DOHC Zetec auto trans is confirmed dead, with a broken spider gear. My question is about finding a replacement. I want to replace with a 2003-04 trans, due to their stronger internal build. Here's where I get confused though, choosing the correct trans.
My car had a 1S4P ('00) model, and the new one will be a 3S4P ('03-'04), from a junkyard. Locally, I find the best deals on low mileage units, all labeled 3S4P-CA. I know the -DA will fit 100%, but those are all over 100K miles. However, the -CA models show it fit DOHC in 2003, but in 2004 it shows SOHC. I know it will bolt up, but their are internal differences, and I don't want to reflash the ecu, as this car is already costing me a lot of $$$$$. My local Ford techs are less than helpful, since they aren't making any money on this deal.
Can anyone tell me if a 2003 3S4P-CA will work, or if it needs mods, what those might be. I have got a lot of "probably" and "I think it will's", but before I spend $450, I'd like to know for sure.
Thank in advance, great site,
#272 of 823 follow up to above question
Dec 20, 2009 (6:56 pm)
Actually, I printed that wrong. I probably have a XS4P, not a 1S4P. My tag is unreadable. I updated this because I now hear that X can only be replaced by another X, is that true?
#273 of 823 Update on 2007 Focus by mmj2
Jan 17, 2010 (6:09 pm)
I had a second repair job done on my Ford Focus for transmission problems in July 2009. The transmission was shifting on the upwards side and then winding up high rpms then clunking down into a lower gear. The tranmission light came on. On the second time we had the car repaired, it took about 4 weeks total. This is a long time for someone to wait who may be dependent on the one car but we had two other cars for our transportaion needs. The dealer was considering replacing the full transmission but later said they detemined that an overhaul would work. That was in July and by the first week in August 2009 I got it back fully repaired. The car was covered by warrenty in full. Five months have passed and so far so good. No problems in shifting or high rev speed between gears. We are keeping the car for now. If I should have any other issues I will post again.
#274 of 823 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [smokifl]
Jan 20, 2010 (11:52 am)
For those who did the repair #76 and #110 is the car STILL working. I have a 2005 and just came up with the same codes. My brother is a mechanic (one of the GOOD ones and thats from others not me and does not work for Ford!!!!) He is willing to do the work but I want to be sure this will fix it or just be able to get it to a shop to fix other problems! I love my car and do not want/can't afford another one. This has been the only problem I have had!
#275 of 823 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [merryem]
Jan 21, 2010 (9:47 pm)
merryem, our is fine, no issues at all.
its a cheap fix for a problem that can be realy costly if you go to the "wrong" repair shop.
Scan the codes, follow the easy steps. done.
Note, ours is a 2003, differences in the trannys may be small but there may be differences.
#276 of 823 2003 Focus PO750
Jan 22, 2010 (9:51 pm)
Hi guys. I bought my Focus last year with a new motor, but 110,000 miles. I have driven it a lot since I drive 700 miles every weekend. I was 100 miles from home tonight with my daughter when I was slowing down from 60 coming into town. I was at 40 mph and tried to speed up and it seemed like my car was in neutral. It just rev'd instead of shifting and speeding up. I couldn't get past 40 mph. I stopped at a gas station, put in fuel injection cleaner. Tried to leave and it did the same thing. This time I couldn't get past 30 mph. I went back to the gas station. I randomly called a shop that sounded like someone's "home" business and was close by, since we were in the middle of nowhere, practically!
Luckily for me, on a Friday night, an older gentleman and his wife said they'd open the shop for me if I could get there. He drove it, nothing happened. He put it on the computer and got the PO750. He only charged me $20, which I thankfully paid.
I drove the 100 miles home, at first I couldn't get past 20 mph, so I threw on my hazzards and threw it in neutral then back to drive. I did it 3 times and it finally sped up. I drove 55 home and didn't have much of a problem the rest of the way!
I am hoping to get this solenoid fixed tomorrow. I just wanted to share my store, swear once again I'll never buy a Ford product again (nothing but problems. I've owned 10+ cars, only the Fords have been giving me trouble, and the dealerships are a pain to deal with!! Chevy was always helpful with small things)
Thank you for all the advice in this thread. I'm printing out the codes and the instructions on how to change it and I am PRAYING my dad can do the work tomorrow, or a friend of his. Thank you for this site for helping out the people who are not so mechanic-savvy.
Btw, once the car started running better on the way home, I noticed it FINALLY shifted gear around 55-60 or so. It has NEVER done that! I always thought it was just the way a 4 cylinder ran, since it's the first time I ever owned one. Engine light is still on, from when I got more gas and restarted it... but it runs great.
I guess I should still get it replaced, huh? My luck isn't so good that it just fixed itself. I wish it was.
#277 of 823 Re: 2003 Focus PO750 [kristi_m]
Jan 23, 2010 (5:20 am)
Hi kristi...lol no they don't just fix themselves.
Sorry to hear of your highway turmoil.....
It does appear pretty typical for the "A" solenoid issue here.
It's a pretty quick fix and not tooo much $$. Don't take shortcuts and it should go smoothly and you should be running fine for less than $100.
Glad you spotted this forum.
#278 of 823 Re: 2003 Focus PO750 [dno36]
Jan 23, 2010 (8:38 am)
Thanks, Dean. My dad's repair guy works on the side and told him he could do it on Tuesday, but since it's the solenoid, they're only $50 and he'd replace both. Both? Should I have him replace "both in there" to keep from another going out or just the one that's bad? I just don't want to pay another $50 if I don't have to. He did say he has to order it because he did a Focus with the same problem and Ford only had one....
I'm trying to call a few more people, but being Saturday, not sure who could spare an hour or two. Thanks for your help. I don't trust dad's friend since I always have to take it back a 2nd time when he fixes it. Ha. Sheesh.
Btw, I called the Ford dealer, Napa, AutoZone... no one has one in stock. You'd think with all the problems, they'd have some. I have no clue who else to call.