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#276 of 670 2003 Focus PO750
Jan 22, 2010 (10:51 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 670 Re: 2003 Focus PO750 [kristi_m]
Jan 23, 2010 (6:20 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 670 Re: 2003 Focus PO750 [dno36]
Jan 23, 2010 (9:38 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.
#279 of 670 Re: add to #156 & 159 [dno36]
Jan 23, 2010 (10:11 am)
A question for all those Ford techs:
why would my a/t focus 2003 w/split port engine would jerk repitedly and hesitate for first several minutes of driving when the engine is cold. It happens only in drive and reverse when giving gas and really doesn't act up every day. No codes present and lights illuminated ever. Trans fluid level and condition ok, it was serviced 2 years ago along w/Ford genuine fluid and filter.
Please help srtuggling Honda tech.
#280 of 670 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Jan 23, 2010 (6:24 pm)
Ok so we replaced solenoid A and solenoid E the car shifted down the block turned around and now the O/D light is blinking and the shifting has stopped. Now we get code #0751 and the shift solenoid A mechanical or hydraulic performance code?
What now? Once again my brother IS a certified mechanic! And he tells me NO mistakes were made. Should we try and replace another solenoid?
PLEASE HELP I LOVE MY LITTLE ORANGE CAR!!!!!
#281 of 670 2001 ford focus transmission
Jan 24, 2010 (3:04 pm)
I have a 2001Ford focus.My transmission quit! I left my driveway and went about 200 yards and it just plain quit going. Does anyone have any ideas?
#282 of 670 Re: 2001 ford focus transmission [bubba6213]
Jan 24, 2010 (9:01 pm)
Sounds like a major failure...Pump...etc.
#283 of 670 Re: 2003 Focus PO750 [kristi_m]
Jan 24, 2010 (9:24 pm)
Well Kristi.....seeing that there are 6 solenoids in our Focus's trans, I do wonder what your guy is referring to when he says "both of them"???
From what I found out, you must get the "A" solenoid directly from a Ford parts dealer. If your local dealer does not have one, they usually will tell you which of the local dealers has one, unless they are schmucks. Just ask them. I needed to go about 25 miles to find ours.
Hope this gets to you in time and it helps
#284 of 670 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [merryem]
Jan 24, 2010 (9:36 pm)
What do you mean by: "the shifting has stopped"??
The O/D light blinking happens often with a trans code error.
Don't know why you replaced 2 solenoids?? The 0751 code does point back to the "A" solenoid. It is possible you got a bad one or there may be a loose connection.
The typical" problem fix here is for the 0750 code, however it seems that the 0751 code does get displayed when the "A" solenoid has gone bad as well.
#285 of 670 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [dno36]
Jan 25, 2010 (2:21 pm)
Well it shifted on the test drive and then stopped. My brother got two codes.I don't know what told him to change E. (he's not here right now.) I did run the gambit of question, could it be backwards?, Are you sure you hooked up everything right?, Did you sneeze and blow something else off LOL. He is a very careful when working on cars. The guys at his shop make fun of him for moving so slow, but when only 3 cars have come back in the last 5 or 6 years they have stopped laughing!
So I'm guessing the code we have is not for the A solenoid? I read (and my brother read) the codes list posted here. Maybe the car was too far gone?
I'll post a general message.