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#304 of 670 2001 Ford Focus SE Stuck in Park
Feb 27, 2010 (9:20 pm)
I have a 2001 Ford Focus which I have owned since new. It now has 106,000 miles and today after working fine all day, has now decided it will not move out of park. It will start and I can have my foot pressed on the brakes and it will will not let me move out of park. Any idea? Of course this had to happen on a Saturday evening. lol
#305 of 670 Re: 2001 Ford Focus SE Stuck in Park [melee0309]
Feb 28, 2010 (1:31 pm)
with you engine running press brake pedal and see if your brake lights illuminate.
if they don't, your brake position switch is bad and causing the problem.
Mar 04, 2010 (1:33 pm)
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and pray for the best.
I've came across a really weird situation with my tranny.
Here are the symptoms:
Wife was driving it, she drove it home and parked it and a few hours later she goes out and it wont move in reverse. It acts like its in 2 gears and its loading the engine down when you rev it. If you put it in first gear it does the same thing, If you put it in drive it acts like it's stuck in 3rd gear or something but it does move. When you kill the ignition it will jump forward a little bit. Last night we pulled 2 codes po731 and p0732...which just says no 1st and second. LIst of thngs could be the PCM, wiring or SSA, SSB or SSC. I really hate to pull the pan, replace a solenoid just to find out its not the right one. Theres been no other codes thrown...which I guess is my fault cause I pulled the batt cable and it cleared them. It acted up once before and my daughter pulled over and killed it, started it back up and it was fine. I checked it at home, cleared the codes and its been fine for a month or so.
This has happened before. You can go down the road and it acts like it just comes out of gear, slows down a bit and then takes back off. Wife and daughter said it started making a growling noise one time. I pulled the stick...fluid doesn't look NEW but it could be changed I guess. Theres no metal in the fluid that I can tell. It was changed about 10K miles ago.
I know its a long shot but any ideas? I've got fluid and filter ready to go but no solenoid yet.
#307 of 670 Dead 2003--worth fixing?
Mar 08, 2010 (6:37 pm)
Just found out today that the transmission in my 2003 focus is gone (4th gear is in the trans pan). Going to cost around $3k to replace. The car has 126,000 miles on it so we're wondering if it's worth it, or if it's time to look for another car. It's been really reliable up to this point. I put a lot of miles on it, obviously, but we've done basic regular maintenance. Any thoughts on how much life there may still be in it if we put out the money to replace the trans?
#308 of 670 Re: Dead 2003--worth fixing? [sadfordmom]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Mar 08, 2010 (6:43 pm)
I'd guess another 50,000 miles if you took good care of it. Of course, there may be some repairs in there, but really, what can you buy for $3000----and as it sits it's near worthless.
I don't see where you have any choice, unless you want to sell it very cheap and take on the expense of a much lower miles used car, or a brand new car. You should be able to buy say a very low miles (40,000 or less) 2008 Focus SE sedan for around $10,000 or less.
#309 of 670 Re: Dead 2003--worth fixing? [sadfordmom]
Mar 08, 2010 (8:44 pm)
I don't know which tranny your car has, but if it is 4F27E, try E bay i found one for a friend (used) very low mileage, i think it had around 30K miles, he got it for 275.00 + 125.00 shipping and had it installed by a mechanic friend for 150.00 and the trans. works perfect, he also spent around 75.00 for a new filter and new fluid. So it's something to think about, if you can get the car back on the road for under a grand i think it's worth it. Good luck
#310 of 670 Re: tranny woes [roaddawg]
Apr 07, 2010 (9:53 am)
I've got similar symptoms with my '03 Focus ZTW right now, altho not quite as bad as yours. The CEL came on a few days ago, pulled code P0761 (SSC perf or stuck off). Picked up a solenoid at the dealership yesterday ($51).
The only question I have now, is how to ID SSC. One diagram I saw online labeled the solenoids 1, 2, 3, etc.. So does 1=A, 2=B, and so on? The diagram did include a color key for the leading wires. SSA and SSC both have neutral colors. I don't have time to do trial and error until I get the right one.
Does anyone know how to properly identify the solenoids?
#311 of 670 Re: tranny woes [jpearce21]
Apr 08, 2010 (6:02 am)
One of the earlier posts in this thread includes a proper diagram and or pic with the ID's for the solenoids(A,B,C etc...) including the wire colors leading to them.
I am leaving for work now and will not be able to assist in tracking until I return Saturday, but there is one somewhere in an earlier post here.
Do not "trial & error" it!
#312 of 670 Re: tranny woes [jpearce21]
Apr 08, 2010 (6:09 am)
My Brother did mine. He said they are all different and there is only one way they would fit. I did not see them but I trust he would not lie to me.... I am the older sister! LOL
#313 of 670 Solenoid A fixed it.
Apr 08, 2010 (6:16 am)
The "A" solenoid is the only one with a white wire. I replaced the one in my daughter's 2002 Focus and it fixed the "overdrive is neutral" problem.
After dropping the pan, I used a multimeter to check the old and new solenoids. The new one measured about 15 ohms from the connector to the metal body. The old (bad) one measured open (no connection).