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#355 of 689 Transmission hesitates
Oct 30, 2010 (1:35 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Focus SE . When I am driving the car 'HESITATES' when it tries to go into 1st gear then again 2nd. The motor revs to 3.5 -4 rpm's when it is trying to switch gears. My husbabd changed the transmission fluid and filter and the problem still exists. I am wondering if this is the clutch plate going bad? Anyone who has an idea it would be greatly apprecieated!!! HELLLP! :
#356 of 689 Re: Odd transmission problem... [cfarrell]
Nov 02, 2010 (8:19 am)
Problem solved!! I took the car to the dealer & explained the problem to them. I also told them what I had done to date & that I did not want them to take the tranny apart to look at the problem. I let them know that I felt that it was an electrical problem, but that the Check Engine light never came on. They said they could do a "deeper" check of the codes.
They found that one of my engine cylinders was only firing about 73% of the time. They suggested replacing the spark plug wires & the coil (for about $470), which I had them do. The car no longer bucks! And it has a lot more pep!
I hope this helps anyone else having this issue.
#357 of 689 Solenoid replaced.... will keep updating...
Nov 30, 2010 (3:32 pm)
Had typical A-Solenoid problem as many people here. Have 127,500 miles on the car and just spent the $150 for the fix ($50 solenoid, $100 for filter/gasket/oil & labor to install).
I didn't see too many follow-ups indicating how the fix worked and how long it has lasted. Hoping this fix works!!!
By the way, other car is '05 Scion xB with 138,000 miles and NO major problems whatsoever... FYI.
#358 of 689 Re: Solenoid replaced.... will keep updating... [longfrance]
Nov 30, 2010 (4:22 pm)
18 + months into the repair, 23K miles, no additional trans issues here.
Other issues yes, but not trans related.
#359 of 689 focus trans problem
Dec 10, 2010 (7:44 pm)
Ok so i have an 03 focus which i think has the famous a solenoid prob but not sure. my car when you put it in drive it takes a few seconds to engage and then shifts up fine. It acts up when you go to accelerate or climb an overpass and it shifts down it slips then jumps into gear. I had the trans out and took it out because it took out the front planetary hub splines. fixed that but it still has the shift problem. anybody have any ideas.
#360 of 689 Re: focus trans problem [phxfocus]
Dec 11, 2010 (4:32 am)
Scan it for codes.....if it comes back 0750...refer to post #110.
#361 of 689 Re: focus trans problem [dno36]
Dec 11, 2010 (7:49 am)
scan for codes with my code reader and get nothing. the ! light or the check engine light have never even flashed when this happens think ill spend the 50 to see if it works.
Dec 11, 2010 (2:11 pm)
well put in the a solenoid no difference i was affraid of that . couldnt be that lucky
#363 of 689 2001 Focus SE w/Zetec Automatic Trans problem
Jan 15, 2011 (12:19 pm)
Wife's car has over 140K and end of 2010 we lost D gear. Engine light is on at all times except when powered off by key. We can get gears: 1,2,N,R,P but in D it just acts like it's in nuetral no matter what RPM's are reached. Recently we had a mechanic check the PCM codes, but he wasn't able to get a clear message. He said 1 was the TRS and other might had been the shaft speed sensor.
I have my Hanes manual so I've spent most of today researching what it could be and what questions to ask the mechanic as an informed owner. I read in the forum where as the Vehicle output shaft speed sensor could be holding metal desbris and thereby causing faulty signals to the PCM about when to shift.
I don't have a PCM reader nor a garge lift to aid in my dianoses here at home. I do have a 2 ton floor jack and 2 jackstands. Would there be any damage if I jacked my car up and removed that sensor to check for metal shavings?
Or would I be better advised to just take it to my mechanic, describe the problem again and let them fix it?
#364 of 689 Re: fucus tras [phxfocus]
Jan 15, 2011 (5:25 pm)
Well update on my focus after i put the shift solenoid in i thought it still actted funny but two days later drove the car again and now its working fine. thanks to you guys on this thread