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#407 of 833 Sudden stall on 2010 Focus
Jun 09, 2011 (11:11 am)
Going over rumble strips in construction zone on I-80. My car started to suddenly decelerate. I pulled off and noticed a lit up wrench on the dash. Book says this means "powertrain or transmission." Turned if off, then right back on. Light disappeared and car seemed fine, but I didn't trust it. Had it towed to dealership where I bought it. Ford to reimburse me. When mechanics plugged it into to computer, no codes showed. They drove it around and no lights came on and the car didn't slow. They're putting a flight simulator on it to take a picture if it does it again. Two dealerships assured me it's safe to drive and if it happens again I should do what I already did, except try to drive it again.
Any ideas? Ford is being helpful and the dealership's mechanics seem trustworthy, but I'm very leery. The car's an automatic with 9800 miles.
#408 of 833 Re: Sudden stall on 2010 Focus [flynn1011]
Jun 13, 2011 (2:41 am)
Probably tranny fluid aeration from going over the rumble strips. Check the level and condition of your transmission fluid. Other than that, if they did all the necessary tests, you should be fine.
#409 of 833 Re: Sudden stall on 2010 Focus [fallenmonk]
Jun 14, 2011 (7:46 pm)
Thanks so much! A dealer and a mechanic were both very interested in the rumble strips. I appreciate the idea.
#410 of 833 Ford focus transmission problem
Jun 16, 2011 (8:23 pm)
Hi all, like everyone who has has transmission problems with their ford focus, i am also totally peeved. My car has done 48000 on clock when i started to notice a slight drag in gear changing. Diagnostics came up blank. Drove it this morning and noticed the revs going up and engine struggling as it couldnt get into 4th gear. Transmission malfunction came up and car went into limp mode. We have ordered a solenoid from ford this morning. When we quoted the part number they told us they had updated their part number for XS427H148AA. Maybe they changed suppliers as the old solenoids werent up to scratch?.... Thinking it may have been the battery we also had this replaced and cleaned down all the battery terminals, changed oils and filters. Funny when we mentioned this problem to ford they said that they havent heard of this problem at all. We have had quotes for parts and if you live in america it is a lot cheaper. The part that makes it less desireable to us in Australia is the postage fees. If anyone is having the same problem I think its wise to start with the solenoids and work down from there as rebuilding clutch etc gets costly. Good luck everyone, will let you know of how we go. Cheers.
#411 of 833 transmission slipping
Jun 17, 2011 (3:10 pm)
I have a 2003 ford focus and I started having issues with the transmission slipping about a year ago when I accelerate to 30-40 mph (varies between the two) when the overdrive is on. But when I turn the overdrive off it does it less often. Never had a light show up on the dash board. Took the car in to auto shop (cuz dealerships charge too much and I get a lifetime warranty on parts and labor where I go. But anyway they did a diagnostic and not one code showed up they said a tune up should fix the problem it did not. Then went on vacation and it did it a few times, then it was okay for a while no issues, then it started up again in early May this year. Looked on line and found people with similar issues and solutions they used to fix the problem which inluded and a transmission flush, which I had done and it did not work, then it roccomended changing the shift solenoid A in the transmission, I ordered the part and changed it and that did not work it still slipped and shuttered when accelerating. Went on a trip to Pittsburgh and on the way there and on the way home still had the issue. But on the way home felt shuttering when I turned right on the highway at high speeds (65-75). Then the engine light went on got home the next day the engine light was still on and went to auto zone for a free diagnostic. Machine showed codes p0300, p0301, and p0304 misfire from piston 1, random piston misfire, and piston 4 misfire, took the car back in to the auto shop they drove it around and did not feel any misfires, but reccomended a fuel system cleaning said ok. They cleaned out the fuel system and the transmission still shutters and slips. Now I do not know what to do, but the check engine light has not come on. Anyone have any ideas, solutions
Jun 28, 2011 (4:09 pm)
My wife has a 2005 Focus ZX5, automatic transmission, as she was driving through an intersection, she said she heard a pop, then the car just stopped pulling. When I got there to help, the engine would run fine, but when she shifted into gear, there was a high pitched noise, but it wouldn't go at all. I dont feel like it's chutches, because it went all at once, and there is no smell. I have read lots of post here that seam mostly to do with sylinoids. Is there a chain, or drive belt in these transmitions? Any ideas?
#413 of 833 Re: transmission slipping [schro385522]
Jun 28, 2011 (7:54 pm)
It may not be solenoid A, I had to change solenoid A, B and the Pressure control solenoid, there all on the same side. Mine was not engaging under a heavy load(pressing the gas too hard). The MTX-75 which is the transmission used in all focuses isn't exactly the greatest built.
#414 of 833 Re: Just quit [mbale2203]
Jun 28, 2011 (8:03 pm)
There's no belts in these trannies just a standard gears and bands transmission. the pop was probably the transmission popping out of gear, the high pitch whine is it trying to engage back into gear. Its probably one of the solenoids and you don't always get a check engine light for the solenoids, that's the cheapest way to go. Ebay has them all in a set for $140, that's what i bought, changed them all along with the fluid and filter and no problems since.
#415 of 833 2005 Ford Focus SES ZX5 Hatchback...
Jun 29, 2011 (8:04 am)
I was on my way to my sister's house in NY last weekend, and when I hit the gas pedal my car acted as if it was in neutral and just would "clunk" into gear. Took it to AAMCO...I have no second gear and according to them, my "transmission is toast." The car is a 2005 with 81k on it. Getting a "used" transmission...thankfully I had the wherewithall (don't ask me how), to get "mechanical breakdown" insurance through GEICO and all that I have to do is pay my deductible or I would be crying bigtime right now. I don't think that 81k is a lot of miles....and after reading all of these posts....I would seem that the Focus has an issue with it's tranmission???? Wonder if there is anything that Ford would do about it????
#416 of 833 Re: 2005 Ford Focus SES ZX5 Hatchback... [mcgilbert2]
Jun 29, 2011 (8:31 am)
Ford won't, its not the tranmission, its the solenoids, they out around every 60k miles, aamco is wrong, when its slips out of gear and clunks back in like that and you have no second gear its solenoid B. I swear you would think even a place like aamco would do a little research but hey at least geico is paying for and not you