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#418 of 673 2012 Focus Transmission Problems?
Jul 09, 2011 (6:39 pm)
The lease will be up on my wife's 2009 Mercury Mariner (6 cyl/ 6 speed automatic) in December 2011. We haven't decided what will be her next car. The Mariner is our sixth Ford new vehicle that we've leased or purchased. The new Focus is (was) a consideration.
The 2009 Mariner has had numerous transmission problems. It been reprogrammed twice.
It's had numerous leaks. The driver's side short shaft and/or seal has been replaced twice. The transmission filler tube has been replaced. The car has now been at the dealership for three weeks waiting for all of the parts necessary to replace the transmission case. Apparently the transmission case has a machining defect in it which creates pressure inside the transmission forcing the transmission fluid to find away to escape, and therefore another leak. Ford's position on this is that this does not justify replacing the transmission with a new one. Their contention is that there is nothing wrong with the internal gears of the transmission. The dealership is going to take all of the parts out of the existing transmission and put them into a new casing. (I would think that if they were to add up all of the costs involved in doing this, there would be little or no savings compared to replacing the transmission with a new one.)
I have a close friend who has the latest version of the Fusion. He has had programming issues with his transmission that the dealer can not seem to fully correct.
I mention all of this because both my Mariner and my friend's Fusion have versions of Ford's new 6 speed automatic transmission. The Focus has a new 6 speed automatic. It may not be the same design as the trannies in the Fusion and the Mariner, but it is a new Ford automatic. I've read some reviews that state that the new Focus 6 speed automatic has some programming issues.
It certainly seems as if Ford has not gotten all of the bugs out of their newly designed automatics.
I would like to get some feedback from owners of the 2012 Focus. Are you having any tranny problems? As nice as the new Focus may be, I don't want to get another Ford and have to live through again what it's been like with my Mariner.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
#419 of 673 Re: Ford focus transmission problem [harley42]
Jul 16, 2011 (11:49 am)
dear all ,
ford agent they know how to take your money but they dont know how to repair
any how i have ford focus 2006 modle , once i start the car some times i'm getting the follwing error
acceleration reduced ,then i need to stp the car and restart again
after one week i started getting new error acceleration reduce and engine system fult , and transmission malfunction
with this error the dash board heat is not ameter is not working with rpm meter
abs ,light battery light and most of the light are flashing
the ac is not cooling with this error and you will find the gear hard to change
once i stop and restart the car every things start working fine
any how i checked the car out side agent they informed me speed sensor
after i changed it the same problem again
then they informed me gear lever ( gear cable)
i chsnged it but also the same
latly i went to the agent of ford after two days of dignosis they gave me very long report
they told me dash board must be changed
thettle body must be chasnged
the total around 2000$
once i changed these parts they agent will be clear about the error of transmission malfunction
any body can advise me
wgat to do
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#420 of 673 Re: 2012 Focus Transmission Problems? [azmustang]
Jul 18, 2011 (8:25 am)
Just got a 2012 focus se. When at a stop you can feel the vibration through the steering wheel. Also car is a little hesitant on take off, all made worse with air on. As a owner of 15 new cars I would say this one worries me the most when I bring it in tommorrow to get checked, I can imagine serv. dept. saying they don't feel anything wrong. Overall pretty disapointed on this cars performance so far. 3rd focus.
#421 of 673 problem fixed
Jul 18, 2011 (12:30 pm)
the authorized frod agent they were going to charge me 2000$ without guarantee that the error will be fixed i went with my car to local garage after computer chk they found lose in one of the hidden wire they fixed it for 200$ every thing is working find
two advises for ford lovers
dont buy ford at all go to japan cars
in case you made the wrong choice and you bought one never don't send your car to the ford agent after the three years warranty or 6000 km warranty
#422 of 673 Re: transmission slipping [kingnick213]
Jul 29, 2011 (4:18 pm)
where are the solenoids located and what precautions must i take when replacing them
#423 of 673 Re: transmission slipping [panthers40]
Jul 29, 2011 (7:43 pm)
Buy the filter and gasket at autozone for $25 then drop the pan by removing the bolts around it, be careful if the car is hot as will be the fluid. When the pan is removed you'll see the 6 solenoids there held on by 1 bolt per solenoid. First remove transmission temperature sensor attached to the filter and remove the filter. Now remove the solenoid that you wish to replace,
here's a diagram above, if its not shifting into 4 or 5 replace A and B solenoids or just replace them all, they sell a kit on ebay for all of them its $140
I ended up just replacing all of them to avoid the hassle later, the only real precautions you have to take it to be careful disconnecting the wires from the solenoids as to not break them. Too make sure you know exactly how much fluid you took out, save the fluid you took out and pour it in to 1 quart bottles and count how many and add only that amount back, transmissions are very picky and you must not overfill it. Good luck and feel free to ask any more questions. The torque for the bolt on the pan is about 16ft pounds tightening in a STAR pattern.
#424 of 673 Transmission hesitates
Jul 30, 2011 (8:58 am)
The transmission in my 07 focus automatic hesitates between 1-2 gear or maybe 2-3. It wont shift up right away and rpm revs higher than usual. Is this a solenoid issue? Also the ebay link you listed is that for an auto or manual transmission?
The steps to change them would be.
Put car on ramps, remove tranny pan, drain fluid, change solenoids, replace filter (while I can) put pan back, pour old fluid back in.
#425 of 673 Re: Transmission hesitates [dpj311711]
Jul 30, 2011 (9:45 am)
Yes its a solenoid issue when it rev's like that, 90% of the problems with the MTX-75 will end up being just a bad solenoid, they tend to wear out around 60k miles. Your steps are correct but I wouldn't use the old fluid and yes those solenoids listed are for an automatic.
#426 of 673 Re: Transmission hesitates [kingnick213]
Jul 30, 2011 (7:24 pm)
Would you recommend I try the A solenoid first or do all at once? I don't want to waste money and time changing things that aren't broken.