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#443 of 825 Yet another Ford Focus "Transmission" Problem
Nov 10, 2011 (11:19 pm)
Hi all, I have up to now been enjoying my first ever brand new car - an automatic 2011 Ford Focus LX which I got just over 4 months ago. I'm fairly heavy on the kms and next week I expect to hit the 15000km mark.
Since the car reached about 9000kms, I've been having trouble with the transmission - or, perhaps not! I can be driving quite sedately, in a straight line even, when suddenly the "Transmission Malfunction" warning alarm comes onto my odometer screen, and the DSC warning light illuminates on the dash. The funny thing is, that despite all the bells and alarms, the car just keeps on driving normally! No "limp home" mode, no problems with gear changes - nothing. Once I've turned the engine off, the whole lot resets and when I start up again it's like nothing ever happened.
I've had it into the dealership THREE times now and they haven't been able to fix it. After the second visit, the car went wild, to the point where the transmission malfunction would re-alarm if someone got out of the passenger side and firmly closed the door - but still no issues with it's driveability! So, back it went and they changed a switch, and checked all the earthing wires, but low and behold, two days later the fault reappeared.
Today I just happened to be driving past a Ford Dealership when the Christmas tree lit up, and this time both the DSC and Engine Warning lights lit up on the dash, the latter of which is now on permanently (as happened also after the second dealership visit). Without turning off the engine, I asked them to download the codes for me and these are what they got:
P0700 - 63 - PCM
P0705 - FF - TCM
P1702 - FF - TCM
U2023 - AD(?) - AB (J or 5 or S, I can't quite read it)?
I had to pick up my daughter and the Transmission Malfunction alarm went off on my way and then again when she closed to boot after putting in her schoolbag and once more when she closed the rear passenger door after getting in the car. It sounds like an electrical fault, but they say they've checked the wiring, clearly to no avail.
The only other thing that I can find is the possibility that there is a battery problem which causes the transmission to reset. But would that throw the codes above?
Has anyone had this kind of problem or provide some hints as to how to fix it???
#444 of 825 2005 Ford Focus " Help Please"
Nov 20, 2011 (10:10 am)
I was in town at a red light. When i took off, i made it into the median when the car just stopped pulling. It would not go into any gears at all. It was like it was stuck in neutral in all gears. When i pushed the gas it made a metal spinning sound for a few minutes then nothing. I had to coast it back into the turning lane. Thank god i was on a hill. It is an automatic. It is full on fluid. Now when i try to put it into gear, it sounds like it wants to go into gear, it just does not pull at all. There are no lights flashing or anything. I tried disconnecting the battery to reset the computer, the security light started flashing again but that was it. I can not afford a big mechanic bill. If anyone can help me figure out what the problem is, i would really appreciate it. I do not mind doing the work myself if it is something i can do. Thanks in advance.
#445 of 825 loud rumbling noise in front car area- Transaxle?
Nov 24, 2011 (9:02 am)
I have had this loud rumbling noise in my 01 Ford Focus for about a year now, and still looks like new. The faster we go the louder it gets, loudest at 60 MPH. We have had this car for 4 years, it has 170,000 miles, It has been a good car with no problems but usual maintenance, I have pulled the bad ball joints, the axles and bearings and they feel good yet, but when I pulled the drive axles out, I looked inside and tried to turn the output bearing with my fingers, the axles displayed some blue coloring of over heating where the drive axles contact the transaxle output bearings, the gears did turn freely inside. My question is does this transmission have output bearings or bushings? Are they suppose to turn freely? And is this a problem anyone have heard of or dealt with? Thanks, Todd
#446 of 825 Re: Over revs [kingnick213]
Nov 26, 2011 (1:04 pm)
I was having the same issue with my 2005 ford focus and replaced the solenoids from the company that you linked, I swapped out all the solenoids and it didn't cure the problem. My vehicle won't shift into second or overdrive still. Before I took it apart I had a code for solenoid L stuck open. Any one else having the same issue? Any help that might work? Thanks
#447 of 825 Re: Over revs [erik_m]
Nov 27, 2011 (11:03 am)
Did you scan it for all trouble codes first??
Why did you swap ALL solenoids??
"L" being open could be external electrical also...wire or connection.
#448 of 825 Re: Over revs [dno36]
Nov 27, 2011 (8:53 pm)
Yes I pulled the codes and the only one that came up was solenoid L was stuck open. It looked like it was a similar problem as those that were on here so I took the chance and replaced all of them since they were original. I'm curious what wiring or connections I should look at or how I can test some of them. The connection at the solenoid looked good so it's not in the tranny. What are some of your thoughts.
#449 of 825 Filter Purchase WARNING !!
Nov 28, 2011 (12:37 pm)
I have a friend at my dealers Parts Dept, when I griped at his price for a Tranny Filter & Gasket he told me this.
"Go to O'Riely's or NAPA, their stuff is good, NEVER buy a Autozone or Advance Transmission filter as they sometimes have a cardboard like dust substance that can plug up orifices or cause other issues "
He is not the First to warn me about buying tranny filters from those guys.
For the cost of repairing a transmission, I suggest paying a couple dollars more and get em from the two I mentioned, OR get em at the dealer.
#451 of 825 Re: 2012 Focus Transmission Problems? [engine6th]
Nov 28, 2011 (1:02 pm)
I suggest taking an "alternative" vehicle to some dealers and "Test Drive" several other cars with the same driveline as yours.
Note the vibration or lack of in the wheel..
Drive MORE than two or three to be sure to get a general consensus.
If YOURS shakes, AND the others Don't, you have a few options.
1. approach the Head" service writer with your issue, then the Dealership Mgr then Owner if No Joy is found.
Ford Website and other phone numbers
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Last Option, check your state's Lemon Law and pursue that avenue.
You didn't say if it's an AT or Stick.
As I "understand" the 6sp Auto is actually a Dual-Clutch Manual Transmission that is electronically controlled.
This may be for the "Festiva" only and not the Focus, I dunno for sure
#452 of 825 2012 focus auto trans
Dec 04, 2011 (8:46 am)
I would appreciate anyone with a 2012 focus with the new style auto trans to comment on drivability issues, if any. I am buying a new car in 2 weeks and it has come down to the focus or the 2012 camry. Toyota quality has slipped quite a bit in the last several years yet the focus does not give you any bang for the buck and I have read some reports here about the focus trans repair issues. I know the shifting is different. Any responses, I thank you.