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#460 of 836 Transmision or Electrical problem?
Dec 25, 2011 (2:46 pm)
My wife has a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with about 32,000 miles driven. In the last few months, the automatic transaxle has started behaving strangely, meaning un-requested shifting, momentarily into another gear. Because the car is driven always with the overdrive on, the shifting must be into a lower gear. At first the phenomenon only happened one of two times during a 10 ten mile drive, but she had our local trusted auto garage inspect the operation of the transaxle and do a flush job on it. The auto guys there could find no problem, or did not experience the un-requested shifting.
The phenomenon is happening more often now, maybe six times during a 30 mile drive and it seems to be correlated with the following driver actions: switching from low beam to high beam head lights, switching on the turn indicator , changing the wind shield wiper speed, turning on the cruse control on or off, We are waiting for the intermittent action to happen enough so that if we give the car to the auto garage again, they can experience it and get some insight.. The phrase on the forum “Transmission or Electrical problem?” seems appropriate. The Overdrive button works OK, as does the light. I am theorizing that a sudden change in electrical voltage make be causing the action, but it is a feeble attempt at understanding the issue. If any one has any insight, we would like to here it.
#461 of 836 Re: loud rumbling noise in front car area- Transaxle? [kingcarz]
Dec 26, 2011 (12:02 pm)
I figured out my noise, seems to have been front bad wheel bearings, well since I was there, the lower ball joints were bad, it seems that things go out in pairs as my brake calipers did earlier this year at different times.
So I replaced both wheel bearings, both lower ball joints, both drive axles, both tie rod ends, both sway links, both brake rotors & pads, transmission filter & fluid, spark plugs and wires, serpentine belt and splash shield, oil & filter, gas filter, air filter.
That should have taken care of things in the front half or car, ready for another happy 170,000 miles.
My next project, rebuild / replace the rear components to secure any rear end problems.
#462 of 836 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [toltecah]
Dec 27, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Dec 27, 2011 (12:40 pm)
Well, what happened?
#464 of 836 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [tim156]
Jan 01, 2012 (6:07 pm)
I test drove the automatic-equipped Focus and Fiesta at this week's San Diego Auto Show. I was expecting to experience the various transmission maladies that have been widely report. Both cars drove perfectly, with absolutely no noticeable tranny glitches. Hmmm. . .
#465 of 836 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [rpc81053]
Jan 01, 2012 (9:12 pm)
Well of course not, the ones you drove are brand new. It's not until you sign the paper work and drive 5 miles down the road that the transmission falls out. No but seriously the MTX-75 tranny is not that bad it just has issues with the solenoids wearing out around every 30 to 50 thousand miles, if you can replace them yourself is only about $140 which is not bad for maintenance costs, if you can't do it yourself, your looking at around $500.
#466 of 836 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [rpc81053]
Jan 02, 2012 (11:49 am)
Are you serious....you drove brand new selected cars at the Auto Show.....Seriously...How long have you worked for FordMoCo??
#468 of 836 2012 ford focus transmission problems
Jan 05, 2012 (8:34 pm)
I HAD JUST PURCHASED A NEW 2012 FORD FOCUS TITANIUM. I WILL STATE THAT THE DESIGN INSIDE AND OUT IS REALLY NICE AND ENJOY TREMENDOUSLY. THE SYNC SYSTEM IS VERY NICE BUT A BIT QUIRKY AT TIMES. THE SYSTEM DOES FREEZE UP EVERY NOW AND THEN WHICH IS VERY FRUSTRATING BUT, AS WITH ANY COMPUTER THIS DOES HAPPEN. WITH TAT SAID THERE IS NO MASTER RESET SO YOU JUST DRIVE UNTIL IT RE SETS ON IT'S OWN. THE RIDE IS VERY NICE AND WITH UPGRADED SUSPENSION HANDLING IS CRISP AND TIGHT ALSO 18 INCH RIMS. I WILL GET TO THE EXTREMELY BAD PROBLEMS I HAVE ENCOUNTERED. NOW I WILL SAY I HAVE ONLY 500 MILES ON THIS CAR. THE GAS MILEAGE IS QUOTED AS ABOUT 34-40 MPG. THEY MUST HAVE ACHIEVED THIS BY DRIVING DOWNHILL FOR 500 MILES. I AM SURE THERE WILL BE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AS TO ADDRESS THIS POINT. MY BIGGEST PROBLEM IS WITH THE DUAL-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION. WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP THIS IS. YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PICKUP OFF THE LINE. WHEN PRESSING THE GAS PETAL YOU GET A SHUTTER FOLLOWED BY A GRINDING NOISE THAT MAKE YOU VERY NERVOUS. THIS COULD PRESENT A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE. IF YOU ARE PUT IN A POSITION THAT REQUIRES A FAST START OR QUICK JUMP-YOU WILL BE IN TROUBLE. JUST TO SAY I SAID IT FIRST THERE WILL BE A LAW SUITS JUST AS WE SAW WITH THE HONDA. NO ACCELERATION IS JUST AS BAD AS TOO MUCH ACCELERATION. JUST FEEL TAKEN AND WENT AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGMENT. IF ANY FORD CORPORATE PEOPLE ARE READING THIS PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER CAR. I LOVE THE COLOR AND STYLE AND IT DRIVE GREAT AFTER 15 MPH. PLEASE HELP ME THE DEALER IS SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS.
#469 of 836 Sky Active I touring
Jan 10, 2012 (8:21 am)
What a great car. I'd try ,then compare to Focus.