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#496 of 670 2001 ford focus se- screaming sound when changing gears
Apr 14, 2012 (1:33 pm)
My Focus has started giving me problems changing gears. Going uphill it really hesitates and also on the highway, its hard to get it over 45 miles per hour. Sometimes when it hesitates for a while it acts like it wants to overheat. It is also making a screaming noise when it is trying to change gears. If i am on flat land and back roads the car runs fine, sometimes the screaming will start but not as bad as when i am trying to get over 45 mph or on an incline. Please let me know if you have the same problem or if you know what the problem is.
#497 of 670 Re: 2001 ford focus se- screaming sound when changing gears [lawsons93]
Apr 14, 2012 (4:41 pm)
That's a new one on me. I just think that Focus transmissions have inherant issues. I guess I am actually lucky as I seem to be able to control my problem. I suspect that in my case the problem could rest in the internal celonoids. In-as-much as mine has quite a few miles I think I am going to sell it. Good luck with your issue. Let me know if you eventually find a cure.
#498 of 670 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [mistywhitbey]
Apr 26, 2012 (12:27 am)
had the tranny updated and still having the same problem. we need to get together and find out how many ither people are affected. my e mail is just2muchfun at verizon dot net. had to write it out won't let me leave my address thanks
#499 of 670 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [just2muchfun]
by pf_flyer HOST
Apr 26, 2012 (4:00 am)
Yep, we really don't encourage users to post their email addresses (there's always someone or something farming for valid emails to spam or scam) but if you want to allow other Edmunds forums members to contact you by email, just click on the Forums Preferences link on the right side of this page and you can set your email to "public". That way, registered forums members, and ONLY registered forums members, can click on your username to find your email addy to contact you.
#500 of 670 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [pf_flyer]
by kirstie_h HOST
Apr 26, 2012 (8:20 am)
Also, the best way to ensure that your complaints are recorded is to file a complaint here:
That's a lot more effective than trying to find everyone by email. You can file your own report, and also search existing reports.
#501 of 670 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [just2muchfun]
Apr 26, 2012 (9:25 am)
recently test drove a focus SE with the auto tranny and the same problem occured on the test drive which lasted about 20 minutes.needless to say the test drive was over for me right then and there.didn't want to be bothered with the bullshit update's to the tranny and still have the same thing happening such in your case.purchased a 2012 hyundai elantra with a auto tranny as smooth as butter.
#502 of 670 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [steven39]
Apr 26, 2012 (2:07 pm)
FWIW I had a shuddering problem with my '12 Focus's tranny within the first 1,500 miles or so but now at 3,300 miles and it's shudder free and pretty smooth. Feels like a quickly shifted manual. No power loss issues.
On a certain other forum for Focus owners, many report that they LOVE the tranny and quite a few others have gripes with it. Some who had gripes had the updates applied and it was successful.
#503 of 670 4f27e problem in 2003 focus
May 03, 2012 (1:16 pm)
I have problem with my tranny, this problem is shoving only when it is really hot outside. When i ride in traffic or at low speed ride on 3rd gear and speed is going up but suddenly i need to brake, transmission is going on 4th gear (i suppose it should stay at 3rd). There is jerk and pulling. There is no souch problem when it is not hot or when riding continousely. This is my first car with auto transmission-what can cousing problem? Overheating, soleniods or internal elements, mileage is 133000 miles, oil was replaced in october 2011.
#504 of 670 Focus Auto Transmission
May 08, 2012 (10:39 am)
I pulled up in my 1.6 auto focus, put into park & handbrake on the car rolled back slightly. I used the foot brake, restarted the car Put into R then back into park & switched off.
Went back to the car 30 mins later started it put into reverse, nothing! The lever moves but does not select D or R. Does anyone have any ideas?
#505 of 670 And I Thought I Had a Problem!
May 09, 2012 (3:05 pm)
My hassle with Ford re our Focus SEL involves the dual-clutch on several levels. I understand a LOT more after joining the Forum however and doing some research in Edmunds on the tranny in our Focus that I did not learn from Ford or the Ford dealer.
We were QUITE surprised when starting up on a slight hill to find that our Focus IMMEDIATELY started to roll backwards when I took my foot off the brake! I expected it to behave like any other "automatic" tranny but what I experienced was more like a manual transmission where I still had my foot on the clutch or had been popped into neutral. I was doubly surprised given that the literature talked of an automatic hill-holding feature. Whe I read the manual, the feature was explained for models "...if equipped..." But at no time had the dealer warned me or informed me that my car might not have this feature and, if not, what that meant!
Only by browsing etc did I stumble on the fact that, apparently, Ford includes the hill-holding feature on the BASE Focus S and the slightly upscale SE, but discontinues it for reasons entirely unexplained on our SEL or the top-of-the-line Titanium model.
Now that I know this, I will either use the very handy handbrake on a hill or resort to left foot braking. Either will work, but Ford should not blindside it's customers like that!