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#55 of 672 Dealer misdiagnose, any help
Jan 01, 2008 (12:58 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Focus SE (Automatic) with about 56,000 miles. The car loses power like it is suddenly not in any gear, then all of a sudden jots into gear. It was taken to a local Ford dealership and they put it on the scope and said it needed the transmission fluid changed. The check engine light also was on. Next time it was driven within the hour same thing happened. Have called the dealership to say hey now paid to get this fixed, they agreed to renegotiate the fee paid and take it for a test drive. A friend who knows a mechanic at a Ford dealership says it sounds like it is the valve body which is like 1,000 just for the parts. I am hesitant with the last one thinking it was one thing and it wasn't. Anyone have this type of problem, and gotten it fixed? If so what was the problem and how much to fix?
#56 of 672 Re: 2003 [niki3]
Jan 01, 2008 (1:06 pm)
Just wondering what the problem ended up being, and if it was expensive to fix. I am having the same problem with my 2003 focus.
#57 of 672 Re: Dealer misdiagnose, any help [vacanadian]
Jan 07, 2008 (8:55 am)
hi my ford focus automatic 1.6 zetec 2002 has the same problem but in reverse gear and it delays like 10 secs as if the car is dead and the engine light comes up(yellow) and then moves on with jerk.
any success with your repair work ? how much did it cost? many thanks for ur reply
#58 of 672 Re: Banging Noise [cnewman]
Jan 14, 2008 (8:18 pm)
Sounds like the motor mounts I had to have replaced around 145000. It also caused substantial steering wheel vibration (1" or so).
#59 of 672 Re: Dealer misdiagnose, any help [vacanadian]
Feb 14, 2008 (9:16 am)
Got the same run-around. Was told to change the transmission fluid. Doesn't solve anything. Bottom line= 4th gear(Drive) was toast. The car would NOT shift into drive. 35mph is the fastest it would go THEN it was though it was running in neutral! The 4th gear was shot. Bad news is the parts cost $1000+. Total repair approx $2200. Check other Transmission problem blogs on the net. Many many focus auto transmissions '02-'07 having the same problem. If your car is still in waranty insist the trans be repaired if it "jumps" into gear at any speed, low or high. MY CAR? It's a 2003 Focus with 55000 miles. Waranty expired 12-16-07. Transmission expired 02-05-08. My cost to have repaired? $2222.03.
#60 of 672 Shift Solenoid Problems??
Feb 19, 2008 (9:12 pm)
Model: 2002 SE 2.0 SPI with 4F27E Transmission
OBD Code: P0751 => Shift solenoid (SS) A - performance or stuck off
Symptom: No 3rd or 4th gear
Having studied the service manual (which is on a CD) for days and trying to verify what is causing my problem, I think I have narrowed it down. Since I am an individual and don't have a complete Ford shop at my disposal, I attempted to check the obvious thing first - connections, loose grounds, broken wires, continuity and amperage checks of all solenoids, and on and on.... Since all solenoids and connections passed electrically, I proceeded to check each solenoid with air pressure while energizing them and found that all solenoids tested good. Now, what I did not say was that the main control valve body had several bolts loose (they could be turned by hand). I state this now, since when I first discovered this after removing the drain pan, I removed the valve body, checked it for damage and reinstalled it. It was late in the day and no parts stores were open, and I just tried it out to see if that cured the problem. Well, it didn't. I pulled the valve body again and inspected the gaskets a little closer and discovered they should be replaced. (The manual tells you to replace them anyway) My question - Has anyone found any valve body bolts loose. I don't know if this was done at the factory or by a previous mechanic, most likely the latter. I feel that my shift problem has occurred due to the valve body bolts backing out, thus allowing the fluid pressure to leak out. This was a possible cause listed in the service manual. I am having to order the parts and hope this is going to solve the problem. Will post when I figure this out...
#61 of 672 transmission when car gets warm...
Feb 24, 2008 (6:36 pm)
I have a 2001 Ford Focus (automatic transmission) that has 75,000 miles on it. When i first start driving the car from a cold start, it shifts fine thru the gears. once the car warms up, it stops shifting into 4th gear and will not shift up if i have to accelerate quickly (it revs for a sec like it's going to shift up, and goes strait back into 3rd). after a while of that, it starts shifting really rough, jerking between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears. also, i noticed that, once the car is warmed up and 4th gear disappears, if i try to turn off overdrive and shift down manually it doesn't do anything.
anyone have any idea what might be wrong?
#62 of 672 Re: transmission when car gets warm... [robo30988]
Feb 25, 2008 (2:32 pm)
I'm post #60 and was just reviewing the site as I was reading the service manual. Might be the transimssion oil temperature sensor. If the sensor has failed in some odd way, my guess is that this could happen. This sensor is located in the tranny oil pan, under the transmission filter. The sensor can be checked by use of an ohm meter. See below...
This is out of the manual:
Transmission fluid temperature (TFT) sensor
The TFT sensor is located on the internal wiring harness to the solenoid valves in the fluid pan.
It is a resistor and measures the transmission fluid temperature.
The transmission fluid temperature is used by the PCM for the following functions:
Applying the torque converter clutch is not permitted until the transmission fluid reaches a certain temperature, engagement of 4th gear is prevented in extreme sub-zero temperatures until the normal operating temperature is reached,
if the transmission fluid temperature is excessive, a pre-set fixed shift curve is selected and the torque converter lock-up clutch is closed in "2", "3" and "4"; of the transmission warning indicator is activated.
Resistance between transaxle vehicle harness connector pin 5 (component side, transaxle internal harness), and transaxle vehicle harness connector pin 4 (component side, transaxle internal harness).
Resistance should be approximately in the following ranges:
-20 ° C (-4 ° F) - 236Kohms - 317Kohms
0 ° C (32 ° F) - 83.2Kohms - 107Kohms
20 ° C (68 ° F) - 33.5Kohms - 41.2Kohms
40 ° C (104 ° F) - 14.6Kohms - 17.6Kohms
60 ° C (140 ° F) - 7.08Kohms - 8.01Kohms
80 ° C (176 ° F) - 3.61Kohms - 4.06Kohms
100 ° C (212 ° F) - 1.96Kohms - 2.20Kohms
120 ° C (248 ° F) - 1.13Kohms - 1.25Kohms
130 ° C (266 ° F) - 0.87Kohms - 0.96Kohms
Pin numbers as looking at the connector on top of tranny with lock tab on top:
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
Good luck, let us know what happens,
#63 of 672 Re: 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Automatic Transmission [2000zxefocus]
Feb 25, 2008 (4:12 pm)
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH FORD DEALERSHIPS & FORD
CORPORATION. THE DEALER MECHANICS & SERVICE WRITERS THAT
I HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH PLAY ALL KINDS OF GAMES, REFUSE
TO ACKNOWLEDGE VERY WELL KNOWN PROBLEMS, CAUSE ME TO
CHECK & QUESTION WHETHER THEY DID ROUTINE SERVICES THAT
I PAID FOR, AND JUST FLAT OUT LIE TO ME. IT IS REAL OBVIOUS TO
ME THAT FORD MOTOR COMPANY DOES NOT CARE WHETHER OR
NOT I GET RIPPED OFF OR MISTREATED BY THEIR DEALERSHIPS.
THEY REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE VERY WELL KNOWN PROBLEMS.
IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE IS A HUGE QUALITY ISSUE WITH FORD
PARTS & THAT THEY KEEP SELLING THE SAME BAD PARTS RATHER
THEN TRULY REDESIGNING THEM & SOLVING THE PROBLEM.
#64 of 672 Re: Transmission starting to suck [mercheng]
Mar 18, 2008 (11:23 am)
the code that is coming up for my ford focus is P0750 and i see that it means Circuit malfunction, but what does that mean? is it a part or what? thx