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#88 of 146 dangerous trans.
Sep 13, 2011 (12:19 pm)
OMG can you believe that after 3 years we are all still having problems with the transmissions in the Fusion (I sold my 2010 to the dealer) and now my 2011 Escape is starting to act the same. I have had more than 22 cars and some were true beaters but not ONE had a bad trans. We as consumers will never get Ford to admit the problem. I am also not a speedster but I will not drive like a snail just to get the trans. to shift correctly(sorta). The high revs (all under 40mph) just can't be good for not only the 4cyl. but the poor gas mileage. I took 2 long trips and honestly kept the speed under 75. The best mpgs. were 26.3. Thank god I am leasing the excape so I won't be stuck with the problems forever. Loved the example about the old Chevy that only cost 175.00. and had to be sold. Maybe some day a brave car expert will expose Fords' secrets, or maybe a few deaths will bring it to light. Getting T- boned after waiting for the confused trans. to work just scares the heck out of me. Can't wait for my lease to be up..still have 18 months left. May so back to GM.
#89 of 146 Re: dangerous trans. [babbs3]
Sep 14, 2011 (8:33 am)
"..may go back to GM.."
That will be like jumping into boiling water at a different point.
All modern automatic transmissions, industry wide, are now using these same fuel saving design techniques.
The best you can probably hope for is a warning signal, buzzer(?) that re-acceleration should not be attempted due to the lack of sufficient ATF line pressure.
#90 of 146 Re: dangerous trans. [wwest]
Sep 14, 2011 (1:49 pm)
I agree wwest. If I recall correctly, isn't this the transmission that Asain makes for several manufacturers, including GM, Ford and Toyota?
#91 of 146 Re: dangerous trans. [babbs3]
Sep 14, 2011 (2:34 pm)
"May go back to GM."
Wow you have a lot of courage saying such oddity. Going back to GM would definately not be moving forward, at the very most a lateral move...if that!
#92 of 146 Re: dangerous trans. [nvbanker]
Sep 14, 2011 (3:54 pm)
New ideas, certainly FE ideas, propagate throughout the industry like wildfire, cross-license, what ever. So anyone building "standard" (non-CVT) automatic transmissions will soon, if not already, incorporate these designs.
#93 of 146 blinking o/d light
Sep 23, 2011 (8:43 pm)
hello.i have a 2002 escape,3.0 liter front wheel drive.nice vehicle.but,o/d light flashes.if i hold the button in making the o/d light stay off on dash,vehicle drives fine and shifts good(i drive 100 miles a day round trip to work/home.)if button is not held in,i risk trans shifting in and out of o/d.tried replacing with another shifter handle(used)thinking button was bad,but not the case.i can stick a penny in end of shifter handle and not have to hold in while i drive(talk about a one cent repair).i realize this is just a bandaid,and want to fix it right.any suggestions?thx.
#94 of 146 Re: blinking o/d light [daveyboy8]
Sep 24, 2011 (8:36 am)
O/D lockup clutch has probably failed, slipping.
But check ATF level just the same.
#95 of 146 Re: blinking o/d light [wwest]
Sep 24, 2011 (10:20 am)
why would it work when i hold the switch in?no change in rpms when it hits overdrive,dont notice any slipping,i will recheck the fluid level,but how much does it hace to be off to cause this problem?could it be electrical?my brother in law works at ford,says they have had problems with wiring running down the steering column,esp. tilt wheel?im open to suggestions.thx
#96 of 146 Re: blinking o/d light [daveyboy8]
Sep 28, 2011 (11:03 am)
I tend to agree with wwest. When the OD light blinks on these cars, it usually means there is a problem inside the transmission, and that's your indicator. Holding the button in probably disengages the OD so it doesn't slip, and I doubt it's electrical.
#97 of 146 2007 Trans "shudders" when put in gear cold
Oct 03, 2011 (12:59 pm)
2007 Escape XLT 4cyl, 76K when engine is cold (sometimes warm) the transmission makes a shuddering sound for the first 5 or seconds when placed into gear. The noise disappears and does not return until vehicle has cooled. This happens going into drive, or reverse, flat or hill.