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Ford Focus Transmission Problems

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  • markus5markus5 Posts: 102
    I thought that A.M.S. was covered under an extended warranty for PZEV (Emission Control) ?
  • jeromebjeromeb Posts: 31
    This particular vehicle does not have any markings on the body or notations in the owner's manual to indicate that it is a PZEV. The Ford dealer nearby is high quality in my eyes and this particular service advisor has dealt me straight before.
  • I was wondering if the valve cover has any indication, but then I found this on a forum, describing the way to tell a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) from a Zetec, "Intake manifold [on the PZEV] is towards the front of the car, and the exhaust is towards the back and therefore doesnt run under the engine...." Then I looked at a couple of Ford VIN decoder tables, and VIN position 8 indicates engine type and seems totally ambiguous about PZEV. There is an entry for a 2.3 PZEV in 2003 and 2004, but none for a 2.0 PZEV before 2005. Look here (for other years just change the year number in the link): https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin_tools/pdfs/VIN2003.pdf
    The problem is that VIN character 8 seems to indicate displacement and nothing more, as the same character can be a PZEV or not.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Prior to 05, all 2.3L were PZEV and all PZEV were 2.3L According, if you have an 04 with a 2.3L, you have a PZEV.

    AFTER 05, no 2.3L were PZEV and so if you have an 05 though 07 with a 2.3L, you do not have PZEV.

    For 05 to 07, PZEVs are mandatory in the 5 CA emissions states. If you live in CA emissions state, you have PZEV.

    PZEV is also available in cross border states. If you live next to a state that requires CA emissions, open your hood and if you see a sticker that says "this car is certified for sale in CA" then you have PZEV. If you see "this car is certified for sale in all 50 states" then you do not have PZEV.

    Mark.

    Mark.
  • Interestingly, I had a '97 Escort where the automatic would do the same thing.
  • My 2002 Focus only has 43,000 miles and I also and having a problem with the transmission bucking and knocking when I give the car the gas. I will now change the transmission fuel pump. My car is also an automatic.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    that are you talking about?

    Older Focuses required trans service at 30k I believe.

    Mark.
  • My daughter purchased from a private party two months ago a ford focus 2002 sedan, with 36,000 miles on it for 5,000. We had it inspected prior to purchase. Passed with flying colors.

    The engine light when on and we checked the errors -- thermostat and gas cap. Hubby changed the thermostat and we tightened the gas cap.
    She drove it 40 mins and then from a stop sign it wouldn't go past 35 miles an hour without it engaging. Our reliable transmission people state that third and fourth gear are shot within the transmission. Before hearing again from them I'd like to ask...
    Questions: Is it worth fixing? Is it best to swap the who trans out or fix the internal issue? Was there a recall situation, we are not aware of? Could this car have more mileage on it that we see on the gage? If so, how so?

    I was so proud of her paying cash for this car....She she trade it in (running of course) for a newer dealer Toyota?
  • Hey Jeromeb, I have an 05 Focus ST that was rear-ended up in highland village last friday. Have you had body work done at Sam Pack in Lewisville and if so, were you happy?
    Thanks!!
  • Hello folks. I have an 02 Focus, auto trans. The car has 114K lightly driven miles and recently started running rough. Belts & pulleys are in great shape, but you can actually mash down on the block and cut out the vibration. Therefore I assume it may be the motor mounts. I have neglected that for 2-3 weeks. After the car sat in near freezing temps for three days, I get in to drive and out of the blue the transmission slips. Reverse, first & second are ok, very slow and hard drop into third, and no fourth. Before I shell out the big ones for a new tranny, is it possible that this could be related to the previously mentioned engine vibration, or clogged fluid filter or circulation problem? Thanks!
  • Comes from both front wheel areas whenever i turn my steering wheel left or right, i reckon its my bearings, but ive never heard it like this before, sounds like 2 metal poles being clanged together, am i right, and its just the bearings? Im in UK just in case some of my expressions are not the norm.

    Thanks
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • mdocmdoc Posts: 1
    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
  • Sounds like the motor mounts I had to have replaced around 145000. It also caused substantial steering wheel vibration (1" or so).
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • 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,
    iamech
  • 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.
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