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Ford Focus Transmission Problems



  • dno36dno36 Posts: 71
    I believe most of us feel your pain.....

    It is not very good business for a Service Mgr to tell a customer to "sell their car quick". Maybe that is one FORD's big problems. Poor customer relations via the service dept..

    If they took your $$ and did not fix anything, the normal route is for the dealer to tell you something else is wrong as well in addition to what they "fixed". This would give them a rational solution and give them a chance to get more of your $$.

    You should take your car in to get scanned at a local major parts store. This is a free service and it will usually indicate where to start.

    What was the car doing before you brought it in??

  • carolr94carolr94 Posts: 5
    oops mine is a 2002 Ford would loose power when trying to accelerate and then jerk forward...................almost like it is in neutral. I have had it scanned at a few places and nothing ever shows as being wrong, but seems when it gets warm it will not shift I already replaced the selenoid...............
  • carolr94carolr94 Posts: 5
    I had another person look at my car this is continued from #156 & 159 - because the car was still acting up pretty bad and the engine light came on so the mechanic could diagnose things............He found that when the OD is off the car runs fine.............I am hoping it is not the transmission and that the OD can be fixed from inside the car without taking out the transmission.............I am praying that is is the issue............( not even sure where the OD button is) but he put me in contact with a Dealership in Laconia NH where he knows the General Manager so I am hoping this is the repair needed and not the transmission after all........will keep you updated...........................
  • carolr94carolr94 Posts: 5
    so I was referred to Irwin in Laconia and basically they say it could be the Aervo which they quoted at $460.00 I am really hesitant because if they do that and it still doesn't worl then it would mean a new transmission anyway.........and they quoted $2500 +/-.and it would be 3 years or 100k whichever comes first..........I already found a transmission dealer that will do it for $1500.00 with a lifetime warranty...........I guess I will take it to him and see what he says.........I still think what Ford is doing is criminal they know there is an issue and they just are not standing behind their products...........I will never, ever buy another Ford product again.......................
  • danica1958danica1958 Posts: 1
    Bought 2003 Ford Focus in had 33K on it.....I also bought an extended warranty. In 2006, I had the transmission fixed under warranty. In 2007, the steering wheel locked and that was also fixed under warranty. All warranties expired about 6 months ago. During the last month I occasionally noticed hesitation and some hiccuping. Last Monday, the car sounded much worse...took it to the dealer's service dept....they tell me it's something to do with the transmission but in order for them to find the exact problem it will cost around $3K to was only worth $3900 in decent condition. They didn't recommend fixing it....I was upset to say the only had 57K on it....only put on 24K in 5 years!!!!! I was then referred to someone in sales to help me find a another car..... This car had a history of transmission problems and now I was the one that had to suffer the consequences of their defective transmission!!!! I voiced my opinion to the dealership and they refused to fix the car, but would give me an additional $750 toward a new Ford other options given. I picked up the vehicle and traded it in on a brand new 2009 Honda Civic....I believe I'm done with Ford...also owned a Contour that was a piece of dirt as well. We have always bought American-made cars, however, our entire family has changed to foreign in the last year and cannot believe the difference in quality/workmanship. If you are having transmission problems with a car, get rid of it and put your good money into a newer is not worth the aggravation!!! Will never buy a Ford again!!!! They don't even stand behind their own product!!!!
  • bird54bird54 Posts: 6
    I feel your pain and feel EXACTLY the same way you do. We bought a Honda Odessey. I still have my piece of crap Ford Focus-we would not even offer it for a trade in-it's that worthless. Ford Customer service is a joke, and a sad one at best. Ford does not stand behind there products. They build them to BARELY last as long as the warrenty-then after that it's so long sucker. Well I may be just one sucker on this vast planet-but I am one less sucker that has bought a Ford and we have always bought Ford's. Good luck with your Honda-I love my Odessey!
  • ffford101ffford101 Posts: 1
    I guess our Ford Focus is an anomaly after reading the posts on this thread. We bought a bare-bones 2001 Ford Focus new and now has 156K miles on it and have not had any problems save for an issue with "aggressive" break pads in the first year. Also, after a few tire rotations the mechanic said Ford Focus' are notorious for "eating" tires. Balance and rotate your tires 'til the cows come home and they will still wear abnormally. We have always bought Fords for two reasons: my father-in-law is retired from Ford, and, more importantly, they are the quintessential American car with great design and afFORDability. heh. Sorry about that... Anyway, my point is that any car company, including Ford, will have some form of mechanical issue from new to a million miles on the odometer on any model. Ford, or any other car company, does not maliciously or intentionally manufacture flawed automobiles; some will fall through the proverbial cracks of quality control, hence the occasional recall. And actually now that I am thinking about it we did have a recall regarding the read door locking mechanisms, prone to rust. I know once a consumer has had a bad experience with a company that they automatically assume the worst for the entire company and that is wrong. I'm not trying to defend Ford or any other car manufacturer I'm just saying we have more than gotten our money's worth from our base model Focus, all 156K+ miles and counting.
  • I purchased this 2005 Focus used in 2007. Was great for the first year-plus and I put about 55K miles on the car. Then I started having auto-electric issues (which are chronicled in another thread on this site: battery died mysteriously, anti-theft fuse blew and shut the car down, alternator went up).

    A couple weeks ago, the transmission acted up. Shifted rough, and didn't feel like it was getting out of second. The O/D OFF light started flashing. Took it to a reputable garage who said tranny was shot.. I gulped and put down 3K for a new Jarvis transmission.

    It ran great for about three days. Then it started shifting rough again. Check Engine light came on and the O/D light flashed again. Went back to the garage and they ran the diagnostic codes. Two things came up. One was a possible bad ground in a tail light that will cause the tranny to malfunction. The other was a heat sensor in the transmission that would do the same thing if bad. The garage narrowed it down to the sensor and replaced it (it was under the Jarvis warranty).

    I picked the car up this morning and drove it today with no problem. Tonight? Same thing again. Rough shifts, O/D light is flashing. So, I'm taking it back in the AM. I wonder if the electric problems - which were never really explained - aren't related to the same source as this problem. If there is a bad ground in the tail light, could it have caused all these issues? Anyone have an experience/opinion???
  • mwebermweber Posts: 1
    I have a Ford Focus with nearly 150k miles - I have had absolutely no problems with it. I bought it new and would buy one again. I serviced the transmission like the owners manual said and everything is great - did you have all maintenance done? Consumer reports rates Focus as one of the most reliable cars out there.
  • bird54bird54 Posts: 6
    I am glad that you have had such great "luck" with your car. I had the Focus serviced as recommended by the owners manual. That car was babied! I have since sold the 2003 Focus and purchased a Toytota Camry. I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER FORD!!
  • ih8fordih8ford Posts: 1
    Hi Carol the transmission on my Ford just went out tonight completely out of the blue. I am also from Laconia. Can you please tell me the dealer that will replace it for $1500? Thanks.
  • I bought a 2005 Ford Focus hatchback in May 2008 to replace my gas guzzler of an SUV. I loved the car, it had power, pep and looked great. However, I ended up disliking the lack of power options (no AC in the summer was a bummer). So I went to Bay Ford in Port Orchard, Washington and traded it in for a 2007 Ford Focus SE sedan.

    Almost right out the door, my trunk refused to latch shut, so I had to give it up for a few days so they could replace the latch. After that, it was smooth sailing until winter, when my power steering pump burned out. I've driven without steering before, so I learned to live without it so I wouldn't have to pay for a new pump.

    Then my transmission started messing up. Thankfully it was still under warranty so I took it in and they replaced some stuff dealing with the overdrive (which was the main problem), at no cost to me. This was at about 53,000 miles.

    Less than a month later, my overdrive light on my cluster came on and my overdrive shut off. I went back to the dealership and had them take a look at it (this time I was at 56,000 miles). They told me nothing was wrong, and sent me on my way.

    Two months later and with an expired warranty, my transmission started slipping. Within a week, my car was struggling to get uphill. I made an appointment with the manager at the dealership to discuss my problem.

    I told the manager that this issue was so severe that my transmission was most likely failing when they first looked at it, and how they missed it was beyond me when they had my transmission lying in pieces in their shop. He told me essentially there was nothing he could do since I *poorly* maintained my car (mind you, it was beyond my control). Words were exchanged and now my car is sitting in the shop, and thousands of dollars are about to go out the door.

    Has anyone had this kind of experience with their transmission failing?
  • 92 k+, when car is cold tranni shifts fine. after 20mi. or so it starts jerking from 1st to 2nd gear and overdrive will not engage, trans. overheat light comes on, but if you re-start car light stays off, as a result of no o/d engine light comes on, had it checked it it shows P0761 shift solenoid "c" performance or stuck off, have you had this problem? ford does not know which of the solenoids is PO761, please help i'm on a tight budget, if you know the answer please contact me direct carvaz4611, i know i'm not supposed to but i'm at the y. thanks
  • buffeebuffee Posts: 7
    Just an update on my transmission from HELL. Well I just wrote a check for 2800$ for the new tranny.....& to add insult to injury. The service manager at Homer Heller Ford...just called to tell me laughing" oh BTW you did have an extended warranty that expired last month" after I had called them 20 times since May & have a contract that clearly shows I did NOT purchase an extended warranty....and on top of it, 2 of Ford's people called me last month..wanting to SELL me another warranty for 1,000...even though evidently I had one. I am furious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • brian104brian104 Posts: 1
    i been having this problem since i bought the car. i had it tranny rebuilt and it was working for one day. because at first it didn't have first gear at all and that was fixed. i was hoping some can help me this problem.
  • dno36dno36 Posts: 71
    Take it in and have a free computer scan done to it.
    Call around to major auto parts stores and find who offers this service free-of-charge.

  • A HUGE thank you to posting #76 aokrongly ( 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions by aokrongly) . I had the exact trouble as listed and my car service wanted me to have a rebuilt transmission for 1700. I googled this problem and came upon your blog. I went to auto zone and had them put on that machine to confirm the code my service station told me, it was. That is free and mine in Dunedin FL was very nice!! While there I bought silicone gasket seal for 5.00. I called my dealer parts dept first and he had no idea what part it was if I said solenoid A or 1, but if it was what he was thinking then he was out but another local dealer had it. I went there,skipped the description and gave the exact number part aokrongly provided. and paid 49.21 with tax. Then I paid my sons friend, who is very car techy 50.00 for the one hr and 15 mins it took to change the solenoid using the exact directions provided !! What a blessing!!!
    My car works fine!! And it cost me 100.00 dollars not thousands!
    Thank you soo much!
  • teejay3teejay3 Posts: 2
    Hi all you focus owners. I really like this car,its my 3rd ford product ,Escort no problems 110000 miles. Okay tranny goes out of drive gear on highway (auto) light goes on used 2nd gear to drive home. Car has been parked ,when I start it up the light is still on, it drives in D but cuts out like its in N. #2 &#1gear works. I always had a problem with the tranny loading up from 2nd to D at about 35 mph not all the time. (dealer told me it was the ignition wires and put knew ones on,solved the problem) The car has 70000 miles,why would the gears work and then not work,the fluid is full .Does anyone have the same problem or know whats up.thanks
  • buffeebuffee Posts: 7
    Honest to God, I think this is happening to most focus owners. My 2004 ONLY had 26,000 on it last month, the SAME thing happened, but it cost me 2,600 , because I had to replace the transmission. Ford dealers want to cut corners. My own mechanic told me when my car hit 19.,000 miles, that normally(at least at their shop) These cars had transmission issues beginning at 30,000 miles.
    To add insult to injury, even though I spoke to my dealer at least a dozen times....they NEVER told me I had an extended warranty until the DAY after it ended, the end of last month. I have NO paperwork that shows I had bought an extended warranty..not even the original contract. They just didn't want to pay for the repair...I was also told there are NO issues with Focus transmissions, I told them they need to go ON LINE and view the Focus chat might enlighten them. If you do not have ANY warranty with ford, I highly recommend you taking it elsewhere, that way you know you won't be screwed. :mad:
  • hanifhanif Posts: 9
    I've read through all the posts and sadly I have the same transmission issue. 64K mileage. I pulled the code and got P0772. I have no Reverse, 3rd or 4th gear. I'm going to try #76 however, I'm nervous #76 fix will not address the reverse gear issue. Plus, my code is a little different. P0772 is a Solenoid E stuck on. Does this mean that I should purchase Solenoid E in addition to Solenoid A? Or, should I just purchase Solenoid A? I've already purchased the Mercon V ATF and the filter kit from Advance Auto. I have to wait until Ford opens on Monday to get the solenoid(s). I haven't dropped the pan yet so I don't know the condition of the solenoids or the wiring harness. I'm considering dropping the pan tomorrow to drain the TF and replace the filter. This way, I can inspect all the solenoids to see what I'm up against.

    Any advise on the reverse gear?
  • dno36dno36 Posts: 71
    This is a bit newer than most of teh models we see here, but you are heading in the right direction.

    If the computer is telling you solenoid "E", then only replace "E".

    As far as inspecting the solenoids.... I don't know what you would be looking for or at but it shouldn't hurt anything. Just make sure the wires are on.

    I cannot remember as to how the solenoids are labeled, but I will do a search here if I can stay awake. The "A" has the white wire, thats all I know now, not much help I guess.


  • hanifhanif Posts: 9
    4F27E is the transmission model used in the 2006 Focus FX4 model but the FN4A-EL is suppose to be the Madza sister model. It appears that the solenoids are in different locations between the two. I'm looking for the 4F27E model diagram. I dropped the pan and all the solenoids looks good and the wire connections were tight.
  • hanifhanif Posts: 9
    I can't determine which solenoid is E. However, looking at all solenoids, they all look closed. What's the best way to remove the solenoid? I've removed the plate that holds them in place but was wondering if they should just pull out or do I need a tool to remove them?
  • hanifhanif Posts: 9
    Does anyone know the best way to remove Solenoid E? Do I need to remove the control value in order to remove it?
  • mmj2mmj2 Posts: 2
    I have a 2007 ford focus with 48,000 miles that we bought about four months ago. As my wife and I were on our way to play a game of golf which is 70 miles away, the car started to miss gears and rev up high with no gear then clunk into a lower gear. The overdrive off light came on and then the engine light too. We were near the dealership that we bought the car from and so we drove it to the dealership to have them work on it. This happened on July 10th. Today (July 21st) I called Ford and they said the car was repaired and ready. We went to pick up the car but I had to press them on the fact that the car was still under warranty for the powertrain for 5 years or 60,000 miles and that ford actually raised that higher about a year ago. They finally agreed to the fact that the car was still under warranty. The cost would have been $280 for a replaced solenoid. After we picked up the focus we drove to a Home Depot that was about 15 miles further down the road in the opposite direction of our residence. The car ran fine but then when we came back the car started its transmission problems again but this time the over drive off light never came on. This time it had a miss after it was in 2nd gear searching for 3rd gear it would rev and clunk hard. After stopping and starting at another a stop light it happened again. So we took it back to the dealership but they were closed. We left the car with a message, put the keys in the drop box and asked them to really fix it this time. After reading all the horror stories about the numerous Focus transmission problems on this site I am just happy to have the warranty to cover the costs. I had a feeling that this is far from over while I was driving to pick the car up. I told my wife that selling this car was prioity one after we get it back. I feel sorry for those who only have the one car for meeting thier transportation needs. This car was supposed to be for my daughter for college but she never got her license and we have two other cars for our transportation needs. I will post again when I talk with Ford and the second repair session to the transmission. I truly appreciate the information that has been posted on this site so I thought I needed to share my story for others too.
  • hanifhanif Posts: 9
    I changed Solenoid E (the middle solenoid black and blue wires), changed the filter and the TF. I get the same issues (no reverse, 3rd or 4th gears) and the same code P0772. I guess I will take it up to the Ford dealer and have them check it out. I don't know if I need to change the control value or what so I guess I wont guess and just take it to Ford $$$$.
  • rod111rod111 Posts: 1
    I have the same problem with my Focus 2002. I do not have the 4th gear and I can only use the car whenever I turn off the Overdrive(OD) because if the OD is on, I can only run up to 40kph and whenever I drive reverse I feel a strong jerking of my car.

    Please help.Do I need to change the whole transmission or only some parts of the of solenoid?...I'm here in Qatar and we have very expensive spare parts here from the Ford Dealer.

    Thanks a lot. :confuse:
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