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Old 11-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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08 SES Transmission Issue

Hello All!

I jumped on here as my 08 SES focus is starting to get a few km's on it (125k). I figure I better start reading up on it and getting some information on problems before they get too big.

My first problem is the tranny. It seems to slip intermediately somewhere between 3-4 or OD. I am thinking oil as it has never been changed but I am wondering if I need to drop the pan and replace something before I pay to just have the oil switched out.

Has anyone experienced this or can help with it?


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Old 04-11-2014, 09:47 PM   #2
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Nobody has an idea???
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Read this recent one for some ideas on figuring out what's going on with yours:

Auto trans in a 2003 Focus w/ZETEC

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Old 04-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #4
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Hello All!

I jumped on here as my 08 SES focus is starting to get a few km's on it (125k). I figure I better start reading up on it and getting some information on problems before they get too big.

My first problem is the tranny. It seems to slip intermediately somewhere between 3-4 or OD. I am thinking oil as it has never been changed but I am wondering if I need to drop the pan and replace something before I pay to just have the oil switched out.

Has anyone experienced this or can help with it?
Your description of the problem is so vague, I don't even know what the symptom(s) are.

4th gear is OD.
Is it taking a long time to shift from 3-4, or the converter lock-up is not as it should be, soft and delayed shift into 4th?

Try to be a bit more specific in your description, we don't drive your car everyday.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:23 AM   #5
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Sorry about that I'll try again.

At Highway speeds when I go to accelerate something does not engage, the car shutters and I need to lay off the gas which fixes the problem and I can accelerate. The traction control light also flashes on for a sec.

Is that better?
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What do you mean "something does not engage"?

If the car shutters, it is not making enough power for the gear it is in. It could very well be your engine having a problem but you think it's the trans because it goes away if the trans downshifts and unlocks the converter.

Maybe the traction control issue is part of your problem.
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I am really confused about this problem, which causes my description to miss needed detailed.

It almost feels like the transmission isn't getting in gear and knocking against the gear. If I lay off It will fix it's self and then I can accelerate.

If it is not making enough power how is that possible? Or better question, how is that fixed? It is an automatic so I have no control when it changes gear. I have never heard of an automatic trans switching gears but not having enough power for the gear. I guess it is possible though.

The traction control I believe is the computer getting tricked into thinking the wheel is slipping but there is no loss of traction at the wheel at all. Once the trans problem is fixed I don't believe I will see that traction control light come on again.
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If it thinks you have wheelspin and activates the traction control, the net effect may be what you are experiencing.
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turn off the traction control and test it?
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If you drop the trans pan replace the filter,gasket and to refill takes under 4 quarts. I bought filter from Ford same price as Napa but didnt get a gasket with the Ford filter.
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