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Old 01-26-2016, 09:58 PM   #1
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Need help, auto trans problems with reverse.

Hello I'm new here. My 2002 focus se 2.0 duratec have some issues with reverse gear only.
When i just start my car when its still cold everything shifts fine without any problem but after my car warms up or after i drive it a bit my reverse gear shifts with big clunking sound like somebody hit my car or doesn't want to go reverse gear at all and acts like neutral.If i rev my engine more it will go to reverse but again with big clunking sound.There are NO any warning or check engine light is on.Its only 87000 miles on my car.All other gears shifts fine without any problem.Fresh transmission fluid and no leaks. What do you guys think it can be? Should i check solenoids too? any ideas?
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:42 PM   #2
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Sounds unrelated to this thread, doesn't match any of the symptoms for the problem posted here.

From other posted info., it sounds more like a worn out rear cover/seals so it looses pressure and will only respond in reverse when you rev. it up. Unfortunately the fresh fluid now won't help, the two other changes it should have had at 30 & 60k might have.

Understand that it's possible to repair in the car if you drop it a bit for access, but not a simple job for the beginner IMHO.

I can make this a separate thread for more looks if you want, just reply here.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:46 PM   #3
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Thank you for quick reply.
Yes I've been looking for same symptoms for the problem almost in every ford focus forums and found no info about it. It will be great if you make a separate thread.
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Put car in manual low gear or 1 and see how it runs when the reverse problem is happening. If drive low works better than manual low at that time then possible shift solenoid B issue.
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There's some more educated help!

(Had to move the post amc, you made it just as I made this a new thread)
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Hello I'm new here. My 2002 focus se 2.0 duratec have some issues with reverse gear only.
When i just start my car when its still cold everything shifts fine without any problem but after my car warms up or after i drive it a bit my reverse gear shifts with big clunking sound like somebody hit my car or doesn't want to go reverse gear at all and acts like neutral.If i rev my engine more it will go to reverse but again with big clunking sound.There are NO any warning or check engine light is on.Its only 87000 miles on my car.All other gears shifts fine without any problem.Fresh transmission fluid and no leaks. What do you guys think it can be? Should i check solenoids too? any ideas?
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I was having a problem with hard shifts into every gear. The car ran fine on the road but banged into gear just standing. I also had a code for the Transmission range control. It's behind the shift lever on the trans. I replaced that and solved my problem. Your problem is not quite like mine but it's a cheap try. A Curtis
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Old 01-27-2016, 02:55 PM   #7
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Put car in manual low gear or 1 and see how it runs when the reverse problem is happening. If drive low works better than manual low at that time then possible shift solenoid B issue.
I did as you told but don't really feel any difference.Everything works as it should in low gear 1 and Drive besides reverse gear problem.My friend thinks that it could be bad epc solenoid as well however we are both not a mechanics. Do you think bad epc solenoid can cause this problem?
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I was having a problem with hard shifts into every gear. The car ran fine on the road but banged into gear just standing. I also had a code for the Transmission range control. It's behind the shift lever on the trans. I replaced that and solved my problem. Your problem is not quite like mine but it's a cheap try. A Curtis
Today i run OBD scan and absolutely no error code was found.Probably I will research more about fault transmission range control before i replace it.Thank you for your advice.
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update. I checked ATF fluid level and it is 1 inch above max level. I changed my fluid recently in a shop so just wondering can this be a possible reason why I'm having reverse issues? Can 1 inch above max level be that bad?
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Yes, lower it, that can tear the trans up as it fills the fluid with a lot of air.

Make SURE the engine/trans is FULLY warmed up and that you are reading the stick correctly as many don't. Look at BOTH sides of the stick and use the lower side amount as real, the higher side is a wiper and will always show higher. Use bright sunlight as most fluid now has far less dye in it due to cost.

EPC should affect other shifts not just reverse, the reverse issue can be from wear in driver end cover as that is the gear often first affected. Need a shop to do a line pressure test while in reverse and trans hot.

If you didn't do the test I told you with trans good and hot and the reverse issue showing up AT THAT TIME then you didn't do it right. The test is inconclusive if reverse not slipping then.
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