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Old 02-18-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
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Focus rolls back on hills

My new focus keeps rolling back on the hills. I hate it almost rolled back into other cars many times.This is so unsafe and when you step on the gas it bangs and jerks.I have read on this board many times to check out software at the dealer so i did and the service manager has said he has no bullitins in and problems with the new focus and thats the way the transmissing is.I also ask other people i see when they have the new focus and they said the car is horribale also.What can we do do you think ford will come up with a fix and recall the cars?


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I noticed it when I drove my dads 2012 a few times, I didn't think it was any problem. manuals will roll back too if you don't do it right. Just hold on the break some as you start to give it gas if it's a really steep hill. I definitely don't think it even comes close to needing a recall considering its not even a problem.

I didn't notice any banging or jerking when I drove it though.
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My new focus keeps rolling back on the hills. I hate it almost rolled back into other cars many times.This is so unsafe and when you step on the gas it bangs and jerks.I have read on this board many times to check out software at the dealer so i did and the service manager has said he has no bullitins in and problems with the new focus and thats the way the transmissing is.I also ask other people i see when they have the new focus and they said the car is horribale also.What can we do do you think ford will come up with a fix and recall the cars?
The car is not horrible, for starters. Assuming you have the 6 speed "automatic", check your Owner's Manual - there is an onwer-selectable option for "hill assist", which will automatically hold the brake on an incline until you begin to accelerate. Perhaps this is set to "off" on your car. Setting it to "on" it is something you can do in a few seconds. If it is set to "on" and still doesn't work, there is problem with it which should be very fixable.

If your dealer can't fix this, the dealer is hopeless. Find another one.
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I love the hill stop assist.
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I have had driven many cars with torque converters that rolled backwords on hills... My 03 ranger fx4 had a 4.10 rear axle and didnt roll backwords though because of it.

If the traffic laws are anything like NY, then if you were to roll back into someone it is there fault for being to close.
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Its normal, the automatics in these cars are pretty much like a manual clutch. I've noticed what you said alot, and other things that have happened remind me a lot of a manual transmission.
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every vehicle i have ever owned has rolled back on a hill... 1000+lbs, wheels, gravity...rolls down hill....

complaining about it is like yelling at a ball for rolling down a hill...
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I wish my 5 speed had hill assist, My roommate has it on his WRX its very helpful in my area.
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My new focus keeps rolling back on the hills. I hate it almost rolled back into other cars many times.This is so unsafe and when you step on the gas it bangs and jerks.I have read on this board many times to check out software at the dealer so i did and the service manager has said he has no bullitins in and problems with the new focus and thats the way the transmissing is.I also ask other people i see when they have the new focus and they said the car is horribale also.What can we do do you think ford will come up with a fix and recall the cars?
There is a toggle on the side of your shifter that is the hill assist. when stopped on a hill, press the toggle down and a light will appear on your dash indicating hill assist on, toggle up to turn it off. This is on the powershift model, 's' and 'se'. If you have the sport then you can either use the toggles for it (I think) or, let up on brake a bit then press down again hard, that will activate the assist mode. I have a steep hill at the light at home and it holds great. I can take my foot off completely and it will just sit there.
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If you have the 6 speed auto, the Owner's Guide reads:

Hill start assist (HSA) system (if equipped)
The hill start assist (HSA) system makes it easier to pull away when the
vehicle is on a slope without the need to use the parking brake. When
HSA is active, the vehicle will remain stationary on the slope for two to
three seconds after you release the brake pedal. During this time, you
have time to move your foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal and
pull away. The brakes are released automatically once the engine has
developed sufficient drive to prevent the vehicle from rolling down the
slope. This is an advantage when pulling away on a slope, (for example,
from a car park ramp, traffic lights or while in reverse traveling uphill
into a parking space).
Using HSA
The HSA system is activated automatically when the vehicle is stopped
on a slope greater than four degrees. HSA operates with the vehicle
facing downhill if reverse gear is selected.
Activating HSA
1. Press the brake pedal to bring the vehicle to a complete standstill.
Keep the brake pedal pressed.
2. If the sensors detect that the vehicle is on a slope, the HSA system
will be activated automatically.
3. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle will
remain on the slope without rolling away for approximately two to three
seconds. This hold time will automatically be extended if you are in the
process of driving off.
4. Drive off in the normal manner. The brakes will be released
automatically.
Note: If the engine is revved excessively, HSA will be deactivated.
Deactivating hill start assist
To deactivate HSA, perform one of the following:
• Apply the parking brake.
• Drive off uphill without re-applying the brake.
• Wait for two to three seconds until the HSA system deactivates
automatically.
• For automatic transmissions: If hill start assist is active in D (Drive),
select R (Reverse). If hill start assist is active in R (Reverse), select N
(Neutral).
• For manual transmissions: If a forward gear was selected when the
system became active, select reverse gear. If reverse gear was selected
when the system became active, select a forward gear.
Note: If a malfunction is detected in the HSA system, HSA will be
deactivated and a warning message will appear in the instrument cluster.
Refer to System warnings and status messages in the Instrument
Cluster chapter for hill start assist messages
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