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08-02-2015 01:38 AM
sailor The first situation is a known common symptom of the TCM issue, your current one is a "gremlin" that I haven't seen a match to for a possible guess.
08-01-2015 09:28 AM
Originally Posted by pjdizzy View Post
Just got the error the other day, however sometimes I'll also get an error saying hill assist isn't working either (can't remember the exact wording of that error). Wouldn't be such a big deal, but the car won't start.

At the dealership now, and they give that look like I'm crazy and they have no idea what's wrong with my car. I love dealerships.
I drive a 2012 Focus SE, 76k miles on it. I also had the "Hill start assist not available message". Every time the message showed up, it took two attempts for my ignition to work. There were also a few times the ignition would not start for about 10-20 minutes after I got the error message.

I took my Focus to the dealership and they said it was a TCM problem. They replaced it under my warranty. It drove perfectly fine for a week, but then started acting up again. I had similar ignition problems, but now the error message is "Air bag malfunction".

Would this still be a TCM problem?
07-29-2015 03:16 PM
Arco-Zakus ... and they probably sell a lot of batteries in the process.
07-28-2015 07:54 PM
Samurai_Chris All fixed now. After telling the dealership what the problem was, they just said I had a bad battery. So after then going to Ford Australia, explaining the problem, they too stated that it was the TCM and that it was covered to be replaced. They gave the dealer a good kicking, and they accepted to fix it. However on pick up, they still maintained that it was the battery.. My god, these people do this everyday to poor customers that deserve better..
07-22-2015 06:41 PM
Samurai_Chris Hi from Brisbane Australia. I am having the same problems also. "Parking Aid Malfunction. Service required"

I have been struggling with it for a week. Took it in to be serviced yesterday, and they told me that everything was fine, and if there was any problem, then it is because my battery needs replacing. In their report they have stated that my battery that is meant to be at 590 cranking amps, is actually only 279? Knowing that my battery was fine, and they are just looking to make some dollars I took the car home..

My wife went to start it again last night, only a few hours after the service and it came up again, wouldn't start? Got the RACQ to come out and help me, and they checked the battery, and it was reading 525 cranking amps.. This one had him, and the state technical guru scratching their heads..

So took the car back into Ford this morning, and they kept giving me the battery story and then when they said they would check the systems again, expected me to pay again for it, to which I refused... So now I am going to contact Ford Australia head office and have this issue raised, as if this happens with the wife and kids in the car, then from what I have heard it is simply dangerous..
07-20-2015 06:57 AM
reminimjer My 2012 focus left me stranded 70 miles from home in 95 degree heat due to transmission failure. Starting up a small hill the car did its standard horrible transmission jerking and stuttering then the car went into neutral and just revved up. Pulled to the side and shut the car off and then the car wouldn't start up again. 'Parking Assistance Sensor Failure. Service Required'.
I have 65k miles on the car. I already had to have the transmission rebuilt with <25k miles on it. I took the car in a few months ago to get the transmission rebuilt again to address the constant violent jerking/shuddering at startup but the dealer (York Ford, Saugus MA) insisted nothing was wrong. A few months later I'm stranded on the side of the road due to transmission failure. Had to have my car towed 70 miles to the ford dealer.

This is on top of having my fuel tank replaced with <1000 miles on it, horn failure (twice), cruise control intermittent failure, window button failure for driver and passenger. This is unacceptable. The fuel tank failure was another good one - Fuel sensor reading 1/4 tank of gas and I ran out of gas. Meter said ~80 miles left on the tank. Unacceptable.
03-02-2015 07:55 PM
Lfletcher I had similar issue with my ford, my neighbor disconnected the battery and waited 2 minutes and the car started and error message went away! I'm still taking car in but I'm not stranded and im walking into ford and telling them to replace my tcm ! Not waiting for them to tell me nothing's wrong ! And get stranded with my 5 year old in car in the middle of winter!!
01-27-2015 12:17 PM
Originally Posted by Jackflash View Post
where is the sensor in the front located?
I have a 2012 ford focus and been having this same problem for about a month now I can't seem to find the sensor in the front but found it in the back trunk in which there was no fuse in the location of the parking assist spot that it says in the hand book that it would be located?
Have you had a chance to talk to your dealer about this? They'll be able to diagnose this concern, as well as point out the sensors and discuss the fuse. Please let me know if you decide to take it in, and send along your mileage, too. :)

01-27-2015 09:15 AM
PratoN Strange - I got this message this morning on the way to work and nothing was blocking any of the sensors. There may have had a dirty salt film on them - but no ice/snow like when I started this thread.

Hopefully it's not my TCM on the way out... I cleaned off the sensors with my finger and restarted the car and the error went away. I took a picture, but I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.
01-26-2015 01:21 PM
Originally Posted by Jackflash View Post
where is the sensor in the front located?
I have a 2012 ford focus and been having this same problem for about a month now I can't seem to find the sensor in the front but found it in the back trunk in which there was no fuse in the location of the parking assist spot that it says in the hand book that it would be located?
In the US models, I believe there are 6 sensors in the front and 3 in the rear.

The 2 innermost front sensors are in that center black portion of the grille on either side of the license plate (closer to the "fangs" actually)

Not positive on the fuse location - I've never had to pull it.
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