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02-19-2015 04:46 PM
my poor car Update from last year (02-28-2014):

well I took the car to a bunch of mechanics, who noticed that the alternator was getting hot and the battery voltage would be low (12.3V or less) when the symptoms occur. So they changed the alternator TWICE, and the battery, all within 6 months. Each time the car was only good for a week or so thereafter.

Of course, the battery and alternator are not root cause. All signs seem to point to a GROUND FAULT somewhere in the vehicle, meaning that somewhere there is a bad connection to ground. I crawled under the car myself and the only thing that possibly seemed suspect is a wire that goes to the bottom of the tranny, which seemed a little bit bent.

Anyway, the last time the symptoms reappeared (headlights weak and flickering, tranny bucking and slipping), I shut the car off and disconnected the battery for 10 minutes (to clear out the volatile memory and clear all the codes). I then reconnected the battery cables, turned the car on, and drove home with no problem.

Any ideas???
02-10-2015 01:44 PM
ErinP Yep. A&B.
It was only throwing a code for B, but we figured what the hey. The kit came with two so we might as well change them both out since he had it apart...

coleman, IIRC, the kit I found was $40 for two solenoids, the filter and the gasket. I suppose if you're flailing in the dark, this is a pretty cheap experiment.
02-10-2015 01:09 PM
Marde Congrats ErinP. Replaced Solenoid A and B right? Good job.

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Originally Posted by colemanba1979 View Post
.... So, I'm really not sure what to do besides throw a solenoid or two at it...
ATX trans issues are one problem that I fully support "throwing solenoids at it". Mostly because of the looming prices you might pay a professional shop to properly diag and fix a trans problem... and other factors too. However, your earlier post does not lead me to believe you have a trans problem that solenoid replacement might fix.

Have you created your own thread yet... where you have detailed your car symptoms and history? If not, you might get better help with your own thread.
02-10-2015 12:53 PM
colemanba1979
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Originally Posted by ErinP View Post
What does your code reader say??
(And if you don't have one, it's time to blow the $20 and GET one)

we were getting a p0755 (solenoid B) when the automatic '03 started having hard shifts and fell out of gear a couple times!
My Favorite Mechanic (aka husband) said he didn't want to take time to mess with transmission issues, so I did some calling around to local shops and Ford garages. In each case, I told them what the car was, what code I got, what the translation of the code was, etc.
No one was sure what it was going to take, though everyone *was* sure it was going to take a lot of time and their "transmission guy." In each case, he wasn't available for a couple of weeks.

Hubby limped it back to the oil patch.
In the meantime, I did some research, tripped over this thread, bought a filter/gasket/2 solenoid kit off ebay and convinced him it was only supposed to be an hour's project next time he had a day off.

So yesterday he did it.
Sure enough, it took longer to gather his tools and jack up the car than it did to actually do the fix!
It's running perfectly again.

Thanks guys, for making (and sharing!) these discoveries!
It didn't throw a code, so I went and did the unthinkable and took it to the dealership. $115 later and they said they couldn't duplicate, that a service bulletin for a pcm reflash came out for a similar description of the problem ( and of course didn't fix it ). So, I'm really not sure what to do besides throw a solenoid or two at it...
02-10-2015 11:59 AM
ErinP What does your code reader say??
(And if you don't have one, it's time to blow the $20 and GET one)

we were getting a p0755 (solenoid B) when the automatic '03 started having hard shifts and fell out of gear a couple times!
My Favorite Mechanic (aka husband) said he didn't want to take time to mess with transmission issues, so I did some calling around to local shops and Ford garages. In each case, I told them what the car was, what code I got, what the translation of the code was, etc.
No one was sure what it was going to take, though everyone *was* sure it was going to take a lot of time and their "transmission guy." In each case, he wasn't available for a couple of weeks.

Hubby limped it back to the oil patch.
In the meantime, I did some research, tripped over this thread, bought a filter/gasket/2 solenoid kit off ebay and convinced him it was only supposed to be an hour's project next time he had a day off.

So yesterday he did it.
Sure enough, it took longer to gather his tools and jack up the car than it did to actually do the fix!
It's running perfectly again.

Thanks guys, for making (and sharing!) these discoveries!
01-20-2015 10:36 PM
colemanba1979
Transmission issue

Been reading through these posts for a while now and have been throwing money into a 2003 focus 2.3 SE atx with 183,000 miles. Hard starts, has an occasional miss feel while driving. And in the morning when it's cold, it revs high before changing gears from 1st to second. Also, feels like a lack of power in the first couple gears. I've changed the starter, alternator, battery, coils, spark plugs with plain copper plugs, fuel pump, fuel filter, recharged the air filter, cleaned the butterfly, and purged the transmission fluid while also changing the filter. Pretty dang confused.
12-07-2014 12:07 PM
scoobyvoodoo OK folks, as promised I'm reporting back with the results of my trouble and fix.

Appears it was a bad Shift Solenoid 'B'.

Even though I did not have a MIL on I decided to go ahead and scan the OBDII anyway since I remembered I have had codes in the past that didn't illuminate the MIL. Sure enough, a P0755 code, 'Shift Solenoid B Malfunction'. So I replaced the solenoid, put everything back together and have put around 500 miles on it and have not had any other trouble so far. Ta Daaa. Lol.
12-04-2014 10:19 AM
amc49 'at 60mph, out of nowhere the engine revs and acts like you put the trans. into neutral.'

assuming you were in OD then 4th gear issue.

'it didn't seem do be in 1st but rather 2nd gear pulling very doggy when taking off.'
'but pretty sure it took off in 2nd, it would act just like it did while cruising down the road at 60 in OD....jump out of gear'

Sounds like 2nd gear issue.

Pursue it further, make SURE it is firmly in second and not some other gear, shift manually if you have to to determine the difference. Be sure you're in OD as well.

If convinced the issue then is in 2 and 4 only then a band issue, slipping. Can be broken servo piston, slipping band from wear (need longer bolt)or cracked, or hydraulic issue affecting band application. Possible solenoid issue too. Sounds more like load issue though from mechanical part slipping to flare up.
12-03-2014 09:23 PM
scoobyvoodoo
01 Focus ATX 2.0 SOHC Tranny Issue

Hey folks, I've been reading a lot of the threads and posts dealing with the automatic transmission issues associated with this car. I haven't read anything yet that matches up exactly with the symptoms mine is having so I wanted to run this by you all and see what you think.

After driving for about 50 miles today, at 60mph, out of nowhere the engine revs and acts like you put the trans. into neutral. Then if you let off the throttle, it immediately 'hooks' back up in gear or slams into gear and will pull again. Then it will repeat over an over. Once it jumps out of gear (or whatever it's doing), if you hold the throttle down it will not re-engage until you let off the throttle. I tried it with the OD off and didn't get the same results, but was nearing my destination and ran out of road, so I can't say for sure if it wouldn't do it in that configuration as well. When I came to a stop I put the shifter in 1st gear, and then accelerated but it didn't seem do be in 1st but rather 2nd gear pulling very doggy when taking off. After accelerating while still in the 1st gear position but pretty sure it took off in 2nd, it would act just like it did while cruising down the road at 60 in OD....jump out of gear and then slam back in gear once the accelerator was lifted and continue to pull until it repeated the issue over and over. I did managed to make it home and checked the trans. fluid. The level was right on the money, a nice red color/clean and did not smell burnt or rancid. The car has about 170,xxx miles on it and I did change the trans. fluid and filter about 15K miles ago. No check engine light, no code, will drive in reverse.

So....anyone got any suggestions? Lol. Thanks in advance.

When I get this resolved, I will repost back with the outcome.
10-18-2014 11:13 PM
amc49 http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...77648437,d.b2U

Mazda service manual version of the Focus ATX.............98% of it exactly the same and good layout of how many things work, but brother you better be able to understand.........it WILL get deep
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