|Today 04:47 PM|
I don't hesitate to reuse ATX oil IF IT'S GOOD.
Driving 2K on no OD didn't hurt anything by itself, old school cars drove without any OD at all and the trans ratio was still 1 to 1 like these are in 3rd gear. The fluids lasted 60K doing that and these use synthetic which goes even longer.
If the problem is 3 to OD shift then servo piston can break loose it's pin to do that or servo may simply need another longer band bolt, it has worn band enough so that it slips slightly. Bolt on the other end of band from servo comes in slightly different lengths to do that, but common for trans shops to tell you you need a new trans in lieu of that quick fix, it makes them far more money.
|Today 02:05 PM|
If me, and doing it a second time, I would buy the whole kit $159 (LINK) and replace all 6 solenoids. No sense (to me) in buying another SSA or $200-SSC from your local Ford dealer.
Classic bad SSA symptoms are sometimes fixed after second repair effort by replacing SSB. Do not remember if someone got a second-effort fix with SSC replacement, but it too is a player during EPC control verses throttle position. Your slips/failures do seem like they are showing up at some and not all throttle demands tho....
|Today 10:09 AM|
Bought a 2000 Focus SE Wagon VTEC with 120k on the clock in January. I joined today to give a shout out to everyone who has posted their experience, especially OP for the original codes and troubleshooting advice.
I left the car with my son until March. Due to a work transfer I needed to drive it from Ca to Ohio by March 22. I arrived Friday the 13th planning to leave Sunday for a leisurely cross country...
On saturday afternoon my son drove us cross town for some shopping and I noted the enigne RPM very high and the emotion light set. I found this forum in January when fixing the "cruise control inop due to third light wiring issue" (nailed it) and got the hit for the transmission. I asked my son if the light had come on before and he said, "Yeah on and off all the time." Basically he had driven it mostly on the freeway with no OD! Also when the emotion light is set the cars slips the 3-4 shift.
So I delay the trip start to Tuesday ad get a Sol A and FIlter kit. I replace it on Sunday and the fault clears. An early poster reused his fluid and I did the same - bad idea... In hindsight my son put on about 2,000 miles with no OD and had cooked the fluid. It was not really a good pink color but kinda dark. A reaxamination of the first filter showed it pretty dirty but no metal (thank God!)
Monday afternoon the emotion light comes on again and this time it sets the check engine light and the Sol A code. I reset my trip to Thursday and Tuesday replace Sol A, Filter kit and fluid. I also buy a Sol C (a $200 one) because it is implicated in the 3-4 shift.
I ended up not putting the Sol C in and returned it to the Ford dealer.
The faults clear but Wednesday evening I get the emotion light, no OD and slipping 3-4 shift. I learned that shutting the car off and restarting it clears the emotion light and the tranny is normal. I buy another Sol A, filter kit and fluid and decide that if it recurrs on the trip I would do the job in a hotel parking lot. I had to be in Cinci by Monday for work.
Well 2500 miles and all went well. I noticed that thhe emotion light seems related to letting the car slow down, downshifting and then accelerating "moderately" - This happened once on the trip in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. I pulled over shut off and restarted and it cleared.
It still slips from 3-4 under medium acceleration, does not do it under slower/normal accel or under hard accel although it hits the shift hard.
When I get settled into housing here I will likely do the Sol A, Filter and fluid again. I think things got gunked up with 2,000 of no OD driving. If that doesn't clear the slipping shift (and bury the emotion light fault for good) I wll probably do Sol C and see if that does it. It is so easy to open the pan up I will hold rebuying the $200 Sol C in reserve.
I also have the "key won't come out of ignition" issue when it's cold so will likely open up the shft console and check out the solenoid connection and mechanical setup. If all is good I will likely get a replacement shifter. Haven't had the "key won't turn in ignition" one yet but may do that proactively.
These 4 issues (tranny, key won't come out, key won't turn and no cruise control) seem like the top 4 and are worth fixing. On the plus side the Focus did 2500 miles in 4 days, was great and comfortable to drive 8-10 hours a day and got 30mpg on every fill up - Very happy with my used Focus!
|04-16-2015 05:40 AM|
Look at the solenoid apply chart there, A, B, and C are all OFF in 1 and 2, they are not doing anything, not gonna do much there with new ones..............all would have to be stuck on and odds of that astronomical.
You don't mention whether 4th (OD) is working............
Could be possibly solenoid E only, and even more so if you put the car into MANUAL 1st and it's not working too. Manual 1st is 1 on the shifter not D. Sol. E must be working ON for D1 and D2 and M1 to work.
Almost has to be a solenoid, there is no single or combination of mechanical fails that can do that particular combo of lost gears other than very long shots.
|04-15-2015 06:43 PM|
You have no 1st and 2nd....hmmmm? I am not sure. Any other symptoms? Reverse ok? Check engine light (CEL)? Have you had the car OBD scanned for codes? Ever changed the fluid? Fluid level ok now? EDIT: Some shops offer a free diag, test drive, repair est, or code reading.
|04-15-2015 06:07 PM|
|2005focus||I Drive a 2005 ford focus zx4 ses, w/auto trans. I have lost 1st and 2nd gear, but still have 3rd gear. After driving for a few miles the O/D light will start to flash.if i replace a,b, and c solenoid will this solve my problem?|
|04-05-2015 12:34 AM|
|amc49||Not like that there ain't.............|
|04-04-2015 10:43 AM|
|04-02-2015 11:41 PM|
|amc49||Trans is on its' way to dying there. Too much and big pieces of metal. Beginning to shell out right now. Copper is a support bushing grinding up. Then shells and drums tilt to tear up quick after that.|
|04-02-2015 09:42 PM|
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