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11-20-2012 12:41 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by Kaaru View Post
@ PratoN;

I did check what you asked from me. @40 MPH I am in the high band of the 5th gear. I wasnt able to collect more info as there is too much trafic going on where I drive. I'll try to find a quiet spot around home and do some serious testing for you. So far, it looks like I'm in 5th. Tranny behaved like a champ comming back home tonite. No jerkyness, no loss of power, no hesitations, no ''feels like you've been hit from behind'' while traveling on the idlle speed with your foot on the brake. I must say, driving this car is, for the moment, a pleasure. Just like post FSA 12B37. I acheived my good old 8.2L/100Km in one 'round trip.

I shall wait a bit before celebrating too much.
Thanks for the update, Kaaru. I'm going to keep an eye on this thread and monitor how things go for you, but feel free to contact me (or Ford Canada) directly if you need any assistance.

Have a great day!
Crystal
11-19-2012 09:14 PM
Brabs_Weather i think that most fixes have found the internal seal separating the dry clutch from the wet has a leak. All of the people who have had success show that the seals were replaced internally. my 2 cents
11-19-2012 08:54 PM
Kaaru That's a negative oil leak for me aswell.
11-19-2012 06:31 PM
PratoN
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Do you have a confirmed oil leak?
Nope - which is the only reason I'm thinking about taking the car apart myself... so far 2 dealers have looked into the jerky ride/poor acceleration uphill and grinding noises coming from the transmission. Without an external oil leak, they say there's nothing they can do so they come back and tell me "That noise is normal."

I suppose there's a chance I could just have a bad clutch without the oil leak - but no dealer has looked into replacing the clutch under that circumstance either.
11-19-2012 06:17 PM
Kabigon
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Kaaru, Question: While in drive (not sport/select-shift, if you have it) does your car shift into 6th at 35mph still? Or 40?

Because the dealership did an update on my car and while I have to admit that it does shift better, it still occasionally makes the chatter/slipping noises. The update just made it that much more difficult to get a dealer to warrant fixing my car. Also, if drive up a hill or manually shift it into 2nd/4th/6th I can still get the slipping noise every time. I feel like it's a Band-Aid fix that just masks the issue that the clutch is contaminated with oil.
I have a question for you:

Do you have a confirmed oil leak?

If so, what is the reason (according to the dealer) that they will not replace the transmission seal and clutch assembly?
11-19-2012 05:35 PM
Kaaru @ PratoN;

I did check what you asked from me. @40 MPH I am in the high band of the 5th gear. I wasnt able to collect more info as there is too much trafic going on where I drive. I'll try to find a quiet spot around home and do some serious testing for you. So far, it looks like I'm in 5th. Tranny behaved like a champ comming back home tonite. No jerkyness, no loss of power, no hesitations, no ''feels like you've been hit from behind'' while traveling on the idlle speed with your foot on the brake. I must say, driving this car is, for the moment, a pleasure. Just like post FSA 12B37. I acheived my good old 8.2L/100Km in one 'round trip.

I shall wait a bit before celebrating too much.
11-19-2012 12:50 PM
Kaaru Heya PratoN,

The issues I have are not sound related as my tranny does generate the ''normal'' noise, i'm pretty sure, nothing compared to the horrors I have listened to on youtube. As you know it's more related to a loss of power or reaction in certain conditions. I Will, however, try to note when the car shifts into 6th in Auto mode, as I have the sport mode. After driving a 2013 SE loaner for 2 days with the reg tranny (no ''S'' mode), I can say w/o hesitation that the level of cabin noise is far superior in my 2012 SEL than the loaner. Both were on winter tires, btw and driven in the same conditions/roads etc.

I do get the clutch slipping ''feel'' everytime I try to squeeze some HP out of this car, kinda like an elastic band stretching feeling. I have told my dealer about the oil contamination issues and he discarded it right away after driving my car. If my car has a mechanical problem, the updates they did ''camouflaged'' it pretty well. But like I said before, I feel I am going the same path I did back in June 2012 when they did FSA 12B37. The car worked great for a few weeks and then the tranny went downhill afterwards.

I'll check for the 6th gear /40Mph thing and report back

Cheers
11-19-2012 10:56 AM
PratoN Kaaru, Question: While in drive (not sport/select-shift, if you have it) does your car shift into 6th at 35mph still? Or 40?

Because the dealership did an update on my car and while I have to admit that it does shift better, it still occasionally makes the chatter/slipping noises. The update just made it that much more difficult to get a dealer to warrant fixing my car. Also, if drive up a hill or manually shift it into 2nd/4th/6th I can still get the slipping noise every time. I feel like it's a Band-Aid fix that just masks the issue that the clutch is contaminated with oil.
11-19-2012 08:18 AM
Kaaru Update. Following last week complete car computer system wipe, the transmission has behaved like a champ this morning. No hesitations, no jerkyness and I was even graced with a little kick down passing a car on the high way. Transmission behaved very well and was smooth in bumper to bumper trafic. Over all, the current behavior is on par with what I had post FSA 12B37 this summer.
11-17-2012 06:07 PM
jellybean How to fix the problem:
1. Make sure you have a warranty.
2. Drive car till warranty expires
3. Sell car.
4. NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN.

I have the same issue as you and many others on this forum. Car went into neutral while driving for no reason, twice. The dealer wanted to charge me $1500 deposit to install the VCM. Ford Customer Service is a smoke screen to make you think they are helping. All they do is regurgitate information to the dealer and assign a number to you. This number is so they can use it against you when you lemon the car. By they way the lemon law was started by the car manufacturers to protect themselves.
Bottom line you are left running around from dealer to dealer...until you find someone that still has ethics and a will to help you out.

Good luck to you...I really do hope you find a resolution and hopefully help all of us on this forum.
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