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Old 07-24-2009, 06:35 PM   #31
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Thats good news that it is that easy to fix, that way if it happens again I can tackle the job. BTW this happen to me about 2 months ago, and after having it towed to the transmission shop and getting it fixed, i was set back about 200 dollars, which isnt to bad i don't guess, but it looks like they made a quick 150 off me for about an hours tops worth of labor.

and to Henry Ford, your trouble sounds much like what happen to me, I was on my way home from work, and same thing happened, I let it set for a couple hours went back up the road and it was fine. Went to work the next morning about 15mins in my drive it starting acting up again.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:54 PM   #32
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May I chime in with something I found out from a specialized licenced tranny builder. Since my car is still driving ok I haven't really changed anything yet (see prevous post).
Spoke to mechanic and he stated that there might be another ''small'' isue I didn't now about. The gear rings from a Focus & Mazda atx are the same ONLY that the Mazda one's are a far BETTER quality then the Focus one's. The Focus gear rings have a tendency to wear out over time. They have seen that problem often at their shop and just replace those rings with Mazda one's.
I inquired at Lentech and they told me that if that is the issue, NO solenoid or V-body exchange will solve that issue untill you replace those gear rings.
Hope this might be helpfull.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:50 PM   #33
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(I posted all of this on a previous thread but was directed here by another member. I just thought I would re-post here to help any others. I will be re-posting after the solenoid is replaced in the next few days!)

I was riding home with my friend in his 03 automatic ZX3 and when he began to brake to make a right handed turn his engine started revving as he was hitting the breaks. It revved up two or three times to around 3,000 rpm. So we park the car and let it set for a couple of hours. We got back in the car a decided to drive it down the road, before we made it out of the driveway the check engine light came on.

While driving it to the dealership this morning the car only shifted out of first gear once.

Took the car in to the ford dealer and had a diagnostics test done. Showed that transmission shift solenoid A is bad. My dad will be replacing later this week for him. Thanks for the replies guys. If anyone else has a similar problem it could be your one of you solenoids, I guess this is a common issue from what I've heard.
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Keep us posted with the result, I might have to get a diagnostic too finally. My check engine might as well be related to the tranny issue I have although the code was P0340.
Did you find out what code it was on his car and can you tell me howmuch Ford charges to run a diagnosis. I would really appreciate this, thnx in advance.
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Took my 2002 ZTS to the shop today the dude told me the transmission was shot it would be $1800.00 to $2200.00 to fix it. do i tell him to fix it or junk the car or try to trade it or what ? need help the car was going to be my girls first car .No problems with it before this with the transmission.
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What's wrong with the transmission, I am especially worried when a mechanic says things are shot without having clear and concrete info about what's wrong.
Try to find out what is not working, if your lucky it might just be a quick fix, have seen that before, and would save a chunck of money instead of just taking word for granted.
I read your prevous post too, are you sure it might not be a solenoid in this case as I've heard from Lentech that if the solenoid's bad you won't get the gear working, in that case it would be cheap to repair, if on the other hand it's the gear ring, then it needs to be openend and replaced
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Yes he said that its the gasget or brans are burnt .
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Yes he said the solenoid is ok the bands are bad and it needs rebuilt.$1800.00 to $2200.00 to do so.
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Yes he said that its the gasget or brans are burnt .
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Yes he said the solenoid is ok the bands are bad and it needs rebuilt.$1800.00 to $2200.00 to do so.
Henry I'm not taking you in doubt, but if at all possible, I would take a second opinion (doesn't hurt), hence get a diagnostic done for the tranny to be absolutely sure what's wrong with it. You're looking at $2200.00 here, so I would think twice instead of blindly giving out the money. It is indeed a substancial amount.
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So I am take it to another shop just it well not get in until sept.3rd let you know how i make out.
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