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Old 08-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #141
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I purchased my 2012 hatchback in July and have had it into service once already for this "shudder." My car is an automatic, no clutch. It feels as if the car will stall when I come to a stop sign and sometimes hesitates when I press the gas, then just takes off. That part is a little scary. It also idles rough at times, other times it's so quiet I can't tell if the engine is still running. I am taking the car back this Friday for them to check it again as I am still having this problem after 3000 miles. I printed all the posts from this site, and am taking it with me to the dealer so they don't think I'm nuts. Sometimes they look at me like I don't know what I'm talking about (you think it's because I'm female?), but my dad was a mechanic and I know when things are not right. Other than that, I love this car!
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:25 PM   #142
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After getting my car back, I don't notice the trans shift shutter as much anymore. I will note that the did disconnect the battery while they replaced the bearings, so either the bearings helped with the shutter, or the batter disconnect allows the trans to "reset" itself and relearn its shift strategy.

Either way, it seems more smooth now, and with only about 850 miles on it, it seems to be fine. I'm just a little concerned on the 1/4 of a quart of oil I had to add. Hopefully it's just a one-time deal and I don't have to keep doing that, or it will be going back for more work. Haven't done anything differently with this car than I have done with any of my other new cars in the past, but noticed that the oil level was a little low, unless it too, was replaced when the did the work on my car, and maybe just didn't get filled up completely... I'll have to give it a week or two and see if it continues to "lose" oil (I don't see any leaks or any signs of it burning). Is it maybe part of the "beak in" when the car goes through it's first few hundred miles, it uses a little oil???
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:28 PM   #143
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FWIW - Using LESS than a quart between scheduled oil changes (so there is no need to add any) falls into the "normal" operating range of most vehicles (Mazda Rotaries excepted).

SO, the 1/4 qt. is nothing to be concerned about...

And YES, as the engine "breaks In", it MAY use a LITTLE bit more than will become normal in the future...

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #144
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Is there a place where civilians can get the latest TSB... other than waiting for a forum user to offer them up?
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:38 AM   #145
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The car was ready in no time. I had arranged for shuttle service for pick up from work. The hose for the rear washer fluid was pinched and that's what was keeping it from flowing. The washer fluid flows real good now. They cleared the trans adaptive table... I was told the car might still jerk a bit at first but should disapear as time goes by. My break in period starts from fresh as of today. I can say that there is no more shaking while on idle/park. I can't say that I see any difference in driving the car for now. I'm optimistic that it will get better. Hopefully my driving is good and it'll adapt to it well! :)
Ok so days have gone by and I'm back to give an update. Like I said in the previous post, I no longer feel the car shake or shudder while on idle and I'm happy about that. I cannot say that I feel any difference in the shuddering while driving but it seems as though I've gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me as much. I've been talking with some people who own dual clutch type of transmission and they told me that this is normal. It seems weird when you are used to driving an automatic transmission but that's how it is. After reading a few posts on the forum and hearing it from others, I am now confident that my car is running like it should. Learning more about the car and other owners helped me realize that. I am very happy with my new purchase.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:06 AM   #146
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Good to hear Guimpy. The shudder in mine was getting a tad scary, especially when facing a hill and am still planning on taking it in to get serviced, but I put 89 octane in the tank yesterday and it's seemed to progressively get better. My driveway is pretty steep and that's been the biggest hurdle every morning, but today it zipped up there with very little shudder.

Just something to consider.
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Hopefully it's just a one-time deal and I don't have to keep doing that, or it will be going back for more work. I'll have to give it a week or two and see if it continues to "lose" oil (I don't see any leaks or any signs of it burning). Is it maybe part of the "beak in" when the car goes through it's first few hundred miles, it uses a little oil???
Hey sirhawkeye,

As sailor said, that's normal operating range, and nothing to be concerned about. It doesn't hurt to keep an eye on it, though.

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Ok so days have gone by and I'm back to give an update. Like I said in the previous post, I no longer feel the car shake or shudder while on idle and I'm happy about that...I am now confident that my car is running like it should. Learning more about the car and other owners helped me realize that. I am very happy with my new purchase.
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I'm pleased to hear of the confidence in your Focus! Thanks for the update!

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Old 08-24-2011, 06:45 PM   #148
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Thanks to FordCustomerService for the reassurance. It's just in my previous two Foci that I owned, I never saw this in either of them. They were filled to the mark and stayed that way until I had them changed at 3000 both both of them. It's was just a concern for me, especially when the car's new.

So, to recap, inside of the hashed area on the dipstick is still considered OK? As long as it falls within that area? I just remember that it was up to the top hole on the dipstick, and now was down about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way to the lower hole... that was my concern. And the car only has 850 miles on it. I could see that happening if the car had over 5000 miles on the oil, but this isn't quite yet broken in yet....
Is it possible that oil is being pushed into areas in the engine and just staying there during the so-called "break-in" period. I'm going to have the oil changed here in the next week with full synthetic, and then I guess I'll watch then. But thanks for the info (saw the notes in the user's manual about the dipstick and when to fill it).
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Is it possible that oil is being pushed into areas in the engine and just staying there during the so-called "break-in" period. I'm going to have the oil changed here in the next week with full synthetic, and then I guess I'll watch then.
Just add a little oil to it if it bothers you, and use Ford's blend that's readily available. I'm sure it won't hurt anything.

About the first sentence- no. It was probably simply not filled all the way from the factory. You might want to stick your head under there and see if there's oil on the filter. That would be about the only place that I'd figure it would leak from. If there is seepage there, then you should be able to get a warranty oil change from your dealer. They might just tighten it down and add some oil- either one would be ok.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:16 PM   #150
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I looked under the car, plus the dealer did too (they did first, then I checked myself later). No seepage or leaks from there. Thats why I'm a bit concerned. And it was filled up to the top (max) level on the dipstick when I got the car. I only noticed this maybe about 2 weeks ago. So, unless the dealer changed the oil when my car was being worked on for two weeks (which wasn't noted anywhere on the warranty/service papers), I'm a bit curious to know where the oil's going.

Like I said, I'm getting the oil changed anyway regardless (which I always will do with new cars when they hit 1000 miles or so). So, I'll probably have to wait two or three weeks after that to see if this comes up again...
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