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Old 05-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #51
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I dropped the car off a little before 9 and got a call around 10:45 that it was done. But this included some other stuff they were doing, plus they were working on other customers' cars as well so I'm not sure when mine got into the garage. They made it sound like it was a 5 minute job when I picked the car up.

I think I spent longer discussing how they ordered one of the wrong accessories than it took them to flash the PCM.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:28 PM   #52
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You say it smoothed first gear out.... any more details on exactly what the car is doing. I feel like my car is affected by this but I'm weary to have the PCM re calibrated... because if I don't like it, I'm pretty hosed.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #53
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You say it smoothed first gear out.... any more details on exactly what the car is doing. I feel like my car is affected by this but I'm weary to have the PCM re calibrated... because if I don't like it, I'm pretty hosed.
I would occasionally get some jerking in first gear- like I was releasing the clutch too fast and not giving it enough gas. There was even once or twice that I stalled it when I thought I was giving it a decent amount of gas while starting on flat ground.
I haven't noticed anything else really, but I only drove it from the dealership to work (~4 miles) so I might not have felt/heard/seen anything "bad" yet.

Also, take my comments with a large grain of salt. While I've driven friends' manuals for a couple years now (in other words, very little experience), this is my first manual and I've only had it for less than 3 weeks now! So part of all this could just be me not being a good enough driver yet.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:24 PM   #54
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How long did the dealer need the car for?
I did my own when I was done work. I brought my car in at 4:50, got my advisor to write it up and by the time I got out of my coveralls and locked up all my tools it was finished programming and I was out by 5:00. Mind you, that time didn't include the time a tech would've spent road testing your car to duplicate your concerns or to verify his/her repair. I knew what my car was doing already and used my ride home to check it out. The TSB only pays 0.4hr so it shouldn't be a big deal for anyone.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #55
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I dislike the lag in response to throttle inputs. I know it's the nature of the beast (drive by wire). I wonder if the update is intended to reduce the lag or so called "shuffle" in low gears at low speed?
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Getting this one done today

I dropped my car off today and told the techs I wanted this done as well as have them check out first gear since it was grinding for a week. They looked at me like I was crazy. They told me that there was no service that needed to be done on my car. I insisted that this TSB existed and even told them the number. They insisted that it didn't exist. My car was built 2/27/2012 long story short this went on for several minutes then they said "Oh it's a tsb and not a recall" YES that's what I've been saying..... what the math is wrong with these guys. They also told me that my transmission could be grinding from a rock getting wedged between the crossmember and the transmission housing. I guess they've seen it before but I might have to call shananigans.
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Yesterday a service writer tried to tell my dad that the reason his '12 focus was low on oil was a new oil system that burned off whatever oil it didn't need.... so if your dip stick ever reads low... don't worry, it's just a new technology.
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They also told me that my transmission could be grinding from a rock getting wedged between the crossmember and the transmission housing. I guess they've seen it before but I might have to call shananigans.
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Yesterday a service writer tried to tell my dad that the reason his '12 focus was low on oil was a new oil system that burned off whatever oil it didn't need.... so if your dip stick ever reads low... don't worry, it's just a new technology.
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Yesterday a service writer tried to tell my dad that the reason his '12 focus was low on oil was a new oil system that burned off whatever oil it didn't need.... so if your dip stick ever reads low... don't worry, it's just a new technology.
So i guess instead of buying the 5qt jug of mobil 1 and always having leftover oil that I have to store, I can just pour it all in and the engine will adjust itself to the proper level? LOL
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So i guess instead of buying the 5qt jug of mobil 1 and always having leftover oil that I have to store, I can just pour it all in and the engine will adjust itself to the proper level? LOL
Sounds like it.... really helps tidy up the garage if you think about it.
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