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Old 11-27-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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tricky transmission problem

I have a 2005 ford focus zx4 with 104,xxx miles on it, automatic, no power windows or locks
I was on my way to the exhaust shop to have a busted cat converter replaced, when i noticed that i could not engage in reverse, so i put it in neutral to push the car backwards and ill be damned if even in the neutral position, the car was stiff as if it was in park with only inches to roll before the bounce

so i turned it off while in park and turned it on, halfway inbetween neutral and drive, i was able to wiggle it into neutral, i was confused

so i went to advanced auto to just ask to see if they had seen this before, and then reverse seemed to work and engage properly and smooth so i just shifted the car into every gear just to make sure everything was working, i felt a moderate jerk in neutral, but reverse and drive worked fine, even went into park, but neutral also appeared to be in park, so i went home and slept it off, got up to next day and drove about 20 miles around town, i stopped by work for 2 seconds, then put my car in reverse, backed out of my parking spot, then i could not get drive to engage, and park didnt work as well, and when shifting down to neutral and drive, 2, and 1, there is quite a jerk then either nuetral or reverse engages

P < does not work
R < works fine and smooth
N < Neutral, as it should be, minor jerk
D < Nothing at all, a good jolt
2 < heres the funny part, Reverse engages, a good jolt
1 < same as 2, engages reverse, and a a fair jolt

I would hope that this is a solenoid or sensor problem, there is no shudder when the car runs, just jolts when moving the shifter, i have found the linkage and both are connected and seem to be working,

is it possible the linkage gear is sheared as well?

would love some of your thoughts



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Old 11-27-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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Transmission range sensor would be where I would look first.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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she will be in the shop shortly im hoping it is something simple, i hate walking to work

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Did you get the tricky transmission problem fixed?

Did you get the tricky transmission problem fixed? And if so, what was the fix?
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i did get the problem fixed at a local transmission shop for 175$, the transmission shift linkage gear when out, never heard of it before but it happened, the car runs perfect now i love it
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Question 2005 ZX4 Automatic Transmission

My 2005 ZX4 with Automatic Transmission won't shift into 4th gear and smooth out when on the highway. Can anyone tell me what may be the cause?
Transmission also hits hard at times when shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. Please Help!
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Please start your own thread. Your problem and the problem in this thread are completely different. Go to this link, and look for the yellow button [New Thread] on the left hand side.

Thanks. This will help you get the most replies. There are plenty of our members who do not respond to questions by other members in old threads.
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There are plenty of our members who do not respond to questions by other members in old threads.
Yup! And there's a BIG reason why:
Necro-threading is so annoying. Seriously. It's just rude and disrespectful.
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Can't imagine why. More like most posters already know the title of thread and their having answered it before. If late knowledge is useful to the post why not? The usefulness of a post outweighs Emily Post to me.

BUT...........whynot has the correct answer, you get more and quicker result, which is all about the usefulness of it.
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