2003 Ford Focus ZX5 - Tranny
Our transmission slips a little and has a hard shift from into first and 2nd gear or 3rd into 2nd gear. We have a huge road trip (tour) coming up so we're hoping we won't have to replace the transmission. The transmission light doesn't come on, the fluid is full (was hoping maybe it was low) and it doesn't have too bad of a smell, doesn't smell burnt. Could changing the filter fix this issue? Or does it mean the tranny is going bad completely?
Also, read that changing the shift solenoid might help too - has anyone tried this?
It has about 185,000 miles on it, and we just bought it used.