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Old 11-21-2011, 09:54 AM   #211
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getting my transmission updated today

Brought a copy of the bulletin to the dealership and they told me with no issues that they will re-calibrate my focus. I talked to the director of service and he said it makes a huge difference. I can'y wait to see the difference and full power of the car!
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:10 PM   #212
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Disconnect negative battery terminal for 10 minutes = computer reset to learn mode. This takes you back to default settings and it will shift pretty firmly while it relearns the best shift settings for your driving style.

I perform this process about once every 30-60 days on my Mustang and it runs like a scalded dog again. I'm sure it works the same way for the Focus and the DCT.
I have decided not to do it after all. I think that in the end, it will have the same performance.

I am going to a third Ford dealer (Sawgrass Ford) this Wednesday to have the TSB applied. Let me tell you what happened on my last two visits.

Visit One (Maroone Ford) - I had the transmission specialist in the car with me and I was driving around. He noticed the noises and said it was normal. I did not bring any TSB documentation or any articles.

Visit Two (Pines Ford/Lincoln) - I had the shop foreman ride with me. This time, I bought documementation with me. The funny thing is that when he was in the car, the transmission sounded a little quieter. I was told that it would break in by 5,000 miles and that if the transmission was noisy by the oil change, maybe they will do something.

I did get frustrated and wondered why everyone else had their transmissions updated, but me.

I would like to know what I need to say and what to bring when I see the dealer this Wednesday?
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:50 PM   #213
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I just got my update performed today (TSB 11-10-2). The transmission is much more responsive now and no longer shifts prematurely when accelerating. Moderate acceleration in drive now shifts +/- 3,000 rpm and in sport +/- 4,000 rpm. A light throttle / foot still facillitates up shifting at lower rpm, as it should for the excellent economy. Also, I have not been able to get that irritating bog / delay to occur when accelerating off the line.

The dealer also installed my new steering rack (TSB 11-9-8) and the high speed "notchy / stictiony" steering problems are gone!! My nugget now steers like a dream on the interstate... I'm talking an improvement from driving with two hands and having to use over intense focus to two fingers driving and a nice relaxing ride.

After the two updates that were performed today, it is more or less like I have a new car! Now all I need is to receive my USB drive with the major MFT update and this excellent car will jump to absolutely superbe.

Kudos to the professionalism and service of Darling's Ford in Bangor, ME.

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Old 11-21-2011, 06:01 PM   #214
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Just got home from the update. Nice improvement to overall driveability.... now if they could just get me that extra 150 HP that I am needing, I'll be a happy camper. This thing would be an absolute blast with about 300HP and AWD.

Still loving it...
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Old 11-21-2011, 08:51 PM   #215
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Disconnect negative battery terminal for 10 minutes = computer reset to learn mode. This takes you back to default settings and it will shift pretty firmly while it relearns the best shift settings for your driving style.

I perform this process about once every 30-60 days on my Mustang and it runs like a scalded dog again. I'm sure it works the same way for the Focus and the DCT.
With my experiences and testing with the electronics, I've found that using selectshift manual mode (when equipped) helped out a lot with helping the computer adjusting the transmission. Whenever I had a "clunking" or "slow shift" issue, I ran through the gears manually 1-6 in normal driving (preferredly on a road with stoplights and 45-55mph speed limits) a couple of times, hopefully helping the computer to relearn shifting timing. Every time I've done it so far (about twice), the shifting quality improved dramatically. This worked well before the update and on this update too.

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I have decided not to do it after all. I think that in the end, it will have the same performance.

I am going to a third Ford dealer (Sawgrass Ford) this Wednesday to have the TSB applied. Let me tell you what happened on my last two visits.

Visit One (Maroone Ford) - I had the transmission specialist in the car with me and I was driving around. He noticed the noises and said it was normal. I did not bring any TSB documentation or any articles.

Visit Two (Pines Ford/Lincoln) - I had the shop foreman ride with me. This time, I bought documementation with me. The funny thing is that when he was in the car, the transmission sounded a little quieter. I was told that it would break in by 5,000 miles and that if the transmission was noisy by the oil change, maybe they will do something.

I did get frustrated and wondered why everyone else had their transmissions updated, but me.

I would like to know what I need to say and what to bring when I see the dealer this Wednesday?
danyall2010, Call the dealer before you bring it in. Be honest at first about the TSB being out and then your concerns that need to be solved by it. If they tell you to bring the car in, confirm that you you'll get the update and say something along the lines of "I don't want to waste my time or yours by bringing in a car that won't get work done on it." Especially if they sound hesitant. That argument fit the bill well when I set up my service appointment.
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:09 PM   #216
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Desentgate, I will take your suggestion!

I look forward to tomorrow. I will arm myself with the TSB notice. Are there any other ideas I can use in addition to what Desentgate said taht might help me?
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I performed this TSB about a week and a half ago and it's like a brand new car!

I didn't have any of the shuddering problems, but I did experience "lag" if you will when accelerating, now it accelerates when I want it to, i'm loving it
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I performed this TSB about a week and a half ago and it's like a brand new car!

I didn't have any of the shuddering problems, but I did experience "lag" if you will when accelerating, now it accelerates when I want it to, i'm loving it
Did you have any trouble at the dealer? What did you say to the dealer?
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:50 PM   #219
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Desentgate, I will take your suggestion!

I look forward to tomorrow. I will arm myself with the TSB notice. Are there any other ideas I can use in addition to what Desentgate said taht might help me?
I also was able to get my dealer to schedule this update without any road test diagnostics or hassles. If you read the whole thread there were some good recommendations on earlier pages on what to say to the dealer to make this happen.

Please read and find out but in short if you check the TSB it clearly states "intermittent" issues with harsh downshifting and "shuddering" idle fluctuations at a stop and most importantly: intermittent vehicle speed control inoperative ...this is the complaint for it being a "slug" off the line or when it shifts to soon leaving no power for acceleration.

Anyway if you just say "drive-ability issues" and problem is intermittent but describe any of the issues I mentioned or described in the TSB including "RPM flare when decelerating" but mostly I just told them the shift points are wrong and it shifts way too early and this was easy to duplicate but they didn't even check it. Definitely bring your copy of this TSB, it will help and it also has the info you need to describe your complaint.

Would of had my TSB done last weekend but their computer crashed so rescheduled for this weekend, can hardly wait for the improved drivability.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:03 PM   #220
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Had mine done this afternoon and rush hour traffic was actually pleasant. It definitely holds a gear longer and actually downshifts when pressing the pedal down further. I don't feel like I have to floor it or shift to S and manually shift it in stop and go traffic.. I didn't get the chance to test acceleration from 0-60 but it feels like a normal car now. Really happy with the results.
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