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Old 08-21-2014, 09:49 AM   #1
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2014+ DCT Changes?

So thankfully, knock on wood, my DCT has been largely fine aside from some quirks. It had a period where it was shuttering pretty bad in bumper to bumper traffic in 90+ heat. It has been fine now so I'm not too concerned however my car is NOT eligible for the transmission warranty extension based on the build date.

Anyone have any idea why? Did Ford change something on the transmission to better negate the issue? I thought I remember reading somewhere that the newer trannies have revised heat fins to radiate the heat better.


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Old 08-22-2014, 02:57 PM   #2
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So thankfully, knock on wood, my DCT has been largely fine aside from some quirks. It had a period where it was shuttering pretty bad in bumper to bumper traffic in 90+ heat. It has been fine now so I'm not too concerned however my car is NOT eligible for the transmission warranty extension based on the build date.

Anyone have any idea why? Did Ford change something on the transmission to better negate the issue? I thought I remember reading somewhere that the newer trannies have revised heat fins to radiate the heat better.
The short answer is yes. The 2014.5+ transmission has a re-engineered set of clutches and seals.

The 2011-2014 models have a random assortment of clutch packs and seals, so there's no telling the actual condition of the early fleet. That's probably why the warranty was extended for the old cars and not for the newest ones.
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When would one be considered a 2014.5 model? Mine was made in July according to the door jamb sticker...
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Interesting that the new warranty coverage and fix is only for Focus built up to June 2013.
Does that mean the new bits are already on the July 2013 to current date Focus?
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IMHO it's a bigger deal to extend warranty on current production than on "older" versions, and that's not a step they're ready to take at this point.
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I am curious too...what is considered a 2014.5?
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IMHO it's a bigger deal to extend warranty on current production than on "older" versions, and that's not a step they're ready to take at this point.

It's likely that they hope the changes will eliminate the need to extend the warranty for cars made with the new hardware so they will only extend the warranty on those cars that were built with older hardware. If, OTH, there are still problems that will require yet newer hardware they may need to extend the warranty on cars beyond the current extension. But, they wont extend the warranty on the newer cars unless there's a need to do so.


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