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Old 10-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Noise when shifting into 2nd under a load

We have had our 2013 Focus Titanium now for a month. a couple of times, under the right conditions it would rattle after shifting into 2nd and "lugging" the engine. Last week we had 4 full size adults in the car and basically every time in second while accelerating it would make quite a bad noise (rattle/vibration). Brought it into Ford service and they told me they heard the noise and this is normal and is functioning properly. It kind of sounds like the engine / transmission is going to rattle / fall out. Has anyone else experienced this? I do not think it is detrimental to the car but it does suck having to apologize to the riders in the car the noise you brand new car makes.


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Old 10-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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Is this a DCT or a manual? If it is a DCT give it more gas. If it is a manual, what are you doing lugging around in second gear with loaded down car? Most all cars will shake and rattle under those conditions.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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Sorry, this is an DCT (automatic transmission ) and i would call it normal accelleration. Side note: Our lowner car similar to ours did not make this noise.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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I would suggest looking into the tsb's they have released it sounds similar to some the old issues that were on the first 2012's
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:08 PM   #5
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They changed clutch assembly on mine and still doing same. Shakes on 2gear engage and ratling(or grinding like everybody saying on the forum ) sound on gears1-4. On the highway is the best but city, want to hang myself.
And I believe no fix for that. I still owe around 4-5k for the car, after paid off going to trade it and get new Nissan Maxima. I want to support our cars but this time they bend me over.

Bwebb look at my other posts, you ll see what I mean.
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Have you done any hard accelerations. I know when mine starts acting different, usually after hypermiling, I run it hard for a bit and it seems to help. It may make it move the shift point higher from 1st to 2nd.
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I am driving soft. I noticed when its flooring and rpm thru the roof it's littles less noticeable but that's not how you should drive the car.
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I am driving soft.
In my opinion, this car with the DCT is not for hypermiling. When I try to hypermile for a while, the adaptive transmission gets all out of whack. When I forget about the average MPG and just drive the car, occasionally driving it like I stole it, the car and DCT work flawlessly. Just a suggestion to all whom may be trying to hypermile a DCT. If you want to hypermile in a Focus get the manual or go for the C-Max Hybrid. I had a chance to test drive the C-Max and it is the hypermile machine with it's CVT.
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We have had our 2013 Focus Titanium now for a month. a couple of times, under the right conditions it would rattle after shifting into 2nd and "lugging" the engine. Last week we had 4 full size adults in the car and basically every time in second while accelerating it would make quite a bad noise (rattle/vibration). Brought it into Ford service and they told me they heard the noise and this is normal and is functioning properly...
Hi Bwebb,

I want to escalate your case to your region's customer service manager. Please send me a PM with your VIN, dealer, mileage, full name, and daytime phone number; I'll get your information in the right hands and move things forward.

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Have you done any hard accelerations. I know when mine starts acting different, usually after hypermiling, I run it hard for a bit and it seems to help. It may make it move the shift point higher from 1st to 2nd.
Thanks for the good advice, bringler26 and AZfocus2012!

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