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Old 09-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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i work at the plant where the Focus is built. I can tell you this. There is NO way that tube vibrated or came out on its own. I my friend does the job where that tube is installed. He fills the trans w fluid and puts that tube in and he has to tap the top with the handle of a mallet. has anyone touched your car except you?
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And yes, I did put the tube back where it belongs after I finished taking the pictures.
How much effort did it take to re-insert it (i.e. does it seem likely that it could have easily slipped out on its own)?
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i work at the plant where the Focus is built. I can tell you this. There is NO way that tube vibrated or came out on its own. I my friend does the job where that tube is installed. He fills the trans w fluid and puts that tube in and he has to tap the top with the handle of a mallet.
That's good information.

I wonder if it's possible that some part of that is broken or cracked.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:26 PM   #14
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How much effort did it take to re-insert it (i.e. does it seem likely that it could have easily slipped out on its own)?
I just kind of slid it back into place; it definitely didn't take a mallet or anything like the other guy here mentioned. It didn't seem broken to me though. It is possible that I may have somehow loosened it in the past and it only fell out recently, but I just don't see how that would have happened since I've never had a reason to work near that. I will say my Focus was one of the very early ones (second week of production) so it could be an early mistake of some sort. Related; the dipstick shot out of the engine on its own less than a week after I took ownership of the car, spraying oil everywhere. Apparently my dipstick tube was either missing or defective.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #15
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I talked with the dealer tech today, and he said it was certainly weird that it came loose, but it's not a problem at all. I'm not likely to have lost much fluid, "a few drops" at most, and the tiny amount of dirt that could have gotten in there wouldn't cause any harm. Certainly not worth getting it flushed anyway. I'll keep an eye on it to see if it comes out again, but even if it does I know now not to worry.
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