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Old 10-28-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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Overheated Transmission and Car Died

A week ago, I had the clutch assembly kit replaced in my 2012 Focus as part of TSB 11-12-13. Yesterday morning the car Focus would not start. I had the battery tested and it tested fine. An hour later my car finally started and seemed fine the rest of the day and this morning.

This afternoon I'm on the highway and my MyTouch screen says it is shutting down to conserve battery. Never seen this before. I exit the highway and lose my power steering. Soon after that I receive a message on the screen behind the steering wheel saying the transmission is overheating and the car is shutting down. Died right there on an access road. Immediately called Ford Roadside Assistance who called 911 to get cops to help me get out of harm's way and a tow truck who said they would be there 75 minutes later. Tow truck was an hour late so I was stranded for almost 3 hours total, but I got the car towed to a dealership to be checked out Monday.

Has anyone experienced this issue or have any idea what it could be?

Just another fun day with this car. I'm not sure how much longer I can put up with it. This will now be the 7th time I've brought the car in for transmission related issue.

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Old 10-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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Good lord man... Hate to say it, but you may have to look into Lemon Laws. I know theres at least one person here who's had his bought back successfully.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
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Good lord man... Hate to say it, but you may have to look into Lemon Laws. I know theres at least one person here who's had his bought back successfully.
I agree, imagine if that happened on a high bridge with no space to pull over! It is very strange that MFT shut down to conserve power though, it almost seems like the dealer screwed something up while it was in for service.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:05 AM   #4
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I suspect there's a problem with the battery and/or charging system. Everything in the car is controlled by computer and when the battery isn't supplying enough power all kinds of strange things can happen including overheating.

This happened with a Miata I used to own. The alternator died on the way to work, and the battery died on the way home at which point the car overheated.
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I suspect there's a problem with the battery and/or charging system. Everything in the car is controlled by computer and when the battery isn't supplying enough power all kinds of strange things can happen including overheating.

This happened with a Miata I used to own. The alternator died on the way to work, and the battery died on the way home at which point the car overheated.
I think this is the problem rather than the DCT.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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A week ago, I had the clutch assembly kit replaced in my 2012 Focus as part of TSB 11-12-13. Yesterday morning the car Focus would not start. I had the battery tested and it tested fine. An hour later my car finally started and seemed fine the rest of the day and this morning.

This afternoon I'm on the highway and my MyTouch screen says it is shutting down to conserve battery. Never seen this before. I exit the highway and lose my power steering. Soon after that I receive a message on the screen behind the steering wheel saying the transmission is overheating and the car is shutting down. Died right there on an access road. Immediately called Ford Roadside Assistance who called 911 to get cops to help me get out of harm's way and a tow truck who said they would be there 75 minutes later. Tow truck was an hour late so I was stranded for almost 3 hours total, but I got the car towed to a dealership to be checked out Monday.

Has anyone experienced this issue or have any idea what it could be?

Just another fun day with this car. I'm not sure how much longer I can put up with it. This will now be the 7th time I've brought the car in for transmission related issue.

Wes
It sounds like your car was built at the end of the shift.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #7
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It sounds like your car was built at the end of the shift.
HAHA.... on the real, contrary to popular belief there is no difference between a car made at the start or end of the shift or on monday vs friday. the problem with almost any car is not the assembly process. The problem is getting defective parts from vendors. believe it or not almost all auto manufacturers use the same part vendors. The foreign cars have just as many problems and recalls as the US autos, they just dont get the negative press that our cars do.

To the OP: I think I wold look for a different dealership to deal with.
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HAHA.... on the real, contrary to popular belief there is no difference between a car made at the start or end of the shift or on monday vs friday. the problem with almost any car is not the assembly process. The problem is getting defective parts from vendors. believe it or not almost all auto manufacturers use the same part vendors. The foreign cars have just as many problems and recalls as the US autos, they just dont get the negative press that our cars do.

To the OP: I think I wold look for a different dealership to deal with.
You are correct in your assessment of vendors / suppliers of OEM parts.

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I really hope the transmission dies in mine....with the problems I've had, it would put this car out of its misery, and make me happier.
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This afternoon I'm on the highway and my MyTouch screen says it is shutting down to conserve battery. Never seen this before. I exit the highway and lose my power steering. Soon after that I receive a message on the screen behind the steering wheel saying the transmission is overheating and the car is shutting down.
The BCM uses load shedding strategy to prevent the battery from going dead, however...

If the battery was not being charged, you should have had a warning light in the instrument panel.

Did you see any warning lights?
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