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Old 01-26-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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2008 Focus over revving

Yesterday as I was driving home from Dallas to Austin I ran into a couple problems with my 08 Focus. After stopping to refuel, I was entering the on ramp to the highway. I was accelerating at a moderate pace, but then pushed the pedal hard enough to get up to speed quickly (75mph).

The Focus wouldn't gain any speed past around 55mph. Instead the rpms seemed to stick at around 3500. I pulled over to the shoulder, and let the car sit for a while trying to figure out what was going on. The wrench light came on before I decided to turn the car off for a few minutes.

When I started driving again, the wrench light had turned off, but I started to have some more issues. This time as I was accelerating from 60-75mph the rpms went crazy at shot all the way up to 6000-7000, but I wasn't gaining speed. I pulled over again, but being in the middle of no where I was forced to limp back to Austin.

Does anyone have any suggestions for this?


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Old 01-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Focus revving problem

Yesterday as I was driving home from Dallas to Austin I ran into a couple problems with my 08 Focus. After stopping to refuel, I was entering the on ramp to the highway. I was accelerating at a moderate pace, but then pushed the pedal hard enough to get up to speed quickly (75mph).

The Focus wouldn't gain any speed past around 55mph. Instead the rpms seemed to stick at around 3500. I pulled over to the shoulder, and let the car sit for a while trying to figure out what was going on. The wrench light came on before I decided to turn the car off for a few minutes.

When I started driving again, the wrench light had turned off, but I started to have some more issues. This time as I was accelerating from 60-75mph the rpms went crazy at shot all the way up to 6000-7000, but I wasn't gaining speed. I pulled over again, but being in the middle of no where I was forced to limp back to Austin.

Does anyone have any suggestions for this?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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AT?

Did you check your fluid level with the engine idling and warm?
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Where did you buy gasoline and how much did you put in?

My bet is on bad gas.

This almost exact situation happened to me near Dallas several years back when I had my Mustang. I THOUGHT I had blown another spark wire but it was just bad gas.
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Yes, it is an automatic. I checked the fluid level and it seemed fine. It was red/pink with hint of brown. It did smell a little burnt, but I'm not sure what it should normally smell like.

I filled up somewhere around Waco.
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Burnt fluid smell = bad. Your transmission might be KO'd. That's what your symptoms indicate if your fluid level is not low. Shift solenoids would affect only one shift point, and the car would be drivable in other gears.
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Yeah, I knew the smell wasn't a good sign. If you have a change take a look at this thread http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=297184

A few months ago, a Ford dealer rebuilt my transmission.

Got the Focus back today. $1,100 for the repairs. Here is what the service sheet said:
"Basic part #7000, CC 42 Test Drove. Verified concern. Harsh shifts into reverse and flare shifts. Trans Diag. Erratic Pressires. Removed pan. Metal contamination. Removed trans and tore down for inspection. Found reverse drum worn. snap ring groove wobbled out. Band burnt. metal contamination in solenoids and torque converter. Performed cost cap. Decision was to repair. Performed necessary repairs, flushed and backed flushed cooler and filled to correct level."

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Drum assembly intermediate
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Piston and seal - overdrive se
AB Seal
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AC Piston
Band asy transmission intermediate
A control asy - transmission
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OH cool, you're under warranty then. Ford dealers should warranty repairs for a year. If you have problems with them, then contact our FordCustomerService rep, fax a copy of the receipt, and they will make them act right. Hopefully they will act right without anyone having to throw around corporate weight.
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The service advisor and manager were pretty adamant about only having a warranty on the parts that they replaced. I'm not sure if any of the current symptoms correlate to those.
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It almost sounds like a tranny problem... the 6-7k revs but not gaining speed. try turning o/d off, and take it to the high way, see if you can get it going normally?
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