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Old 05-20-2019, 10:07 PM   #1
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I drive a 2012 Focus Titanium hatchback.

This might not actually ne the first time this happened. It might of happened before but not as bad as this. I was driving to work and all of the sudden it was like the transmission was shifting wrong. I'd apply a little gas and it woupd down shift and then then at some point shift up again. If I applied even more gas it would down shift again and then upshift shortly after. When I came to a red light and gave it some gas to would start moving like it was in second gear not first. Whats up with that?

I remember a while ago it did something like this at a red light light where I would go to accelerate and it would all of the sudden feel like it suddenly stop accelerating almost like I tapped the brakes or something. My body was expecting to experience acceleration but didnt kind of thing....

Anyone have an idea? I know focus have transmission issues. Ia this something people were complaining about?

I'm wondering if it was more of a computer thing than a transmisson thing. Maybe when I get out of work and start the car the computer will reset and remember how to shift properly? Lol.



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Old 05-21-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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Sounds more like a possible TCM issue. I would take it to the dealer and have them perform the 14M02 work which is the extended warranty for the TCM. I've had to replace mine but in that case the car just shut off mid-commute and wouldn't start back up again.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:17 AM   #3
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I definitely think it's a computer related issue. It was doing it after work on my drive home. I felt like the car was being throttled down and the car was shifting real slow. I had to pullover because my car wouldnt accelerate while I was in traffic. I thought i wasnt going to make it home. I turned my car off and then on again and it was still doing it but as long as I accelerated real slow it seemed to shift ok and I was able to get home. When I got home i swear to god it stopped doing it. Also, when it was doing that I couldnt use sport mode. I could shift into sport mode but the S on the dashboard wouldnt light up. I couldn't shift the gears with the button. The engine light came on too but I havent had thw time yet to pull the code.

This definitely happened to me before while driving down a highway. All of the sudden the car started doing that and once I got home it stopped, just like this time. The first time it happened I learned that I was driving in sport mode down the highway. I must of put it in that mode by accident. I thought that was the reason why it happened, because it felt like the car was being throttled down kind of like a limiter. This time I was in drive. I don't know. Also, my street is a pretty big slope. I wonder if that has anything to do with why it stops when I get home. Front of the car facing up the slope.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:08 PM   #4
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I definitely think it's a computer related issue. It was doing it after work on my drive home. I felt like the car was being throttled down and the car was shifting real slow. I had to pullover because my car wouldnt accelerate while I was in traffic. I thought i wasnt going to make it home. I turned my car off and then on again and it was still doing it but as long as I accelerated real slow it seemed to shift ok and I was able to get home. When I got home i swear to god it stopped doing it. Also, when it was doing that I couldnt use sport mode. I could shift into sport mode but the S on the dashboard wouldnt light up. I couldn't shift the gears with the button. The engine light came on too but I havent had thw time yet to pull the code.

This definitely happened to me before while driving down a highway. All of the sudden the car started doing that and once I got home it stopped, just like this time. The first time it happened I learned that I was driving in sport mode down the highway. I must of put it in that mode by accident. I thought that was the reason why it happened, because it felt like the car was being throttled down kind of like a limiter. This time I was in drive. I don't know. Also, my street is a pretty big slope. I wonder if that has anything to do with why it stops when I get home. Front of the car facing up the slope.
If you can do it safely, drive it to your Ford dealer as soon as you can. Otherwise, you're probably going to need a tow if it continues to get worse. If it is still under the warranty period for the 14M02 work (150K miles, 10 years), it won't cost you anything. See THIS.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:35 PM   #5
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I'm still covered. I'm going to bring it in tomorrow. Thanks.
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I'm still covered. I'm going to bring it in tomorrow. Thanks.
Quick tip. If your car is shifting badly when you get to Ford, don't shut off the car as it MAY not do it again. At least they can see and experience the issue.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:41 PM   #7
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Well it stopped doing it as soon as I got home. I don't know if it will do it for them tomorrow, but I'm still going to bring it to them.
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Did it throw a CEL? Sounds like a TCM to me, very common failure in early MK3 Foci..
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I got a DTC of 0850_62. I went to the dealer by me.... I'm not bring it to them. I had the distinct feeling they were going to screw me over. They wanted 300 just to look at it. If it is the TCM... How hard of a job is it to replace it? I could do it my damn self if it's not that bad.
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I got a DTC of 0850_62. I went to the dealer by me.... I'm not bring it to them. I had the distinct feeling they were going to screw me over. They wanted 300 just to look at it. If it is the TCM... How hard of a job is it to replace it? I could do it my damn self if it's not that bad.
Take it to another dealer and when they ask what you want done, say "14M02 warranty work". Do not authorize them to do anything else and they cannot charge you. The diagnostics is included in the 14M02 work. If a dealer is trying to screw you by saying you need to pay for it, go elsewhere.

If that doesn't work, then you can investigate what it takes to put in a TCM on your own but if you have to go that route, you are still going to be into it for the cost of the part and even once you have it in, you will have to program it.
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