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Old 11-08-2011, 11:00 AM   #111
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I've recently noticed some clunk/jerkiness at slower speeds as well, but I feel like the shuddering isn't as prominent.

I will say though at extended stops waiting for traffic, etc. in some cases the jerkiness isn't necessarily worse, but it's more frequent whereas it used to be intermittent, it would be smooth for a time, then shudder, then smooth, and today it felt like it was constantly shuddering.
My guess is that it's just because of the (EXTREME) engine braking. Ford probably shouldn't have used engine breaking in 1st gear considering it shifts to 2nd at such a low speed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #112
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I ran my vehicle health report and nothing came up. All is normal and I will run another report 1,000 miles from now.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:18 PM   #113
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Ran a vehicle health report today and it came back with this on the owner website:
ID: 11E04
Title: REPROGRAM THE POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM)

I'm thinking that Ford might be taking the TSB a step further and applying it to all transmissions.
How many miles were on your car when you did the dianostics? What was your driving conditions (light, medium, heavy)?
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My guess is that it's just because of the (EXTREME) engine braking. Ford probably shouldn't have used engine breaking in 1st gear considering it shifts to 2nd at such a low speed.
Very true. It's not really a big deal, I don't notice the odd characteristics of the transmission when I'm not thinking about it. Lately I have to feel for a difference but when I just go for a drive, it's felt smooth to me because I'm not analyzing each little shimmy or shake the car makes.
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My Focus (Red Candy SEL Sedan) ordered in May 2011, was finally built in August 3rd (delivered August 10th to Sarnia Ontario). With 2400 miles on it, the shudder is gone, however there was one instance when going around a corner when the light turned green (left turn), that the engine just revved as in neutral. I think I was in S mode and went into D and all was ok. Otherwise the tranny has been smooth. I don't want to make it worse, but if this last TSB is the end all to be all, I don't want to live with a car that is not all it can be!. Should I or shouldn't I reflash, that is the question!
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:27 PM   #116
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I thought the tranny was OK before I got the update but it is much better now. I was kind of like you in that I only experienced an odd tranny slip on a couple of left turns at lights and some gear hunting at times. Not since the update.

I have experienced one "lurch/clunk" in my driveway and my wife told me today she got it once (in my driveway) since the update. Stay tuned.
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I called my dealer (North Country Ford) here in MN, and got the run around from the service adviser tonight. Kept telling me that she didn't see anything about the TSB. Pretty frustrated after dealing with her, so I'll let it wait a week and try again I guess. I should have known to ask for someone else when she asked me twice if it was the 2.5 liter....
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How many miles were on your car when you did the dianostics? What was your driving conditions (light, medium, heavy)?
I ran the diagnostics/report at 2290 miles after a few minutes of idling. Light driving conditions; didn't rev the engine any, made sure I was on a level surface, weather was a balmy 70ish. If it does indeed have something to do with the emissions rather than the trans then my apologies for causing a bit of a stir. Was thinking the two might be related is all.
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Dropped the car off today with Ford Service. They seemed very hesitant to give me the update and are having their Transmission guy test the car and let me know. Since it's not a recall, he said I'm not guaranteed the update.

Apparently, I'm the first at their dealership to address the issue, and the guy tried to tell me that nobody else is having this problem. Apparently, he doesn't read Car & Driver, MotorTrend, Consumer Reports or The New York Times. I told him that I follow online discussion forums for the car to keep an eye on parts and issues and that everyone mentions how much better the car is with the update; however, he shrugged it off as a select group that's overly critical and doesn't represent the general population.

After leaving, I called the Sales manager who I purchased the car from and went through my facts and findings with him. He has been a family friend for 20 years and is the reason I purchased the car from him. I'm hoping he can encourage their Service Department to perform the update - as I'm doubtful about them coming to my same conclusion (I've put 4,000 miles on the car since June 30th. They might just take it around the block).

Here's hoping I don't have to fight for it!
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So the dealership called me yesterday and at first said my car already had the latest software... After expressing my disbelief he called later and said it had been updated... Not sure what I believe, but with my paperwork they included the attached piece of paper showing the current version installed... Anyone have an opinion on it? So far Lady K does seem to have more pep off the line.. I should have a better opinion after my 500 mile road trip this weekend.


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