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Old 06-21-2017, 08:09 AM   #31
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Transmission Malfunction, Check engine light

I have had the same issue. Not sure if this has anything to do with it, but I jumpstarted someone else's car a week and a half ago. A couple days after, I had the check engine light come on and a power loss, I pulled over immediately and turned off the car. I drove it to my mechanic and he reset it with his fancy diagnostic computer.
Several days later, same thing except I got the "Transmission Malfunction" error message this time. I was able to drive it back to his shop at regular speeds, only the check engine light stayed on.
I'm wondering if anyone who has been having this issue before me has any updates on how this was resolved for them?
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:09 PM   #32
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I am having the same issues now with the warning symbol and jerking, anyone know how much it would cost to have it fixed at the dealership? or if the transmission has to be replaced?
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:31 PM   #33
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Reply.Trans

I have had this several times now. I've had this occur about 4-5 times now, i lost exact count but all within the last 2 months or so. My girlfriends uncle works at Ford, he told me it is the Transmission Control Module and that it is covered by Ford up to 150,000 miles, you can look this up for yourself. I haven't taken it to the dealer yet because the first couple times my mechanic friend reset the code. Then i found out about the coverage up to 150,000 miles and i havent made it to the dealer yet. Last time i kept driving with the check engine light on and the car acted normal and one day the check engine light went off on its own.
There is a link to the settlement and its conditions of coverage by Ford on the car complaints com website, google it, although you should probably be getting something in the mail as well (i have).

Please share any experiences you have if you take it to the dealer.


Also, I'm curious have you had just the check engine light come on or have you also had the "TRANSMISSION MALFUNCTION ERROR"? I've had both.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:02 PM   #34
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Transmission Malfunction

i have a 2012 FF SEL with about 101,600 approximate miles on it. It was raining pretty bad today and on the highway on my way to work i got the transmission malfunction service now notification. i had slowed down andn got off the high way and it happened again... I safely went another 20 mins to work but am unsure of a fix? i bought it from CarMax in July of 2017. Any ideas?
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:57 PM   #35
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I got this message too and Service Center says my parking sensor was on for which battery got drained and this isn't true at all.
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Old 04-27-2018, 10:26 PM   #36
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I got the "service trans now" message, and it was just driving on Interstate at 65. Luckily, only 5 miles from home. I got 93K miles, too.

No shuddering or bucking, though.

Post above reminded me that the Trans TCM does have 150K mile warranty. Thanks for posting! Got letter from Ford a couple years go. Will take it on this Mon, 4/30th.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:07 AM   #37
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TCM was replaced under the extended warranty!
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Well this happened to me (2012 SEL) with 62300 miles, recall were done to update software a year ago, got letter on the xtended warranty on transmission. Happened today was driving at 78 mph no indication that anything was wrong. It jerked then slowed down a little before the warming light came on in the cluster and the engine light on. Was about 10 miles from dealer so slowed down to 55 and drove to dealer, after 5pm. No Loaner but said it would be at least a couple of days before they can look at. Will let you know results when I speak to them next week, sigh :(
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:38 PM   #39
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Well this happened to me (2012 SEL) with 62300 miles, recall were done to update software a year ago, got letter on the xtended warranty on transmission. Happened today was driving at 78 mph no indication that anything was wrong. It jerked then slowed down a little before the warming light came on in the cluster and the engine light on. Was about 10 miles from dealer so slowed down to 55 and drove to dealer, after 5pm. No Loaner but said it would be at least a couple of days before they can look at. Will let you know results when I speak to them next week, sigh :(
TCM was replaced under extended warranty on the transmission. So hopefully all is well now.
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I live in hilo Hawaii I bought 2011 Ford fiesta with the trans problem I looked at the trans and the filler hole is to low I filled it two quarts one quart cmar out so I closed it well the filler hole is to low on my trans anyway I put oil on top through the cooler hose hole and put the amount I lost I relearned the shifting doesnt shift very well but as soon as the trand malfunction light comes on it shifts like clock work the PC or tcm is backwards how is that warning malfunction and it shifts like clock work weird but once you stop and turn off car you have to catch the drive and go till the malfunction light comes on and smoothe shifting does anyone have this happen and how would I get Ford to reverse the PC or tcm so it will run smoothly without the malfunction light this is wierd but it worked and I drive it with no shuddering when malfunction light is on but regular from start you have to rev it to about 1and a half the car will move then one hard shift them malfunction light goes on and smoothe shifting wtf tell me any Ford guy tell me what or why does it do that
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