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Old 06-27-2019, 04:47 PM   #91
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I know this thread is old, but those of you with stuttering issues, you must realize, that these cars are a computer essentially. As I understand from the dealer, the automatic transmission is really a stick shift essentially. But the TCM controls the shifts.

The TCM on these cars learns your driving habits. IE, if you drive slow, or drive like a grandma coming home from Church on Sunday, the car learns that style and will adjust accordingly. Which is partly why you get some of the stutter etc.

I find if you beat the car half to death, it acts a little better. Don't be hard on the car, but give it a bit of gas from time to time I guess is what I'm saying. Mine does the same sometimes, but not always. I find that if I am a bit harder on the car from time to time, in other words, take off like a jack rabbit from a stop a and drive like a banshee, the car seems to adjust and shift a little smoother.

But yes, especially in a lot of stop and go, mine can spit and sputter from a stop. I try to keep it above 5-10mph if possible, that seems to help. Also, maybe allow distance between you and the car in front so when you take off, you can accelerate a little harder. Basically try to drive it like a stick shift, but with no clutch pedal, and not having to work the gears.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:01 PM   #92
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That's what I came to as well that it acts like a stick shift but has a automatic transmission? When I can feel that it does it, I let off the gas a bit then give her more and she stops and goes no stutter. When I know I'll be stopping or slowing, I just give her a little tap, then let her slow down. Basically she loves coasting rather then breaking. I've learned that she won't do it as often, when I remember that combination. So we are basically learning each other's habits. I just take that as part or her charm and try to deal with it. As it would seem that even replacing the engine and getting cleaned won't do much since she's had all her check ups and nothing majorly wrong just recalls. She is going to be 70,000miles soon and her next round of check ups will be needed so I'll bring the issue up to them and see what they say.
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I do appreciate everyone's tips how Echo and her fellow Focuses work. It helps a lot!
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