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has anyone tried running there car in sport mode and manually shift the car via the toggle switch to see if that helps?
LOL yeah, that's a commonly cited "solution".

Unfortunately that only works for some models. My 2014 SE only has P, R, N, D, and L available. No S for me.
 

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LOL yeah, that's a commonly cited "solution".

Unfortunately that only works for some models. My 2014 SE only has P, R, N, D, and L available. No S for me.
I'm new and still making my way around, I didn't know that was a commonly cited solution.. good to know, though!

thanks for the info.
 

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"L" for lower speeds/taking off from a stop helps for some, similar to using "S" on takeoff/lower speeds.

Either way you need to bump it out of S or L for higher speeds/cruising to use all gears.
 

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I have a 2012 Focus SE. When I accelerate from a dead stop or under 5 mph, the car jerks or stutters, like it is missing or clogged up. Sometimes it's more pronounced than others. I was having other issues which were fixed with the recall adjustment, but then this issue started after that visit. I took it to the dealer this week and they cannot find the problem. I had the tech ride with me so he could feel what I was feeling and he mentioned misfire. But the computer doesn't show anything. They called technical support but because no one else has reported this issue, they don't have a "fix". Logically if my car is the only one having this issue, then there is something wrong with my car! I am very frustrated. They suggested that I change my driving habits, so I tried that this morning and I still have the issue. I have an hour commute one way every day in stop and go traffic, so I get this stutter 99% of time. It makes me want to run the car off a cliff.
My 2016 SE is doing this. I really hope my dealer fixes this or I got F'd hard by Ford
 

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Acceleration Problem

For the third time, I have had a problem with my 2010 Ford Focus not being able to accelerate while in moving traffic. What's the problem ? This vehicle only has 70,000 miles. I feel that this is a dangerous vehicle. Someone can be killed by a problem of this issue. Is there a recall for this issue ? If not, There should be, Before someone does get killed.
 

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I bought my 2014 Ford Focus SE sedan in June of this year from a VW lot. Through out the months from I bought it, it was having the same problem. Knowing for us that money was tight, I just let it slide. It does make a long waining noise at 3km then drops down to 2 and acts like normal. At stop, she will shudder a lot if I gun her but if I slowly give her gas she wont shudder as much. I've actually tried to as most mechanics will say, when I watch some videos, is that you have to "train" your car or "learn" how it's tranny works in order to drive it. As it's not a major concern, I just feel bad for a cute little sporty car who can't work properly.
 

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My 2012 Focus having the same issue recently, jerking when start off like clutch issue of connecting the gears. Its like I release the clutch to fast on manual transmission. Is it a damage auto clutch or mechanical issue?
 

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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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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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