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I have a 03 zx3, with automatic transmision. I have a few problems sometimes, but not all of the time. First, when taking off the revs want to "hang" up high before shifting into 2nd. Higher gears kind of shutter when i let off of the gas or when shifting, and when shifting into a higher gear, it kinda revs a little more before shifting. For some reason my gut is telling me its not just the transmission starting to slip, maybe its something else. Ive never actually driven a car with a slipping trans, but have rode in them. So what do you think my troubles may be? Im going to Ford about my sunroof which decided to stop working properly, im gonna say something to them(its still under warranty until june).
 

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Make sure that there is a written record of your tranmission problems on the receipt from your service, and describe it is detail. If the transmission fails after the warranty period is over, having your transmission problems in the service record in detail will greatly increase the odds that Ford will respond appropriately.

You didn't give your mileage. Have you had the transmission fluid changed yet? The normal interval is 30,000 miles. Make sure you have this done at 30,000 miles to keep the warranty intact.
 

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Mileage is 27,000. Sorry forgot that knowing mileage would be alittle more than slightly helpfull. So what do you think? New trans, or is it something else? I dont drive my car hard very often. Just a fast takeoff maybe once or twice a month.
 

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Auto Transmissions are quite difficult to diagnose, and I know little of Auto Tranmissions, other than general operation. But, that said, it does sound as iff something is going wrong, perphaps with the clutch packs. Since it is under warranty, you simply must make sure the problem is detailed and formally entered into the service record as a complaint.

Now, assuming you are going to hit 30,000 before the warranty is over (or perhaps even if it isn't, as you are getting close), and need the fluid changed, you might want to go to the extra expense of having the tranmission filter changed. Nowadays most places do not remove the tranmission pan or replace the filter, they just use a costly, specialized machine to take out all of the old fluid and replace it with new fluid, never removing the pan or changing the trans filter. As less than half of the fluid gets changed using the "old" method of pan removal, there is some sense to the newer method. But if a transmission is having problems, it often can be seen if the pan is removed for filter replacement, as they often is a lot of crap and shavings in the pan/filter.

Insisting that they change the trans filter, as well as change the fluid, will cost you a few extra bucks, but if they are an honest dealership, a pending problem might be found from debris and/or excessive metal shavings on the magnet located inside the pan (I am assuming the Focus has such a magnet, as most auto transmissions do).

If it was my car, I would spend the bucks to have the pan removed and filter replaced simply to ensure this inspection for debris/metal particles takes place before the warranty runs out.

A really good dealership would test the transmission and, if they saw the same symptoms as you, take off the pan for an inspection anyway.
 

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I somewhat trust my dealership, they have always done me good, just alittle slow, i'll see what they think when they drive it. Only problem is that it doesnt have problems all the time. The reason i am asking is because i have very limited knowledge of automatic transmissions, im at college right now and cant talk to my mechanic friends back home, and the warranty is about to expire. Thanks for the advice and more from anyone else is apreciated.
 
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