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Hey. My wife's 03 focus se, SOHC 3S4P auto trans has a problem. After the trans has been warmed up from driving (20-30 minutes), it slips while cruising around 45 mph. Rarely there is a grinding grating noise with it. If I apply more throttle it will re-engage. If I turn OD off it does not do it. It drives fine otherwise. It started doing this after I did a filter and fluid change. There is no CEL. I'm thinking torque converter cause there is no CEL and no problems shifting. Thoughts....
 

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Hey. My wife's 03 focus se, SOHC 3S4P auto trans has a problem. After the trans has been warmed up from driving (20-30 minutes), it slips while cruising around 45 mph. Rarely there is a grinding grating noise with it. If I apply more throttle it will re-engage. If I turn OD off it does not do it. It drives fine otherwise. It started doing this after I did a filter and fluid change. There is no CEL. I'm thinking torque converter cause there is no CEL and no problems shifting. Thoughts....

If it slips there are problems with shifting. Seems like a similar issue to my issues and i think its electrical inside the trans. Try to downshift from 40mph quickly. Does it bang into gear?
 

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Anyone with knowledge of what electrical connectors are on the atx of a 2007 focus ses, wagon, 2L engine and how to get them to disconnect.
I want to disconnect, inspect and then re-connect all connectors, to try and see if there might be a faulty connection.
I see 2 connectors on the atx, below the air cleaner housing. The round one I seemed to be able to wiggle up a bit.
The other rectangular connect appears it might have some sort of release clip, but I pressed and pulled the clip, while pulling on the connector, but nothing budged.
The auto transmission is slipping out of top gear and I got a "solenoid E stuck" error code.
I had this problem back in 2010 and it happened 3 times at the same location, about 50 km from my house and then the problem never occurred again, until just now, at the same location, 50 km from my house.
I almost think it might be a cell tower signal, scrambling the computer in the car.
 

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It does not bang into gear down shifting from 40 mph. It has not done the slipping/grinding symptoms in a while. But have not driven it for an extended period of time either (more than 30 minutes).
 

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Hi peeps, I have been having some shifting issues with my 07 Focus. Really bad after driving 20min plus and worse uphill, downhill, around sharp curves and in stop and go traffic. It will struggle to accelerate below 30mph, sometimes vibrates and I have to let up on the gas. Anyway I have been to the mechanic several times, I got some work done that I needed like a new transmission mount and engine mount and transmission flush but Im still having the main issues. Today I just got tired of it and stopped by this old looking garage. The guy was super nice, drove it for a while and told me its the solenoids but I don't have any lights on the dash. I dropped it off at a transmission shop, they will diagnose for free and let me tomorrow whats up. I haven't had MAJOR issues with my car but due to the quality of Ford cars I have to keep up with maintenance very closely. Will keep yall posted, hope its not too bad ($$$).
 

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Guys and Gals,

There is a TSB for the drum in the trans. Let me be clear. If you're having shifting issues take the car to Ford to have the issue diagnosed and ask about the TSB for the drum.

Take it from me...don't try to let a trashy trans shop fix the issue. They won't even look for any Ford TSB's and they're gonna charge you for a full rebuild($1500 plus). In my case they did this and didn't even replace the drum. Most shops also charge for a "new case" (if needed) but they use a remanned version of something they pulled out of another Focus and NOT a new Ford case. The rebuild I paid for failed after 450 miles and I had to go to Ford anyway.

Start with Ford if you're having trans issues and ask about the drum. I had bang shifting, shuddering/chattering in the 3/4 range both into 4 and downshifting out of 4. I had no issues with 1, 2 or reverse. My trans eventually started to slip since the damaged drum was causing bang shifting and there was fluid in the grooves of the drum. The clutches were burned too. I can even load the pics(see below). The drum had visible grooves worn and the trans cooler was FULL of metal shavings. I now have a remanned Ford trans and learned my lesson the hard way. Remanned trans was $2200 plus $600 installation with a 3 year/36k mile warranty. The trans shops will only do a year warranty. I have A LOT of documentation to show that a well known trans shops near me didn't put the car back as they should have so save yourself the headache.

TAKE YOUR CAR TO THE FORD DEALER! ASK THEM TO ROAD TEST, DIAGNOSE and LOOK FOR TSB's before they pull it apart. There's a lot of discussion here about solenoids and I've read about internal wiring harness issues. Trust me, have the car properly diagnosed!!!



 

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Hi peeps, I have been having some shifting issues with my 07 Focus. Really bad after driving 20min plus and worse uphill, downhill, around sharp curves and in stop and go traffic. It will struggle to accelerate below 30mph, sometimes vibrates and I have to let up on the gas. Anyway I have been to the mechanic several times, I got some work done that I needed like a new transmission mount and engine mount and transmission flush but Im still having the main issues. Today I just got tired of it and stopped by this old looking garage. The guy was super nice, drove it for a while and told me its the solenoids but I don't have any lights on the dash. I dropped it off at a transmission shop, they will diagnose for free and let me tomorrow whats up. I haven't had MAJOR issues with my car but due to the quality of Ford cars I have to keep up with maintenance very closely. Will keep yall posted, hope its not too bad ($$$).
I am willing to bet it's NOT a soldenoid. I didn't have codes either. Blip the throttle in 3/4 and see if it bangs into gear. I tried a valve body myself before going the rebuild route. Take the car to Ford and don't waste your time or money on shops that don't know these cars. I speak from experience.

PS, the trans shop I visited the first time tried three different valve bodies and none of them (with new solenoids) fixed the issue. That doesn't account for the remanned one I tried before I brought them the car. It was an internal failure. Save the parts if you get a rebuild and post pictures. Always ask for the old parts before you pay.

LV is the fluid now recommended by Ford.

If anyone wants to try a remanned valve body I have one for sale on ebay for 125.00. Shoot me a pm. My new trans is working great and I dont need this remanned valve body anymore. I paid 330+.
 

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It does not bang into gear down shifting from 40 mph. It has not done the slipping/grinding symptoms in a while. But have not driven it for an extended period of time either (more than 30 minutes).
Sounds like the drum, but only a tear down will tell. Check with your local Ford dealer about the internal direct drum tsb.
 

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I cannot find any tsb online but it's a known fact that the 4F27E end cover wears funky to let either the direct drum or reverse or both leak at seal rings and they then tear up drums and clutch packs since not enough pressure to lock them up. I see bushing ride area and seal groove wear in the pics there.

Solenoids are the new pet buzz word used when anything happens with these trannies, actually they fail pretty rarely. Most are changed for no reason at all.

First gen cars use Mercon V not LV...................................
 

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wont shift

I think my focus is stuck in 3rd gear. I can drive it like this but im scared itll burn up my transmission. It is an automatic. If its a sensor, which one do i need to get?
 

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If you got only one gear you got more than just a sensor problem..........see a mech.
 

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About this solenoid fix.
My 2005 keeps slipping into third. Every time. It was rebuilt once when it was doing the problem in the very first post. Now third is not quite completely gone but it slips into it. I get the yellow O/D off light flashing, but every time a code is pulled I only have one code and it is not related (running lean).

Is this a solenoid problem? I know I'm not the only one who has had this exact same problem. This transmission is garbage.
 

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I disagree, have two at 180K and they still shift flawlessly. Haven't touched them at all other than fluid changes.

Many code readers won't pick up trans codes, need a dedicated reader to read them.

The 2-4 servo commonly breaks the piston to make issues like that and no solenoids on earth will fix that. Band could be cracked or worn as well to not fully apply tightly. Or direct clutch hub worn to leak pressure. All common issues on these.

Everybody always wants to change the solenoids, go on, change 'em all, many get no result at all there. There are literally 50 other things that could cause that.
 

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Okay then no to solenoids. I went back a couple pages and saw there's a TSB on the transmission? Does that mean they will fix it like a recall? I bought it used about 4 years ago and it has 103,XXX miles on it, rebuilt at about 70-80k. The people who rebuilt the transmission welded the mount to the car...
 

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Solenoids or Transmission Belt?

My transmission went into "limp mode", only driving in 1st and 3rd gears. I read on another forum (or was it here?) to check the first transmission band on the driver's side of the car, as it turns out that what it was in my case. The band had simply cracked in two.

Unfourtunately, I found this after spending $150 on a used solenoid kit on Ebay, since brand-new these guys cost $100 each. They're up for sale now, let me know if you're interested. Thanks.

PS they fit the transmission in the 2005 focus.
 

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2001 Automatic Tranny slipping & banging

Hi all,

2001 Focus with DOHC Zetec Engine (Red, of course)

This page seems the best place to post. My poor car was stuck in the snow and ice up here in this crazy NY winter and it took me an hour and a half rocking the tranny back and forth to get it out -- should have taken the bus... :'( [mecry]

Since then once the car warms up the tranny will slip out of third gear and rev up with no power. Even lower gears can give me some trouble too. It bangs and struggles when shifting. Took it to a tranny place and he says it is probably the clutch for the high (third) gear (that clutch also works for reverse so that's probably how it broke). Anyway I really can't see spending another 1500 bucks on even a recondition (just changing the bad clutch), plus my luck the leaky steering rack will break, too (plugged that leak up with just half a bottle of power steering goop; good stuff). The car is just over 100k miles, already did the tune up, had some sneak sell me new front brakes, had to change the stupid plastic thermostat cover TWICE in one year, and I just can't do any more.

So anyway I'm driving home from the mechanic after saying no thanks and praying to see the tranny light come on (meaning it's really just a solenoid or something which I can change myself). Instead the whole electrical system is shot! Headlights and interior lights are flickering like my brand new battery is dead (which it's not). Every now and then the brake and ABS warning lights come on simultaneously (but briefly) even though the brakes are just fine (not soft at all). Did the computer somehow get messed up? Again, all of these problems only occur after the car is warm (at least it's still so darn cold out, I can make it to work almost before I have any trouble).

Any ideas? Clutch or something else mechanical, or solenoid and electrical?
My Poor Car thanks you.
 

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Simular Shifting Problem

Had to rebuild SPI Engine, had a TC seal leak on start up. Had to replace pump-bushings mangled. Trans refused to shift to 3, typical rpm rise, ordered a set of solenoids for troubleshooting (used). Replaced all as a set. Problem still persisted-no change at all. Changed tranny with a unit with @78k, the torque converter was replaced. Once serviced, the 2nd transmission also failed to shift into 3rd gear, checked the fluid level several times, once warmed up. Each servicing included a filter change, and mercon V fluid. Odd the 2nd tranny reacts like the original one.
 
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