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No change for me that I can tell. 200 miles so far.
So resetting the adaptive learning didn't even make a difference for you? Interesting.

I recently purchased my brothers Focus for my wife and we're having the same issue. Clean up the ground contact today and it drives much better. I'll report back in awhile to see if it changes.
Definitely do! As other have noted, it really ought to be "better" (or "different", at least) right off the bat due to the adaptive learning being reset. Only time will tell if this really does anything; more data, the better!
 

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So resetting the adaptive learning didn't even make a difference for you? Interesting.





Definitely do! As other have noted, it really ought to be "better" (or "different", at least) right off the bat due to the adaptive learning being reset. Only time will tell if this really does anything; more data, the better!


No changes in shuddering. Still doing it. Certainly changed how it shifted until adaptive did its thing.

I’ll report back as it gets more miles on it. Worth a shot since it’s free to do other than time.




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No changes in shuddering. Still doing it. Certainly changed how it shifted until adaptive did its thing.

I’ll report back as it gets more miles on it. Worth a shot since it’s free to do other than time.
Yeah, I don't suppose it can hurt, though it doesn't sound promising.

Based on what the Ford tech said - and comments discussing the merits of this particular "fix" - I suppose it's also possible that long-term grounding issues could damage the TCM and so the damage has been done even if the grounding is resolved.

It's a bit of a leap to go that far, IMO, but it's possible. Again, I'm not claiming this is the - or even a - problem with the DCT, I just saw some validity in the claim and thought I'd share. The more data we have - the more people who try this - the more we'll know if it actually does anything. I'll feel good once I have a chance to do this with my sister-in-law's Focus, given how bad the shudder is in her car.
 

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When trying this, Please keep in mind that dielectric grease doesn’t conduct energy. Grease is to be placed after the ground terminal is connected to the frame
 

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I don't agree. I don't see them spending hundreds of thousands (probably over a million dollars at this point) in hardware and shop time to keep replacing clutch packs. And why is the TCM being replaced? Are you saying it's being worn out by too much feathering? This is a lot of money for Ford the lose just so that the ride is a little smoother. People might complain about the "rough" shifting (and only rough compared to a slushbox), but I assume they complain more about taking their cars in for new clutch packs every 15k miles.

When it comes down to it, neither of us can know and we're just swapping opinions.


Doesn't the Sport mode also shift more like a real manual? Or does it just increase the RPMs at which the shifts take place?


Well, the guy who posted the YouTube video is (or was) a Ford tech. That's about as close to an opinion from Ford that we'll ever get.

What you just said only reinforces my view (at least, so it seems to me): if it's just tuning, you'd think it would be a nut Ford engineers could crack. Maybe Tom is a Einstein-level genius when it comes to the DCT, I don't know. Still, he claims a Ford dealership would buy his tune for each DCT Focus they sold used; seems to me word of his miracle fix should have made it back to Ford by now.

I know Tom takes offense at the very idea that I question his tune; I don't mean any disrespect or insult, I just have a healthy amount of skepticism for something that is only supported by advertisements and (by and large) the opinions of users with low post counts. No guarantee or warranty also makes me skeptical. Truly, I don't mean to imply that Tom is dishonest in any way, even though he has taken it that way several times.
You would be surprised how thick headed upper management can be. My logic though, is if Tom's tune did work... why hasn't Ford adopted it? Slipping clutch bad; quick positive shift good. Right?

The TCM's? That's different. Who knows why those were going bad. Also the transmission seal leaks the early models had. Those were just manufacturing defects or poor engineering. Always a fine line between cost and durability.

Sport mode... I didn't know my 2015 had that! Is that only for certain trim packages? I'll have to take a look at that.

Big difference between a Ford Tech and Ford Management. But I'll take a look at the YT link.
 

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I don't agree. I don't see them spending hundreds of thousands (probably over a million dollars at this point) in hardware and shop time to keep replacing clutch packs. And why is the TCM being replaced?
The TCM is being replaced because the TCM itself fails. Has nothing to do with the clutch. The TCM has no direct physical connection to the clutch at all. The TCM actually controls the shift actuators that move the shift forks inside the transmission.

I'm just as skeptical of Tom's TCM tune as you are. However, I know tuners local to me and am well aware of what can be achieved with a proper tune.

If the Ford tech is right, it's that there's insufficient contact surface, which (might) be problematic at times of high draw.
As a former Ford electrical specialist and master tech (disclaimer: I no longer work as a Ford technician and my "master" certs expired in July 2018), I can tell you for a fact that the limited ground contact does cause issues for at least SOME Focus and Fiesta owners. While removing the paint from behind the ground cable won't improve clutch life or operation on it's own, it could very well save a few TCMs. I've personally witnessed TCM failures as a result of poor ground contact.
 

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The TCM is being replaced because the TCM itself fails. Has nothing to do with the clutch. The TCM has no direct physical connection to the clutch at all. The TCM actually controls the shift actuators that move the shift forks inside the transmission.
Oh, I know. Or, at least, I think I know. I believe the claim in the YT video - and the reasoning behind the mod - is that grounding issues cause damage to the TCM, which in turn causes the transmission to perform poorly.

What's unclear to me is exactly how it damages the clutch. Does a poor/inconsistent signal from the TCM cause the DPS6 to excessively feather during shifts by default (thereby wearing the clutches quickly and prematurely), or does it cause it to think it should shift when it shouldn't (and therefore "shudder"). Both? Neither? Do I have a complete lack of understanding?

As a former Ford electrical specialist and master tech (disclaimer: I no longer work as a Ford technician and my "master" certs expired in July 2018), I can tell you for a fact that the limited ground contact does cause issues for at least SOME Focus and Fiesta owners. While removing the paint from behind the ground cable won't improve clutch life or operation on it's own, it could very well save a few TCMs. I've personally witnessed TCM failures as a result of poor ground contact.
Ah, experience from the trenches! Thanks for chiming in.

So maybe you could clear this up for me: could a malfunctioning TCM conceivably have any impact on the performance of the DPS6? Because that was my understanding. Maybe the early transmissions did have flawed components that further revisions improved or completely fixed, but fixing one problem doesn't mean the other (TCM electrical issues) won't cause problems on their own.

I will repeat what I've said a couple of times in this thread: it seems way too simple to be the fix. As a Ford tech, you were clearly aware of the electrical issues, so I assume that means Ford as a whole was aware. Or did you only know of the grounding issue and "fix" locally in your shop?
 

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Oh, I know. Or, at least, I think I know. I believe the claim in the YT video - and the reasoning behind the mod - is that grounding issues cause damage to the TCM, which in turn causes the transmission to perform poorly.

What's unclear to me is exactly how it damages the clutch. Does a poor/inconsistent signal from the TCM cause the DPS6 to excessively feather during shifts by default (thereby wearing the clutches quickly and prematurely), or does it cause it to think it should shift when it shouldn't (and therefore "shudder"). Both? Neither? Do I have a complete lack of understanding?
Read this article. It's from Australia, but it goes into good detail of the Powershift problems.

https://www.caradvice.com.au/570740/ford-powershift-transmission-issues-explained-australian-boss-talks-on-troubles-and-remedies/
 

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Read this article. It's from Australia, but it goes into good detail of the Powershift problems.

https://www.caradvice.com.au/570740/ford-powershift-transmission-issues-explained-australian-boss-talks-on-troubles-and-remedies/
Thanks for the link! To summarize, the article quotes the Ford rep as claiming these were (are?) three distinct issues with the DPS6:

  1. Defective or poorly-designed seals on the gearbox allowed oil to contaminate the clutches, presenting as a "shudder". This is fixed with an updated seal and because the clutches are contaminated, they're replaced at the same time.
  2. Clutches made of a material that was either defective or inadequate for the job as it relates to heat transfer, resulting in "dry shudder". This is what you'd see in hot weather and/or during "urban" driving comprised of stop-and-go traffic, and why they replace the clutches even without oil contamination.
  3. Though technically unrelated to the DPS6 itself, cracks in the actual TCM or its solder causing communication delays (100ms+) that resulted in slow or jerky shifting. A revised TCM resolves this issue.
The Ford rep says that these fixes have been entirely implemented since late 2016 (so late-model 2016 and all 2017 model year Fiestas and Focuses should be "good"). Although this is from Australia, I'm assuming this is the case for Ford NA, as well.

Here's the thing, though. The article is from July 2017, so Ford really hadn't had the "final fix" in place long enough to make any real claims about its effectiveness. The fact that you can find transmission complaints for the 2017 (and complaints for the 2018 are starting to pop up) leads me to believe that they haven't fixed the issue at all.

This idea that the problem with the DPS6 still hasn't been fixed is backed up by the fact that owners of the 2011-2016 Fiestas and Focuses who are on the latest clutch pack revision and with new TCMs (in some cases like mine, where they've been replaced twice for each with the newest rev) still have problems.

As it pertains to this thread, the reasoning the Ford rep gave behind the TCM causing issues with shifting can be applied to the grounding theory, as well. Poor ground contact could cause the TCM to have communication issues, resulting in rough shifting. Even if they replace the TCM with one that isn't prone to cracking, it wouldn't fix the grounding issue (again, if grounding is a problem).

Maybe it's all of the above (seals, clutches, TCM, grounding). Maybe it's that and the PCM/ECU strategy (and so Tom's tune would fix that). As pointed out in the article, it's sometimes hard to know the cause of something when the presentation is the same (shudder/poor shifting). I get that.
 

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Ford has definitely fixed the dct in its newest model cars. They chucked it completely. A normal auto is in its place now. Lol

My brother has a 15’ model with 35k on it. First clutch replaced in setember of last year. That one replaced two weeks ago.

I think the clutch itself is marginal as far as doing its job. Add in the terrible shift strategies and it quickly kills it off.


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Ford has definitely fixed the dct in its newest model cars. They chucked it completely. A normal auto is in its place now. Lol

My brother has a 15’ model with 35k on it. First clutch replaced in setember of last year. That one replaced two weeks ago.

I think the clutch itself is marginal as far as doing its job. Add in the terrible shift strategies and it quickly kills it off.


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You know, I was going to say something similar to this.

If Ford had indeed finally gotten the DCT's perfected, why just abandon it? Wouldn't a perfect DCT system be valuable to them?

No, they went back to hydraulic auto's because they know that the DCT's were crap and still are.
 

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Ford has definitely fixed the dct in its newest model cars. They chucked it completely. A normal auto is in its place now. Lol
No, they went back to hydraulic auto's because they know that the DCT's were crap and still are.
Just out of curiosity, where are y'all getting this from? There is no (and will be no) 2019 - unless something has changed and I missed it - and I can't find any non-manual option for the 2018 (sedan or hatchback, regardless of trim level) that isn't the "6-Speed PowerShift Automatic Transmission" (AKA, the DPS6).

https://shop.ford.com/build/focus/#/select/

I've seen a couple of folks claim otherwise, but as far as I can tell, they either have no idea what they're talking about, misunderstood a Ford salesperson, or were blatantly lied to.
 

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Just out of curiosity, where are y'all getting this from? There is no (and will be no) 2019 - unless something has changed and I missed it - and I can't find any non-manual option for the 2018 (sedan or hatchback, regardless of trim level) that isn't the "6-Speed PowerShift Automatic Transmission" (AKA, the DPS6).

https://shop.ford.com/build/focus/#/select/

I've seen a couple of folks claim otherwise, but as far as I can tell, they either have no idea what they're talking about, misunderstood a Ford salesperson, or were blatantly lied to.
The new Ford Focus, MK4?, will be available in the US next year. The transmission options are a 6 speed manual or an 8 speed automatic:

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2018/04/10/all-new-global-focus-innovative-spacious-connected.html

"The all-new Focus goes on sale in Europe and China this year and North America in the second half of 2019."

Not in this article, but I read another that mentioned that the 8 speed auto will have a radio dial shifter and they had an image of it. Not a fan of those.
 

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I wish you were correct about this but the date of that article is April 2018 and much more recently Ford announced the end of new Focus availability in the USA. This decision was precipitated by the new tariffs as well as their mission to phase out 'traditional' autos in favor of SUVs and the like. But they also stated that even if the tariff situation improved, the decision is final.
 

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The new Ford Focus, MK4?, will be available in the US next year. The transmission options are a 6 speed manual or an 8 speed automatic:

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2018/04/10/all-new-global-focus-innovative-spacious-connected.html

"The all-new Focus goes on sale in Europe and China this year and North America in the second half of 2019."

Not in this article, but I read another that mentioned that the 8 speed auto will have a radio dial shifter and they had an image of it. Not a fan of those.
I wish you were correct about this but the date of that article is April 2018 and much more recently Ford announced the end of new Focus availability in the USA. This decision was precipitated by the new tariffs as well as their mission to phase out 'traditional' autos in favor of SUVs and the like. But they also stated that even if the tariff situation improved, the decision is final.
Yeah...there will be no MK4 in the foreseeable future. Got my hopes up and everything! [:(]
 

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Just out of curiosity, where are y'all getting this from? There is no (and will be no) 2019 - unless something has changed and I missed it - and I can't find any non-manual option for the 2018 (sedan or hatchback, regardless of trim level) that isn't the "6-Speed PowerShift Automatic Transmission" (AKA, the DPS6).

https://shop.ford.com/build/focus/#/select/

I've seen a couple of folks claim otherwise, but as far as I can tell, they either have no idea what they're talking about, misunderstood a Ford salesperson, or were blatantly lied to.
The 2018 with the 1.0 Ecoboost can be had with a 6 speed traditional hydraulic transmission.
 

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The 2018 with the 1.0 Ecoboost can be had with a 6 speed traditional hydraulic transmission.
Ah, true. I tend to ignore the Ecoboost model. I have nothing against it, it just doesn't seem very common; same reason I ignore the electric model. That vast majority are the 2.0L with DCT.
 

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No, they went back to hydraulic auto's because they know that the DCT's were crap and still are.
Sticking the same trans that's in their other cars into the focus makes it easier and cheaper for the supply chain, plus something that's proven more reliable in the long run.
 
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