Ford Fiesta Transmission problems & Overview

In the mid-70’s, the Ford Fiesta was designed to offer people a practical transportation solution, for very little money. Americans didn’t much care for subcompact cars at the time, so the little Ford went away after the 1980 model year. It remained a strong seller in international markets, but the Fiesta wouldn’t return to North America until 2011 (the car you’re thinking of was called the Ford Festiva).

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When the 6th generation Fiesta finally debuted in early 2009, it brought a whole new standard of quality and equipment to the subcompact segment. Buyers could now get high-end features like voice-activated infotainment, and leather upholstery. A six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission was also available, making the Fiesta the first affordable subcompact to combine the quick-shifting capabilities of a manual transmission, with the excellent fuel economy of an automatic.

Does something seem wrong with your Fiesta? Let’s look at some of the most common Ford Fiesta transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

Ford Fiesta Recalls

No transmission-related recalls

Ford Fiesta Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2011-2014Fiesta – TSB 15-0090-15-0043 / 10058318


According to Ford, certain 2011-2014 Fiesta’s that are equipped with the Ford DPS6 automatic transmission, may experience excessive transmission clutch shudder during light acceleration, and/or fluid leaks from the clutch housing. This is due to fluid contamination of the clutch, caused by failed input shaft seals.


Depending on the severity of the damage, the clutch may be able to be cleaned, and both input shaft seals replaced. However, the clutch itself may need to be replaced as well.

2011-2015 Fiesta – TSB 44852 / 10057815


If the above repair to fix clutch contamination isn’t done correctly, the new input shaft seals could swell and rupture, causing the same problem to occur again.


When cleaning the bell housing and clutch assembly, allow ample time for the parts to dry before installing the new input shaft seals. Otherwise, the cleaning solvent can cause the new seals to swell and rupture.

2014 Fiesta – TSB 14-0063-14-0135 / 10056929


Certain examples of the 2014 Ford Fiesta that are equipped with the 1.6L Ti-VCT engine, may display an MIL warning lamp, and store one or more of the following diagnostic trouble codes: P2610, P286F, or P06B8.


The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and Transmission Control Module (TCM) will need to be updated with the latest transmission control software, using IDS release 89.02 or higher.

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How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the fluid level
  3. Test transmission pressure
  4. Drop the transmission pan
  5. Repair, replace or rebuild

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Dry clucth problem


Ford fiesta 2006
When i tried to turn it on today morning it came up with a message: transmission malfunction. After 4 hours i tied again and it started like nothing happenned. What is happening?

Izzuddin frm malaysia

Ford fiesta 2012/13. Suspect gear box malfunction. Before i changed the gear box fluid, the car having problem where from P to D, car not moving for few seconds n jerking. 2 days after that it becomes worst when i started to put to D n wanted to drive, the car was not moving but the rpm increasing like shifting gear. So i put down to N then D then only it ok. Next, i when to a workshop, they guy said change the gearbox fluid first, but it turn out worst. Car was jerking very badly, sometimes moving sometimes not. When to an transmission experts, he said this might be 2 problems. Clutch problem or something “tronic” problem i forgot. That will causes me ard $1.5k .the car is still in the workshop. Checking. Is this normal happen to ford fiesta user? And is there any other option if How to solve this?


Can you fix my problem in ford fiesta 2013?

The display said “ the transmission is hot stop, wait 5mins”

What is the cause of this problem??


2012. The engine wont start.

Brigitte Marie Louise

I had my automatic 2005 Ford Fiesta serviced and had a new engine purchased three weeks ago setting me back $3000. It was driving fine until yesterday. I arrived at my friends game and parked the car (nothing unusual happened) when i went back to the car to drive home, the car would start, but when i put it in reverse it doesnt drive, just revs (like it is in neutral) same with when i put it in drive, it just revs (as if it neutal) not moving. Evidently a transmission issue, but should this have happened if i had just got my car serviced? Plus how much would it cost to fix and how long? is it even worth fixing?

Kathern leonard Chartier

I just experiencedon’t the same problem. Haven’t had any problems till now. Haven’t had transmission fixed.