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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2014 fiesta hatchback. Engine shudder


2011 fiesta 1.6 automatic. Trans making crunchy noises while turning. Thought it was tire rub but no such luck. Drivers side tire when jacked up makes the noise when rotated

Aaron ray

My 2014 fiesta has an issue when I push in the clutch and let off the break it wants to take off without letting out the clutch

Jane L.

Yes, exact same issue just started with my 2014 Fiesta, manual transmisson. I had to kill the engine to keep it from continuing to reverse out into a street. A d sometimes now will not go into first gear after stopped in neutral.


I have a 2013 ford fiesta and the transmission light came on and the wrench light ! It says on my dash, Transmission malfunction, service now ! What is going on ?