Ford Focus Transmission Problems & Cost | 4F27E

The Ford Focus was equipped with the 4F27E transmission. Does something seem wrong with your Ford Focus transmission? Let’s look at some of the most common problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

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Ford Focus Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

These are the most current prices for a remanufactured replacement Ford Focus 4F27E Series transmission.

Replacement 4F27E Transmission:

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Ford Focus Diagnostic Trouble Codes | DTC

Trouble CodeDescription
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0718Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0752Shift Solenoid 'A' Stuck On
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0757Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0817Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Reverse with Drive Ratio
P0817Starter Disable Circuit
P0840Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A”
P0960Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit/Open
P0961Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0979Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0980Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0985Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Low
P0986Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit High

Ford Focus Recalls

Recall ID – NHTSA: 02V117000 – 2002 Ford Focus

On 534 2002 Ford Focus models equipped with a manual transmission, the speed/cruise control cable could become entangled with the throttle body bracket during high or wide open throttle application. If this happens, the throttle would be prevented from returning to the closed position once the accelerator pedal is released.

If the throttle becomes stuck open, the driver would have to depress both the clutch and the brake pedals in order to bring the car to a stop.

On April 25, 2002, Ford instructed dealers to replace the throttle body assembly on affected cars. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to the Focus recall 04V176000).

Ford Focus Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 14-0002 – 2-3 or 2-4 upshift flare, lack of third and/or fourth gear, along with multiple DTC’s – 4F27E Transmission
2008 – 2011 Ford Focus
Problem – The Ford Focus 4F27E transmission problems associated with this technical service bulletin include a 2-3 or 2-4 upshift flare, the lack of third and/or fourth gear, and the following transmission diagnostic trouble codes: P0733, P0734, P0751, and/or P0972
Solution – Install a direct clutch repair kit, which will include all the parts necessary to cure these problems

2012-2015 Focus – TSB 14-0197-15-0043 / 10057872

2012-2015 Focus’ that were equipped with the dual-clutch Ford DPS6 automatic transmission, can experience a pronounced transmission clutch shudder during light acceleration, and/or fluid leaks around the clutch housing. This can occur because faulty input shaft seals can allow fluid to seep in and contaminate the surface of the clutch.

Both input shaft seals will need to be replaced. And depending on the severity of the damage, a new clutch assembly may be required. However, it might be possible to clean and reinstall the clutch.

2014-2015 Focus – TSB 44852 / 10057815

With regard to the TSB listed above, if the clutch contamination repair isn’t performed correctly, the problem could re-occur because the new input shaft seals could swell and rupture.

The accepted procedure is to use brake cleaner to clean the bell housing and clutch assembly. However, if ample time isn’t allowed for the parts to dry before installing them, the new input shaft seals could swell and rupture if they come in contact with the cleaning solvent.

2014-2015 Focus – TSB 383123 / 10057861

After replacing the dual clutch assembly on a DPS6 transmission, it’s not uncommon to experience a light shudder during shifts, because the clutch friction material requires a 1,000 mile break in period.

Unless there is a fluid leak, the clutch assembly will not need to be replaced. Instead, the technician should run the IDS Service Routine Transmission Adaptive Learning program to reset the clutch travel.

2012-2013 Focus – TSB 32331 / 10053657

This was a service tip to diagnose the following problems: no crank, no start, hard start, unusual noise during start, delayed or intermittent gear engagement, and numerous diagnostic trouble codes.

Prior to performing normal diagnostics, it’s recommended to first check the G-104 ground for good body to ground contact. If the eyelet is loose, torque the fastener to 12 Nm. If no problem is found, resume normal diagnostic procedures.

Common Ford Focus Transmission Problems

Slipping and no reverse
4F27E Transmission
Problem – It’s not uncommon for the Ford Focus 4F27E to experience severe slipping and/or no reverse.
Solution – This problem may be caused by a leaking reverse air bleed capsule, which is caused by a deformed check ball inside of the valve body

Noticeable delay in forward gear engagement
4F27E Transmission
Problem – The Ford Focus 4F27E may experience a noticeable delay forward gear engagement when you place the shifter in Drive. It may also experience premature forward clutch failure.
Solution – This problem may be caused by a rough finish inside of the forward clutch drum, which can in-turn damage the forward clutch bonded piston seal.

Solenoid Failure
One of the most common Ford Focus transmission problems is a failed solenoid. These little plunger like devices are used by the computer to route pressurized transmission fluid and change gears. To activate one of the solenoids, the computer sends an electrical charge though a coil of wire that wraps around the plunger mechanism. Heat and vibration can cause these wires to short out, which will lead to all sorts of transmission problems.

If you want to check the functionality of your solenoids, simply hook an ohmmeter to the two wires coming off of the solenoid. The reading should be somewhere between 20-30 ohms. If you get a reading above or below that number, it’s a safe bet that solenoid won’t function properly.

Can I drive with a Ford Focus transmission problem?

If your Ford Focus can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Ford Focus transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Focus transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Ford Focus transmission last for between 80,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Ford Focus transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford Focus transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Ford Focus transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford Focus transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Ford Focus transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Ford Focus transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford Focus Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Focus Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Focus Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Focus Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

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Shane Parr
5 months ago

2007 ford focus 2.0 Automatic
Seems to be slipping
Erratic shifting
Shifts rough into drive
Overdrive light sometimes flashes yellow as well as not having overdrive

Last edited 5 months ago by Shane Parr
Leslie Prater
9 months ago

Engine light came on and there was a problem shifting between 1st a and 2nd and no reverse.

Robert Knapp
10 months ago

Thecode reader says shift solonoid D is syuck open and that the gearshift solonoid D control sensor is bad

1 year ago

Kind of a little grinding sound after a stop seems like my tires are bad but their not

Paul Stochmal
1 year ago

Car bucks and stutters.Replaced fuel pressure sensor.Now problem is back.trans code p090c-00clutch B accuator circuit low

1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Stochmal

We just purchased a used Ford Focus 2015 and the day after bringing it home, check engine light on, and car wasn’t shifting gears properly. Felt like it would high rev and accelerate slow, sometimes the next gear would kick in, and sometimes it doesn’t. Code P090c as well. We replaced clutch actuator B, and code still comes back. We tried the grounding trick, removing the paint where the 3 ground wires attach. Not sure if resetting the TCM would work, and found 2 ways to do it? Next we are going to replace the Clutch Actuator A. Worst case scenario we have a dealership appointment in 5 days which is the soonest they could get me in. Maybe they can fix it, without being a faulty TCM which is months to a year on back order. $16,000 used car and haven’t been able to enjoy it since we bought it. Thanks a lot ford.

1 year ago

The transmission is shot on my Ford Focus. It was in the shop from July to October last year to fix the recall issues. When they returned it it ran just as bad. It did ok while during winter – but now the temperature is over 70 and now it doesn’t go into 2nd or reverse. Im SOL

David Betancourt
1 year ago

All of the sudden wont shift into 3rd. It falls out of gear at 25 miles an hour. Continuous use causes overdrive light to blink yellow. Changed fluid and filter and one shift solenoid.

1 year ago

What other years of Ford’s transmission could I install on my 2014focus SE automatic.

2 years ago

Ford Focus 2009 sets 77,880 miles. Wrench light comes on, it loses power. After I turn engine on again, no issue for about 30 days Thinking I need to do flush and new seals and filters

2 years ago

Well for starts its going from R to D hard and you can hear a clank. You can hear it whine from. 1 to 2 gear. It doesn’t want to go into O/D. And the fluid still smells a little burt, even after I change the fluid, changed the gasket and filter. It’s now starting to do this wah wah sound when I’ve got the gas pedal pressed. I wondered if I flushed it all out if it would even help at this point?……… Its a 2005 ford focus zx4 2.0 with a little over 184000 mi. My real question is can I fix it by tracking down at the source ( thinking it’s a bad pump or torque converter.) Also I’ve found what looks like water all over the bottom end of engine and trans. I don’t put water in my vehicles. So was it in a flood?…. The VIN on the windshield and door says its 1FAFP34N95W278693. And yes it had a salvage title but told it was wrecked.(what into a lake lol). But it’s only been doing these issues for about a week, and have been trying to baby it .

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