For the 2000 model year, Ford decided to replace its aging Escort compact with an entirely new offering from Europe. Dubbed “Focus”, this new C-Segment entry had been on sale in the rest of the world since 1998, and people absolutely loved it. The little car had angular “New Edge” styling, and a 4-wheel independent (“Control Blade”) suspension that made it handle better than many sports cars of the day.
Sales were incredibly strong, and the second generation 2004-2010 Focus used many of the same critical elements that made the original Focus so popular. The 3rd generation Focus debuted in 2010, and was for the first time considered to be a global model, meaning that the same basic car was sold in all worldwide markets.
Does something seem wrong with your Focus? Let’s look at some of the most common Ford Focus transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.
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)
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.
What Transmission Does a Ford Focus Have?
How to Diagnose & Fix
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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