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Automatic Transmission Control Module Problems of Ford Focus - part 1

Ford Focus owners have reported 136 problems related to automatic transmission control module (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 07/18/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle surged and hesitated. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the transmission control module needed reprogramming. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that the failure started two weeks after the vehicle was leased in 2014. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was unable to repair the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 20 mph, the transmission lost power. When the shift lever was placed in the drive position and the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle shuddered and failed to respond. The contact also stated that while attempting to traverse a hill, the transmission lost power and the vehicle rolled backwards down the hill. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact stated that the power train control module and transmission control module were reprogrammed, but the failure recurred five times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 13,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 07/05/2016

In February 2016 clutch tcm and seals were replaced in may 2016 vehicle started to act up again while merging onto highway vehicle rpm would go to 6k car would not move car intermittently stalls while in reverse backing this car will end getting someone hurt or killed on 7/5/16 trans overheat message popped up took to dealer mccarthy Ford chicago they said it was safe to drive.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 07/02/2016

Tcm problems wife pulled out to a residential intersection and the car stalled, luckily no cars we're coming at the time she called me and was scared she didn't know what to do it took me I'm out 30 minutes to get to her meanwhile cars were backing up and going around her we pulled it into my mother-in-law's driveway which was near and ask my brother-in-law that is a mechanic to check it out and he indicated that it was the tcm that was out I have had problems with my transmission about six months after I bought it new it finally went out. I use this car to go to work I am a state circuit rider and put a lot of mileage on my car ilearn to deal with the sluggish transmission because of the dealers indicated they couldn't do anything about it just to reprogram the transmission that was done and that was the only thing that for done for my vehicle. After Ford indicated recall I had too many mileage on my vehicle to qualify it was just barely over 50,000 miles the first time. Second letter indicated for me to take the vehicle in to be checked but the dealer mechanic said that they had to physically hear or feel the shuddering of the transmission before they could program it again this went on until I had no warranty on my vehicle. The vehicle with sometimes do the shuttering or skipping of the transmission not all the time that's why the dealer said that he could not do it until it was doing it for him. So I learned to ignore the shuddering and skipping of the transmission and adapted to driving with it butt when my wife drove the car and it finally died on her that is too much to deal with.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 06/20/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to lose power. The dealer diagnosed that the pcm needed to be recalibrated. The vehicle was repaired. After the repairs, while driving, the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 43,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

Ever since we purchased the vehicle brand new, the vehicle has shuddered and had transmission issues. For dis refusing to fix the issue. I was left stranded on the road because the tcm had to be replaced. Pcm and tcm have been reprogrammed multiple times and the clutch has been replaced in it 3 or 4 times as well. Ford keeps saying that this is normal and how it should operate the shudder and jerkign happens mostly when taking off froma stop like at a stop light.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 06/08/2016

I've had problems with the transmission from the start. I've had the trans control module replaced twice. Problems include delayed starts, shuttering when shifting, revving high when about to shift, or sticking in gear and not shifting when it should. I kept taking it in, and each time they told me they couldn't find a code, so they couldn't fix it. They finally replaced the tcm, when my car just stopped in the middle lane, during rush hour traffic on the freeway. I couldn't get it to move, so I shut it off, then it wouldn't start again. It took emergency vehicles to get me to the side of the road because of all the traffic whizzing by. The second time they replaced it, I was on vacation, and my car kept sticking in gear, but the service engine soon light came on this time so they had a code to go by.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 06/02/2016

In 2012 I purchased the vehicle from future Ford in sacramento California. Over the past four years, the car has problems with the transmission, pcm module, transmission control module, clutch, starter, steering wheel, electrical system. I took the car to two Ford dealerships for repairs. The service technicians cannot repair the car. I contacted Ford motor company many times and they refuse to refund my money and recall the vehicle the car is very dangerous to drive and a risk to my life and safety.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

My 2014 Ford Focus is having problems with shifting and hesitation at starts. The vehicle, at 35 miles per hour, just jerked and then would not accelerate. The engine was still running but would not respond. The check engine light came on and I pulled the vehicle over. Took the vehicle to the dealer and was told the seals had failed and the tcm transmission control module was reset. The problem came back within 3 weeks and the vehicle has now been with the dealer for going on 3 weeks with no resolution. I am reading complaints from across the country that are almost verbatim to my complaint as well as what the dealers are telling the car owners. When will Ford be held accountable for their known problems with this issue.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 05/26/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 60 mph, the transmission slipped out of drive into neutral without warning. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle and it returned to normal. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure recurred several times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 05/21/2016

I have had my Ford Focus since 2012. Bought new. Noticed roll back at stop signs and definitely on hills. Had it looked at, was told it was fixed and as good as it is going to get. Still rolls back. One night put car in reverse. It didn't move. Shut it off three times, it finally reset. Talked to the dealership about this. Said they have never heard of this happening. Have noticed a little jerking here and there. One day, June 2016, drove the car to downtown madison, parked in a ramp. All was fine. Got back in and started it up to bells and whistles telling us the transmission malfunctioned and to have it serviced immediately. Car would not shift properly. Had the transmission control module replaced. Two weeks later, 350 miles from home, after passing a semi, pulled back into the right lane and 10 minutes down the road, car refused to accelerate. It would rev up to 4500 rpm's but not move. All the way home. Going up hill, same thing. Get on a straight away and it moved fine, but to start off and stop lights and intersections, it would start slowly. But rpm's would rev every time. Dealership just called. The work they did is "fine", now running a diagnostic on the powertrain. Already 100 dollars in. Not a happy camper at this moment.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 04/29/2016

New dealer maintained 2013 Focus titanium Focus 6 months old about 18000 miles had bad wheel bearing on the drivers side, at 46000 transmission was overhauled due to poor shifting,at120000 catalytic converter failed,at136000 car died due to bad wiring harness and fried several sensors, at 143000 transmission control module failed, at 144000 the transmission module failed again on a 3 year old car.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 04/28/2016

Ford Focus se 2012 1fahp3k20cl126236 purchased 08/25/2011. Since new, the vehicle shudder and shake because transmission problems. It was again on the dealer in may 2016 for 2 weeks, after having to wait 20 days for the parts to arrive, at pines Ford in pembroke pines, FL. During this repair also, one of the engine mounts was found broke and the dealer and Ford motor company refused to pay for the replacement and the labor, $ 250 dollars total. Really? for an engine mount? the dealership service advisor referred to the engine mount as a "tear and wear" part. Really? this is the first time in my life I have to replace an engine mount on a vehicle 65k miles old. What about all the shuddering and shaking to the engine and transmission component? since new, the car has been at the dealer in more than 8 occasions. In two of this occasions, it took at least 2 weeks to get the car back. The tcm has been replaced and reprogrammed several times, the clutch and or transmission in more than 2 occasions. The dealer service advisor has always tried to convince us that the shuddering and shaking is "normal" as he called. In two occasions the vehicle stall and refuse to come back to life until 30 minutes passed. During last month repair also a case was open with Ford motor company on 4/28/2016 cas9360049n1g0n4 was closed by ashley swanson without our consent. Case is still open and valid. Car is a lemon, plain and simple.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

New 2012 Ford Focus b/c I didn¿t want used car repairs. At 57. 2k miles the transmission started to makes noises, automatically shift on its own sometimes to a crawl, roll backwards & lurch forward when stopped at lights/stop signs, no power up hills. The automatic transmission cost $1,000-$1,500 dollars but it drives like a clutch. My mechanic told me Ford extended the transmission warranty to 7 yrs or 100k miles b/c of this. He gave me a copy from hotline archive 1) first perform the transmission adaptive relearns using the factory or equivalent scan tool 2) if these codes are p2831 and/or p2832 return immediately, it is likely there is an internal clutch issue. Note, there is a common concern of internal seals leaking fluid onto the clutch Ford has increased the warranty on the internal seals to 7yrs or 100kmiles. Potential causes: internal automatic transmission 2) transmission control module adaptive relearn - confirmed fix summary: 3) replace automatic transmission. Prior to contacting my mechanic I called the dealership they were vague about the transmission problem. My researched identified other complaints for the same thing. The dealership told me that the parts are backordered 3 months nationwide but it¿s ok to drive the car including on the freeway & it won't hurt the transmission anymore than what it is. Later I thought what happens if it damages other non-transmission parts not covered under the transmission warranty - will that cost me out of pocket expenses - actuators/synchros/engine mounts, etc. Ford should have told us about this new european dual clutch/auto transmission technology before they sold the car. I think they knew about the problem at the manufacturing stage & still sold the cars. The 2012 Ford Focus should fall under the lemon act. This is wrong from a consumer & safety stand point - driver, passengers, other vehicles.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 04/03/2016

Car hesitates when at low speed; terrible grinding noise when going uphill especially when stop start on a hill. Gears slip while driving; I have owned and driven manual transmissions as well as automatic transmissions that can switch to manual but never experienced anything like this. Today my car would not start: all the interior lights came on just fine- definitely not the battery. Error message on the dash said "parking assist malfunction" - this ended up to be. . . . . The transmission control module. There is definitely something wrong with the way these transmissions were made.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 03/28/2016

The so called automatic transmission , slips and chatters when starting from a stop. The issue is worst when trying to start from a stop on any inclined road or trying to make a turn, the car has been reflashed in Feb 2016 as per the TSB, I was told by the dealership that I had to drive it for a min of 600 miles before they would retest it, the issue is it is worse after the reflash programing of the transmission control module. I have times when trying to accelerate , that the dash warning lamps come on and buzzers go off, the car won't move then bang it moves ,a totally unsafe car ,esp. In the eyes of a now retired master auto tech who fixed cars for 45 years.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 03/19/2016

Got in my car on a Saturday morning to go to work. Noticed the transmission was shifting very roughly. As the day progressed, I noticed that when it shifted into 3rd, the rpm's would jump from 3500 and take a while to go back down into 2000rpms. In the afternoon, cranked my car up and now my check engine light is on. The shifting has gotten progressively worse. What makes this even worse is I have already had my transmission control module replaced once. I took it into the dealership on Monday after not driving it all day Sunday. I noticed as I got on the highway to get to the dealership, as my car shifted into 5th or 6th it went from 3500 rpm to 4500 rpm. I am afraid to drive this car! got to the dealership finally only to be told they are 2 weeks behind on transmissions and that they can't look at my car till at least Thursday. I have the extended warranty and won't be able to get a rental till they diagnose it. I will never own another Ford. This is unacceptable!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 03/16/2016

I can't start the car or it randomly will not start. I leave heading to work everything is ok, car starts no problem. When I get back into the car and try to drive home or store. Car will not start, dashboard says car is in park or neutral. When I turn key to the on position, I move the gear shift to other gears, still dashboard says it's in park. My t-mobile more than likely went out but, they can't replace it until my check engine light comes on for the codes for my tcm. If the problem for the car is known for having bad seals and tcm, why not just replace it. This will be the 3 time I have taking my car back to the dealer, and there only solution is reprogramming the car computer. I have taken it twice this week alone.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

Even after reprogramming the transmission control module, the car continues to present bucking, kicking, jerking, harsh engagement, and delayed acceleration, as well as lurching. Today, the transmission control module completely failed to start the vehicle, although all other electrical works.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 03/06/2016

I purchased the car in question used from carmax in boynton beach, florida on the first week of March 2016. The Ford Focus had approx. 29,200 miles on the odometer. During the first 200 miles, I noticed the car shifting roughly from first to second, and second to third gears. The erratic operation was most noticeable when the engine was warm. When accelerating from a full stop, the vehicle would shudder and jerk sometimes. I took the car back to carmax after three days of shifting problems. Representatives of carmax took the car to autonation Ford in delray beach, florida for inspection and diagnosis. The dealer confirmed there were powertrain problems. Now, I have been advised that there are field service bulletins pertaining to the transmission control module, shaft seal, and clutches. Ford has advised me that the clutches need to be replaced and are on backorder for at least 8 to 10 weeks. It is likely I will be without my car for three months or longer.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 03/04/2016

I have taken my car into two separate Ford dealerships (elder Ford and bill currie Ford, both located in tampa, FL) for service due to the transmission audibly grinding and the car literally shaking on take off. It sounds like the car is going to die at any moment. Each time I have taken it in, I was told it just needed to be "re-programmed". They would do that then send me on my way only for me to return a month or two later with the same issue. This past time, they replaced the transmission control module again only for the transmission to fail once more. While driving home, my car inexplicably stopped running in the middle of traffic on a busy street. The dashboard showed a transmission malfunction and to get it serviced immediately. I have called Ford's corporate office and they keep telling me to speak with a customer service manager who just refers me back to the dealership for repairs. What if the car had stopped the way it did while I was on the expressway? this is not a safe vehicle and Ford doesn't seem to care. I have copies of the documentation from each time the car was serviced for this issue. I am writing because I am at my wits end and I have given Ford multiple opportunities to get this corrected and they keep trying to put a band-aid on it. I have done my own research and this problem is a very common one among this particular model of vehicle. I want to make sure that awareness is brought to this so that hopefully something can be done before something tragic happens.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 02/25/2016

Have had car in for multiple transmission issue's. Dropped off to dealer was told clutch was bad and part is on back order. This will be the fourth clutch installed have talked to Ford and the bbb no help. The car has less than 60,000 mile been through four clutches and two tcm's. Every four month car at dealership getting transmission work done. With all the issue's of the car value have decreased value . And will go upside down if trying to get rid of my lemon. I will never buy from Ford again and am very disappointed in there handling of the problems.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 02/20/2016

My vehicle lost all power in regards to acceleration and deceleration on the freeway at the speed of around 40-45 mph. I had to coast over two lanes and almost got rear-ended. The rpm would rev up but no power. Restarted car and problem went away. Next day had tcm flashed as part of recall. Two days later had the same issue only going 60-65 on freeway. Transmission went haywire and had to coast over and almost got rear-ended again. This time car wouldn't restart for about 2 min. No power. Engine revving and complete loss of power twice and I feel this car is a major accident waiting to happen. I do not feel safe while driving not knowing why my car is losing power even after the so called software fix.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 02/06/2016

For the last two years, our vehicle has had several episodes of violently mis-shifting, into a final loss of accelerator use. This happens many times when we are on rural or highway, and at differing speeds of up to 70 mph. We have brought it in for all regular and irregular maintenance to luther north country Ford in coon rapids, mn. They first said it was how the "new transmission worked", they then said it was the tcm codes, then the clutch was replaced. Then the only time they got codes from the car, we had to pay 1200 dollars because it wasn't part of the recall, but less than a month later, we had the same symptoms. Every time they "fix" the problem it happens again, sometimes months apart, most recently it was less than 24 hours after they replaced the clutch. They themselves have admitted they have no idea of how to truly, permanently, make the car safe to drive, but continually allow us to pick it up and drive away. We have trusted them with everything and the assumption that they are giving us a true and honest try when working on our car. Now we have applied for lemon law, only to find out that we do not qualify for that because we have trusted the dealer and Ford, extending over the warranty/lemon law refund period. My wife just made the last payment on this vehicle, and now (as we have been for some time) we are afraid to drive it, I am used to having to put on the 4 way flashers once a day to pull over when it stops accelerating. If it was something like the washer fluid sprayers didn't work I wouldn't care anymore. But we can't drive it, we can't resell it. We are reasonable people, but feel we've been robbed of 23,000 dollars with no where to turn. What can we do going forward I have every service invoice ever for the history of the car, but I don't have a scanner, I can mail them if needed please.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 01/28/2016

This is for the selectshift transmission. My vehicle has had multiple transmission shuddering issues in the past, once in 2013, and then again in oct of 2014. The issues were "resolved", but on Jan 27th, my transmission jumped and my check engine light came on. Jan 28th, my transmission stopped working all together while driving on the highway, almost causing an accident. The transmission disengaged and would not engage with the car decelerating to a stop. The transmission control module failed this time, and the clutches were supposed to be replaced as well. The clutches were not replaced like they were promised and I am awaiting for them to get scheduled and sent in. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle.

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