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Automatic Transmission Control Module Problems of Ford Focus - part 1



Ford Focus owners have reported 153 problems related to automatic transmission control module (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 09/20/2016

The first time I noticed this problem I was driving down a city street, downhill, with a speed limit of 35 mph when the check engine light appeared. This normally would be a great condition to coast downhill without applying brakes or gas. My car started shaking and then kept trying to downshift, it didn't have any gear selected and started pulling itself to a stop. During rush hour this was very dangerous. I turned into a parking lot and the car quickly shut off as soon as I got down to 5 mph. Once the car was back on it wouldn't go over 20 mph, very dangerous as the to get to the nearest dealership the speed limit was 45 mph any way I would go. Once I arrived at the dealership they informed me it would take a week to get in on appointment, and there were no loaners. This being my only car is first of all dangerous and unsettling, but also extremely inconvenient. Hours later after letting my car cool off and settle, the problems seemed to remedy themselves until I was reversing out of a parking spot. I reversed, applied the brake, put the car in drive, but when I applied the gas, the car started rolling backwards until I slammed on the break and tried the gas again. While trying to leave that same parking lot just after this, my car wouldn't accelerate up the small hill and began to roll backwards again extremely fast. I believe this is very dangerous and potentially deadly had there been pedestrians behind my car. Previous attempt to replace the transmission and reprogram the tcm were greeted with pamphlets stating jerking and shaking were normal characteristics of automatic cars. I was told the waiting list just to check if my car qualified for transmission problems would be six weeks and I would have to leave my car there with no loaner just in case the wait time was cut shorter. For the average person and targeted group for Ford vehicles this isn't a possibility.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 09/09/2016

My wife traded in her 2009 taurus for a new 2012 Focus sedan back in April 2012 at green Ford. A month or so after getting the Focus, it had a transmission fluid leak. Green Ford fixed the problem. In mid-2015 we started to notice transmission issues like erratically shifting in second and third gear, very sluggish shift between low gears and that the upshift bags down like the vehicle might stall, bucking, kicking, jerking, harsh engagement, delayed acceleration and lurching forward into intersections at red lights due to the failure of their braking efforts to stop the car. We took it to green Ford on 9/18/2015. They stating that it was working as designed. However, for a precaution, they said they reprogrammed the powertrain control module (pcm) and the transmission control module (tcm). However, it was a recall issue for that stated problem/s. In the official service history for the Ford owner's records, there is no mention of the safety recall done on my Focus, just the routine maintenance and a mileage of over 96,000 miles on the Focus at the time. Jump forward to a year later, on Friday, sept. 9, 2016, at 2pm, my wife was traveling in a 45 mph speed zone when the car's check engine light came. Seconds later, the Ford started to stall and have power issues, causing her to find the next side road to pull over. The car completed stalled and could not turn over. After 2 towing events, from the breakdown location to thomas tire, thomas to stearns Ford, and sitting over the weekend, on sept. 9, we found out it was the recall tcm that broke. The tcm was in back order until October 28, 2016. Stearns Ford sent me to enterprise where they paid for a Ford rental. The only Ford on the rental lot was the transit 250 or 350 van (very low mpg). I had to pay for the liability insurance coverage daily. After the 3rd day, I borrowed a family member's car.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 08/26/2016

While traveling home from work, my car stalled briefly on main street. I immediately pulled into a parking lot to get my car out of the street. I turned it off and back on and resumed driving. I made it to my destination and got in the vehicle to drive again and the car would run go anywhere. The Ford dealership said to bring it to their shop for a diagnosis. I was on the way to take my 2012 Ford Focus titanium to the service department at empire Ford in abingdon, va. They stated the car would be ok to drive if I could get the vehicle to go forwards. I was traveling 65 mph down the interstate and the vehicle stalled out on the interstate. I tried to give the car fuel and began pressing the gas and the car would not move. Speed limit is 70 and 70-75 mph cars were coming towards me. I was forced to cross over the on ramp where cars were merging on to the interstate to get to the emergency side of the interstate. It was a pretty scary event and I felt that my life was put in danger. So, now Ford is saying there is nothing they can do but fix the tcm (transmission control module). There is no fix!!!! if there was, I feel like it would have already happened. So I am stuck with a vehicle that has been in the shop five times now for transmission issues. It is clearly unsafe to drive. What is it going to take in order for Ford to see there is not a fix for these models, someone losing their life?.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 08/24/2016

We bought this car to have a safe, reliable vehicle. I live in a mountain community with plenty of wildlife and very few other drivers on the road. My car broke down on the mountain highway when leaving for work at 5:15am. I got barely 2 miles from home and I lost power and the check engine light came on. The car would not accelerate more than 10 miles per hour and jerked, hesitated, made grinding noise. It has hesitated from take off since we've had it. We received a recall notice and took it in immediately. That did nothing to take care of the problem. Now it stopped running completely and the check engine light came on. It was towed to the shop and we have been told that the part (tcm module) is on back order and we could be without our car for 1 to 8 weeks. They could care less that this is our main form of transportation and I will have to get a rental in order to get to work in order to make car payments for a car I can't drive. I escalated my concerns all the way up to corporate customer relations at Ford. So going into the weekend I had no help at all from anyone at Ford and was forced to obtain a rental at my cost. So far I'm looking at $300 and praying that my car is back before I have to return the rental. This is a bunch of horse shit from Ford. It's all over the internet the issues with these cars. For them to not provide assistance with rentals is the worst possible service ever. I bet they sure will expect my payment on time won't they? I've filed claims with a lemon law attorney and a class action lawsuit attorney. As well on carcomplaints. Com, center for auto safety and NHTSA.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 08/16/2016

At 9829 miles (11/2013) noticed transmission slipping, jerking, crunching and clutch pac and seals replaced and tcm recalibrated. At 16839 miles (8/2014) brought in for hesitation and shudder and told nothing wrong. At 29324 miles (2/2016) brought in for losing power and surging forward and clutch pack replaced again. At 33k miles car would not move forward in middle of stop and go traffic on coronado bridge. Finally did move after about 30 seconds and then flipping in and out of gear and driving terribly. Afraid to drive. Brought it in and they are replacing transmission control module. Now I am afraid to drive it period. I limit my driving now and would never take it on a long distance drive.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 08/08/2016

We are experiencing exactly the same issue as many other people (41) reported on this website and more people on other websites on internet. Nhtsa conducted official investigation on this issue (NHTSA action number: pe13031). We have to unfortunately report that Ford has not addressed this issue till this date (9-3-2016). Our car was multiple times in different Ford dealerships but none of them were able to resolve the issue. The replaced battery, high voltage harness, reprogrammed pcm and tpm modules several times but the serious safety issue is still present. We have experienced this issue more than 10 times since 2014 (we stopped counting), even 5 times in one day. Issue: the vehicle, while in motion, suddenly loses power and driver receives a red triangle indicator and the message "stop safely now" in the instrument cluster. Driver unfortunately cannot stop safely because the vehicle losses all engine power and is decelerating very fast so the driver doesn't have time to pull over while in traffic or driving on a freeway. We would like NHTSA to take action again as the issue was not addressed in 2013 as stated under NHTSA action number: pe13031. This is safety issue not only for the driver and vehicle occupants but also for other people in surrounding vehicles.


car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

I purchased a used 2012 Ford Focus hatchback in October 2012 that had 29,000 mile on it at the time. I drove the vehicle up to 39,000 and the power steering failed as I was initiating a left turn across traffic. I looked down to see the power steering assist fault error message. The car was out of warranty at that point, and I was out 2,000$ in repairs. I have seen that Ford has recalled other vehicles for the same issue, just not the 2012 Focus yet. In October 2014, I found the hard stuttering upon accelerating and then I received my first recall notice. A new tcm was installed, reprogrammed, along with a new clutch. About two weeks after that the clutch failed and I had to bring it back in for repairs. About 6 months after that I was driving on the highway at around 70 mph and the dashboard lit up with a transmission malfunction, service now error. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the tcm again and reprogrammed. In August 2016, the car is now at around 65,000 miles. I was driving around 40 mph on a busy city street when I received the transmission malfunction, service now error. I just got the car back from the dealership yesterday, the 4th time, with a new tcm that has been reprogrammed. This car is unsafe, and Ford is aware. The technicians I have dealt with all know the exact issue before I explain it to them. I asked for a complaint line, or any options for consumers in my position and was told by both the dealership and the Ford customer service hot line that there are none. I asked the technician at the dealership if they knew they were handing me an unsafe vehicle, and he shook his head then stated he wished there was something they could do but I am out of luck.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

This has been an ongoing problem. The transmission in my Ford has stopped functioning and left me sitting on the side of the interstate many times. I have been lucky in that I have only been stranded in a traffic lane once. I have taken it to Ford and gone through the same things that so many people have already stated: first they blamed it on insufficient electrical grounds, then they charged me $200 to reprogram the transmission control module. The transmission then failed in the dealers lot. I finally had the tcm replaced under recall in fenruary 2015 and have been lucky when compared to many others. The vehicle has recently begun shaking violently, lurching forward, and sometimes not moving forward at all. I never know what gear I will get when I press the accelerator or if I will get a forward gear at all. The most dangerous thing is the unpredictability. It happens frequently at highway speeds but city driving is intolerable. The Ford mechanic told me I need a new tcm (again?), both clutches, and the slave cylinder replaced. I asked how long I could expect that repair to last. He admitted - away from other employees - that the vehicle should not be allowed on the road because it is too dangerous. The Ford service consultant advised me to park the car and to sell it but my conscience will not allow me to put someone else at risk by driving it. I have parked the Focus and will not allow anyone to drive it. A used car lot employee told me on 27 August that she refuses to sell them because they are too dangerous. A brief search of the net reveals lawsuits in australia, canada, illinois, and California all for the same problems. These vehicles must be recalled and the transmissions must be replaced with a system that actually works, not with the same bad system. It is a matter of time before one of these defective transmissions gets someone killed.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

I purchased this car used in may of 2015. . I immediately noticed the car running shaky and attributed that to bad fuel. It was intermittent and would come and go. May 2016, my husband, son and I are traveling to his track championship and were stopped at a red light. The light turned green and my husband stepped on the gas to accelerate. The car jerked us all forward hard and would not accelerate with cars honking behind us. We had a message ¿transmission malfunction service now¿. He called a Ford service center and was told my transmission was under two separate recallscar fax report shown at the dealership). We had the car towed to the Ford service center. They explained that there are three steps to try to get this corrected. They performed the first step which was to reprogram the transmission control module. I was driving to work the next day and pulling out into a busy intersection. My car jerked me forward hard and doesn¿t accelerate and I am facing traffic from both directions. I crept out slowly, shudder, shake, shudder shake and narrowly miss a collision from both directions and had the same message ¿transmission malfunction service now¿. I had my car towed for the second step of the recall. The second step is to replace the transmission control module. I am pulling out of a local store and again my car jerks me forward hard and failed to accelerate with a logging truck coming upon the driver¿s side of my car. Once again, I narrowly escape another collision. Third step of the recall which was to clean the clutches. I got the car back and a week later. Again, my car jerked us both forward hard and wouldn¿t accelerate. My son is yelling ¿mom, get going they are going to hit us¿ as he is looking back at a car that almost hit us from behind while my car fails to accelerate.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 07/29/2016

Transmission control module failed. Car was not responsive to gas pedal. Would not reliably accelerate, would not reliably brake.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 07/22/2016

2 major issues: transmission would sudden drop out of gear while driving. Several times I was on the highway and it would drop into neutral, leaving me no way to control my vehicle. This was fixed with a Ford warranty extension and replacement of the transmission control module (tcm). Now, at 74000 miles, I am having a malfunction of the electronic power steering (eps). Usually right when I start the vehicle and am backing out of my garage, but occasionally also while driving, a warning code appears on the dashboard saying "malfunction: power steering" and the wheel locks in place. This is very dangerous and the 2012 Focus seems to have lots of major issues.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 12
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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 07/17/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 65 mph, the transmission independently shifted into neutral and the rpms increased. The vehicle stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the pcm, tcm, and shaft seals were replaced. The failure occurred only after the vehicle was serviced per the manufacturer's voluntary recall in which the clutch and the tcm were replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 14
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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 15
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 16
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 2013 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 06/21/2016

Nov 2015, excessive transmission shudder on take off. Customer satisfaction program 14m01, 14m02. Software update program 15b22. Transmission control module electrical circuit failures (clutch replaced, tcm updated). June 2016, excessive transmission on take off, service engine light remained on, would not start-had to turn key several times before start. Software update 15b22: customer satisfaction program 14m02, tcm replaced, tcm-pcm reprogram June 2016, unacceptable from Ford corporation. I asked service department if tcm had revisions to to correct problem, they did not know. So if replacing with same defective tcm this will be an ongoing problem. Was recommended to sell/trade car before 150. 000 mile deadline on warranty. I have tried to trade in but no dealer wants because of known tcm ongoing problem. Next failure I will have it repossessed and let Ford corporate deal with it. Very unsafe to drive in my opinion with this ongoing tcm problem. Worst case scenario if tcm fails , vehicle will shut down completely and you have a Ford road side assistance number to call. Comforting ! unacceptable Ford corporation. I do not to appreciate Ford risking my families life for a problem they will not fix.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

Transmission rattles,car cant find proper gear at slow speeds,shifts up and down at random. Sometimes no acceleration at takeoff,dangerous pulling out into traffic. Tcm has been replaced as well as clutch packs. Car has been back to dealer 4 times. Purchased new 7/9/2014,,,,,car has 23000 miles and is still under warrenty.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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