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Transmission Not Go Into Gear Problems of Ford Focus

Ford Focus owners have reported 25 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 02/19/2015

While the transmission does act different than a normal automatic I've never had any problems until now I was driving 35 mph and suddenly the car would not move forward any more the engine would just hits high rpms which is funny cause this car has never hit a high rpm while not in gear it has a rev limiter anyway I coasted to a stop I tried to use the sport option to get the transmission to shift nope so I turn the car off never to start again the transmission indicator on dash said car was in drive even though the shifter was in park my main concern here is with all of the complaint about this transmission and it would take me weeks to read them all why has the national highway traffic safety administration. Has not issue a recall on this transmission that is still being put in new cars today and having the same problems and can cause a very real safety concern why is it that people have to die before something is done and the company is held responsible.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 08/27/2014

The transmission was reprogrammed a month ago for serious shuddering and stalling. Within a week the engine would race and the car would not shift gears. The engine would also stall. In interstate traffic this is a scary dangerous situation. Now the dealership says the clutch is out. I filed a case with Ford and a customer service regional manager was to call me by Thursday. . No call. . . Friday a call was promised. . No call. Monday a promise. . No call. Tuesday a promise of a call. . No call. Wednesday no call. . Get the picture.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2014 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

I have noticed while driving my vehicle that it stutter and makes a loud grinding sound when I am going up incliines and when I am braking. I noticed my car is will be jerking and feels like the transmission is bout to give away when I am in traffic. I took my car back to the dealship because it was still under warranty and explained to them the issues that are going on with my car. They proceeded to tell me that my issues was normal for my car. I asked how could this be normal that a brand new car stutter, grinds, shift gears on it own, jerks when applying brakes or acceleration, and feels like transmission is slipping. I spoke with the mechanic that looked at my car and he said that my model car is like it has a manual engine in and automatic car. He stated that this was normal as far as the manufactuers states but actually this is not normal. Cars should not be shifting gear automatically. This issues that my car is having are very hazardous, especially in stop in go traffic and on inclines, just driving period , in the end I feel something needs to be done about this with this making model car especially being that this is a newer model car (2014).

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

The car started experiencing very rough shifting problems after the it reached operating temperature. The car has been to the dealer twice and it still experiencing shifting issues, hesitation, surging, shuddering, vibrating. The only time the transmission is smooth is when the car is at a constant speed and is not shifting gears. I purchased this car so that I could hand it down to my daughter. I'm not going to be able to do that with these issues. It is not safe for an inexperienced driver to operate.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 05/22/2014

Driving down highway, car lost power, the check engine light and the traction control light came on. Would not accelerate, brakes would not function properly to stop. When I finally got the car stopped in a parking lot next to my place of business, the car would not start up again, and when it did, it would not go into any gear. Sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes trying to get the car to start up and go into gear. When it finally did go into gear, I got it to my place of business 2 blocks down and parked it. I am afraid to drive the car as it is a major safety issue. There have been recalls on the electric version of this car, but not the gasoline versions. This needs to be a recall on all of these models as there are several hundred complaints online about the same issue. Ford will not do anything about these issues unless the car is taken to one of their dealerships, which in past experience, they don't do anything at the dealership except overcharge for diagnosing the car, and for them to tell you nothing is wrong with it and that they know there are issues with the cars, but they do not have a fix for them and they can change the parts, however that will not solve the problem and it will happen again. I have been told this by the manager at a dealership and he has stated there is nothing he can do to change the situation. This is a major safety issue and someone needs to look into Ford for the same issues gm is having with their small cars.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Faulty powershift transmission would not engage gears properly causing vehicle to stall, shake violently, grind gears, drop first and second gear when accelerating, no reverse, .

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 02/10/2014

Car jerks/hesitates upon acceleration; shifting is jerky; when you go to accelerate the car does not engage into gear; front left vibrates/rattles upon acceleration; car will bog down when you go to accelerate. My concern is that when I go to pull out into traffic the car will not go. I was almost rear ended when I crossed an intersection and then went to accelerate, but my car did not go into gear. When I am on the interstate and in traffic, if I need to get around a car quickly I cannot due to the hesitation in the shifting. I have been to the dealership multiple times and have filed a case with Ford and am told this is how the car is supposed to drive.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 10/10/2013

Was driving up my driveway which is fairly steep, the engine slipped out of gear (it's an automatic transmission) and started to roll backwards down the hill, the engine was revving/redlining as if it were in neutral. I quickly applied the brakes, and stepped on the gas. The car was still not in gear and continued to roll back, I applied the brakes again, and then the gas at which point the car shot forward, lucky that I was far enough away from the garage or any objects and remained in gear when I pulled into the garage. This same thing happened to me on flat ground in a parking lot one day. The lurch was less, but the car still shot forward faster than it should have, another instance where I was lucky that there were no pedestrians/cars/objects to run into. This car is dangerous and a liability.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 08/24/2013

Since we purchased the vehicle, it seemed to stutter when trying to go from a stop. I was told that this is normal for this transmission. But on August 24th, the transmission started to have even more problems. First the vehicle was having a hard time accelerating past 20 mph. Then it started jerking back and forth, lunging to and fro. It was not shifting gears like it should have, and it felt like it was going to stall, so complainant had to pull over to avoid an accident and allow fast moving traffic to pass. After traffic had passed, complainant turned around to go back home, jerking and lunging the whole time going less than 20 mph. After leaving the car sit for several hours, the vehicle started up again, and seemed to be operating normally. However now the vehicle is having a harder time going up hills, and has trouble coasting. Feels like something is dragging it down. This could be very unsafe, as the problem is not predictable, and could potentially cause an accident. A 2012 vehicle with 39000 miles should not be having transmission problems already.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 12/21/2012

This is an ongoing issue with the automatic dual clutch transmission. Like most everybody else, I am experiencing the same hesitation and shuddering from a stop and the same "clunking" sounds in the transmission. I have had the vehicle into my local Ford dealer, woody anderson Ford, for a diagnostic check and like everybody else, they said that is a normal driving characteristic of the new-style transmission. While I initially accepted that response, I have become increasingly unconvinced of their assessment as while trying to merge onto the parkway, the vehicle failed to respond to a downshift and lost all forward gears. In traffic, the car would not accelerate and when I moved the gearshift lever into the manual position, it would not engage in any gear I selected. I was able to safely steer off to the hard shoulder, place the car in park and then back in drive and it was able to accelerate again. . . With a shudder in first gear, of course. It appears that Ford does not have a realistic fix for this vehicle (unless the costly seal leak is the actual culprit) and therefore, I have not brought it back to Ford for another check even though I did schedule an appointment but was unable to make it. There appears to be a real problem here with this transmission and moreso, the lack of confidence that it's drivers/owners have in it. It is a problem that is not being addressed with action. Like many others, I am concerned about the safety of this transmission.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 12/07/2012

Traveling on an freeway, I downshifted (mtx75, 5sp manual trans) and passed another vehicle. Then went to up shift and found transmission would not enter any gears. Shifter would move side to side, but no up and down into the gates. Towed to a repair shop and tore down to find cause. Found a roll pin had fallen out/sheared off on the gear selector assembly on the transmission. Research showed this is a common issue on this transmission with no fix or updated parts from manufacturer.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 11/28/2012

I purchased Ford Focus used- one year old- with 16500 miles. Three times it stopped as I was turning left in oncoming traffic. One time I backed up and it would not go into gear. Other times it would not shift gears on hills or on ramps two times on my steep driveway it came out of gear. Brought to shop numerous times - told nothing was wrong repeatedly. I got rid of car after 13 months and took a financial hit but now I am driving a safe car. The difference is amazing and I am simply driving a chevy cruze so not an expensive car in comparison. Focus is dangerous to drive!.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

I recently purchased a 2012 Ford Focus in may. I took the vehicle back to the Ford dealership, to report a problem. However, the first thing the repair person did was give me a print out of what the car does. This car has no power, it shakes, and will not go,. I feel that car is trying to stall out. It is worst than my old 1998 Ford contour. It rides better than this car and it is 14 years old. I am very concern about my safety with the car. In addition, everyone else and including myself, which is embarrassing, notices that this car does not change gears. It appears that it is stuck in one gear at the speed of 60 mph. I am very disappointed and afraid that this car may cause me to get into a car accident. I need help. What should I do? in addition, the warranty on this car is 60,000 miles or 5 years, which every comes first.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

I have been having problems with my car not being able to get the key out of the ignition, not going into park, and shuddering and sputtering when starting from a complete stop pretty much since I have had my car. This week, I couldnt get it out of park at all and then went to drive home from work my shifter would move but the car would not go into gear.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

While driving at highway speeds, engine would rev up and not shift gears, once it did shift car lurched forward. Took to local mechanic who said transmission was burning out. Towed to local Ford dealer who confirmed. Ford stated there were no complaints about automatic transmission. Vehicle out of warranty and transmission had to be replaced for almost $3000. Ford payed $500. Car only had 27,027 miles at time of failure. The sudden lurch could cause an accident and/or the driver to lose control of vehicle. Internet search reveals multiple complaints of the same conditions of transmission failure and sudden lurching on the Focus. The re-manufactured transmission carries a higher mileage warranty than the original one which makes one wonder if Ford is aware of the problem and correcting it on the sly as failures occur and transmissions are replaced.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2006 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 06/30/2011

Transmission problems. Transmission intermittenly does not kick into gears when accelerating. I went to get on the high way,(speed limit 65mph), got up to 55 and the transmission just started revving as if I was locked in neutral, almost caused 2 accidents from moving traffic, as my car was driving considerably slower than the rest going the speed limit). Very dangerous and very scary. Pulled off at next exit(was considerably close). Car would then not go over 25 mph. It's like it would not switch into the next gear. Had to call a tow. Ford garage says tranny definitely has problems and needs rebuilt/replaced. It had happened a few times before where I would go to accelerate and would get stuck in one gear, but after a few seconds would finally kick into gear - when it did finally kick into gear, it was a strong jerk as if I punched the gas. After looking around online, apparently many people with the same yr make model have had this problem.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

When driving on freeway to pass other cars the transmission drops into lower gear the the motor revs up not shifting into another gear stalling and slowing down causing cars behind to almost hit my car. At higher speeds in traffic this can cause a accident.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 07/17/2005

I was driving without any warning a pop sound and my clutch would not go into any gears. I had to force it into second gear all the way home. Total of 3 failures approx. 1 month apart final result on my third trip for repairs ended with me unable to stop in time which caused me rear ending the back of a truck. I damaged the front of my car. After numerous attempts to repair my car both engine and body I still have no car. My car has 1,200 miles on it. 2005 Ford Focus bought brand new from dealership and unable to go anywhere in it. I don't have the old parts. The lady told me that she would check into it to see if the damages would be covered by them. Considering the accident would not of happened in the first place if they would of fixed my car right the first time. Either way she called me to let me know they weren't going to cover it.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

When braking coming up to stop light or stop sign usually under 15 mph transmission does not gear down and seems to surge. Happens randomly. You have to almost stand on brakes and shift to neutral. Surge may last approx 5 seconds. Varies depending on speed your braking from. In the beginning talked to Ford dealer and was told they could not duplicate. Had a Ford escort for my son in mid 80's and he experienced a similar problem. Vehicle now has approximately 72000 miles and seems to getting worse. I believe it's been an ongoing problems for years and not acknowledged. I would be very surprised if many others have not had the same experience.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 05/30/2005

With only 59,000 miles the transmission would not change gears properly. Ford dealer and independent mechanic said the transmission had to be rebuilt. Cost $950 at independent mechanic, $1800 at dealer.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 10/30/2002

While driving at 55 mph, driver heard a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Vehicle will not shift gears. Had vehicle towed. Mechanic indicated that the automatic transmission had gone out. Please provide more details. Ts.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2002

Consumer states that the vehicle, on numerous occasion has been stuck in park position that no matter how hard the consumer trys the vehicle will not move out of gear. Contacted dealer. Nlm.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 10/05/2000

Vehicle experienced a thrust when changing gears, and will not go into third gear. Dealer notified. The problem is determined to be acomputor failure. And also fixed a recall for left rear tire.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 07/12/2000

With clutch all the way in car will not go into gear, will not come out, and stalls. This has happend mostly at low speeds in traffic my wife and I are very weary of driving the car at all now, and we've had to wait 4 days before the dealer could give us an appointment. The dealer has already looked at the trans. But said nothing was wrong with it.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 25

The vehicle failed to shift gears while going up hills, and the transmission light was flashing. The vehicle was serviced and the servo piston needed to be replaced.