Ford Focus owners have reported 34 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category).
My car stalled going down the road at approximately 35 mph upon attempting to accelerate the vehicle revved to the red limit, and would not go into gear. I was thankfully able to pull to the side of the road and get myself and my child to safety by rolling in neutral. Ford motor company has had thousands of complaints about the transmissions in these cars stalling or completely malfunctioning while driving yet there has not been a recall on them. My infant was in the car! had I been entering a highway or something the results would have been terrible. All the company will do is extend the warranty to 100,000 miles and then we as consumers are screwed. Basically they "fix" it until the warranty is up. This is not acceptable or safe in any way.
See all problems of the 2013 Ford Focus.
Completely stopped accelerating, janky transmission and constant rolling when accelerating from a stop. I have never had any real issues or any warning lights come on with this car until it completely stopped accelerating while on the freeway with a two year old in my backseat. All of my lights/ ac/ radio still worked but the car wouldnt drive, it almost felt as if it was in neutral because the engine would rev but wouldn't move. I pulled over and finally got it started after a few tries. After I tried to start my car again when leaving the house later that day my car wouldn't even turn on. Again, the radio/ lights/ etc all worked fine, but the car would not start. When you try to start it, there isn't even a sound in the ignition when you turn the key. I had to get it towed and brought it to a close friend and very good mechanic who tried everything from resetting the key to unplugging the battery to trying to start it from neutral and nothing worked. So then he said it must me something electrical. They went in and saw there was loose wiring and fuses and once they tightened those up the car was able to start. He also found the kill switch was activated which is a safety measure with these cars when they get too dangerous to drive and he deactivated that as well. Once they got it running to test it for a bit it just shut right back off. He tried to put it in reverse and the dash would light up with a warning saying transmission not in "p" and we are now back at the beginning. There are still no warning lights on and with the car not recognizing gears we saw that it is a transmission issue. I still haven't gotten the car fixed because this just happened, but what I've read many people are having the same exact issue. Filing a complaint and taking it to the dealer! that is way too big and dangerous of an issue to have with no warning and only being at 60,000 miles!.
See all problems of the 2012 Ford Focus.
Car would not start, would not go into gear. Clutch has been replaced twice. Car shuttering on acceleration in low gears and hesitates when changing gears and sometimes lurches.
The vehicle drives like it is in the wrong gear. It seems like the transmission or something is dragging. It does not go smoothly to another gear. It drives hard for a 2014 car. I don't know what the problem is.
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This has happened multiple times, but on Sunday 3/15/15. My car has flashed hill assist not working and not in park when it was indeed in park after the rpm go up to 5 & 6 at any given time and forcing me to pull over. My car would start, but would not go into gear. Whe this happen before I was on the interstate doing 70 and the car jumps out of gear and I can no longer go, so I have had to pull over and luckily restart the car and go. I also have been having issues with the car not starting. What if this car causes myself and family to be involved in a accident? what if this happens during rush hour? this is a world wide issues and Ford is fully aware yet they do not have any recalls. I'm not sure I understand when or what will make you Ford stand up and correct the issue by issuing a recall on this unsafe vehicle? death?.
This has happened multiple times, but on Tuesday 3/12/15. My car has flashed transmission malfunction, parking aid malfunction, hill assist not working. My car would start, but would not go into gear. Two cops had to push my car to the side of the road since I was in the middle of rush hour traffic. I have had this happen on the interstate doing 75 and the car jumps out of gear and I can no longer go, so I have had to pull over and luckily restart the car and go. I also have been having issues with the car not starting this past week and it keeps flashing parking aid malfunction, service required. I have two young children and this is ridiculous. If this car causes us to be involved in a accident. This is common issues and Ford is fully aware yet I do not have any recalls on my vehicle.
Transmission shutters, feels like its skipping a gear, rolls backward down hill in drive. The vehicle's transmission, in the middle of an intersection, stalled and would not shift into a gear. This incident almost caused a wreck. The vehicle has been at 3 different Ford dealerships 7 different times for transmission issues. Ford refuses to admit that there is a serious issue with the transmission and is making customers drive unsafe vehicles during the weeks that those vehicles aren't in the shop.
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.
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.
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).
The transmission is jerking, shifting not smooth, sometimes wont start, sometimes wont shift gears at all. The car has been towed to a repair center twice this month due to the problems and not being safe to drive.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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 surges when braking usually under 5 to 10 mph. Transmission does not want to gear down. Especially when braking fast. Problem not constant. Talked to dealer several times, they said they could not recreate. When it happens you have stand on break or put in neutral to stop forward surge.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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|Power Train problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Transmission Shudder problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||