Ford Focus owners have reported 61 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the Focus.
My 2015 Focus se had transmission shuttering from the first day I bought it. I was told by the dealer (paducah Ford) that it was normal with the transmission in the car. After writing Ford about the treatment that I received from this dealer I got a call from the dealer that they would not service my new car since I filed a complaint with Ford. Ford customer service then told me to start having my service done at pennyrile Ford. Right before 30,000 miles I took it to the dealer because the shuttering had gotten worse. The transmission was rebuilt after waiting a week for parts. Now at 33,800 the transmission is shuttering again and I was told over the phone today that it will probability need to be rebuilt again. The transmissions in these cars are unsafe as I have had mine not shift into gear as is was merging onto the highway almost causing a accident. I have also had the transmission go out of gear and the engine accelerate.
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Car fails to shift into gear when accelerating, car will not 'go' in some instances when the gas pedal is pushed, 'grinding' noise come from engine when shifting gears, will hesitate or 'shudder' when you accelerate, rpm's will go very high in the 7000 range before shifting into gear, will fail to go into gear when shifting from reverse to drive and car will continue to roll backwards until you stop and it finally fines a gear. Have pulled out from a spotlight, 4-way or from a parking lot and car would not go. This has caused us to almost be rear-ended several times. This has happened to both my husband and I. Had to pull over on the shoulder of an entrance ramp when attempting to get on highway because the car would not shift and go. This issues are a hazard and we have taken it in 3 times to two different dealerships and their response is they can't duplicate the concern. We bought the vehicle at the of March 2017 brand new and it has been in the shop and not in our possession for a total of 25 days so far. We will no longer put our children in this car for the fear of being injured or killed. Dealership has never provided us any type of paperwork and we have a current case with corporate, but they refuse to help in any way until they get a diagnosis of some kind.
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At 19,459 miles, car hesitates and sputters while pulling out from a stopped position. Dealer attempted a fix: (faulty clutches) at 38,712 miles, same problem. . . Same attempt at a fix. (faulty clutches) at 57,662, same problem. . . Dealer replaced "clutches". On July 9,2017 at 66,558, car stopped on the street while being driven, would not go in to gear at all. The problem escalated from difficulty pulling out into traffic to car stopping in traffic. I have invoices for "repairs" to clutches. Vehicle towed to dealer . Faulty clutches ?.
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Just purchased a used 2014 Focus with only 012755 miles on it, two days later returned to dealer to report drivers side mirror light falling off and unit hesitating and jerking lurching forward and grinding noise from dead stop, dealer didn't seem to think it was a big issue, was told they will look at it when I return to have mirror blinker r/r (part on order) almost hit house when parking that evening. Unit also lost power at 60 miles per hour when driving but motor continues to run, had to pull over in a panic, unit would not move when put in gear even when giving fuel, lights blinking (prdl lights) engine light blinking, seems to be ok after it sits for awhile. Unit also seems to not engage gears as speed picks up (stuck in low gears?). Help us please, we just purchased this car used from a Ford dealer why would they sell us a car so dangerous? it also is a Ford certified unit, we have put less than 100 miles on the car and afraid to drive it. We are senior's living on a fixed income and are a scared to drive the car. Someone is going to get hurt, we need this fixed soon, no way to get to the doctor. The car has been sitting out front for over a week now no contact from the dealer yet. Please help us, I have over two million miles safe driving record (awards. . . . ) with the largest trucking company in the us when I retired 4 years ago, I know how to drive and I know when something is not safe!.
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Takata recall. When driving computer or transmission does not change gears on time. Sometimes stays in first gear past 20mph. Problem when driving on freeway and need to speed up. Takata recall. Also seatbelts will not release sometimes when I need to get out of car. It will partially unlock but seatbelt will still be locked in place. I must push seatbelt back in place to totally lock it again the press red button to release. Very dangerous.
I was on my way home via typical city streets and the car's transmission would not catch gear after coming to a stop at a stop sign. It felt like the car was in neutral. I was able to pull into a parking lot to look under the car and see if there was any visual damage. Nothing visual but there was a slight burning smell coming from under the hood. I tried to drive the car again but this time it would not shift out of first gear. A warning appeared "transmission malfunction service now" I put the car in neutral to get down the street to a safe parking spot and before coming to a stop the "transmission overheating" warning appeared. This is the second time in 2 years that the car has had this problem. There were several TSB's issued by Ford for the transmission on the Focus and I had my car serviced accordingly so I was assuming the problems were fixed.
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Car is slow at accelerating from a complete stop and shakes as it accelerates. Car has trouble turning on and when it does it shakes. It does that regardless if the engine is cold or warm. As you merge into a hwy it is slow at getting to speed and the engine sounds like is not in gear.
Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving various speeds the vehicles shifted into another gear on multiple occasions without warning. The vehicle was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.
The powershift transmission is junk. This car has left my daughter on the side of the road several times. There is a class action lawsuit against Ford for this problem. Unfortunately it protects the first owner more than the used car owner. The care will not go into gear at all or only in first. The check engine light comes on for overheating. Since we have had the car it has been in the shop 3 times and we have had the clutch replaced and the previous owner had the same thing happen, which we didn't know until we bought the car and it started having problems.
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift gears without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was repaired; however, the diagnosis and repair were unknown. In addition, upon purchasing the vehicle, the tire pressure warning indicator illuminated. The technician stated that the indicator would eventually turn off; however, the contact mentioned that the indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that an unknown chip needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000.
Tl-the contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while at a stop sign and depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would failed to accelerate without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the gear shifter would shift into another gear independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer three times where the technician could not find a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Aw.
Transmission does not shift into gears as it should ,no power going up hill. Sounds like motor going to fall out when you park. These happens several times and at different places.
While turning at a light, my steering went out and caused me to veer into oncoming traffic in the opposing lane. It now takes great effort and muscle to make and turns in the vehicle. I have had the vehicle in the shop numerous times due to a faulty transmission. Now when I turn on the vehicle, the instrument panel displays that there is an urgent transmission fault, then it will flash that there is an urgent steering assist fault. While running a vehicle health report, the vehicle states that the transmission is at a "reduced power state" which causes it to hesitate, not change gears, and not be able to accelerate properly - all of which Ford says are "characteristics of this transmission. " also, the transmission does not work at all in sport mode and has went into reverse or park grinding to a screeching halt while driving on a highway. Luckily, I did not crash when the steering suddenly went out. My vehicle is currently in a lemon law dispute, therefore, Ford will not further diagnose my vehicle.
I have had my 2014 Ford Focus for almost 2 years now and it has been giving me nothing but problems with the transmission/clutches. The first time I noticed it was a little after 5 months of having the car I was driving the vehicle on the highway and out of nowhere it died on me shut off while I was in motion in heavy traffic. I was able to pull to the side of the road and turn it off and was able to turn it on and take it to the dealership. At the dealership I was told my computer malfunctioned and needed to be updated. After doing this my car was fine for about another 2 months then it started to sputter, hesitate while turning and in motion and also not shifting gears correctly. I took it again to the dealership and this time they told me my clutches need to be replaced and this happens all the time with my type of car. I was confused about them telling me this because this is very dangerous to be happening all the time. I go the car back worked fine for another 3 months then the same thing again with the transmission. Took it in again and was told again that I needed the new clutches in my car and I said new clutches? why was I not given a recall on my old one OH because we only change them out if you come in and complain about the old ones what?? really!! so got my car back and this time 2 months later today 1/23/16 I was driving the vehicle and was mid u-turn and my car turned off in the middle of my u-turn in on coming traffic almost killing me!!! I haven't been to the delaership yet but after numerous attempts with Ford corporate to fix this nothing is happening they are not taking blame for anything and refusing to recall these cars. Reading online I'm happy to see that I am not the only one they tell this too and it really makes me upset, angry and frustrated. I'm scared to drive my brand new car because of this please help me and everyone else.
My car has been shuttering and jerking and shaking does not shift into gears and the car dropped and will accelerate by its self . This is an ongoing issue since I bought the car in 2014.
Car has continuously shuddered when trying to shift between gears. At times the car will almost come to a complete stop as if it can not find what gear it needs to be in to move forward. Happens in all scenarios, cold weather, warm weather, and at all speeds. More recently car has failed to start and shudders have become more violent when driving.
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission exhibited hesitation in a severe jerking motion. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. After restarting, the transmisison failed to shift gears and the low tire pressure warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occassions where the power train control module was reset each time. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who test drove the vehicle and confirmed that the transmission did not function properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,361.
Transmission doe not shift gears properly. Car bucks and lurches on starting and feels like it is about to stall. Dealer does not seem to have proper remedy.
Stopped in stop-and-go traffic on a major highway, when I attempted to accelerate again the vehicle flashed a warning which said "hill start assist not available" and the engine died completely. I lost all power to the wheels and lost power steering, was able to coast to the shoulder, where the car would not start. All warning lights appeared to come on, including seatbelt, check engine, traction control, etc. The car indicated it was in "drive", in spite of the fact that I had the gearshift in park. It would not shift gears or allow me to start the engine. After sitting for 30-40 minutes waiting for a tow truck, the car suddenly appeared to function normally. I drove home, and 10 minutes later, while parallel parking, the incident occurred again: backing into a parking space and attempting to pull back out, going uphill, the exact same sequence of events occurred ("hill start assist not available", loss of power and steering). This time the vehicle coasted backwards into another car. No injuries or damage. The 2013 Ford Focus cannot be trusted to be driven on the highway. I have read many reports online of other drivers having identical or very similar issues with hill start assist/transmission/traction control errors, loss of power, loss of power steering, and inability to shift gears or restart the car, with this error sometimes happening *while driving at highway speeds* resulting in loss of control of the vehicle. I do not feel safe driving this car. I feel less safe knowing that Fords with this problem waiting to happen are being driving every day by unknowing drivers. This is a safety issue of the highest magnitude. It is absolutely outrageous that Ford has issued no recalls.
The transmission would not go into gear while I was in dangerous traffic. The transmission stopped functioning with no warning whatsoever. It scares me to know this could happen at any time, during any driving condition. Yet it is what I own. I thought the car had an automatic transmission when I purchased it. I was wrong it is an automated manual. This occurred around 32k mileage. The dealer fixed it, but would refused a repair receipt when requested. I was lucky I was on a city street when the incident occurred. Had I known, I would never have purchased with my labor.
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.
The transmission jerks and will not shift to gears.
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!.
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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|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Transmission Shudder problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||