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Automatic Transmission Control Module Problems of Ford Fusion - part 1

Ford Fusion owners have reported 42 problems related to automatic transmission control module (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 1
Failure Date: 10/14/2015

I have a 2010 Ford Fusion sel awd v6 which I purchased about 2 years ago. I have started noticing shifting problems with my car. It first started about 3 weeks ago now. The car acted like it couldn't figure out what gear to go in, while making a left turn through traffic it hesitated a lot & then figured out what gear to get into, barely avoiding an accident. I was then coming back from the airport with my sister & it clammed down in gears as we started to stop & then lunged forward 2 times almost hitting the car in front of me. I have taken it into the shop & they said they needed to reflash the pcm, this was done the day before yesterday. I got it back yesterday & it started doing the exact same things. I have seen that a recall notice was sent out to some people years ago with a time limit on getting this fixed. Recall notice 10b15. It said it ended in April of 2011. Can thr be a time limit on this sort of thing? some people don't have $1,000's of dollars to fix cars. What can someone do to correct this issue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 2
Failure Date: 05/16/2015

I was driving down the highway at approximately 65mph and came up behind a truck doing about 50mph. I changed lanes and went to pass the truck. As I passed the truck my car accelerated slowly and seemed to not switch gears at the right time, causing a hard shift and a "chug" feel. I passed the truck and slowed down to 60mph and as the car shifted again, it caused another hard shift and "chug" feel. This seems to be a common issue with Ford Fusions. Mine didn't start happening until after the pcm update recall that was done on 2/26/15. I took it into Ford after it happened the first time and they told me that since there is no wrench on the dash and no check engine light with a code, they can't find anything wrong and cannot replicate the problem I described to them. This is ridiculous that many cars have an issue but it looks like since there is no one that has been significantly injured or killed in an accident due to it, that it isn't being fixed. Please recall this and fix it before someone loses their life from this.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Fusion 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

What feels like is brakes sticking. 1st noticed when backing out of driveway one morning. I put car in reverse it wouldn't move without acceleration. On good days it moves on it's own. When it's acting up and I let off acceleration, car stops itself abruptly without applying brake. Early this week me and my son were stopped at drive thru window (thank god not at a stop light). When I went to accelerate to leave, my car wouldn't move. Embarrassed I accelerated harder and finally got it moving but it sounded like brakes were sticking, I couldn't go over 15 mph, car wouldn't shift was at 3 rpm, and any time I let off gas pedal the car abruptly stopped dead in tracks. Terrified I drove car a few blocks to my dad and as I was pulling into driveway they freed up. When this happens my brakes get real stiff (hard to press) he could feel the heat rolling off front tires and they smelled really hot. Took to 3 different dealerships and none can find a cause because the brakes aren't acting up at that point in time. They need to see it in action before they can get an idea. So here I am 2 months now still driving like this. This happens at least once a week. Comes and goes. Today I had pcm updated and powertrain replaced and after that when the mechanic got in car to move it, it didn't want to move. He described it as it was like having no power. They hooked it up and it showed power train. So they replaced it. He don't think it was my brakes doing this but yet the other dealership said you can clearly see where my front brakes have been really hot. I'm hoping somehow the update fixed it. Time will tell.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2007 Ford Fusion 4
Failure Date: 12/07/2014

Had to replace an ignition coil for a misfire obd code. After replacing coil problem still existed, so I researched online and found a great number of other Fusion owners who have had this same problem. Now I am supposed to replace all the ignition coils and the pcm. With the number of affected vehicles being staggering I feel that there needs to be a recall for this issue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 5
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

Was driving on a busy city street when the car suddenly lost power. No response when I gave it gas. Turned on hazard lights, turned off engine. Restarted engine, put in drive, tried to move - it shook violently and noisily. With no shoulder to street, I was stranded in traffic lane until towtruck arrived. Had to go to Ford dealership, where they performed "field service action 13b17. " service order said "replace throttle body and reflash pcm. " since they did not charge for the repair, I asked if there is a recall on this issue. The technician said there was a recall for recalibration of the pcm, but with a field service action they only replace the throttle body if it fails. Internet research, including this site, revealed that Ford was aware of a throttle body problem but responded only by extending the warranty on it. The company claimed that in the event of a problem, the car would go into "limp home mode. " whatever that means, my experience was that the car suddenly stopped in traffic. Had I been on an interstate, people might have been killed. And I see, from the hundreds of complaints about the same problem, that it has indeed happened on major highways and at high speeds. It is unconscionable for Ford to ignore a known safety problem such as this until after an incident. Upon further inquiry, the service writer at the dealership claimed that there is now a recall for the throttle body problem, that the notices were "just sent out" and I just happened to arrive before getting one. As you know, as of today, September 9, 2014, there is no such recall shown on the Ford site (could not find any recall info) or the NHTSA site. A vehicle's stopping dead without warning is a serious safety hazard. Why are the affected vehicles not being recalled?.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 6
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

Took car in to tropical Ford in orlando for driveability recall. They claimed to reprogram the pcm. Now on sept. 6 the car is losing power and stalling out. Also the wrench icon is showing on the dash which in the manual states the issue is the throttle control/transmission. I will have the car towed back to the dealer sept. 8 to have repaired. I suspect is etb connectivity problem, a lot of similar complaints/recall repairs online.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The first time it happened, I had just reversed out of driveway, put vehicle into drive and nothing happened when I press the gas pedal. . . . With 10 year old daughter in car. Fairly busy street, traffic coming both ways, managed to limp to side of road with flashers on. Quick scan of dash showed a wrench shaped warning light. Checked owners manual, shut car off, back on, seemed to correct itself. 2 or 3 days later, wife was driving car, busy area near local mall when same thing happened, told her to turn vehicle off, wait a minute a restart, again problem seemed to resolve itself. After that, remembered I had gotten a letter from Ford, found it and to my "surprise" it was a customer service program 13b17, throttlebody issues. Had "recommended" service, reprogramming of pcm, that was ju;y 11, 2014 drove fine for a couple of weeks, but has happened again with an alarming frequency. Today alone, had to stop, restart vehicle 3 times during what should have been a 10 minute ride, which to about 30 minutes. Ford needs to own this problem before someone is killed!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2008 Ford Fusion 8
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

I purchased a 2008 Ford Fusion awd/6 speed in 2009 with only 107 miles. I kept record of all required maintenance on the car. Just recently planning to take a vacation from colorado to see my son at nellis air force base, so last month I got all maintenance don't it again. Oil change, transmission & power steering flush, etc. I parked the car with no problem. The next day, I started the car and it has no power, I drove it down the drive way and have I to turn around. The engine was knocking so bad the I thought I would fall off on the ground. I got it towed to the mechanic and the said the coil is bad, they replace two coils that cost $600. 00. Right when the mechanic is going to call us to pick up the car, they said it was running worse. Now they said those coils melted, and now the pcm need replacement. I called Ford corporate and they said there is no recall for pmc on 2008 Ford Fusion but yet several mechanic said this is not normal. I expect to come out of pocket for at lease $2000. 00.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 9
Failure Date: 06/08/2014

When I was driving 55 mph, the car did a little jerk like it had missed. No lights came on and I drove to the nearest side road off the highway and stopped. I tried to go further but only made it about 100 yards because I lost all power including steering. My car was half in the road so I was thankful this was not a high traffic road. The engine light came on and there was a smell. It wasn't the smell of oil but was a fluid smell. The car would not turn over and had to be towed to the dealership. It came up as a misfire 3 and they told me that they had to replace the coil. This did not fix the problem and they said the 3 coil when it blew it took out the other coils as well as the 6 spark plugs and the pcm. This was a $2250 repair. I only have 68,000 on the car. After reading other TSB, some stated that if under 80,000 miles/8 years that it was covered under the manufacture warranty. I called Ford and was told I missed the 8 year mark by exactly 30 days. There was nothing that I could do but hold on to my receipts in case there would ever be a recall. This is the only major issue I have had. I have never had any other engine issues with the car. I've only had 2 minor issues before this and they were the lumbar going out in the driver's seat ($300 repair that I did not replace) and 2 door handles breaking from the inside that were $160 to replace each. I did replace bc of the safety issue of not being able to get out of the car. After reading the TSB, I see that the pcm and coils are a reoccurring issue and I am thankful I was on a side road when it occurred. . . I am very worried that it may occur again and hope this issues will be or has been looked into for the safety of others.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 10
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 75 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the speed would decrease. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the variable valve solenoids, the ignition coils, the pcm reflash and the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 11
Failure Date: 04/18/2014

I was driving at about 30mph suddenly I could not accelerate and the car died in the middle if the road luckily I was able to pull off safely without killing anyone! took the car to a local mechanic as well as a Ford dealer both agreed needs new pcm and 6 ignition coils = $2000! is it going to take an actual death for this to be recalled?.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2008 Ford Fusion 12
Failure Date: 02/12/2014

Travelled from CT to marathon, FL, arriving after noon. Within sight of the hotel destination the engine began to break down and run rough. I also smelled smoke. I managed to get to the hotel parking lot before the engine quit altogether. A local shop diagnosed the problem as two cylinder misfires and failed igniton coils. 57 mi from the dealer in key west and over 100 mi from miami, I elected to have a local ase certified shop replace the coils. Reflashing the pcm showed a new set of codes and that the pcm was failed and needed to be replaced. According to machado Ford in miami, there were no pcms in Ford's inventory in all of the us. Searched for remanufactured pcms was fruitless as well. Finally contacted armstrong Ford in homestead and they said they could fix the car. $996. 56 to the shop in big pine key. Transported the car to homestead on fri 2/21. Monday the dealer had located a pcm and replacement was completed under warranty Tuesday afternoon. I picked up the car on Wednesday and left for jacksonville in the afternoon. 120 mi north in jupitor, the engine failed again. We sat on the side of the FL turnpike's 70 mph traffic until we could have the car transported to mullinax Ford in west palm, arriving after the service dept had closed. The next day I learned that all three catylic converters were plugged and needed replacement. Two converters were available and were replaced on 2/28. The third converter was back ordered with an expected availablility of 3/31. Since the remaining unit had discharged its contents into the tailpipe and was discarded, I was able to drive back to CT. Tasca Ford in berlin CT is still waiting for the replacement converter after numerous extensions of delivery dates from Ford. The Ford customer serv rep refuseds to return my calls. My total out of pocket expenses exceed $4000 to date.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 13
Failure Date: 01/13/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while the vehicle was idling, the vehicle felt like it was shutting down. When gas was applied to the vehicle, it accelerated to 5 mph only. The vehicle had to be maneuvered to the side of the road, shut down and restarted to regain proper acceleration. This failure has occurred three times over a period of four months. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the vehicle had an internal short. The throttle body assemble needed to be replaced and the pcm reset to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. Rg.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2007 Ford Fusion 14
Failure Date: 12/15/2013

While driving on the highway the engine started to run rough and within a minute the engine quit and couldn't be restarted. Luckily I was able to coast to the side of the highway. The engine had the same fault as identified in NHTSA TSB-13-4-17. The pcm unit failed, causing damage to multiple on-plug ignition coils. I believe that the Ford TSB # for this problem is 06-18-15. This is a 6-cylinder engine. I believe this is a safety issue because of the sudden and complete onset of loss of power.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2008 Ford Fusion 15
Failure Date: 08/23/2013

My vehicle has had no previous mechanical defects or issues. On the above listed date, my vehicle had difficulty starting after sitting (off) for approximately 12 hours. I began to drive and the vehicle died while I was driving. Later diagnostics revealed that the pcm and ignition coils were damaged. This is a known issue for Ford, as they have issued a TSB on the issue. Ford has neglected to issue a recall or safety advisory to their affected customers, and is now failing to rectify the issue. This is a major safety defect, as the vehicle could become inoperable while operating at moderate to high speeds, which could cause a loss of control. Ford is aware of the issue and is failing to take responsibility and protect its consumers.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 16
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

At 65 mph the car all of the sudden shuttered and went into limp mode. Pulled over to the side, wrench light was on and the car sat an idled/shuttered. Turned it off. Waited about 30 seconds and turned it back on, everything appeared fine, and no lights on the dashborad. Did an internet search and discovered many 2010 Fusion owners having same issue. . . Throttle body. Took the car to dealer and confirmed faulty throttle body. Wanted $596 to replace throttle body and reprogram pcm. Way too much for a part that is about $150 and 10 minutes work. Dangerous situation, as highway speed and sudden loss of power do not mix.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 17
Failure Date: 07/03/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, there was a sudden loss of power as the check charging system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the pcm module, coils, spark plugs, and the intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 84,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 18
Failure Date: 06/30/2013

Traveling down busy local highway about 45mph in late rush hour traffic. The car suddenly began to run very rough and then engine stalled. Check engine light came on. The car had to be maneuvered to the side of the road with no power on very busy highway. There were a couple close calls but no accident thankfully. The car was towed to a local dealer. The dealer indicates the power train controller module (pcm) unit failed. This seems to be very common failure on these cars and it can be dangerous.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2010 Ford Fusion 19
Failure Date: 06/19/2013

2010 Ford Fusion sel 2. 5l automatic purchased in yonge/steeles Ford Lincoln in canada. During normal driving, wrench light will suddenly be - cannot accelerate, speed cannot go beyond 60km/h, rpm cannot go beyond 2000 - sometimes vehicle will suddenly loose power and slow down. Almost got rear-ended a few times. - managed to pull over, stop the car, and restart, sometimes the problem will disappear after restart, sometimes the problem comes back in a few minutes took my car to markville Ford Lincoln on June 20th, 2013, and they claimed it was fixed. On the report, it is said: "ds12 diagnose engine light concern, locate and repair wiring to accelerator, replace sensor" "ftp fuel injectors & throttle body service plus pcm reprogram" 5 days later on June 25, 2013, the exact same problem happened again. I was almost rear-ended, and my 3 year old son was sitting in the back of the car. Very frustrated and upset. Took the car to markville Ford Lincoln first thing in the morning on June 26, 2013, and the wrench light was on on my way to the dealer. I did not shutdown the engine and put the car in parking at the dealer. After a while, the engine suddenly started to rev up and down between 1500 and 2200 rpm. Voiced the concern of the throttle body issue to the dealer as I have seen this issue discussed all over the internet. Dealer still claim it is a pcm issue. The car is still in the dealership right now. Called Ford canada customer relationship, and they will contact markville Ford Lincoln. Sorry the address doesn't allow canadian address. So I simply put new york state.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Fusion 20
Failure Date: 06/19/2013

On 10/9/2013 I was stopped at a light and then when I proceeded to go on a green light, my car stalled without any warning or lights on my dash while in traffic. There was a car behind me that almost rear ended me. Went to restart the vehicle and it did not start right away. I had to put the car in park with hazards on, in the middle of traffic, and tried to start the car two more times before the car started again. The car has been giving me issues with hesitation and vibration for the past 4 months. I have taken it to Ford and they have checked my car 2 times and never was able to solve the problem. Before I took it to Ford the car has stalled on 6/19/2013 prior to taking the car to the local Ford shop. They said it was the programming and they installed the update for the computer, but it never solved the problem. The last time it stalled on me, my husband, who is an Acura technician, pulled the p2111 code out using a pocket code reader out of freeze frame data. There was no codes stored in pcm 6 hrs after the incident. 2 days later checked for freeze frame data again and there was no freeze frame data.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 21
Failure Date: 06/14/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle revved high and squeaked with the illumination of the transmission light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated the pcm module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN number was not available. The approximate failure mileage 37,000. St.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2007 Ford Fusion 22
Failure Date: 04/15/2013

In 2010 the pcm in our 2007 Ford Fusion went out and was replaced at a cost of approximately $1,300. Three years later while my wife and daughter was driving a very busy road, the lights on the dash board begin to light up which caused her to pull into a parking lot. Thankfully she noticed the blinking lights on the dash otherwise my family could've been hurt pretty bad in a car accident. We had the vehicle towed to the dealership to find out days later that once again the pcm had died and need to be replaced at a cost of approximately $3,000. Ford states the recall that was issued in 2007 was completed on the vehicle, however after reading the numerous complaints online, there needs to be another recall issued before several deaths occur due to this serious issue. The cost of the pair is ridiculous along with the amount of time that's required to wait on the part, which is two weeks. I'm asking that NHTSA to please recall Ford's vehicles for this recurring issue and going forward require Ford motor company to at minimum check the coils on their vehicles around 75,000 miles for potential pcm issues, it could save several lives.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 23
Failure Date: 09/26/2012

When attempting to accelerate at a highway speed, which caused the car to downshift, the transmission would "slip" out of gear, causing the rpm's to rev up to an unsafe level. To get the car back into gear, I had to remove my foot from the accelerator and let it coast for a bit. Once the rpm's returned to between 1000-2000, it slammed hard into gear and began driving again. This occurs regularly even at regular street speeds, when you need to accelerate where a downshift is necessary. This could easily lead to a crash. Ford motor company knows about the problem with the transmissions in these cars, basically it is due to valve bore wear in the main control. They have a defective control body which has extreme spool bore wear. A TSB was issued: TSB bulletin date: Feb 2007 various driveability/transmission symptoms - pcm/tcm calibration updates 3. 0l - aisin f21 auto trans. ( NHTSA item number - 10021277 ). No recall by Ford to date. If you catch it before the clutch is burnt up, you can get by with replacing the main control valve body for around $800-$1000, however if you're beyond that point it's a $4500+ new transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2012 Ford Fusion 24
Failure Date: 08/28/2012

Powershift automatic transmission problems. When accelerating, vehicle loses power and makes loud clunking noise. Had car in on September 12 on the first visit, they did not find a problem; however, I do not think they looked at the transmission as my ticket indicated there was a noise coming from the rear of the car. The car continued to have problems. On 10/19/12, the pcm was reprogrammed and they said transmission fluid was low. Vehicle had regular oil changes through dealer and transmission fluid should not have been low. They told me the problem had been fixed but I would still experience the problem for a few more days because the computer had to adjust to the new setting. After this, I contacted another Ford dealer who told me that this problem would continue throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. I was told I could take it in, but it wouldn't do any good. He did send me a list of operating characteristics of the powershift for this model. The problem did cease after a few days; however, it has started occuring again. On 1/8/13, it make a terrible noise and lost power as I was turning a corner. It had a problem again this morning while accelerating in rush-hour traffic. The car is scheduled to be looked at again at the dealership tomorrow. I do not feel safe in this vehicle and do not understand why it hasn't been recalled.

car image   Automatic Transmission Control Module problem of the 2006 Ford Fusion 25
Failure Date: 06/27/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle began to vibrate in a jerking motion. In addition, an abnormal noise emitted outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the pcm and power train module was replaced under the service warranty. The failure recurred one year later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer for repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000. Kmj.