Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Lots and lots of trans issues, probably a lemon

asked by on

I am convinced that the automatic transmission in my 2012 Ford Focus is a lemon. I've had it serviced multiple times and tried everything to get it to stop shuddering and vibrating during acceleration. My car has only 35,000 miles on it and it’s hard to believe that there hasn’t been a recall with this happening to such relatively new cars. It got worse yesterday and I cannot drive the car anymore without getting it serviced. Is there a fast way to diagnose if the transmission needs replacement?

Ford has issued multiple Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) in last few months pertaining to transmission shuttering, slipping, and leaking shaft seals. I would suggest you set up an appointment with your dealer to have the transmission module reprogrammed. Also check if any of the other TSB articles pertain to fixing your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Lots and lots of trans issues, probably a lemon

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Whining noise coming from engine.

Hi There, I think you are on the right track in thinking of things like the alternator or the water pump as those are two things that immediately will correspond to RPM change when accelerating. If it is the alternator,...

Q: How do you check the battery?

Your car’s battery is designed to be maintenance free, but there are times that you’ll need to at least check its condition. Honda actually recommends that you check the battery’s condition every month. What does that entail, though? Here’s what...

Q: Trouble starting and can't find disengage switch to put into neutral

Hello. This is an electrical issue as all of these problems are related a lack of voltage. From what you are saying, the battery needs to be load tested to see if it is failing. The battery is more than...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...