Q: why does my transmission shift hard from 2nd to 3rd

asked by on

So i literally just had my transmission completely rebuilt 100 miles ago. every shift is perfect except i still get a little bit of a kick on the 2nd to 3rd which was one of my main issues at first anyways.. the shop i took it to is extremely reputable and has been around a while so ofcourse i brought it back and the owner took a test drive with me and said unfortunately thats just how the FNR5 transaxle in this vehicle is... but he said if it doesn't smooth over within 1000 miles to bring it back and they'll fix it again free so I dont think hes trying to weasel out of the warranty.. some other owners i've talked to say the same thing. they got rid of the car because that's just how it shifted.. is this the case? He also made sure to use the motorcraft FNR5 specifically designed fluid for the transaxle as well as setting proper level..

My car has 65080 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi Samuel. Thanks for contacting us tonight. In this case, I would tend to agree with the transmission specialist. The 2009 Ford Fusion and Focus (along with a few other years) are notorious for having a rather aggressive shifting automatic transmission. This is due to an engineering design flaw within the hydraulic lines inside the transaxle case along with a few other mechanical flaws that make these transmissions major trouble. If this shop is offering to attempt and fix this issue after 1,000 miles, I would take them up on the offer, but I’m not sure what can be done.

Was this answer helpful?
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. why does my transmission shift hard from 2nd to 3rd

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: Truck makes ticking sound and idles hard

The ticking noise is more than likely a lifter tick. Sometimes you can perform an engine flush to get some of the ticking out but the only sure way is to replace the lifter. The rough idle is usually caused...

Q: does a cracked exhaust manifold cause oil to leak

A damaged exhaust manifold does not affect engine oil consumption. Of serious concern though is the possibility that the cracked manifold is leaking exhaust gas (including poisonous carbon monoxide) into the passenger cabin, typically through the firewall and vents. If...

Q: How do you set the Auto Lock feature?

Your car is equipped with an auto-lock feature that automatically locks the doors of the car when you move the gearshift from park to any gear. This is a safety feature that’s designed to help prevent the doors from accidentally...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...