- Learn about common Ford Focus transmission problems
- Everything you need to know when shopping for a Ford Focus transmission for sale
- How and when to buy a remanufactured Ford Focus transmission
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Ford Focus Transmission Problems & Solutions
Launched just in time for the new millennium, the first generation Ford Focus was the Blue Oval’s first ‘World Car’, which could be built and sold in many different markets. It was also the first Ford compact car to feature a 4-wheel independent suspension, which gave it go-cart-like handling, along with a smooth ride. For the first time in history, buyers in London and Long Beach could drive basically the same car. A fact that no doubt helped the Focus to literally become the best-selling car in the world for several consecutive years. However, it’s stunning popularity couldn’t hide the numerous problems that owners experienced with the 4F27E automatic transmission.
Common Problems with the Ford Focus 4F27E Transmission
Torque Converter Issues
The torque converter is a fluid coupling that transfers engine power to the transmission by using transmission fluid to spin a pump that pressurizes the ATF inside the gearbox. A common issue with the Ford Focus 4F27E Transmission is failed stader/pump bushings inside the torque converter, or a faulty torque converter clutch control valve inside the valve body. If either of these parts go bad, you can experience slipping between gears (usually 3 > 4), and a pronounced shudder or shaking at low speeds.
Failed Shift Solenoid
In order to shift gears in an electronically controlled transmission, the computer sends an electric current to a little spring-loaded plunger inside the valve body. These ‘solenoids’ control the flow of pressurized transmission fluid, and activating one will cause the gears and transmission bands to move about and give you a higher or lower gear. If one of them goes bad, you can experience seriously delayed shifts, or no shift at all.
Faulty Valve Body Accumulators
One of the most common Ford Focus 4F27E transmission problems is unusually hard shifts. This condition is typically caused by a broken transmission accumulator, which are basically spring-loaded dampers that absorb the extra fluid pressure that instantly builds up when one of the shift solenoids actuates a shift. If the spring goes bad, that instant rush of fluid pressure will cause an unpleasant driving experience, along with internal damage if the actuators aren’t changed.
How to Solve Ford Focus Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Focus 4F27E transmission
If you’re having Ford Focus transmission problems, then the quickest solution would be to buy a used 4F27E transmission from a junkyard. They’ll give it a quick visual inspection, check the condition of the transmission fluid, then sell it to you with a 30-90 day warranty. If you have problems with your used Ford Focus transmission, they’ll just pull one out of another wrecked car and swap it for the defective gearbox. Except, you’ll have to pay the labor charges (again), and there’s no guarantee that the new-used transmission will work any better.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Focus 4F27E Transmission
To avoid the ‘unknown’ reliability of a used transmission, you could opt for a rebuilt Ford Focus 4F27E transmission. These feature many new parts, along with a 1-2 year warranty. However, you’re at the mercy of the rebuilder’s skills (let’s hope he’s not having a bad day), and that warranty may only be accepted at certain transmission shops. So getting a reliable rebuilt transmission may not be as easy as you think.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Focus 4F27E Transmission
To achieve a permanent solution to your transmission problems, you’re going to need a remanufactured Ford Focus 4F27E Transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each 4F27E transmission has been thoroughly remanufactured back to factory specs, and key areas are upgraded to eliminate problems that are common to this transmission. Some of these upgrades include; a remanufactured transmission pump with special line bore bushings to prevent leaks and improve durability. The valve body gets upgraded accumulators, along with a complete system correction and recalibration kit to improve both fluid pressure control and shift quality. The remanufactured torque converter uses components that exceed OEM specs, to eliminate the chance of early failure. And every one of our reman transmissions are backed by a transferable nationwide 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Warranty that covers both the transmission and labor if something ever does go wrong. So if you’re ready to solve your Ford Focus transmission problems once and for all, then give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Ford Focus transmission.