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Old 06-24-2008, 22:18   #1 (permalink)
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Help!!! OD blinking light intermitten shifting problems

Hi,
My girlfriend has a 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 called Maria :)
It has 80,000 miles.
It seems to shift hard out of the first gear into second gear.
Before shifting into second gear the engine revs high about 4,000rpm.
Then after that point it seems fine.
I saw the OD light blink on the we shut the car off and the light went away.
Both problems are intermitten the hard shifting revving and OD light coming on. The check engine light is NOT on.

She has not changed her tranmission fluid yet. Which she should have done sooner. I am going to do this tommorrow (fluid, filter, gasket).
The transmission fluid is full not empty and color of it looks decent.
If this does not fix the issue, then what do else could it be.
Is it possible it is something beside the transmission.
I am hoping it is not the transmission.

I do not think the ODB2 will pull any errors since the check engine light is not on. Do the ford dealers have more advanced diagnostic tools.
I just hate going to mechanics seems like modern day robbery.

Please help it would certainly be appreciated I searched the net and did not find much.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help!!! OD blinking light intermitten shifting problems

Probably is solenoid in transmission responsible for the signal to shift. Had mine replaced in 2003 ZX3 with only 22k miles - $400 plus repair. May be under warranty as Ford extended drivetrain warranty for 2003 Focus to 100k miles. Mine has a repair title so no go for me.
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Old 06-28-2008, 20:05   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Help!!! OD blinking light intermitten shifting problems

IF the problem is intermittent, i would sugggest checking the electrical connectors on or to the transmission. You might be llucky to find any of the harness crimped or streched creating this intermittent problem. Also, when u experience this problem, just stop and move your gear shifter to both extreme positions and then back to Drive and see if this works.
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