Ford Focus PowerShift Automatic Transmission Problems


Ford Focus PowerShift automatic transmission problems and owner complaints on 2011 - 2016 model years. With the introduction of an all-new Ford Focus, Ford Motor Company uncovered its own set of actual and potential transmission problems. This website provides information to California consumers that can be used to alleviate the problems they may be experiencing with their Focus, and/or legal remedies available to them under the California lemon law.
This law firm has settled over 900 Ford Focus and Fiesta PowerShift lemon law cases.

This transmission starts out shifting fine, but as the clutch fork control TCM (transmission control modules, which fail) and the engine and transmission oil seals (which leak and fail), the transmission begins to show the symptoms outlined below. It is doing this because the normally “dry” clutch (like a stick-shift manual transmission), gets contaminated by the leaking oil seals. Once the clutch is contaminated (like any dry clutch), it must be replaced. A few years back Ford tried to “clean” the clutch surface – this didn’t work. Then they introduced an “updated green seal” package for the previously leaking original seals, which proved just as problematic and continue to leak/fail.

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Ford Motor Company, to combat these problems and mitigate warranty payout expenses, initiated a “slip test” for the clutch. Ford “designed” this test all on their own. Many consider it to be a hoax and a joke. It simply sets forth the requirement of the clutch to have a clutch-slip differentiation figure of over 250 RPM’s. This means you can have a horribly shifting/operating PowerShift transmission that, say, is at 240RPM/s on the “slip test” and it PASSES and you don’t get a warranty repair. You see, the longer Ford can hold off changing out the clutch (which is about an $800-$900 repair), the better chances your vehicle will go out of warranty, and then they pay out nothing and you’re stuck with the bill. Now, what about these TCM’s (Transmission Control Modules)? These control the clutch fork motor system and these fail so badly that Ford has extended the warranty to 150,000 miles. These can fail catastrophically on transmission operation, often leaving owners stranded. Dealers with try to “band-aid” these transmission by updating software, re-setting the transmission to “zero point” (meaning – it starts the process all over again), putting in “latest/greatest oil seals (which fail), and other stop-gap measures. Our law firm has seen 2014 Focus vehicles that have had 2-4 clutch replacements, and that’s with the “updated” transmission and engine oil seals!

These owner problems and complaints may include:  

On the newer Ford Focus, PowerShift automatic transmission problems (this is actually an electronically shifting/ controlled dry clutch gearbox) have been found to occur. These transmissions are known to have an internal seal(s) that leak oil from the gearbox case onto the shifting clutches, thus causing transmission operational problems, as well as transmission "tear-downs" and major internal parts replacements.

Among the transmission problems reported by Focus owners includes:

  • "CHECK ENGINE" warning light and transmission operational problems.

  • Harsh shifting of transmission, or other transmission shifting complaints/problems.

  • Loss of power on initial take-off from a stop or from low speeds.

  • The feeling of the transmission "slipping".

  • Harsh or delayed engagement of transmission

  • "Jerking" or "shuddering" upon take-off from a stop.

  • Transmission oil leaks.

  • Repeated re-programming (re-learning) of transmission by Ford dealers to "correct" the issue.

  • Rebuilding or replacement of transmissions for these problems.

  • Replacing leaking transmission seals due to contamination of shifting clutches by leaking oil.

  • Car owners are routinely being told "this is normal operating characteristic for this transmission" by the Ford service departments to complaints of the transmissions operation.

Ford Motor Company, and its authorized Ford dealers are aware of the various problem(s) with the 2011 - 2016 model-year Ford Focus.  Many dealers are performing "software updates" to the engine and transmission systems on the 2011 - 2016 models to correct the transmission issues.

Here is what some dealers are doing in an attempt to correct the issues with these vehicles
  •   “Clearing” DTC’s (Diagnostic Trouble Codes)

  • Replacement of TCM (Transmission Control Module)

  • Updating software to the engine and/or transmission computer

  • Contacting Ford Technical Support HOTLINE.

  • Performing TSB’s (Technical Service Bulletins) or NHTSA mandated Safety Recalls.

  • Contacting/referencing Ford “Oasis” online shop information system, and following “Oasis” topics repairs.

  • Awaiting further instructions from Ford Technical Support HOTLINE for problems that cannot be remedied by the above, or simply that Ford Engineering has the issue “under investigation”, but with no current fix available for the vehicle’s transmission.

Yes, you can do something about this, whether the vehicle is currently fixed or not!

If you own or lease a 2011 - 2016 Ford Focus (whether the issue(s) are fixed or not), you live in California, and you have had 2 or more clutch replacements in the automatic transmission under factory warranty at the ford dealer, we encourage you to call our law firm, or use the convenient free online case evaluation form below.

1-800-225-3666

Your Ford Focus may qualify for a buyback under the California Lemon Law, or you may be entitled to substantial cash compensation in the thousands of dollars.  In California, your attorney’s fees are billed to the automobile manufacturer. You can call us, or use our convenient free case evaluation form below. Either way, you don’t have to put up with a vehicle that does not drive/operate correctly, or is unsafe!

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(Your Ford Focus is a 2011 - 2016 model-year and has had at least two clutch replacements under warranty - get your answer the same day.)

E-Mail Address:

Miles at Purchase:

Current Mileage:

Phone Number:

Acquired New/Used:

# of Repair Visits:

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If your case qualifies, you are entitled under the law to a buyback or substantial monetary compensation!
(You can have a lemon law case whether the repair visits have solved the problems or not.)

It should be noted that Ford Motor Company makes some of the most competitive, high-quality vehicles currently on the market. Not all 2011 - 2016 Ford Focus owners will have a vehicle that displays problems. This advertisement is directed only to owners who are having – or have had – repeated warranty repair problems with their 2011 - 2016 Ford Focus.

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