Part one of a series on typical transmission problems explores problems you may encounter with a Ford sedan or truck
Ford Transmission Problems
First off, let’s start with the basics. As a rule, Fords use an automatic transmission, unless it is a 4 wheel drive vehicle, and then it will likely have a transfer case as well. Of relatively newer model Fords, the ones with the most transmission problems are the Ford Fiesta, the Ford Focus, and the F-250 Truck. A recent investigation by WTAE found that particularly in Fiestas and Focuses. As to why, it is all due to the design of the transmission of these vehicles. According to Bill Visnic, senior editor at Edmunds.com:
“The Ford transmission is basically a hybrid of an automatic and a manual, aimed at improving gas mileage.
“In a dual-clutch, automated-manual sometimes you do feel those shifts and you do feel a little bit of roughness and maybe jerkiness because you’re just going directly from one gear to another,” he said.
Like a manual transmission, it’s trickier on hills, which may explain why Pittsburgh drivers have had a tougher time with it. Some drivers have complained their cars roll backward when they’re stopped on a hill.
“I do think roll-back has been one of the biggest problems with this transmission. It’s a very,very difficult thing,” Visnic said.
He said Ford has improved the transmission in the last two years and it’s issued technical service bulletins to help dealers make it shift more smoothly. But some drivers may never be satisfied.”
Ford F-250 Transmission Problems
Ford F-250s are fairly durable pickups, however, they do have a few transmission problems. A common problem is that the engine can flare up, and when going into 4th gear, the gearbox slips. If you encounter this problem, don’t suffer with it. Get it in to a Ford dealer or a transmission repair shop to fix the issue.
This concludes part one of our series. For more information, be sure to read part two as well.
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