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2002 ford focus lx popping out of gear

It started a couple weeks ago when my car started popping out of gear while driving down the road. also when stopped i can feel it popping from drive to neutral and back. also at night time when it does it my lights keeping going on and off . i was told to take it to a shop and have it tested on the computer. i did and they couldnt find any problems. then it went away, until today it started doing it again. nobody can figure out the problem. anyone have this problem before?

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  • ctpence Jan 02, 2009

    I had the same problem a couple of months ago with a 02 SE. While driving one day the car just shifted in to neutral from drive. It ended up being the shift solenoid and I had it towed and repaired at a Ford dealer. Figure about a $400 fix depending on where you take to be repaired.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    It sounds light a transmission (assuming the trans fluid is not low) shift solenoid is shorted, have a self test run on the system, Auto Zone and others will test it for free, post the resaults on thiws thread and we will try and figure this out.



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