2003Ford Focus Manual Transmission Popping Out Of Second Gear
My wife was driving down the freeway and hit something in the road that caused the oil filter to break the seal. The motor was replaced by insurance but the car keeps popping out of second gear and the insurance says it is not related to the motor seizing up, but the car shifted and ran fine before this incident. I haven't taken possession of the car yet. What is the next step.
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I believe it's your clutch. If you can shift gears okay with the engine off, but you cannot shift gears with the engine running, (the gear shifter only grinds when trying to shift into first?) then your clutch has worn out. To replace a clutch, the transaxle has to be first removed from the car. I'm afraid you will have to have it towed to a shop or garage.
either your transmission doesnt have fluid, syncro to 2nd went bad, or shift linkage may either need to be adjusted or changed out... check and see if transmission has fluid and try double clutching out of 2nd if this is required then syncro went bad
I had a similar problem in my Mazda truck before. There is a pressure switch on the side of my truck's automatic gear box. The switch is connected to the engine vacuum system. When the switch leaks, the vacuum sucked the transmission oil through the vacuum line to the engine over time. Have you checked your transmission oil level? If the oil level is low, that's probably the reason. I was still able to drive back home by adding sufficient amount of transmission oil.
There are a few things that could've gone wrong. It is not a very common problem. First, it could just be a factory mistake. A lemon if you will. Second, this could be caused by driving roughly. Harsh gear changes, lurching in to gear, or things of that nature. You may have also had something from the road bounce up and hit the pan.
P1757 Transmission control pressure not equal to target. (Zero pressure problem)
Theory of Operation
The Governor Pressure Control System is used to regulate the governor
pressure which controls the shifts for first, second, and third gear.
The Governor Pressure Control System test verifies that the requested
pressure and the actual pressure are within a predetermined tolerance.
While the engine is running and the gear selector is in the Drive position.
This DTC will set if the monitored Governor Pressure is greater than
41.4 kPa (6 psi) for 5 seconds while the gear selector is in the Drive
position with the road speed equal to zero - six times during a drive
cycle. The transmission oil temperature must be between 23 - 88° C (73 -
OTHER TRANSMISSION DTC'S PRESENT
5 VOLT SUPPLY CIRCUIT OPEN
5 VOLT SUPPLY CIRCUIT OPEN INSIDE THE TRANSMISSION
TRANSMISSION OIL BURNT OR OIL PAN HAS EXCESSIVE DEBRIS - INTERNAL TRANSMISSION DAMAGE
GOVERNOR PRESSURE SENSOR
GOVERNOR PRESSURE SOLENOID
ENGINE CONTROL MODULE 5 VOLT SUPPLY
ENGINE CONTROL MODULE
Sounds like what you are feeling is reffered to as a stick/slip condition in the drive shaft yoke. What this means when you hit brakes back of truck goes up some causing slip yoke to slide out of transmission some. it sticks there and when you take off it pops back in causing a bump feeling. remove driveshaft and grease the splines of yoke with a light coat of grease.
transaxle reset mode page 148 of the owner manual. when the transaxle sensor detects an abnormal condition that can cause damage, it drops the transmission into second gear to protect the transaxle from damage. pull over to the side of the road, shut off the car and restart it. it may go away for a little while and let you drive normally. mine kept getting worse. I took it to the dealer and they had to replace a part that works with the transaxle (not the transaxle or transmission itself). it cost about $900 and took them 3 attempts as the first two replacement parts were bad out of the box.