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I am having problems with my ford focus 2001 with 121,000 I had the transmission filter changed a week ago and the system flushed. But it still seems to be having problems shifting from 1st to 2nd gear sometimes and it does hesitate and shudder sometimes. This happens only when it is cold and straightens out after driving it for a few minutes. Could this be a shift moduel or a sensor?

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  • figs4 Aug 07, 2008

    Thanks for your advice. I will be taking it in to have it put on the computer, to make sure what is going on. Thank you for your time. Will try and let ya know how it turns out- hopefully the cheaper end of fixing this problem!!!!

  • figs4 Sep 10, 2008

    Thanks for your help. We had it looked at and it was not throwing a code. Ended up going to transmission shop, and it was the forward gear was going out in the car. The bearings were wore out. We had the transmission rebuilt (OUCH!) But it beats going out to buy a new vehicle and being more in debt.

    Mechanic said that 4-cyclinder vehicles cannot be ran aggressively-which I didn't feel we really had. But we are babying it now when we do drive it to at least get our money back out of it after spending a bunch to have it running right again.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    When cold the tranny [auto] shudders even after it gets to temp. when I cut it off and start driving again its gone. When its first driving a bad vibration on right side of dash. Had the motor mounts replaced a few months ago.


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It very well could be a faulty shift sensor, ford is bad about putting these sensors internally on the transmission. I would reccommend taking it to a shop with the proper computer so they can go into the vehicle's computer and test the shift solonoid in the transmission. If that is working probably, the clutch between first and second gear could be getting a little wore out, once it heats up it swells up and could be acting properly then.

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