2008 Ford Focus Automatic Transmission will not engage drive or reverse


Asked by Oct 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM about the 2008 Ford Focus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an '08 Ford Focus with about 140k miles on it. 3 months ago the
reverse went out and I had the reverse clutch drum rebuilt -- from then on
there were no issues. About a week ago it started having trouble shifting up
when I would accelerate. Then the other day it began dropping in and out of
gear as I was driving down the road. Made it to the house and parked it.
Now there it will not engage into any gear; drive, reverse, low, etc. will not
engage. The car starts and seems fine until you go to put it in gear -- then
you are left just sitting there like you were still in neutral.

3 Answers




Thanks for stating the obvious. I was looking for more of an actual answer to what could be the issue. It seems like maybe a throttle body problem or something else other than the reverse clutch drum its self, seen as how it is all gears that are not engaging now.


Check for low or no transmission fluid. May have been a leak after they did the last repair

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