Rebuild transmission or is it the solenoid?

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Asked by Feb 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM about the 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I apologize in advance for a rather childish description of my problem, but I honestly have little to no knowledge of cars.

I have a 2005 Ford Focus. Three weeks ago I was standing idle at a stop when the car started to jerk forward , later reverse about a meter and that seemed to solve the problem. Two weeks ago, while sitting at another stop I tried to accelerate and the transmission started slipping and was very "jerky". I pulled off into a parking lot to check the transmission fluid to see if that's the problem. It was brown and smelled a little burnt. I decided to try and drive to the nearest mechanic but quickly found that I couldn't reverse out of the parking spot. I couldn't even roll out of it in neutral sitting on a hill. I eventually had the car towed home. I later started the car after sitting for a about a week and here's what it did.

Taking the car out of park-it lunged forward
Placing it in reverse- it lunged forward
Placing it in neutral- rolled forward
In drive- lunged forward and rolled

Can anyone give me any advice on whether it's the transmission or solenoid (which I hear is a common problem with focus')?

Thanks

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You'll just have to take the car to a mechanic that knows automatic gearboxes. It doesn't matter if I can give a solution online you'll not be able to fix it yourself in anycase. I have a lot of knowledge about a couple of cars and rebuild a couple but I will not even attempt to tinker on an automatic box. Replacing a solenoid might fix the prob but your not sure if it will so save yourself the trouble and have someone qualified look at it. Hope this helps you to get closer to a decision on what to do.

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It sounds to me like a transmission failure, if what you are describing is potent smelly transmission oil this is due to the the fluid being allowed to seap past the internal valves that control the oil preassure, commonly known as 'slipping' this causes the oil to overheat due to the friction produced. Take it to get checked out and confirmed

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Thank you Paul and MrRocket12

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