SHIFT SOLENOID I THINK 3RD GEAR

2000 Ford Focus

Tiny

cfocus

August, 8, 2013 AT 12:02 AM

While driving goes into 3rd gear but then when my to.S go up or I go over idk 30mph it disengaged then when let off gas or let rev down it engages again. Sounds like a solenoid but no codes? I need help nobody knows what it is here sounds like solenoid to me but why no codes any help would be very helpful.

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Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 8, 2013 AT 4:30 AM

Sometimes codes do not show because the solenoids are working correctly electrically but the mechnical side is leaking causing pressure drop. I would suggest checking the fluid condition and filter. If filter is partially clogged or level is low, insufficient fluid movement would cause symptoms as well.
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Tiny

cfocus

August, 8, 2013 AT 5:00 AM

Ok fluid level is ok idk about filter yet don't want to drain fluid an take pan off to switch filter out then just to have to replace solenoid after an waste fluid when drain again an waste it. Isn't it a special type of fluid also. So other then fluid low or filter being clogge is there anyway way a solenoid could be malfunctioning without a code. Fluid looks clean so guessing filter is good also

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 8, 2013 AT 10:03 PM

Chart shows the solenoid operations in the various modes. Did you test if there is any difference when OD button is turned on or off?

For testings of solenoid operations, a scan tool would be the easiest way to go about. It can read the various circuits and allows you to test the solenoids.

Tiny

cfocus

August, 9, 2013 AT 4:38 PM

Ok well like said don't have codes coming up but same symptom as soliniod how can I test them to seeif working properly

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 9, 2013 AT 6:03 PM

You need a scan tool to test the solenoids.

Tiny

cfocus

August, 9, 2013 AT 6:21 PM

Ya I know I already said that no codes are coming up with code scanner I have one. Like said no codes coming up on scanner.

Tiny

cfocus

August, 9, 2013 AT 6:22 PM

I think it's a mechical issue with one of them sticking or something are u talking about a OBD2 scanner

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 9, 2013 AT 6:48 PM

A scan tool can be used to activate the solenoids to see if they are working correctly. You don't need any codes to do that. How much do you know about cars anc scan tools?

If you want to do it old school, remove the solenoids and test them individually.

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 9, 2013 AT 6:57 PM

By the way when I say scan tool, I mean the real thing, not a code reader.

Tiny

cfocus

August, 9, 2013 AT 7:09 PM

Oh ok well I live on st thoms in the virigin islands I don't think they have the scan tool anywhere here. How do I test the solenoids manually to make sure they are moving an working

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