Transmission problems

Car starts fine, I put it in reverse and it shifts hard, put it in drive and the motor revs and car acts like clutch sticking, put it in 2nd and car barely revs then goes fine, shift to drive and it works, might shift hard.
When slowing down you feel it shift into second by its self.

My car has 187000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a wide variety of issues. The first thing I would do is check to make sure that the transmission fluid is at the correct level and not dirty or contaminated. If the fluid looks good then it may be possible that there is some sort of problem with a transmission sensor or solenoid. These components control the vehicle’s shifting and can cause the symptoms you are experiencing if one of them has an issue. It may also be possible that there are internal transmission issues. If there is an issue with the torque converter, transmission gears, or clutch packs, the transmission could experience hard or improper shifting, as well as other obvious symptoms. As servicing these components would require removal of the transmission, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose what may be causing your transmission issues.

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Ford`s PowerShift dual clutch transmission was used in 2010. Vehicles impacted are the Ford Fiesta (model years 2011-2016) and the Ford Focus (model years 2012-2016) equipped with a PowerShift transmission.
1. At the top of all auto repair experts lists for causes of problematic transmissions is low transmission fluid. Usually caused by a leak somewhere in the system, low or contaminated fluid makes it nearly impossible for the transmission to automatically shift gears and run smoothly.
SIGNS OF TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS

Are you experiencing any pause in forward motion when your vehicle is shifting into first gear, or beyond first gear? Is there a delayed vehicle response when you shift from park to reverse? Transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears.

As thousands of consumers who have purchased or leased a defective 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2015 Ford Focus have discovered, their transmissions and clutch assembly may contain a defect that causes, among other problems, transmission shuddering, slips, bucking, kicking, jerking, harsh engagement, premature …
The Ford Focus transmission problems hit the vehicles marketed between 2010 and 2016. All the affected cars belonged to Focus, Fiesta, and EcoSport models equipped with a Powershift automatic transmission.
The first step in determining your transmission problems consists of the technician connecting the diagnostic equipment to your vehicle`s on-board computer. This will produce a code stating where the problem lies.
It is generally reliable as long as the transmission oil and filter have been changed and continue to be changed at least every three years or 38,000 miles, whichever comes first. Its reputation for unreliability largely comes from that essential service not being carried out.
Transmission Wear-and-Tear: How long does a Ford F-150 transmission last? Typically, F-150 transmissions can last anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 miles with proper maintenance. Keep in mind that your transmission will experience wear and tear at the same rate as your engine.
But a blown fuse No. 38 becomes a likely candidate causing a loss of power to the transmission solenoids.
Despite the Ford F-series being a top-selling vehicle in America for four decades, it has faced numerous recalls, complaints, and transmission issues.
You can find your vehicle`s transmission on your window sticker. It will be listed under Vehicle Description on top of the window sticker.
Manual transmissions require less servicing to remain functional and don`t need the same type of oil as an automatic transmission. Cars with a stick-shift usually last longer than an automatic of the same make and model.
The only other current Ford models that use continuously variable transmissions are its hybrid models including the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Ford C-Max, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
No, Ford hasn`t fixed its transmission problems. Ford refuses to repair or replace the 10-speed transmissions, according to multiple lawsuits.
Any Focus model outfitted with that gearbox has suffered from various transmission issues. Many drivers complained about shuddering, hesitations, and jerking while driving their Focus. Other Focus generations have fared better in reliability.
Any Focus model outfitted with that gearbox has suffered from various transmission issues. Many drivers complained about shuddering, hesitations, and jerking while driving their Focus. Other Focus generations have fared better in reliability.
However, just like buying any used vehicle—there are risks involved. Even in models that are well built and popular such as the F-150 model. One example of Ford F-150 models you should be wary of are those from 2009-2014 that are known for suffering from transmission cooler line fatigue and rusting.

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Kia Optima 2004 v6 LX new engine old transmission no problems before with transmission now my transmission is shifting a high rpm
ANSWER : Hi There,
This may be an issue related to the communication of the PCM and the TCM (Transmission control module). As you may know, the TCM relies on the PCM to transmit information related to RPM’s, which the TCM then uses to determine when to direct the transmission to shift. The transmission control module has various sensors such as vehicle speed sensors, wheel speed sensors, throttle position sensors, turbine speed sensor, and transmission fluid temperature sensors that all direct information to it in order for it to perform it’s function. Other functions controlled by the TCM are components such as a kick down switch, traction control system, and cruise control module. Any of these may also affect the way the transmission control module performs and controls the transmission and the shifting of your vehicle. I would suggest having a professional from Your Mechanic come to your location to properly diagnose your transmission problem.

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Transmission problems and the car is pretty new
ANSWER : The transmission on your car has electronic controls and shift solenoids which control gear changes. I suggest getting a thorough test on your transmission to determine possible causes of the failure before overhauling the transmission. The computer should be scanned for codes and all wiring should be checked. Check the transmission fluid for signs of being burned or contaminated. The transmission cooler and lines should also be flushed out. Since your car is not drivable, contact YourMechanic to check the transmission and get a diagnosis so you do not replace the transmission if only a solenoid in the transmission is bad.

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Electrical or transmission problems with Hummer
ANSWER : Hi there. This vehicle is known for having a history of electrical issues. From the symptoms you are getting it sounds like a bad ignition switch or a failing body control module. Most of the time it is the ignition switch. When it fails internally it causes these systems to act up almost like the key is being turned off and on. This can be diagnosed with a voltage meter by doing a voltage drop test on the switch. If the switch is fine then the body control module will need to be replaced. If this is something that you want to have diagnosed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your office to inspect your electrical problems.

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I was already having transmission problems. Will constant use of Cruise Control further deteriorate it? Will it cause CC problems?
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. The cruise control uses some of the same sensor inputs the transmission uses and can indeed affect the transmission and cruise control. If the transmission is slipping then the cruise control may not control the speed steady. Have the transmission problem diagnosed and fixed then see if cruise control problems go away.

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My transmission is slipping. If I replaced it while that solve my problem? asked by Jose V on July 02, 2017 I have a automatic
ANSWER : Hi Jose: Thanks for your question. Below is some additional information in addition to that sent to you by John yesterday. Installing used parts, particularly a part as complex as a transmission, is not the best practice. If you have a transmission fault, the first thing to do is get the cause of the fault professionally diagnosed because some transmission faults are easy to fix, such as low fluid level, replacement of burnt fluid, or needed fixes on engine controls or wiring (transmissions are electronically controlled). YourMechanic offers that service as a transmission diagnostic and you can schedule that at your convenience.

After you know, for sure, what is wrong with the transmission then a decision can be made as to the most economic and effective repair strategy. That is, if the fix is not amongst the simple causes of transmission breakdowns, but rather is due to something like a worn out band, or a leaking clutch piston, then the transmission has to be removed, completely overhauled and re-installed, usually with a new torque converter. Without a diagnostic, even installing a new transmission may not resolve your issue if the fault lies in an engine control or electronic control component and this is why you need to first get the problem identified. Hope we can assist you with this.

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Can my antifreeze leak be linked to my transmission problem?
ANSWER : Hi there. You will need to first find the coolant leak and address the leak and get it fixed. The engine may overheat and cause even more problems. The transmission or engine misfires could be from the coolant leak if the coolant is getting onto the wiring of the engine. You may also be going into failure mode if the engine is running hot. Have the cooling system diagnosed and repaired first and any coolant leaks on the harnesses cleaned of coolant that may have got in connections. Then scan and test systems for further problems and diagnosis needed.

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Nissan Serena 2001 Transmission has shifting-problems intermittently.
ANSWER : It is possible that this is a transmission control module issue. As you may already know the transmission control module provides direction to the transmission as to shifting points, clutching and a wide variety of other control related transmission functions. Check to be sure there is a proper amount of transmission fluid in it. I would suspect that based upon your descriptions there is most likely a Check Engine Light on in your dash. This will register a fault code in the car’s computer which will provide detail as to the specific problems the transmission may be having. You will need a specific type of scanning tool that works directly with the transmission ECM rather than your car’s main computer. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your possible faulty transmission and make repairs.

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Transmission problem after alternator replacement
ANSWER : Hi there. Why was the alternator replaced? Was the battery tested with a digital tester that provides current voltage, cold cranking amps, and state of health? If not, I suggest having that battery tested. A bad cell inside the battery can wreak havoc on electrically controlled systems; especially computer controlled systems. This cell can create voltage spikes and dips where there should be none. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several available technicians that can assist you with an electrical problems inspection.

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