The Ford Fusion has received much attention over the years for its comfortable, straightforward design. It was named 2010 Car of the Year by Motor Trend. But transmission difficulties plague some Fusion vehicles, frustrating a portion of the consumer base. Often, these problems are similar and resolved easily. But some instances of transmission malfunction leave owners considerably disappointed in the Ford Fusion.
The reports of transmission problems in the Ford Fusion span all years of manufactured models. The varying engine types are all susceptible to the common malfunctions. Issues are cited with 2.3 L engines through the range to 3 L models, and affect both automatic and manual transmissions. Mileage is also not a likely cause, as the problems frequently present in cars with little use.
Complaints on consumer reports web sites show a common problem among many owners. The transmission can perform very rough gear changes, which may shake the entire vehicle. Often this occurs while the car shifts into first gear. Unfortunately, this particular problem is not often resolved by dealerships, and may be escalated to other divisions of the Ford service chain. Some owners report that the problem worsens after attempted repair.
Over the years, Ford has officially recalled certain transmission components for upgrade or repair at dealerships. In 2007, service bulletins were issued to correct PCM calibration devices in the Ford Fusion transmission system. The crankshaft pulleys have also been recalled for malfunctioning transmissions. Both problems affected drive-ability and caused a variety of transmission symptoms. However replacement is straightforward and resolves many transmission issues.
Owners frequently report concerns over unusually high RPM during gear changes. The RPM may rise sharply during normal operation, such as incline driving, but harsh unexpected gear changes then occur. The majority of reports indicate that lower gears are involved in the problem. The condition will present during a shift into first, second, or third gear, either deliberately or unexpectedly. Some dealers blame bad tires, but owners report that more complex mechanisms usually need replacement.
While the scope of transmission problems are usually more than individuals can repair on their own, dealerships also have poor track record in resolving Ford Fusion transmission malfunctions. When interacting with a Ford dealer, urge them to research all TSB bulletins on the Fusion as they investigate the problems. TSB 07-26-9, for example, is a notice that may get a dealership working directly with the issue rather than dismissing the symptoms as "normal" behavior.
- Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Nathan
Ford Explorer Transmission Recall
Automotive manufacturers occasionally recall vehicles when a component fails to meet federal safety standards or has a manufacturing defect. Beginning Aug. 30,...
How to Troubleshoot a 2006 Ford Fusion
The 2006 Ford Fusion is a mid-sized automobile made by Ford Motor Company. Although the 2006 Fusion does not have any official...
How to Troubleshoot a Moonroof on a Ford Fusion
The moonroof on your Ford Fusion may be showing its age if you've owned it for a number of years. A number...
How to Diagnose a Transaxle Problem
Once of the first steps in diagnosing a transaxle problem is determining whether your car moves. The transaxle is the part of...
How to Fix Transmission Problems for the Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a compact sport utility vehicle first manufactured in 2001. Like any vehicle, the Escape may develop some transmission...
Vibrations in a Ford Fusion Car
The presence of noticeable and persistent vibrations in any make or model car, including a Ford Fusion, can indicate a serious problem....
What Is a CVT Transmission in a 2006 Ford 500?
The Ford 500 sold from 2005 to 2007 and came with options for two different transmissions. One was a six-speed automatic transmission...
List of Ford Recalls
Ford has a long history of good engineering and reliability, but every so often a bad egg does sneak through, which contains...
Ford Fusion Problems
The 2010 Ford Fusion earned a number of impressive accolades, including a 9.3 rating from U.S. News Rankings & Reviews and the...
Problems With the Mercury Transmission Solenoid
The transmission solenoid controls the flow of transmission fluid throughout the transmission of a Mercury automobile. Many technical service bulletins (TSB) and...