hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,561 miles

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2009 Ford Focus drivetrain problems

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2009 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Jun 212013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Last year during the summer I would be driving and the engine and wrench lights would come on and I would lose power. Pressing the accelerator did nothing, no response. This has continued to happen occasionally but in the last couple of weeks it has been a daily thing and it happens numerous times each day. I live in Virginia and it has not happened in the winter or early spring when the temps are cooler. I drive about 60 miles round trip and the majority of it is on the highway. This is a dangerous situation. I get to the side of the road and turn the car off, let it set for a minute or less and then start it again and it runs. I don't have to let it stay off for any amount of time, I can start it shortly after shutting it off with no problem. The tach jumps up between 2000-3000 rpms and then settles down. I don't have my foot on the gas when this happens. Sometimes it won't happen again for the rest of the trip but sometimes I drive only a couple miles before the situation repeats. When I'm parked with the car running I can watch the tach falter and drop below 1000 rpms but it catches itself and returns to normal. This is getting old and is nerve wracking while driving on the highway waiting for it to happen.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #12

May 182013


  • 61,280 miles
Car went into limp home mode (wrench light) while pulling into traffic, sudden loss of power almost led to accident. My two year old was in the vehicle, with her side exposed to oncoming traffic when the car lost connection between the accelerator and throttle. Returned home immediately. Went out to start it later, no warning lights, ran fine. 2 days later, it went into limp home mode on the freeway, this time cel came on. Code P2135, indicating a problem with the throttle body. Part replaced, problem hasn't recurred. Research online indicates this is a known problem (there is a tsb). I would regard it as a safety issue based on the failure rates of widespread (albeit anecdotal) evidence. Though it isn't uncontrolled acceleration, it still is a loss of control; this system is drive-by-wire, the same as Toyota. I would think it should be given consideration for recall. Below are experienced shared on various forums regarding the vehicles affected (2008-2011 Focus): www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"T=271461 www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=317251&highlight=throttle+body www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=298322&highlight=throttle+body www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=291391&highlight=throttle+body www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=290333&highlight=throttle+body www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=257103&highlight=P2112 www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=262099&highlight=P2112 www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"T=174484&highlight=wrench+light bit.ly/18ccw56 bit.ly/16toxcc bit.ly/19aqtpn bit.ly/18cch08 bit.ly/11ik0mu...and countless more on www.fordfocusforums.com.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 252013


  • 81,000 miles
Was driving on cruise control on the interstate and moved to pass a semi-truck. I noticed that when pressing the accelerator, nothing would happen, no response. I then lost cruise control and the orange wrench light turned on. I was able to (thankfully and by the grace of god) pull back inbetween two semi-trucks and pull over to the shoulder. I turned the car off then back on again. I was able to drive to work the rest of the way at 75 mph. I was also able to return home 50 miles safely. Later that night I was driving across the neighborhood and the same problem happened again at 20 mph after just a block of driving. I took the car to the dealership and after 2 days they are 'unable to replicate the problem' and with no computer code or "proof" that the light turned on there is nothing they can do. With the high traffic volume on the interstate and the large number of semi's I hope I survive the next time this is bound to happen to me on my commute to work.

- Herscher, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 012012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 70,200 miles


On October 1 2012 I was driving down my street at aprox 45 mph when the car suddenly lost power and would not accelerate. Luckily I was close to home and about to coast down hill to my driveway. When I pulled into my driveway the car was still running but not quietly, it sputter and was quite loud. I let it sit for a day and started it back up all light are off, however while driving (I live 50 miles, one way all highway driving at high speeds) to my place of employment this morning October 03 2012 I noticed at if I were driving at anything less then 60 where my foot wasn't on the gas I could feel what seem like the tran slip.. I hope my children are not in the car with me should this happen again. And im praying it doesn't!

- Spring Brook Twp , PA, USA

problem #9

Aug 102012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 81,401 miles
I was driving home Friday and I notice a light on the left side of the dash and it look like a wrench, so after about 10 minutes the car began to slowdown, so I pressed the acceleration but the car would not speedup and it acted as tho the transmission was slipping so I was able to coast to the right lane and over to the side off, the freeway after I stop the car, then I turn the engine back on and the car would drive normal, if I accelerated slowly it acted like the trans was slipping, and after I got home I was going to back the car but it would not move when I placed the transmission in reverse it would not move., this is a 2009 Ford Focus, and after reading the reviews on line I see that I am not the only that this have happen to, and this is a very dangerous place to be in on the freeway doing 70mph. And this happened Ford should recall this mod of vehicles.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 122012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 35,150 miles
As I was driving on the freeway at 70 mph in the middle lane, the vehicle lost acceleration power and the "wrench" light came on. While the car was slowing, I had to make several lane changes across heavy, fast moving traffic before I was able to stop along the shoulder. Upon restarting the car, the light was no longer on and the car resumed normal acceleration. The vehicle is currently being assessed at the dealership, as this issue could result in a major collision if it were to recur, potentially causing the car to stall in high-speed traffic without the ability to get to the shoulder.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #7

May 052012

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


On a Saturday, May 5, 12 I was driving home after driving about 30 miles. We came on our St. Picture of a wrench came on. Car started to putt putt and finally made it into driveway. Turned off engine. Looked up in manual and said throttle control transmission. Call dealer immed. The only dealer opened w/in miles and aaa bought it there. Dealer checked computer stuff, unable to duplicate problem. No codes in modules. Person said suspect customer hit tcs button by accident. Employee told customer everything looked fine and I could take car home. I paid for 1/2 hr of work when there was supposedly an hr. Of checking done. However since nothing found I was only charged 1/2 hr. Picked car drove approximately 20+ miles home and it was fine. Sunday- drove approximately 40 miles without incident. Wrench came on and I pulled into parking lot. I turned engine off waited and turned engine on. I drove home without incident. If I was on a highway it would have caused an accident. I have a witness who was in the car with me both times.

- Pepperell, MA, USA

problem #6

Dec 072011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
After driving only a couple miles from my place of departure, speed 45 mph, my car suddenly began to decelerate (and the check engine light, the "wrench" light, came on. When I pressed the accelerator nothing happened, my car continued to decelerate. I pulled over to the far right lane (no shoulder), braked and the car jerked to a stop; I put my hazard lights on. I tried putting the car in neutral and then back in drive, but the car still would not accelerate. I turned the car off. When I restarted, the wrench light was no longer on and the car ran normally. This happened again on the same road, at about the same place (a couple miles from work) a month later on January 18, 2012. Then it happened a 3rd time February 13, 2012 about 3 miles from home. Each time it happened the same way--after driving only a few miles (5-10 minutes running time) there is sudden, uncontrollable deceleration (when I am trying to accelerate between 40-50 mph), wrench light comes on, no response to pushing the gas pedal, I pull out of traffic just in time while continuing to decelerate (had about 30 seconds to make this happen), brake to complete the stop, the car shudders to a halt, I shut the car off, restart and the car acts perfectly normal again.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 162010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at approximately 65mph, when the car lost power. Stepping on the gas pedal had no response. I put the car in neutral and coasted out of traffic and onto the shoulder. When I stopped on the side of the road, the car was shaking violently as if it was getting ready to stall. I tried repeatedly to step on the gas but there was no response. I turned the car off for approximately 30 seconds and tried to restart it. It started right up and the throttle was acting normally. Since that first incident, over a year ago, this has happened six more times with the last one being on 11/14/11. I was traveling at 70 mph on interstate 15 going North up the hill from baker, ca when this happened. Trying to Dodge the other motorists and the big rigs to even get to the shoulder was very scary. I have researched this problem and apparently it is not unique to my vehicle. Someone is going to get seriously injured if this issue is not resolved. As other complaints have stated there is no code left on the computer after I restart the car so my mechanic wants to drive my vehicle until it happens, but it only happens every couple of months. I can't be without my car for that length of time so I am very frustrated.

- Cherry Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 39,253 miles
I was driving my Ford Focus on the highway, running approx. 55 mph. All at once a wrench light came on in my car, and my car decelerated to approx. 10 mph. I pulled it off of the road shut the car off and restarted it, and the car ran fine the rest of the way home. Since then it has happened multiple times, without warning. I took the car to my Ford dealer shortly after the first occurrence, and was told that since the wrench light wasn't on they couldn't tell me what the problem was. Yesterday, the car did it again, but this time the engine light came on and stayed on. I took it to advance to have the code read, and was told it coded out a (tac) throttle actuator control failure. I have several friends that also drive Focus' and they all tell me that theirs is doing the same thing. I was wondering if you could get Ford to recall this problem. I have also researched on the internet and found that they are also having this issue with the mustang, F-150, and F-250 to name a few. Thanks for your help.

- Corning, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 152011


  • 20,750 miles


This is the second time the car lost power and the wrench light came on. The first time the dealer replace a part on the motor. I do not think that Ford has any idea why this happens. My wife drives mostly on 4 lane roads, at high speeds, and sense this is not a one time problem, then Ford should take these cars off the road before some one gets kill, or is that what it takes for the something to be done, and done right and not I think it might be this part or that. I did not see any where Ford has fixed this problem, so they should remove said cars from the highway. The two times this happen to my wife it was light traffic and she could pull off the road, we purchase this car because of the long drive and the fuel mileage. If this happens in traffic will you know what the out come can be, at the speed they drive. Heaven help us if something is not done!

- East Berlin, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 212011


  • 34,200 miles
While driving my 2009 Ford Focus on a trip the car lost power and coasted to a stop. The engine began to violently shake the car. The wrench light came on. We shut the car off and restarted it. It worked fine. On the return trip home the car did the same thing. We took it to the dealer, phil long Ford in Colorado springs, co. They said nothing was wrong with the car. It's still under warranty and they refuse to repair the car or look further as they told me they are losing money to do so. The mechanic doesn't get paid nor the dealership, it's a lose-lose for us - "they aren't part of Ford" was also in their response. Sorry, but you're out of luck. I've sent a letter to the president of phil long and Ford Motor Co. I was told a service manager would call and help after this. 10 days have passed and nothing has happened. The car issue is dangerous as it almost caused an accident. Further non work on this may cause loss of life or an accident yet. I believe Ford and the dealership should take this seriously. The car again is under warranty and no one is willing to assist because their computers don't register an issue.

- Co, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 172010


  • 36,115 miles
I drive a 2009 Ford Focus. While driving down the highway I will have the wrench light come on. I take it to the dealer and they find nothing wrong. When the light comes on the car loses power. I turn the car off, wait about a minute and turn the car back on. At that time the fault clears and the car drives like normal. This typically happens when I've driven for about 25 to 40 miles. This has happened several times per day, and with the car being out of warranty due to miles, but under and extended warranty I'm having to pay to find nothing wrong. I know that something is wrong with the car though. It looks like others may have had the same problem as well.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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