P2837 Ford Focus: Understanding and Troubleshooting the Problem

Hello everyone, welcome to Barber’s Auto Help. Today, I’m going to continue discussing the common issues found in the 2012 to 2018 Ford Focus, and I have a bonus for you! The information I share is also applicable to the Ford Fiesta equipped with the DPS6 transmission.

One of the prominent issues inside the gearbox of the DPS6 transmission is the shearing off of the locating tab for the upper shift drum. It causes various symptoms such as a transmission fault message, the check engine light coming on, and incorrect shifting.

When diagnosing this problem, I start by removing the transmission control module (TCM) to access the clock gears, which indirectly manipulate the shift drums. Rotating these gears helps to identify issues. Replacing the transmission case has proven to be the most effective method to resolve this problem.

Understanding the inner workings of the transmission is important. The TCM administers the shifting process using two shift motors and gears. These components control the shift forks, which in turn manipulate the shift drums. The shearing of the locating tab leads to the TCM’s inability to determine the transmission gear, resulting in the mentioned symptoms.

Replacing the transmission case and cleaning the components thoroughly, along with necessary inspections, is generally sufficient for repairing this issue. It’s essential to emphasize the importance of using a repair manual and following it meticulously when addressing DPS6 transmission problems.

While this repair can be complex, the transmission itself is resilient, making the chances of damage to other internal components minimal. However, attention to detail and a thorough inspection are crucial to achieving a successful repair.

If you find the information helpful and have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Always refer to the repair manual before attempting any repair, and proceed at your own risk. Thank you for watching, and I hope this video has been informative. Have a great day!

What is the issue being discussed in this video?

The issue being discussed is the locating tab for the upper shift drum tending to shear off inside the gearbox of the DPS6 transmission on Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta vehicles. This leads to symptoms such as a transmission fault message, check engine light, and incorrect shifting.

How can the problem with the locating tab be diagnosed?

The problem can be diagnosed by removing the TCM (transmission control module) and inspecting the clock gears. By rotating the clock gears and observing the number of turns, a problem with the locating tab can be identified.

What is the process of repairing this problem?

The recommended repair process involves replacing the gearbox portion of the transmission case, cleaning the gears thoroughly, and re-shimming the differential. It is advised to check clearances on synchronizers, teeth on gears, and for bearing damage during the repair.

What precautions should be taken when repairing the DPS6 transmission?

It is crucial to have a repair manual and follow it meticulously for the repair. The video content does not replace the need for a repair manual. Additionally, it is advised to use the information at one’s own risk and make thorough inspections to ensure the repair is done correctly.

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