DETROIT – Did Ford knowingly sell defective cars to thousands of customers? This question will probably only be the subject of a response to the court.
The company denies the charge, but lawyers swirl around a class action lawsuit and seek more action afterwards.
From time to time, the three national auto companies end up with a problem that gets much worse than expected. In this case, the vehicles in question are the Ford Focus 2012-2013 sedans and some 2014.
Mechanic Bobby Skinner of the Madison Heights Transmission Clinic offered a quick tutorial on Ford's famous DPS6 under Focus 2012.
"You have the module here and then you have the transmission itself, and the clutch switch is in the housing itself, which you can not see," Skinner said.
He said that sometimes the modules broke down and that the clutch disks were used inside and that, when the computer detected it, the transmission was stopped as long as the car was driving anywhere.
Retired and church volunteer, George Blaw, said it was in a rush hour Wednesday night on I-75 heading north, where he stopped .
"It was not very fun," said Blaw. "I stopped on I-75 and I was – the cars had to turn around me and there were only two lanes because of the construction."
His 7-year-old Focus, who has 70,000 miles traveled, went from the transmission clinic to the dealer because of the class action suit against DPS6.
Ford repairs transmissions for module problems.
Blaw said that this type of problem happened too often.
"I get two or three reviews a week, and I probably get calls for 10 of them a week, whether they arrive here or not," Blaw said.
Ford officials said they thought they had a perfect transmission for the redesigned Focus when it recovered.
The company is excused from its customers for the inconvenience caused.
Click here to view the Ford PowerShift Transmission Regulations.
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