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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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Have ford focus auto 2009 zetec 1600. auto gear stick very

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have ford focus auto 2009 zetec 1600. auto gear stick very stiff, drives okay when in gear,. last night turned car off in whilst still in drive, had problems getting cat into park. now have stiff bear change.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
that should have said gear change, also is it safe to drive?


I'd take a look at the colour of the transmission oil it should be a dark red colour if its black then its needs changing together with its oil filter. Also check its level with the gearbox warm and just after you've moved the selector through all the positions leaving it for a few seconds in each one and then back to park.

You can top up the box through the side fill plug if required and make sure you use the correct oil for your car as the fluids are not all the same. Some manufacturers recommended a change of the type of fluid - Speak to the local dealer and parts dept - they will advise you on the updated fluid to use..

If that’s all OK then check all the electrical connections of the gearbox, remove each connector in turn and spray with contact cleaner. Check that the wiring to the gearbox is in good condition with no chafing or frayed wire

If this is OK then check the selector lever linkage / cable under the car for any broken parts and or missing bolts as if this is coming adrift then it can rub on the car body or just bind up

Then - you should top up if low and re try it - or, if its level is ok - and condition is ok - then the next step is to drain it off - open it up and clean the filters inside -- refill and retry it..

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thanks for that, where do i find the box with side fill plug.?


looks like your model has a service port on top of the gearbox

to top up fluid

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can the service port be reached under the bonnet?



you may have to remove the air filter box but its otherwise straightforward

Customer: replied 1 year ago.