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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Keep in mind that nearly all DCT transmissions including those utilized by VW/ Audi are dry clutch for the torque capacity the Focus required. It is in the TCU, and control software because Ford allowed excessive clutch slip during shifts to try to emulate the shift quality of a traditional automatic.
Most of Audi/VW's DCT are wet clutch, they had recalls with the dry clutch DCTs as well and AFAIK, they have also left dry clutch behind.


https://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/...0160616-gpkryu
Ford could have easily fixed the issue....swapped the DCT for the 6-Speed that was in the Escape, it would probably increase costs a little bit but they would have kept a lot of customers happy - a happy customer is always a returning customer.

I am wondering how much of the DCT disaster is to blame for the ‘sky is falling’ sales - not only in NA but also in China.
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Most of Audi/VW's DCT are wet clutch, they had recalls with the dry clutch DCTs as well and AFAIK, they have also left dry clutch behind.


https://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/...0160616-gpkryu
Remembering also that I am referring to the accepted knowledge during Focus development.


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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-25-2019, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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They were still wet clutches 🙂

NHTSA is now being pushed to get an investigation going - this could become very expensive for Ford if they indeed forced a recall (but recall with what? If the transmissions are still ****...would NHTSA force a buy back or force Ford to do the right thing - aka drop the 6-Speed in them)

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/f...ocus-congress/

Honestly if I was the CEO I’d be offering dealers extra bonus to make people get rid of these Focus/Fiestas asap....either that or I would be looking to engineers on how to retrofit a different transmission to them...whatever was cheaper to avoid the potential image damage to the brand.
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