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ETnRvr

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Posted: 07/26/11 08:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don Don wrote:

yep, mine exploded and came thru the hood. Towed it 2 other times with no problem. I assume something went wrong. Had it in N and Power off just as before. Came to pieces.


What, exactly exploded and came through the hood? I have my 2011 Fiesta set up for flat towing and I am getting ready for a 4000 mile trip. I don't really want any surprises.

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Posted: 07/26/11 03:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would sure like to know more about what happened and what Ford has to say about it.

I just purchased a 2012 Ford Focus which I plan to tow 4 down (it has the same transmission as the Fiesta).


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I had the same problem, transmission flew apart. Ford replaced the transmission and did a great job. I was very happy with the way this was handled by Ford. They even asked that the old trans be sent to Ford Factory for analysis.

Ford suggested a little variation to the towing preperation. Because the transmission shifts electrically, they suggested:

With the car off, turn key to #2 position.
Shift to N
Turn key off. (You will not be able to remove the key)
disconnect car battery.
THEN hook up electrical from car to the motorhome.(No trickle charging or charge line connection to the car).
Start car within fifteen minutes after towing.

I followed this procedure on my last trip of 1700 miles and no problems.

The biggest concern seems to be that power is removed from the system to prevent the transmission from autoshifting into another gear.

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Posted: 07/27/11 09:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't own a Fiesta but the folks that stayed next to me in Montana said they had a transmission go bad when they started the trip and Ford said it was their fault. The battery had gone dead and when they tried to start it they put it in park and it would not start so they put it back in neutral and continued the trip. Seems the electronics had enough to register park but not back to neutral so it blew. They called us after they had left Montana for Yellowstone and said the trans had exploded through the hood.
See my post on Ford Fusion.

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Posted: 07/29/11 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The trans exploded. Pieces of metal came thru the hood and radiator





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I just towed my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE automatic on its first long
tow (200 miles), and noticed something worrisome. After an hour
of highway towing at 55 MPH, with almost no braking, I stopped
and checked the wheel temperatures with an infrared thermometer.
The front passenger-side brake rotor read 130C (266F); the front
driver-side rotor read 101C (213F). There's an auxiliary braking
system, but its monitor indicated it didn't activate. The brake
pedal was up as far as possible. The parking brake was off. The
tire pressure was 31 PSI cold.

Has anyone else made similar measurements?

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Posted: 08/17/11 08:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

5215 wrote:

I just towed my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE automatic on its first long
tow (200 miles), and noticed something worrisome. After an hour
of highway towing at 55 MPH, with almost no braking, I stopped
and checked the wheel temperatures with an infrared thermometer.
The front passenger-side brake rotor read 130C (266F); the front
driver-side rotor read 101C (213F). There's an auxiliary braking
system, but its monitor indicated it didn't activate. The brake
pedal was up as far as possible. The parking brake was off. The
tire pressure was 31 PSI cold.

Has anyone else made similar measurements?


I have been towing my Fiesta from Sevierville TN to Custer SD. I have been checking wheel temperatures by hand and have not detected any extreme heating after many stops and more than 1500 miles. I am using the Blue Ox Patriot braking system and have had no problems up to this point. I will be going on to Little Bighorn, Yellowstone Park, Grand Tetons, Centennial CO, Lake of the Ozarks and back to Sevierville over the next month. I intend to have the brakes checked by the Ford dealer when I get back. One note about the Fiesta; it is a GREAT choice for a toad. It has been a lot of fun to drive on the many excursions we have taken. The Needles Highway in Custer State Park was a joy to drive in this car.

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