I could really use some help folks.
Two months ago I was driving my 2005 Ford Focus LX with an automatic
transmission. I made a u-turn and all of a sudden I was just coasting
along. It was as if someone disconnected the transmission. There was
still power and a screeching sound, but the car was going nowhere.
I had it towed to my mechanic. He said that the transmission was bad,
and that the axles had "frozen". Whatever that means. Anyway, I
couldn't afford to replace the transmission so it took me a month to
pay the mechanic and finally pick up the car. He told me that the
transmission was replaced, but that the axles still needed to be
I drove the car away and two days later it kinda did the same thing as
before. Except that this time the car would power stutter (like it was
being shut off) and the engine would power down. Then you would see
smoke coming out of the hood. I had the car towed back to the
mechanic. he said I had lost third gear, and it was probably due to my
One week later I got the car back. I didn't have money to replace the
axles yet. So I drove the car for two weeks without problems. Now it
seems as if it's starting to do what it did before when I got it back
the second time. It kinda loses power around the lower speeds as if
it's stuck trying to shift between second and third.
It's slight right now. It doesn't do it all the time. I don't have 400
bucks right now to replace the axles. I just spent about 2,000 to fix
the transmission. Is it true that the bad axles may be breaking the
transmission? Because my mechanic gave me a warranty on the tranny,
but I think because I haven't fixed the axles he blames anything
transmission related on me.