I drive a 2018 Ford Fusion Energi. I've noticed that occasionally when accelerating from stop, my wheels slip a little. My tires don't have a lot of wear on them, so I don't think it's a traction issue. (I've also never had any issues stopping.) I've tried disabling traction control and that doesn't seem to solve the problem. I'm assuming there's probably something going on with the transmission.

I won't be trying to fix anything myself, but I'd like to hear some objective opinions of what might be going on before I decide whether to get it serviced.


Found this quote from 2017 Car and Driver

The low-rolling-resistance tires prioritize fuel economy over grip, so sharp maneuvers prompt a fair bit of squeal followed by urgent intervention from the stability-control system. Driven more calmly, both the steering and the brakes offer wonderfully natural feel.

In consulting the owner's manual, the stability control is separate from the traction control and cannot be turned off. I wonder if that might be where the issue lies.

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    Do you mean that your wheels slip on the road surface? Do you hear rubber squealing? Referencing the transmission implies that power applied from the engine isn't getting to the tires. Which of the two options is more accurate?
    – fred_dot_u
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:19
  • Automatic or manual transmission?
    – jwh20
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:44
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    But you've said the tires are in good shape and this happens on dry pavement. Does this car really have so much power that you can regularly and inadvertently spin the tires when starting out??
    – jwh20
    Sep 28, 2021 at 13:39
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    If this is under Ford's 3 yr/36k basic, 5 yr/60k mile power train warranty, schedule an appointment. Second guessing from anyone should not be a priority to warranty coverage against manufacturing defects. Tried enquiring on Ford Fusion forums where there may be others with similar issues to share?
    – F Dryer
    Sep 28, 2021 at 16:52
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    If this is related to power train issues then your 5 yr/60k mile warranty should cover it unless you surpassed 60k miles
    – F Dryer
    Sep 29, 2021 at 18:28


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