Ford Crown Victoria Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E / 4R75W / 4R70W

The Ford Crown Victoria was equipped with the 4R75E, 4R75W or 4R70W transmission.. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford Crown Victoria transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Crown Victoria Transmission Models

Ford Crown Victoria: 4R75E Transmission
Ford Crown Victoria: 4R75W Transmission
Ford Crown Victoria: 4R70W Transmission

Ford Crown Victoria Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement 4R75E / 4R75W / 4R70W Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4R75E/W 4R70W1687188518852839

What are the DTC codes related to Ford Crown Victoria transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0722Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P07811-2 Shift
P07822-3 Shift
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P2703Transmission Friction Element D Apply Time Range/Performance

Ford Crown Victoria Transmission Recalls

None Found

Ford Crown Victoria Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 10-23-7 – Transmission Cooler Leak
2008 – 2011 Ford Crown Victoria – 2008 – 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis – 2008 – 2011 Lincoln Town Car
Problem – It’s not uncommon for a transmission fluid leak to develop on the driver’s side transmission cooler tube
Solution – Replace transmission cooler core

TSB 13-4-23 – 4R75E Transmission – Grinding/Slipping/Loss of Reverse
2008 – 2011 Ford Crown Victoria – 2008 – 2010 Ford F-150 – 2008 – 2010 Ford E-Series – 2008 – 2011 Lincoln Town Car – 2008 Lincoln Mark LT – 2008 – 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
Problem – Some vehicles may experience a grinding/whining noise, unusual vibrations, slipping, and potentially a loss of reverse gear, all resulting from a failure of the planetary gear assembly
Solution – Install planetary upgrade kit and new torque converter

Common Problems with the Ford Crown Victoria Transmission

TCC Application in 2nd Gear – 4R75E Transmission

2005 – 2006 Ford Crown Victoria
Problem – A lack of power after the 1-2 shift can be caused by an un-commanded torque converter clutch application / TCC apply. The P0742 and/or P1742 DTCs may also be stored.
Solution – The #7 check ball inside of the valve body may have worn down to an incorrect size, allowing the torque converter clutch to apply after the 1-2 shift. Replacement of this check ball may solve the problem.

Slipping in All Forward Gears – 4R75E Transmission

2005 – 2006 Ford 4R75E Transmission
Problem – Many 2005 – 2006 Ford vehicles equipped with the 4R75E transmission, may experience excessive slipping in all forward gears. Metal shavings may also be present in the transmission fluid.
Solution – Replace forward clutch drum and update ECU with program 06B06

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Ford Crown Victoria 3rd gear slip

Ford Crown Victoria 3rd gear slipping often occurs on 2001 and later models that are equipped with the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission. You’ll know it’s happening if the transmission seems to shift into neutral during the 3-4 shift. It’s also possible that you won’t have any engine braking if you manually shift down into 2nd gear.

Cost of Ford Crown Victoria 3rd gear shift problems

The most likely cause of these Ford Crown Victoria shifting problems is either a broken overdrive servo retaining snap ring, or a broken overdrive servo piston ‘E’ clip. If this happens, the debris from those broken pieces will work their way down into the overdrive servo regulator valve, which will prevent the overdrive band from making a full apply. If you elect to go with a rebuilt transmission, the mechanic will need to remove the overdrive servo regulator valve assembly from the valve body and repair any damage caused by the debris. This step is often overlooked by many transmission rebuilders and it can lead to more transmission problems in the future. But if you upgrade to a reman Ford Crown Victoria transmission from Street Smart Transmission, you can be sure they will completely remanufacture every part of the valve body, which will keep you from having additional problems in the future.

How much is it going to cost to fix my 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission?

Unfortunately, the problem described here will require the removal and disassembly/partial disassembly of your transmission. Given the labor time involved to remove the transmission from the vehicle (this is not a simple task), most repair shops will recommend that you go ahead and rebuild the entire transmission while it’s out. Since they already have to tear it down to replace the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission, it sort of makes sense to spend the extra money to do that. After all, you should get a lot more mileage out of your transmission once it’s rebuilt. And since they’ve already got the transmission apart, might as well, right?

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Ford Crown Victoria can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Ford Crown Victoria transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Crown Victoria transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Ford Crown Victoria transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Ford Crown Victoria transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford Crown Victoria transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Ford Crown Victoria transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford Crown Victoria transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Ford Crown Victoria transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Ford Crown Victoria transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford Crown Victoria Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Crown Victoria Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Crown Victoria Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Crown Victoria Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Ford Crown Victoria Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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20 days ago

08 crown vic police interceptor. Rear tail shaft moving around and wobbling at slow speed. U joints are good.

2 months ago

The transmission will only go in reverse

Don R Jansen
2 months ago

Had transmission serviced with filter and synthetic fluid. After 100 miles started acting up took it back to the ace and they said it was the overdrive failing. Car has 188,000 onbit

2 months ago

Stuck in drive 1st gear only.. no reverse.. front pump is out…

5 months ago

When i slow down to make a turn or I’m on a yield. And I’m on the brake. Then I go to get back on the gas 2nd and 3rd will slip Then finally engage.

5 months ago


6 months ago

Takes bout 20 seconds to engage to drive but when does it will shift through gears normally until stopping or turning then few seconds to re engage to be able to move along

7 months ago

I have a 2007 P71. I bought her with only 75K miles and when I reached around 85K miles the transmission completely lost all forward gears. The day she went out was the only day the toward gears started slipping. Everyday day before she shifted fine with no slipping at all then when I noticed her to start slipping I tried to get her parked at home but I didn’t make it before I lost all forward gears completely. There is no burning smell at all but is a slight knock from the back of the motor I believe, maybe near the flywheel. When in reverse she still drives like a champ but when I put it in D,1,or 2 then she just revvs up as if she is in neutral.

Shayne morris
9 months ago

Can a bad vss sensor cause my granny to go out

9 months ago

I have 2008 Crown Vic. The only shift that don’t work is the Drive shift.Other than that everything drives just fine.

1 year ago

I have a 2011 Crown Vic Interceptor and my transmission failed a few months ago and I got my transmission rebuilt. Although it shifts it does shift really hard and not as smooth as it used to. I don’t know what to think of it. The only smooth shift is from 3-4(OD)

1 year ago

I have a 2001 Crown Vic I got the transmission fixed now I’m having problems when I started it if they started but if I cut it off after driving for a long. Of time it would not start back up until 8 hours or 12 hours later

1 year ago

I have a 2009 police interceptor with 150,000 miles, it has a mild to severe vibration between 50 and 60 MPH, front end and rear axle has been inspected with no issues found, tires have been balanced, I’m suspecting a trans problem
This happens with O/D on or off.

Big duce
1 year ago

I have a 2011 Vic police interceptor in over drive it starts out and after about two mins of driving it revs up all other forward gears work no problems had the a/b shift Shitch replaced and drove it for a month and then this happen no codes or wrench on dash if I remember it will run in overdrive if I shift to third and back to overdrive it will go for a minute or less and rev u

Greg P
2 years ago

1995 Crown Vic. Problem started at 45,000 miles, car now has 54K. Florida car, now living in MN. Transmission randomly drops out of torque converter lockup and/or will then downshift to passing gear without throttle input. Occasionally will completely come out of gear. Only does this when thoroughly warmed up. Fluid was clean and no pan debris other than machining remnants in the filter. Fluid and filter changed.

Never acts up when cold! Speeds can be anywhere from 40 to 70 mph. Usually with steady state throttle. Happens with or w/o cruise control on.
External Range selector adjusted but not replaced, by Ford (This is my pick of likely possibilities along with internal pressure control solenoid.) I get the feeling of heat being a cause of the solenoid breakdown. Also, would a throttle position sensor act like this?
I’m not a tranny guy but I do have a lot of time building/working on motors, street rods, etc. So, I’m obviously guessing. And, of course, no codes! Still acts up with OD off.
Thanks for any help.

Jennifer Goodson
2 years ago

2009 Crown Victoria police interceptor 153,000 miles. Drives fine only when over drive is off. On which is how I normally drive it slips doesn’t want catch gear. So 4 th gear isn’t working and there are no trouble codes present

2 years ago

I have the same issue. Please let me know what you find out.

2 years ago

O/D generally reflects to improper communication between the vehicle (in various ways) & transmission. I had a problem of O/D flashing every now & then glowing the Check Engine light on with 2nd Gear slipping or hard on forwards then I checked the Speed cable going to the transmission found to faulty & then I tested the VSS Sensor too which was faulty. Replacing both has solved the problem now.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mohammed

mohammed my vic is doing the exact same thing I think going into second makes a weird sound and rocks hard had never any issues the tranny was actually rebuilt so I’m guessing I may have the same issue

Christopher Bennett
1 year ago
Reply to  Mohammed

I have a 2011 crown Victoria with police Intercepter drives fine with o/d turn off but if I leave it on and try to drive it will.go for bout a min or 2 then revs like its and neutral..I had transmission flushed no metal shavings or anything in the old fluid so I know nothing is broken but overall car runs fine shifts from 1st to 2nd but no 3rs or 4th gear because over drive is not working I need answer quick to avoid buying new or rebuilt transmission post answers chris Bennett thanks

1 year ago

I have a 2011 and have the same problem

Christopher bennett
1 year ago
Reply to  Mohammed

Have 2011 crown Victoria police interceptor drives fine with od turned off but if left turned on cars shifts from 1st to 2nd and while ride for min or 2 then revs like it’s in neutral overall transmission runs good had it flushed recently no metal or shavings where in the old fluid or nothing tryna save from buying new or rebuilt or refurbished transmission need answer asap

Chris Chupp
2 years ago

2005 crown vic interceptor no reverse but when I put in neutral, reverse or park it lurches forward when I accelerate

2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Chupp

Just happened to my 2006 CV. Lurked forward. Difficult to shift out of park then when went into drive it surged foward rapidly.

2 years ago

Will not go into drive but go into reverse only

7 months ago
Reply to  Andrew

Mine dose same yhing u ever find out problem

2 years ago

Want go into drive but will move in reverse

2 years ago

10/ford/police intercep/4dr sdn w/3 181,249 miles no 3rd and 4th gear, coolant temp. sensor too cool code.

Mike Smith transmission does not mo
1 year ago
Reply to  james

Transmission does not move in any gear

11 months ago

Having the same issue. Figured anything out yet.?

John H
1 year ago
Reply to  james

I have same issue.
2011 p71. 98,000 mi
No 3rd or 4th gear.
Coolant temp sensor too cold code.

6 months ago
Reply to  John H

I have a 2011 transmission won’t shift out of second seem like it go straight in neutral

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