Ford E150 Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E / 4R100

The Ford E150 was equipped with the 4R75E, 4R70W, 4R100 or E4OD transmission.. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford E150 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 E150 Transmission Models

Ford E150: 4R75E / 4R70W Transmission
Ford E150: 4R100 / E4OD Transmission

Ford E150 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 Ford E150 Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4R75E/W 4R70W1687188518852839
4R100 / E4OD1775183618993228


What are the DTC codes related to Ford E150 transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
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
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0775Pressure Control Solenoid 'B'
P07811-2 Shift
P07822-3 Shift
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0795Pressure Control Solenoid 'C'
P0797Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0798Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P1762Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve
P2703Transmission Friction Element D Apply Time Range/Performance

Ford E150 Transmission Recalls

None Found

Ford E150 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 13-4-23 – 4R75E Transmission – Grinding/Slipping/Loss of Reverse
2008 – 2010 Ford E-Series
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

TSB 02–21–1 – E4OD Transmission / 4R100 Transmission – Torque converter access plug may become dislodged
1989 – 1997 Ford Super Duty – 1989 – 1998 Ford F250 – 1989 – 1998 Ford F53 Motorhome – 1989 – 2003 Ford E-Series – 1989 – 2003 Ford F150 – 1999 – 2003 Ford Super Duty – 2000 – 2003 Ford Excursion – 1998 – 2003 Lincoln Navigator – 2002 – 2003 Lincoln Blackwood
Problem – Due to extreme load and material shrinkage, the torque converter external access dust plug may fall out during severe duty use.
Solution – Install new plug (part number E9TZ-7N171-A) with a 1/4 inch bead of silicone sealant around the plug.

TSB 98-20-9 – Ticking noise on initial startup when the selector is in park or neutral
1998 Ford Econoline – 1998 Ford Expedition – 1998 Ford F150 – 1998 Ford F250 – 1998 Lincoln Navigator – 1999 Ford F250 HD – 1999 Ford F350 – 1999 Ford Super Duty
Problem – A ticking noise may be hard when the vehicle is first started and the shifter is in the ‘P’ or ‘N’ position. In some cases, the noise may also be heard after the vehicle has warmed up. This can be caused by the overdrive clutch steel separator plate(s) hitting against the case internal spline.
Solution – Install new OD friction plates and accumulator assembly

Common Problems with the Ford E150 Transmission

TCC Application in 2nd Gear – 4R75E Transmission / 4R70 Transmission

2005 – 2006 Ford E-150
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

Poor performance with DTCs P0715, P0716 & P0717 – 4R100 Transmission

Problem – Poor engine performance and acceleration may be due to a sticking solenoid regulator valve
Solution – If the solenoid regulator valve cannot be repaired, the valve body will have to be replaced

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 E150 3rd gear slip

Ford E150 3rd gear slipping is actually quite common on 2001 and later models that were 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 upshift. You may also experience a lack of engine braking if you manually shift the transmission into 2nd gear.

Cause of Ford E150 3rd gear shift problems

The most likely reason that you’re having Ford F150 shifting problems is because either the overdrive server retaining snap ring or overdrive servo ‘E’ clip have broken. If this happens, the debris from those broken parts will make 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 E150 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 E150 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 E150 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford E150 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 E150 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 E150 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford E150 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 E150 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford E150 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 E150 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 E150 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford E150 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford E150 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 E150 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 E150 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 E150 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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2 months ago

Reverse went out, but still drives in all other gears.

Scott Atkinson
2 months ago

Dumped oil near bell housing (trans. fluid) about 1 cup. Had issues shifting from 1-2(two times previously) 157 000 miles 5.7 liter

4 months ago

Service advancetrac light came on. Over the next few weeks, tranny started shifting hard and slipping.

Ricke Norris
6 months ago

Got Reverse..But absolute no forward gears at all…….it happened when the snow failed…1994 E-150 …..Just happened all of sudden…no spin tires…none revving the engine at all…is it a electrical problem…or what…..van wads running perfect….no slippage ever……..what do I need to do

6 months ago

Slight jerk going up a hill between 60 and 65 in overdrive

6 months ago

Slight jerk in overdrive between 60 an 65 going up as hill

Chris yniguez
7 months ago

Fluid siphon in to intake

8 months ago

2000 E-150, 4r70w transmission sat for 6 months with no prior problems. When I started it up again I no longer had drive, 2nd, or low. Changed the fluid and filter, helped slightly but still undriveable. What else can I do before getting a new transmission?

9 months ago

No reverse

Ian tyson
1 year ago

Forward gears work will not operate reverse

1 year ago

98 e-150, 160k miles- no forward but reverse is good-what’s up??

1 year ago

Overdrive light keeps flashing

Zach glenn
2 years ago

Not shifting into overdrive

2 years ago

My van goes into overdrive too soon in my opinion

2 years ago

Had no problem with the transmission until the upper and lower manifold gaskets were replaced. Now setting codes p755 p708. And the overdrive light is flashing and won’t turn off! HELP

2 years ago

93 F150. Had rebuilt 2017. 1 year expired, put 12,000 miles on it. Now quit shifting past 2nd gear. Same shop says rare, but drum went out, recommends replace all 3 drums while in there and basically rebuild again for $1200. Already spent $1900 on previous rebuild last year. If I decide not to continue, cost is About $400 for taking out and finding issues. So cut loss or fix and hope?

Jessie Williams
3 years ago

2004 Ford F150 150,000 miles. Started having trouble with transmission not going in gear. Now have reverse only.

1 year ago

Same problem , more than likely it’s your friction plates they take a beating

Edward Hernandez
6 months ago

Same thibg what wasnyours

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