Ford E250 Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E | 4R100 | 5R110W | 6R140

The Ford E250 was equipped with the 4R75E, 4R70W, 4R100, 5R110W or E4OD and 6-speed 6R140 transmission.. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford E250 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 E250 Transmission Models

Ford E250: 4R75E / 4R70W Transmission
Ford E250: 4R100 / E4OD Transmission
Ford E250: 5R110W Transmission
Ford E250: 2011+ 6R140 Transmission

Ford E250 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 E250 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
4R75E/W 4R70W2025
4R100 / E4OD2226

What are the DTC codes related to Ford E250 transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0703Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit
P0704Clutch Switch In put Circuit Malfunction
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0707Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0708Transmission Range Sensor Circuit High 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
P0718Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
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
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0752Shift Solenoid 'A' Stuck On
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0757Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0761Shift Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck Off
P0762Shift Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0763Shift Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0767Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On
P0768Shift Solenoid 'D' Electrical
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'
P0771Shift Solenoid 'E' Performance or Stuck Off
P0772Shift Solenoid 'E' Stuck On
P0773Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical
P0775Pressure Control Solenoid 'B'
P07811-2 Shift
P07822-3 Shift
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0792Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0794Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0795Pressure Control Solenoid 'C'
P0797Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0798Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P0960Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit/Open
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0974Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0976Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0979Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0980Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0985Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Low
P0986Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit High
P1762Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve
P2703Transmission Friction Element D Apply Time Range/Performance

Ford E250 Transmission Recalls

Recall ID 07V139000 / 07S49 – Ford 5R110W Transmission

2008 Ford F250 6.4L Powerstroke diesel / 5R110W

– Summary
On 33,169 copies of the 2008 Ford F250 6.4L Powerstroke diesel / 5R110W transmission, it seems that excessive temperatures in the diesel particulate filter can cause excess hydrocarbons in the exhaust.

– Consequence
As a result, a number of 5R110W transmission problems can occur, including a lack of power, rough operation, unusual noises coming from the engine and/or exhaust, white exhaust smoke, the possibility of a visible flame coming from the tailpipe.

– Solution
Dealers were instructed to reprogram the powertrain control module. This recall issued in March 2007. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236

Ford E250 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 – 4R100 Transmission
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

TSB 08-26-4 – 5R110W transmission failure in cold weather
2008 – 2009 Ford E-Series – 2008 – 2009 Ford Super Duty
Problem – Vehicles built between 5/18/2007-11/1/2008, which are driven in cold climates (i.e. 35°F and below) may experience complete transmission failure due to the lack of an in-line transmission filter, which causes a lack of lubrication to the low/reverse one way clutch.
Solution – Rebuild or install a remanufactured 5R110W transmission with an updated transmission pump and external in-line transmission filter.

TSB 11-7-10 – 2-3 shift flare with P0733 DTC and or delayed reverse engagement – 6R140 transmission
2011 Ford Super Duty 6.7L Powerstroke \ 6R140 transmission
Problem – On vehicles built on or before 4/11/2011, drivers may experience a 2-3 shift flare (unusual RPM fluctuation), along with a P0733 diagnostic trouble code, and possibly a reverse gear engagement delay.
Solution – Replace the three normally high solenoids

TSB 16-0057 – P0751, P0730 and/or P2700 DTCs – 6R140 Torqshift 6 Transmission & 5R110W Torqshift 5 Transmission
2009 – 2016 Ford E-Series – 2009 – 2016 Ford Super Duty – 2009 Ford F53 Motorhome – 2011 – 2015 Ford F53 Motorhome – 2011 – 2015 Ford commercial stripped chassis
Problem – Vehicles built before 12/15/2015 may experience the P0751, P0730 and/or P2700 diagnostic trouble codes
Solution – Replace the coast clutch cylinder and coast one-way clutch mechanical diode assembly

Common Problems with the Ford E250 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

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Ford E250 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 E250 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford E250 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 E250 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 E250 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford E250 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 E250 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford E250 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 E250 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 E250 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford E250 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford E250 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 E250 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 E250 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 E250 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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Nick g
4 months ago

Ford E-250 4.6L ..While going about 50 mph.. as soon as i release gas peddle, truck downshifts instantaneously..
Does also on lower speeds sometimes..

Scott childress
4 months ago

I have a 2005 e-250 5.4 Overdrive light started flashing seems like on freeway it’s not shifting into 5th gear and RPM at 3000 and still not shifting into 5th gear. Recently installed 3″lift and also installed KnN cold air intake .Issues started after these upgrades. The reverse barely works before the lift and now seems to be working better but still issues on any kind of incline .

Last edited 4 months ago by Scott childress
Scott childress
4 months ago

Overdrive light started flashing seems like on freeway it’s not shifting into 5th gear and RPM at 3000 and still not shifting into 5th gear. Recently installed 3″lift and also installed KnN cold air intake .Issues started after these upgrades. The reverse barely works before the lift and now seems to be working better but still issues on any kind of incline .

M. Archer
8 months ago

Pulling a small hill and or just pulling out of a red light get to 41 mph to 45 mph it seems to skip slip not sure how to describe

Bryan morrow
9 months ago

Clicking noise seems to be coming from trans pan, disappears when rpm range of second gear hits then comes back at other rpm, 04 e250 5.8 had a reman installed 35000 ago, noise just started, shifts perfect drives fine just loud clicking

Frank Marshall
10 months ago

1, 2, 3 gear whine really loudly. 4th sounds normal

John Mcdonough
11 months ago

2003 E250 well it does not do this all the time but it does it at least 1 time a da it will slow down loosenpower go into a shake until I bear down and start over one in od high gear rums good unles gets hot then might do again it started after my catalytic convert was stolen is coolant a factor with these trams or is back pressure from exhaust or does my transmission just need replaced 170.000 miles

Kevin powley
1 year ago

4r100 it shifts fine for like 4mins then it won’t go turn truck off let sit for a min and it will go again but dose the same shit

Matthew Fuller
1 year ago

I have a 2000 Ford E250 5.4 v8 with 90k. The problem is the 4, 3 shift will free spool and slam into gear. THIS ONLY started after I dropped the pan and found no filter in it and installed one. No engine or transmission codes are present no other problems shifts perfect at all throttle levels.

Alan Cox
1 year ago

Shifts into first and second gears fine, but the moment it tries to shift into 3rd it drops to a neutral like state.

1 year ago

I have a Ford e250 6 cylinder van the van was stalling when put in gear after that was driving fine only some times getting a rough stop when stopping and stalling
After changing idle control sensors, cables, and showing low voltage etc, etc
I took to a shop they said low voltage was no problem any longer it was leaking oil from the oil pan gasket that was fixed
and the problem was the torque converter they replaced it and was still doing the same they took out and now are saying the transmission is not good I don’t know what to do they want to rebuild the transmission I don’t like to rebuild something that never was bad only stalling when put in drive some times
Your opinion will be greatly appreciated
it thanks
what should I do
No codes was showing only was showing low voltage
That the mechanic said it was erased and fixed no more codes showing

2 years ago

I have a 2005 e250 ecoline and the issue i have is that once the transmission oil gets hot n i stop in 1st gear it does a hard pull in 1st gear everytime. Well bought a new ecu program by the dealer and also put another transmission n problem still persist can someone help me

2 years ago

I have a 1996 ford e 250 van, with a 351 ci. engine, and the transmission has recently started having trbl. shifting into 3rd gear, even when trying to shift it
manually from 2nd, or is an automatic trans. Is there any adjustments on the linkage, I can make that would help. cant afford a replacement or expensive repair..tks

Danny Keith
2 years ago

09 ford e250 no overdrive all other gears work fine

2 years ago
Reply to  Danny Keith

Broken overdrive servo e-clip or snap-ring and broken piece stuck in 3-4 shift bore in valve body

Danny Keith
2 years ago

09 e250 shift good just lost overdrive. When it goes to shift to overdrive motor just revs up

1 year ago
Reply to  Danny Keith

No problem

Yves Fortier
23 days ago
Reply to  James

I have a 2012 E250 I was driving down the highway and it started winding RPMs were going up to 5 to 6000 so came home the next day when I went to get in the truck Had no reverse or forward

Danny Keith
2 years ago

09 e250 all gears are working fine but lost overdrive

james king
3 years ago

I have a 2014 e250 cargo van with 51000 miles. When you put it in park it makes a whining noise and shifting into reverse a loud / rough noise and slips very badly. Please help!

Je'Mel Perdue
3 years ago

2nd owners handicap van 2009 E250 4 r75 e 142000 MI . It had a tsp of a 13 423 said install planetary upgrade and kit a new torque converter. Will Ford still honor that TSB even though we are the second owners the date is July 19th 2019 now

3 years ago

03 ford e250 transmission was rebuilt a year ago it is not slipping won’t shift into second gear unless I downshift with the shifter dead it won’t shift from second to Third

3 years ago

Hi there I have a Quigley 4×4 my transmission gear reverse is working is like a putting on Neutral can you guys help me out here ty I will definitely appreciate NY the way Happy Holidays

Willie B
3 years ago

Fills like it’s stuck in third gear

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