Ford Escape Transmission Problems & Cost | 6F35 / CD4E

The Ford Escape is a small crossover SUV that was first offered for sale in 2001. Through 3 generations, 2001-present, Ford has used 4 different transmissions, including a manual option that was available from 2001-2004. The leading option for the first generation (2001-2008) was the 4 speed CD4E. Developed in conjunction with Mazda, it was used in the Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner as well. The two manufacturers also produced another 4 speed transmission, GF4A-EL, that Ford put in the Escape from 2007-2012. In 2009 Ford added a 6 speed option, the 6F35, and a proven powertrain option that was also used in the larger Ford Edge. Ford did recall some 2001-2008 transmissions but it was only on vehicle that had a factory rebuilt unit installed.

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?

Ford Escape Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

These are the most current prices for a remanufactured replacement Ford Escape transmission.

Replacement CD4E Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
CD4E1880180218592615

Replacement 6F35 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
6F50 / 6F352295235526493387

Ford Escape Transmission Technical Service Bulletins | TSBs

Trouble CodeDescription
P0703Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
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
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0729Gear 6 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
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
P0774Shift Solenoid 'E' Intermittent
P0777Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0817Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Reverse with Drive Ratio
P0817Starter Disable Circuit
P0840Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A”
P0960Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit/Open
P0961Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
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

Ford Escape Transmission Recalls

Recall ID 15V606000 / 15S28 – Shift lever may disengage from transmission – CD4E transmission

– Summary
The Ford Motor Company recalled 2001 – 2008 Ford Escape and 2001 – 2008 Mercury Mariner models that have been fitted with a remanufactured CD4E transmission that was built between June 11, 2015 – July 15, 2015. These warranty replacement transmissions have a shift lever bolt that may have not been properly tightened.

– Consequence
If the shift lever disengages from the transmission, the driver may not be able to control the gear that the transmission is in. This could lead to the driver thinking that they are placing the vehicle in Park, when it isn’t. Should this happen, the vehicle could unexpectedly roll away, causing injury and property damage.

– Solution
This recall was issued in October 2015, and Ford dealers were instructed to either tighten the manual shift lever bolt, or replace the shift lever assembly. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236

Ford Escape Transmission Technical Service Bulletins | TSBs

2016 Ford Escape TSB 388560

From 2013-2016 models, Ford had a problem with loss of proper hydraulic pressure in the transmission if the vehicle went long periods of time without being started or driven. The 2016 Escape could experience a shift hesitation from 2nd to 3rd gear due to hydraulic circuit drain

2009 Ford Escape TSB 378464

Some 2009-2014 Escapes built before Oct. 14/2013 and are equipped with the 6F35 transmission may leak transmission fluid from the left side axle seal. This is caused by excessive wear on the axle (half shaft) seal and case bushing.

2013 Ford Escape TSB 373466

If you find a fluid at the bottom of the transmission housing and it is sticky and honey colored, it likely came about from the assembly process. It may be grease that was applied to the torque converter hub or a rust inhibitor used on the flex plate during manufacturing.

TSB 07-5-6 – Engine stalling on the gear engagement and stopping – CD4E Transmission
2005 – 2008 Ford Escape – 2005 – 2008 Mercury Mariner
Problem – Some vehicles may experience engine stalling when coming to a stop, or shifting into Drive or Reverse. This transmission problem can be caused by internal wear to the torque converter which prevents it from unlocking.
Solution – Install remanufactured CD4E torque converter.

TSB 12-4-8 – Loss of 2nd and 4th gears – CD4E transmission
2007 – 2008 Ford Escape – 2007 – 2008 Mercury Mariner
Problem – Some vehicles may experience a sudden loss of 2nd and 4th gears. This applies to both four-cylinder and V6 models, with or without AWD.
Solution – Install new intermediate and overdrive bands.

Can I drive with a Ford Escape transmission problem?

If your Ford Escape 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 Escape transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Escape 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 Escape transmission last for between 80,000-180,000 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 Escape transmission issues diagnosed?

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

In order to replace your Ford Escape 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.

Recommendations for Ford Escape transmission issues?

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

How to Solve Ford Escape Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape 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 Escape 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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Fred Owens
2 months ago

2011 Ford Escape 6F35 FWD: Have owned for 5 yrs. Have never had a problem until Aug. 11, this past Wed. When cold, shifts ok, but when operating @ normal temp, slow to go into higher gears. Starting to slip a little between gears. Drove home, and noticed that if I didn’t wait for my escape to come to a complete standstill; the escape would give a soft clunk between Drive & Reverse. Otherwise, at this moment, I am able to drive escape on flat surface. Have not tried to go up a 3% or better grade. No engine light or codes or messages.
What is your phone #.

Michelle
3 months ago

2007 Ford Escape xlt: O/D light flashing, now escape not shifting into higher gears. No check engine lights on and no codes or messages.

Last edited 3 months ago by Michelle
Scott
5 months ago

Slams into gear drive or reverse
Low power in first gear
Error code P0657

Denise Cole
5 months ago

2012 Ford Escape transmission slipping from 2nd to 3rd gear only from a stop and go. Just bought it Certified 4 days ago privately but I am going back on the garage for certifying a Unsafe vehicle. These Transmissions in all these Ford Escapes are Horrific.
Shame on Ford for ripping people off. I certainly don’t have $3000 to fix it if garage dosen’t. I’ll be out my $5000 plus a car. When this is happening over n over it should have been a recall. I’m told it’s a Clutch piston lift seal but of course have to take the whole Transmission apart for it 🤬 I will NEVER buy another Ford In my life.

Derf
9 months ago

2nd to 3rd shift flare / jerk 2014 Escape SE 2.0EB w 6F35. Began at 65k under extended warranty. Dealer refused to acknowledge as defect, claimed it fit under the cold soak TSB which it doesn’t as it happens all the time. This vehicle behaves similarly to those of similar age and mileage. Another way of saying your vehicle is as screwed up as the rest of the ones that we built. Apparently a new valve body might address but no luck getting them to admit there is a problem because if you admit there is a problem then you have to address it.

Denise
9 months ago

4 wheel drive not engaging it is automatically supposed to engage .2015 ford escape 4wd.

Esther Bayles
10 months ago

I have a 2014 Ford Escape and hesitations started then it took longer to get into gear. Computer codes said the torque converter was the problem so we got a new one installed and there were no codes but within a day the hesitations started again. The codes said it was the torque converter which we knew was wrong so we replaced the computer. Now the car will only go in reverse. Why isn’t there a recall?

Douglass McCary
10 months ago

2014 Ford Escape 2.5l Total Fail, no warning, 1,2,3,4 molded piston and chain replace. 62,318 miles, 2,318 miles out of warranty. Have owned 4 ford auto. Will not buy a Ford again…

Faron Billeck
10 months ago

When I put it in reverse won’t go give it gas it rocks forward same in neutral in drive it does fine goes thru all gears put in low 1 or 2 won’t move just rocks foward

albert mccuan
11 months ago

4×4switch was hit on while it was at speed on how speed,now wont catch any gear

gears

albert mccuan
11 months ago

it was at 70 miles an hour speed when 4×4 switch was accidentally hit.now it wont catch a gear but still starts

Randy
1 year ago

Leak seals

LUIS SARMIENTO
1 year ago

I have a Ford Escape 2018 five doors. . These models. yesterday Ford mechanics found problems with transmisio. .torque converter .
I would like if Ford recalled these cars.

Dave
1 year ago

I have a an 01 ford escape 4 wheel drive with 15000 miles on it. With out any warning I lost all foward gears in a matter of min. Started off it wouldnt move in drive. I dropped it in 2nd and it drove home about 1 mile. Then i tryed to drive it again still wouldnt move unless i put it in 2nd. Drive about a mile came to a stop light tryed drive again and wouldnt move this time i put in second and still nothing 1st the same. Put it in reverse and reversed all the way home for about 2 miles. Reverse works fine just wont move foward. Fluid isnt burnt or low checked shift cable adjustment. Just cant figure it out. Never slipped in gear or anything

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