Ford Expedition Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E | 4R75W | 4R100 | 6R80

The Ford Expedition was equipped with the 4R75E, 4R75W, 4R70W, 4R100 or 6R80 transmission.. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford Expedition 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 Expedition Transmission Models

Ford Expedition: 4R75E / 4R75W / 4R70W Transmission
Ford Expedition: 4R100 Transmission
Ford Expedition: 6R80 Transmission

Ford Expedition 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

Replacement 4R100 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4R100 / E4OD1775183618993228

Replacement 6R80 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail

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

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0701Transmission Control System Range/Performance
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
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
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
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
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
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
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
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0767Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On
P0775Pressure Control Solenoid 'B'
P0780Shift Malfunction
P07811-2 Shift
P07822-3 Shift
P07833-4 Shift
P07844-5 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
P0817Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Reverse with Drive Ratio
P0817Starter Disable Circuit
P08295-6 Shift
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
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
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
P0984Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P1762Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve
P2703Transmission Friction Element D Apply Time Range/Performance

Ford Expedition Transmission Recalls

Recall ID 12C23-S1 – Ford 6R80 Transmission

– Summary
In May 2012, the Ford Motor Company issued a compliance recall on the following vehicles equipped with the 6R80 transmission:

2011 – 2013 Ford F150
2011 – 2013 Ford Expedition
2011 – 2013 Ford Mustang
2011 – 2013 Lincoln Navigator

– Consequence
It seems that a faulty 6R80 transmission range sensor / TRS can cause a number of transmission problems when the shifter is placed in the Reverse position. The symptoms include failure to engage reverse gear, the electronic PRNDL indicator will not display reverse (if equipped), the backup lamps will not function, and intermittent rear video camera operation (if equipped).

– Remedy
Replace the 6R80 transmission lead frame (which includes the TRS sensor). Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236

Ford Expedition Transmission Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 02–21–1 – 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 10-18-1 – Delayed forward/reverse engagement after cold starts – 6R80 transmission
2007 – 2010 Ford Expedition – 2009 – 2010 Ford F150 – 2009 – 2010 Lincoln Navigator
Problem – Some vehicles equipped with the 5.4L engine and the 6R75 or 6R80 transmission may experience delayed forward and/or reverse engagement after a cold start or in cold climates. The P0741, P0731 and/or P0735 DTC’s may also be present.
Solution – A new front pump adapter seal and separator plate will need to be installed. The main oil pressure regulator valve and its bore may also need to be cleaned.

TSB 11-8-4 – Fluid leak from bell housing – 6R80 transmission
2011 Ford Expedition – 2011 Ford F150 – 2012 Ford Mustang – 2011 Lincoln Navigator
Problem – Some vehicles built between 4/15/2011-6/8/2011 may experience a transmission fluid leak coming from the bell housing area.
Solution – Install updated transmission pump assembly

TSB 14-0217 – Delayed engagement park forward or reverse
2011 – 2014 Ford Expedition – 2011 – 2014 Ford F150 – 2011 – 2014 Ford Mustang – 2011 – 2014 Lincoln Navigator
Problem – Some vehicles may experience a noticeable delay when trying to engage a forward or reverse gear from Park. This can happen with the vehicle is cold (i.e. has not been driven for several hours).
Solution – Install updated 6R80 transmission pump

TSB 18-2079 – Harsh or delayed shifting and/or P0711 DTC – 10R80 Transmission
Problem – Some owners may experience usually harsh or delayed gear changes. There may also be a P0711 diagnostic trouble code saved in the transmission control module
Solution – The powertrain control module will need to be updated with new software (release 108.04 or higher). Once the update is complete, the adaptive transmission shift strategy program may temporarily cause usually firm upshifts and downshifts while it ”relearns” your driving style.

Common Problems with the Ford Expedition Transmission

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

2005 – 2006 Ford Expedition
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 Expedition 4R70 / 4R75E 3rd gear slipping

The Ford Expedition is a very hardy people hauler. However, 2001 and later Ford Expedition SUVs equipped with either the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E, can have serious shifting problems, like a 3rd gear slip. Drivers may also noticed lack of engine braking when the shift lever is moved manually into the 2 position.

Cause of Ford Expedition 3rd gear shift problems

If the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission in your 2001 or later Ford Expedition seems to slip into neutral between the 3-4 shift, you’re probably not alone. This Ford Expedition 3rd gear slip is often caused by a broken overdrive servo retaining snap ring or overdrive survived piston ‘E’ clip. When this happens, the broken pieces can get stuck in the overdrive servo regulator valve, which can restrict the valve movement and prevent the overdrive band from performing a full apply.

In order to correct your Ford Expedition 3rd gear slipping problems, not only will the broken pieces need to be replaced. The overdrive servo regulator valve assembly will also need to be reconditioned to repair any damage caused by those broken pieces. This step is often overlooked by many transmission rebuilders, resulting in more transmission problems down the line. A remanufactured 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission from a company like Street Smart Transmission on the other hand, goes through a rigorous reman process where potential problems like these are identified and addressed before the transmission ever leaves the factory.

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 Expedition 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 Expedition transmission need to be replaced?

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

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

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

How to Solve Ford Expedition Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Expedition 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 Expedition 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 Expedition 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 Expedition 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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Mark Bisner
5 months ago

I have a 2000 ford Expedition xlt 5.4 2wd with a 4r100 transmission. I started my truck one night and pulled off. I noticed it didn’t have the power it should of had. But still had some. About a quarter mile later it lost pick up all together and the reps would respond to the gas but no pick up. The truck would move Alita when the rpms dropped to about 1000. Turned around to take it home and thought maybe I should try overdrive. So I put it in neutral and pushed the overdrive button. It started flashing for about ten seconds of tapping on the gas. Then it went off and I regained all power. 100 feet later or so it lost all power and did as it did the first time and stayed that way. Had what looked like a leak under the bell housing no big but wasn’t there before. Reverse works fine but now forward gears unless I push the overdrive button but still only acouple mphs and only engaged whe the rpms dropped then a small shudder every time. Checked fluid it was a lil dark smelled Normal had like 5 metal flakes in the pan. Changed it and nothing dropped the pan again and acoulpe more metal chips. Changed the neutral safety switch and no go. Any ideas please

Last edited 5 months ago by Mark Bisner
Joe Hamett
6 months ago

Possible torque converter shutter

6 months ago

First gear slow/slipping ain’t go on lite acceleration. And if push pedal harder little more has a little fasted pickup but feel like a lite slipping happening. Other then that shift fine.

Ronny flores
6 months ago

Slips in 2 or third gear sound like it’s in neutral

tom a
7 months ago

2013 Expedition, with 2wd, 4ad, 4hig range and 4 low range, rolls backward down the hill when in park. The oddest part is it does not move right away but gives time to get out and walk to the door. At first I thought it was sliding down the snow, but this time I watched it happen and the wheels were turning. This is a used police cruiser.

8 months ago

My 2003 ford expedition only drives in reverse

DJ Cumings
8 months ago

2004 ford expedition 4×4 wife drove to work just fine then drove home started to reverse into driveway and it wouldn’t move reverse not engaging drive forward all works fine just no reverse engagement. not sure what it could be to repair it except possibly sensor or tcc solenoid? help please thanks

9 months ago

I believe my transmission is whining but could also be power steering and I cant tell which one it is.
2008 Expedition Limitex

10 months ago

I have a 2008 expedition every morning I start diving and ir makes two strong shifts slowed down and locks rear tires like if I put the emergency break then gets all loose and shifts normal it do set do any more hard shifts drives like nothings happened

1 year ago

I have a 2007 Expedition EL 5.4 with 238,000 miles. It seems like the transmission free-wheels when leaving a stop sign if coming to a short stop. If stopped for a while it will drive away just fine. No fault codes present. First trans Service was at 158,000 miles. I have seen a service bulletin on the issue but haven’t found it again.

Jennifer Witten
1 year ago

My 2004 expedition 5.4 transmission only has first and second gear and all gears are forward including neutral and reverse. Still drives but won’t go out if 2nd gear.

1 year ago

My mom’s 98 Ford expedition 5.4 struggles after reaching 40mph and starts to shake roughly also struggles through passing gear. What could be issue I also noticed oil is a little milky but no white smoke

1 year ago

My moms 06 2wd expedition has no 1st or 2nd gear but has 3rd 4th and reverse. Their is a strainge squeaking sound when it engages in reverse but no metal is visible in the fluid and the fluid is a redish brown but does not smell burnt. Strainger still when it is ideling and in first gear it will move forwards but when given any throttle it stops moving untill it reaches the rpm to grab 3rd gear. The car has 136k on it and i suspect a bad front pump and converter due to ATF being visible on the bottom of the bell housing as a drip. Any ideas?

1 year ago

My 99expedition is running ruff need one cool replaced but the trans will not go to first if you put it in drive but I can manuaal shift from first to third but it skips second I could be in second instead of first tho

Daniel Berg
2 years ago

Wanted to know if the ford expidition 2001 has 2 different types of transmissions and would replace other

2 years ago

I have a 1998 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer edition I can’t get it into gear it shifts but nothing happens and then when u go back to park it grinds I’ve replaced the transmission the torque converter the transfer case and checked the rear end made sure the drive shaft was spinning but it won’t go into any gear help

2 years ago

‘99 Ford Expedition w-91k won’t shift into overdrive… did a transmission service… no luck. Scanned codes and replacing trans modules… crossing my fingers.

2 years ago

2004. 121000 mi. Whinning noise in gear

2 years ago

2004 whinning noise in gear

ebrahim hooshiarnejad
2 years ago

forword did not work changed sevaral solonoids got reverse but no forward changed more solonoids and got reverse back now foword dont work

Santos tijerina
1 year ago

My Ford Eddie bauer expedition will go backwards but will not go foward it’s a 2005

1 year ago

I have the exact same problem with my 2005 Eddie Bauer. I had my vehicle towed to the Aamco shop in Wilton Manors Florida today and the junior mechanic gunned the engine to get it up onto the rack. He performed a diagnostic check on the computer and there were no bad codes. He looked at the outside of the transmission and saw nothing unusual. They were closing at noon so now I am waiting till Monday AM for the master mechanic to do an additional diagnostic test. I will let you know the results on 10/28/19

3 years ago

hey, lets give this a try….I have had nothing but problems for the past 40k miles….rebuilt twice, new torque converter twice, and a new valve body…now im getting a p1744 and they are telling me it will be another $1400 to replace the torque converter again. I haven’t seen much on the internet stating that the p1744 requires a new converter.

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