Ford F150 Transmission Problems & Overview

The Ford F-Series is a lineup of full size pickup trucks that started in 1948. It has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for the past 33 years (since 1982). The F-150 was introduced in 1975 as an option between the existing F-100 and F-250 in order to get around emission control regulations. The F-150 makes up approximately 70% of total F-Series pickup sales.

Something seems wrong with your F-150? Let’s look at some of the most common Ford F150 transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your truck back on the road.

Common Issues/Codes Summary

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Recalls & Known Problems

2011-2012 F-150 Reverse Gear Engagement and/or Lighting Issues (NHTSA Recall Number: 12V190000)

Summary
Ford had to recall 10,500 units of the 2011-2012 Ford F-150, to fix a faulty sensor called the Transmission Range Sensor, or TRS. Sometimes referred to as the Neutral Safety Switch, this sensor monitors the gearshift lever, and tells the Powertrain Control Module what gear you’ve just selected. Except on those 10k trucks, where the TRS wasn’t properly calibrated to the Reverse gear.

Consequence
If you have one of the recalled F-150’s, that defective TRS is going to do one of two things. Number 1: The transmission range sensor isn’t going to recognize that you’ve shifted into reverse. So it’s not going to tell the PCM to engage reverse, and you go nowhere. Number 2: The TRS sees that you’ve shifted into reverse, it emails the PCM and tells it to activate reverse, but it forgets to CC the backup lights and the little ‘R’ light on the dash. If this happens, you could inadvertently back over somebody in a parking lot, because they didn’t see your reverse lights (that would be bad).

Remedy
In 2012, Ford instructed its dealers to inspect and replace faulty TRS sensors on affected 2011-2012 F150 models. If you’re experiencing this problem, or are unsure if the recall repair was performed on your F-150, you can call Ford Customer Service at 1-866-436-7332. Have your VIN number handy, and refer to this Ford recall campaign number: 12C23

2012 F-150 Shifter May Be Moved Out of Park Without Pressing the Brake Pedal (NHTSA Recall Number: 11V582000)

Summary
Ford recalled 16,091 units of the 2011 Ford F150, to replace a defective brake shift interlock switch. This little device is designed to prevent the shifter from being moved out of Park unless the brake pedal is depressed.

Consequence
If the brake shift interlock switch isn’t working properly, the shifter will be able to move out of park, without the brake pedal being depressed. Should this happen, the truck could instantly lunge forward or backward, causing an accident with another vehicle or striking a pedestrian walking by (again, that would be very bad).

Remedy
In 2011, Ford instructed its dealers to inspect and replace faulty brake shift interlock switch on affected 2011 F150 models. If you’re experiencing this problem, or are unsure if the recall repair was performed on your truck, you can call Ford Customer Service at 1-866-436-7332. Have your VIN number handy, and refer to this Ford recall campaign number: 11C21

What Transmission Does a Ford F-150 Have?

YearModelEngineTrans TypeDrive
1979-1978F1507.5LC6RWD
1979-1978F1506.6LC6RWD
1979-1978F1507.5LC6RWD
1979-1978F1506.6LC6RWD
1979-1978F1505.8LC6RWD
1979-1978F1505.8LC6RWD
1979-1978F1505.8LC6RWD
1979-1978F1505.0LC6RWD
1979-1978F1504.9LC6RWD
1979-1978F1505.0LC6RWD
1979-1978F1504.9LC6RWD
1979-1978F1507.5LC6RWD
1979-1978F1506.6LC6RWD
1983-1980F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC6RWD
1983-1980F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC64WD
1988-1985F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1988-1985F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAOD4WD
1988-1985F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC6RWD
1988-1985F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC64WD
1988-1985F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1991-1989F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1991-1989F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1991-1989F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAOD4WD
1991-1990F1504.9LE4OD4WD
1991-1990F1505.8LE4OD4WD
1991-1990F1505.0LE4OD4WD
1991-1990F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1991-1990F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC64WD
1991-1990F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LC6RWD
1992F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1992F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1992F1505.8LE4OD4WD
1992F1505.0LE4OD4WD
1992F1504.9LE4OD4WD
1992F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1992F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAOD4WD
1992F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1993F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1993F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAODRWD
1993F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LAOD4WD
1993F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1993F1504.9LE4OD4WD
1993F1505.0LE4OD4WD
1993F1505.8LE4OD4WD
1994F1505.8LE4OD4WD
1994F1505.0LE4OD4WD
1994F1504.9LE4OD4WD
1994F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1995F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1995F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4OD4WD
1995-1994F1505.0L4R70WRWD
1996F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4OD4WD
1996F1505.0L4R70WRWD
1996F1505.0L4R70WRWD
1996F1505.0L4R70W4WD
1996F1504.9L, 5.0L, 5.8LE4ODRWD
1996-1992F1505.8LC64WD
1997F1504.2L4R70WRWD
1997F1504.6L4R70WRWD
1997F1504.2L4R70WRWD
1997F1504.2L4R70W4WD
1997F1504.6L4R70W4WD
1998F1504.6L4R70WRWD
1998-1997F1505.4LE4ODRWD
1998-1997F1505.4LE4OD4WD
1999F1505.4L4R70WRWD
1999F1504.6L4R70WRWD
1999-1998F1505.4L4R100RWD
1999-1998F1505.4L4R1004WD
1999-1998F1505.4L4R100RWD
2000F1505.4L4R100RWD
2000F1505.4L4R100RWD
2000F1505.4L4R100RWD
2000F1505.4L4R100RWD
2000F1505.4L4R1004WD
2000F1505.4L4R1004WD
2001-2000F1504.6L4R70WRWD
2001-2000F1505.4L4R70WRWD
2002-1998F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2002-1998F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2002-1998F1504.2L4R70W4WD
2002-1998F1504.6L4R70W4WD
2002-1999F1505.4L4R70W4WD
2002-2001F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2002-2001F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2003F1505.4L4R70WRWD
2003F1504.6L4R70W4WD
2003F1505.4L4R75WRWD
2003F1505.4L4R75W4WD
2003-2000F1505.4L4R70WRWD
2003-2001F1505.4L4R1002WD
2003-2001F1505.4L4R1002WD
2003-2001F1505.4L4R1004WD
2003-2001F1504.6L4R70WRWD
2004F150 Heritage4.2L4R70WRWD
2004F150 Heritage4.2L4R70WRWD
2004F150 Heritage4.2L4R70WRWD
2004F150 Heritage4.6L4R70WRWD
2004F150 Heritage4.2L4R70W4WD
2004F150 Heritage4.6L4R70W4WD
2004F1505.4L4R75E4WD
2004F150 Heritage4.2L4R70WRWD
2004-2003F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2004-2003F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2004-2003F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2004-2003F1504.2L4R70WRWD
2004-2003F1504.2L4R70W4WD
2005F1504.6L4R70ERWD
2005F1504.2L4R70ERWD
2005F1505.4L4R75ERWD
2005F1504.6L4R70E4WD
2005-2004F1504.6L4R70ERWD
2005-2004F1505.4L4R75ERWD
2005-2004F1504.6L4R70E4WD
2006F1504.2L4R75ERWD
2006F1504.6L4R75ERWD
2006F1505.4L4R75ERWD
2006F1504.6L4R75E4WD
2006-2005F1505.4L4R75E4WD
2008-2007F1505.4L4R75ERWD
2008-2007F1504.6LRWD
2008-2007F1505.4L4R75E4WD
2008-2007F1504.6L4WD
2008-2007F1504.2L4R75E (ACES 4R70W)RWD
2008-2007F1504.2L4R75E (ACES 4R75W)RWD
2009F1504.6L6R80RWD
2009F1504.6L6R804WD
2009F1504.6L4R75ERWD
2010F1505.4L6R804WD

How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the Fluid Level
  3. Test Transmission Pressure
  4. Drop the Transmission Pan
  5. Repair, Replace or Rebuild

What to Read Next

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References

  1. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm?SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=12V198000&summary=true
  2. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm?SearchType=QuickSearch&rcl_ID=12V190000&summary=true

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26 thoughts on “Ford F150 Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. I have an F150 STX 4ad 5 liter 305 6 speed. It has 114,852 miles. Recently. I got out of. A Good 35 minutes and it & just decided to Roll Forward(Thank goodness My Husband can run- (No one was around it) he caught it Before it could hit anything). Now tell me How could that have Happened? I can’t get out of my Truck WITHOUT putting it in Park. To push seat back(I sit close to steering wheel). ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.Thank You So Much.

  2. I have I believe an ’06 ford f150, 7 days after I bought it the tranny went completely out. Took it back and the warrenty stated we had to pay half to rebuild the transmission. $1,000.00 and 9 months later my truck won’t click into gear. It starts up but it just revs in drive. Is it my first gear? It goes in reverse just fine. Our warrenty for the rebuild was only for 6 months!!! PLEASE HELP!!!
    Anastasia

  3. I just replaced tranny in my 93 f150 and started it put it in reverse seemed like it went in gear but then shut it off and when tried to crank it back up couldn’t get it to go back in park so wouldn’t crank so had to start it off the cylenoid but gear shiftier still wont go into any gear in thinking linkage might b locked up but ain’t sure anybody got any suggestions

  4. I have a 2001 f150 4×4 supercrew 5,4. After hurricane Matthew I drove through water to check on my wife’s family. Two days later my truck once it hits 35 mph. It seems not to shift into overdrive and it revs up and won’t accelerate. I can get to 55 but I have to cut the overdrive off. Could it be solenoids? Overdrive band? Computer?

  5. 2013 F150 w/ 86K miles. transmission is slipping, not moving at times. After I stop the engine and restart; it works great again. Problem started three weeks ago and is getting worse daily. was told to replace the transmission. This is BS – Ford should build a better transmission period. I have always driven Fords but this is BS. They need to fix the problem. My cost is $2,900 !!

  6. We have a Ford F-150 2011 truck and it slams into gear like someone just hit you from behind and sometimes at an intersection when you go to accelerate it won’t go into gear it’s like it’s in neutral so please let me know if anyone knows what the problem might be

    • I have a 2012 f-150 my truck is doing the same thing exactly yours is doing. And on Sunday it just quit moving this is real bs.

  7. Hi I havever a 03f150 ford I just changed tyranny in it hooked every thing back up now it won’t start just dances on the starter acts like not getting fuel can someone tell me what to look for check all the fuses

  8. Hello, I have a 1985 Ford F-150 4.9lt straight 6 manual trans. I just had engine rebuilt but it has no power. Most of the time I have to leave it in 3rd gear, when I shift to 4th it looses power and I have to shift back to 3rd. No power when I accelerate while entering the on ramp and going up hill is terrible, semi- trucks pass me. I was told it’s just that type of engine or maybe the transmission or the carburetor. Need some help if possible. Thanks David

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