Ford F150 Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75W / 4R75E / 6R80

Something seems wrong with your F-150 4R75E, 4R75W, 4R70W or 4R100 (Lightning only) or 6R80 (late model) transmission? 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.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford F150 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

These are the most current prices for remanufactured Ford F150 transmissions.

Replacement F150 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
4R75E/W 4R70W178017301700
4R100 / E4OD198018301899
6R80259031503119

What are the DTC codes related to Ford F-150 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

Recalls & Known F150 Transmission Problems

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

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

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

2005 – 2006 Ford F-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

Ford F-150 Transmission Technical Service Bulletins

TSB 13-4-23 – 4R75E Transmission – Grinding/Slipping/Loss of Reverse

2008 – 2010 Ford F-150
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 – 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.

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

Okay, if your truck 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. 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 F150 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford F-150 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 OE Ford F-150 transmission last for between 130,000-220,000 miles. A high quality replacement Ford 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 F150 SD transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford F150 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 F150 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 F150 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Ford F-150 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, the ECU will have to be reprogrammed to accept the new gearbox.

Recommendations for F150 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, you can get an online quote for a replacement Ford F-150 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford F150 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford F150 Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used 4R100 or used 4R75E 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 F150 Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt 4R75W or 4R100 transmission or rebuilt 4R70W transmission. A local repair shop will remove your F150 transmission, then install a bunch of new parts. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each mechanic 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 F150 Transmission

Many owners depend on their Ford F-150 to make a living 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.

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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

What Problem Does Your F-150 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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Louie

I have a 2012 Ford F-150 lariat EcoBoost and my truck clocks out at 90 does anyone know why it won’t go past 90?

Rob

Have a2002 f150 4.6 2wd trans “U” slipping? To engage into first geer after engaged drives great even over drive????🤷🏻‍♂️

James Davis

I have a 2006 f150 Triton with a 5.4 when driving normal everything is good. And when I kick down the transmission to pass someone or when loaded and going up a hill the trans will kick down and a few seconds later it will act like it is not in gear. The motor will be dreaming I will take my foot off the gas let the motor catch up and to will climb the hill fine with me pushing the gas pedal slowly. Like it kicks itself in nuteral let off gas it will go back in gear

Jerry Lnt

I have a 04 f-150
Fx4, when the shaft that went from the transfer case to the front wheels cut loose and banged around when I was in 2 wheel, now all the leaks are repaired and replaced solenoids in a 14 bolt transmission I still have no reverse could a switch be off somewhere because I get no error or fault codes

Paul Chunglo

I have a 2008 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew with 140000 miles on it. I just got it back from AAMCO after they replaced the transmission for the second time in three months. The FORD DEALERSHIP replaced it once before I turned it over to AAMCO. So that’s three transmissions replaced. The first one failed at around 125000 miles. I had purchased an aftermarket warranty and only had the truck for less than a year. The warranty company supplied the transmission and the Ford Dealership in Santa Cruz, CA. installed it. That transmission lasted a week roughly 500 miles. I brought it back to the Dealership and they improperly diagnosed the problem and wanted to change the speed sensor and one wiring harness. I didn’t authorize the repairs and wanted my truck back. They wanted $500.00 for the diagnosis. I refused to pay and threatened to call the Police. They then gave me my truck back and told me there would be no charge. I ended up replacing all three sensors and never found any issues with any wiring harness. I did find a short in the PCV heater and repaired it. All three sensors were fine and didn’t help the transmission at all. I took it to AAMCO on the advice of the warranty company (SilverRock Inc.) AAMCO checked it out and determined the transmission was shot. They waited for the warranty company (SilverRock Inc.) to supply the transmission so they could replace it. One week later I got my truck back. I drove it lightly around town and then took a trip to Sacramento for Christmas with family. On our way home just five minutes after getting on the highway the TransFault warning light came on and the Overdrive Off light started flashing on and off. I knew exactly what it was because of the last two times the transmission failed. AAMCO was great and handled everything but they still had to wait for SilverRock to supply the transmission. I’m extremely concerned and upset at this point. No one even asked why this keeps happening. My truck has spent a total of 38 days in the shop for the same damn problem. Three Transmissions from Thanksgiving to Easter and all of them went out on a holiday. What is going on? Should I be upset with FORD or SILVERROCK or SILVERROCK’S SUPPLIER. I’m now affraid to drive my truck anywhere. The transmission could go out AGAIN!!
Anyone have any suggestions or recommendations??
Thanks in advance.

Michael Mahoney

I have a 1997 f150 4.2 transmission would only go in drive 2 then drove it heard a pop and now only goes in reverse

rick taylor

I have a 2005 ford f-150 transmission works perfect except it has no reverse whats wrong ????

Michael

I have a 2010 f150 that blew the front seal completely out,housing and all. I replaced it and it lasted 30 miles before doing it again.
Torque converter? Shift sensor? The vent is not stopped up and is dry. A lott of work again.
Any help would be appreciated.
2010 f150 4.6

Steve

I have a 2007 F150 4X4 with the 5.4 Triton V*. I pull a travel trailer a lot and lately when I take off from a dead stop. the transmission seems to shudder and slip.

Kenneth

I have a 2014 f150 stx 4✖️4. Seams like it’s slipping for third to fourth gear is anyone else having this problem

Tony

Hello Kenneth I have a 2013 f150 3.5l 6 speed auto with 140000 klm.It also has started to have a slight vibration when changing into 4th. No codes and I haven’t taken it to get the oil change- some say the old fluid can cause it.

Dave

So my 02 Ford F-150 truck has been blowing a 15 fuse in engine bay. The truck manual says it’s for transmission. OD light comes on at the end of shifter and truck loses power to transmission! I have checked all wire plugs but still goes out ! Transmission has around 230,000 miles on it .
I just replace fuse and away I go but Ik it’s not good for engine! So please give advice if this is an easy fix or transmission going out !
Thanks Dave

Paul Chunglo

Check for bare wires coming out of the PCV heater. My 2008 was blowing a fuse over and over again. It would cause the brake light to come on and the reverse lights wouldn’t work.

Mychal Gurley

My 1999 F-150 V6 will only go in reverse I was on my way to a job interview when it just stopped going forward fluid was perfect had to drive home backwards (thank God no cops were out) for about a mile and a half what’s wrong with it

Kelland McGary

My 1998 Ford F-150 4.6 v8 RWD, when shifting from third to fourth (auto-trans), seems to drop suddenly and harshly only when it is hot or the truck is sitting in 50 degree weather and up, but in cold weather such as like 40 and below doesn’t have this problem until after the truck has reached its operating temperature or until the transmission has been used a little bit. While driving, if I attempt to give it gas when in fourth gear, the speed doesn’t change until I put the pedal pretty much to the floor. Only then the gears change from 4th to 3rd but it does it harshly as well. If there is anyone out there who can help me find my problem and what I should do as hopefully i don’t have to spend a million dollars to give it to a shop just to make it worse, please inform me. I really need to keep this thing alive for as long as I live as it is actually my first truck that I have done a lot to and believe it or not, is my dream truck. Someone if you’re out there please take the time to read and respond to my concern. I would dearly appreciate it!!!!!

Sean Feeney

I have a 2005 Ford F-150 5.4l v8. Recently, I noticed. Y first gear was slipping. Transmission malfunction popped up on the dash and came up with a code stating incorrect gear ratio in first gear. We dropped the pan, found nothing, metal clean, no burning smell, no metal on the magnet or in the fluid. We the. Dropped the valve body, still found absolutely nothing. Not sure if I may have an electrical problem? Any help?

IsaactheOG

My Ford f150 4.2 2 wheel drive 2003 will not shift into any gear. That or my torche converter i’s messaging up idk. Everything runs just truck will not move recently swapped my drive shaft. Don’t know if that had anything to do with it

Anita

I have a platinum F150, 2009. It is leaking transmission fluid. Garage told me it needed a harness and hose. I need to know the cost of both and maintenance cost usually?

Bob Belue

2008 F150 6 cyl; about 45 mph, shift into overdrive…vibration sets up and continues until about 55 mph +/-. Torque converter problem?

1995 F1 50 4 x 4 shifts hard betwee

Chefs hard between shifts

Lyman

Did u find the problem?

Jane Bauckman

Hard shift when changing gears. Jerking when shifting.