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

Something seems wrong with your F-150 4R75E, 4R75W, 4R70W or 4R100 (Lightning only) or 6R80 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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Ford F150 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

These are the most current prices for a remanufactured replacement Ford F150 transmission.

Replacement 4R75E / 4R75W / 4R70W Transmission:

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4R75E/W 4R70W168016001700

Replacement 4R100 Transmission (Lightning / Harley Davidson models):

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4R100 / E4OD188018001799

Replacement 6R80 Transmission (Late Model):

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What are the DTC codes related to Ford F-150 transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This 5R110W transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the 5R110W intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.
Tow/Haul Light Flashing – A flashing Tow Haul light on the Ford F-250 Super Duty acts as sort of a warning light to let you know that something is wrong with your 5R110W transmission. It can be as simple as a failed temperature sensor, or the valve body could be cracked in half. But you won’t know unless there was a DTC stored in the computer.

Recalls & Known F150 Transmission Problems

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

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.

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).

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)

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.

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).

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


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.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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Fair Remanufactured Transmission Price Ranges by Transmission Model Updated July 2018

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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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Jerry Gadzala

I just had my F150 Ford 5.4 engine transmission rebuilt trans.type 4R70W .it is 2007 Ford but when I stop I get a clump noise as well sometime when I go forward from a stop. Could you give me a ideal on the cause also it is a 4 wheel drive truck mileage 148210 . thank you

Ed smitley

Down shifts hard on highway when I let off gas

Ed smitley

1999 f150 4×4 5.4 it down shifts on highway when I let off gas hard!!


When Im in drive and I press the gas pedal it revs to 5k rpms without moving for a while , eventually it moves slightly but makes a clunking sound after that it shuts the car off completely . i have a 2013 F150 xl with 73k miles


I have a 1993 f150 4×4. It has A weird vibration at the high side of the gears. It’s at a sweet spot in the rims and it will vibrate. When I’m on the high way I can’t just ease into the gas to gain speed or it will vibrate. If i feather the gas or dig in to it then all is well and its fine. It will also do it if im on felt ground and hit a bump. Or start up a hill. Ive done the joints. Trans mount on the bottom. Help!!!

AJ Thompson

I just bought a 2002 Ford F-150 5.4 RWD runs great. One concern I have is on the scanner while driving show solenoid #1 and #2 open while it is running in 4th gear but the solenoid #3 is always off. Should I be concerned? the overdrive button is no functioning, opened the steering column found a broken wire to the shift lever and fixed it, now it is working. The truck shifts through all 4 gears. tHE ONLY CONCERN I HAVE IS, WHY THE #3 SOLENOID STAYS OFF NEVER SHOWS OPEN LIKE SOLENOID #1 AND #2. Any suggestions? Please help me undrestand.

Teresa A Bullis

i have a ford truck 1998 4.2 motor automatic tran it well go backwords but no front drive why

Teresa A Bullis

it dont go into drive just revesre i have a 1998 ford truck with a 4/2 motor

Roger Leugers

I have a 2008 f150 stx motor runs great but when I get up to 50 mph I go down to under 30 and stops moving but motor still runs great what going on with my truck I think it’s the transmission 4.6 motor


I have a 2004 f150 that I can’t start when I turn the key the motor turn a 1/4 of a inch and it acks like the truck is in gear could this be the toque converter fail

Joseph A Oneal

I have a 2005 supercab f-150 2wd and sometimes when I am parked it will not go in gear. It’s a automatic. I bought it used so I don’t know what the previous owner used the truck for. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

Lobo Fisher

I have a 2003 Ford F150 FX4 4WD I recently purchased. I was told the tranny was new but had a leak. The Engine starts and runs fine and the body is straight, so for 2000 dollars I rolled the dice. I’ve never been able to get the truck to do anything but go a little ways in reverse. I hooked a code reader up to it and get no code, nor is the check engine light on. Previous owner said transmission leaked fluid and just needed to be topped off. I checked fluid level hot and idling in Park and fluid level is full, perhaps even overfull, which I know is not good. I wish I could get it to throw a code. If transmission is bad, I’ve got no problem replacing it, but do not want to replace something that’s not broken. If you have any suggestions pleasel let me know.

Lobo Fisher

I bought the truck used. I allegedly had just had the transmission replaced with a rebuilt..(I wasn’t counting on that)…previous owner told me it leaded fluid from a line and that it would only move in reverse and not forward until I topped it off. I trailered it home 120 miles. It would back up as seller told me, but would not move forward. I looked for leak, and though I could see fluid residue, it wasn’t dripping off the frame and tranny and driveshaft as I have often seen before. Complicating things slightly is the fact that it’s a 4×4. Electric range selector was gone, so I replaced that. The overdrive button had been removed from end of shipter with three bare open wires coming out of the end. For the first time in my life I bought a pig in a poke. I’m 58. The guy laid a real sad story on me. Complicating matters he was mute / deaf. Engine starts and runs, body is in decent shape and straight, no rust. So I am not that upset as I had planned on spending some money to get the truck back in as close to factory shape as possible and keep it. I figured if I had to spend 10K on the whole project, it’s still about 40K less than a new truck, so again, not that upset about it. Just frustrating trying to locate the issues. I don’t want to take the transmission out if I don’t have to. On the outside chance that it was recently rebuilt. I’ve checked fluid level and it appears to be full when hot and in park. In fact it may be overfull, which would explain the fluid residue if it blew a seal or o-ring somewhere. I have a code reader, but i am getting no codes. Of course the codes could have been read and deleted. How would I know? and How would I get it to flash the codes again?

Dia Lortz

I hope someone answers this. It sounds like something we ford truck owners all need to know. I am going to look for your answer elsewhere, I will report back if I find anything promising.