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 a remanufactured Ford F150 transmissions.

Replacement F150 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
4R75E/W 4R70W168017301700
4R100 / E4OD188018301899
6R80249031503119

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)

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

 

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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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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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

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?