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 PartsDealer Retail
4R75E/W 4R70W1687188518852839
4R100 / E4OD1775183618993228
6R802420311931193555

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.

What Transmission Do I Have?

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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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Keith D Barbee
4 days ago

Don’t want to pull drive will not engage

eddie
5 days ago

just picked up a 94 f150 4.9 eng. e4od trans shifts way to early goes from 0 to 4th gear in about 30 ft.

Don
26 days ago

Hit a bump in parking lot and transmission went from drive to nothing. Have reverse but no forward tries but will not go

Amber
1 month ago

Gpt 2007 ford f150 4.6 4×2 215000 miles goes into all gears but when put in drive it won’t move. Can feel and hear it shift into drive but won’t go forward. Fluid clean new filter gasket and pan put on. New output speed sensor put in.

Last edited 1 month ago by Amber
David E Allanson
1 month ago

What year transmission are able to use in my 07 f150 5.4 auto 4×4

David E Allanson
1 month ago

I have 07 f150 5.4 triton motor 4×4 no forward gearsnjust reverse

Harold Jones
1 month ago

I bought a 97 f150 the guy I bought it from did a auto to manual swap when I drive it I have to take off in 3rd or 4th gear if I take off In first gear the second i release the clutch the motor is ready for second gear

David jolley
1 month ago

Runs and shifts good off the ground but is sluggish on tk off then when it finally does wnot shift to 3r 4t and od

Tony
2 months ago

Wont hardly pull its self 1993 f150 striat 6

Dave
2 months ago

Hi i like your site, lots of good info. I have a 2011 f150 4×4 5.0 eng. It has a rough engagement from park to reverse. The shift indicator is not on, but a wrench is. I have a code in the engine ecm and tcm of p0705 and p1702. it has 116,000 miles on it. I noticed the daytime running lights dont work when it acts up. The shifter does not feel just right between P AND R. Its working now, but i know it not right.

Robbie Devillier
2 months ago

It like jerks going from 1st to 2nd gear
All other gears are fine

Sam Mccaw
3 months ago

Handle want make gears to shift

Tommy Vogedes
3 months ago

2004 f-150 stuck in first gear after hitting a bump going up a little incline. The truck showed no significant signs of having a transmittion problem before this.

Kevin
4 months ago

No forward gears only reverse

Patrick Gede
6 months ago

2006 Ford F150 4.2 gradually lost reverse. So I took it to AAMCO Transmission and for $2,200 they rebuilt it. The problem is when I got it back it has a hard snatching shift from 1st to 2nd. I never had this problem at all when I took it there. They’re telling me that there is nothing wrong that is because of the shift kit that they installed. My concern is I never had a problem like that from the time I bought the truck. It always shifted smooth with or without a load. I feel like they missed something. I do have good reverse now and from second to over drive shifts fine. I pray after spending the money that I wasn’t taken advantage of. Thank you

Allen
5 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Gede

The shift kit that was installed means that it will have a moderate snap to it as you are describing. This is normal for the kit, but not the factory smooth shift that you remember.

William E Milot
8 months ago

I have a 2001 F-150 that shifts fine, reverse is ok but the you go to take off from a stop the motor revs up and it slams in gear like I’m racing and did a 3000 RPM neutral drop. if I’m passing someone it revs and slams into the lower gear hard if I press down too hard on the gas. If I press down easy it don’t rev & slam when downshifting but does it every time I take off from a stop. Anyone ever have this problem? P.S. The fluid isn’t burnt and no service light is on.

Matt Wood
2 months ago

My 2009 F150 has the same issue, especially after a sudden stop. It doesn’t do it all the time, seems to be worse on wet pavement. I have noticed the traction control light come on during this event but it doesn’t always.

Last edited 2 months ago by Matt Wood
Bobby
8 months ago

My 2007 4.6l nuetraled ( after a bang) I pushed my o/d switch and it went into second……..stopped the truck engaged the o/d and started off …..truck shifted fine to 2nd but when it was to go into drive (3rd) it nuetraled again…….pulled pan and valve body snap ring on o/d spool piece was fine …….rubber balls all looked good and same size…..would a shift solenoid be culprit

Michael Weyneth
3 months ago
Reply to  Bobby

Exact same year and exact same problem! Following! Let me know if you ever figured it out

BRIAN BAILEY
9 months ago

2006 4.6 rwd xl transmission slipping on take off and through all shifts. OD is gone. Trouble codes are P0745, P1336, P0340, and P0420.. can my transmission issues be caused by a timing issue sending wrong signals to the PCM

Frank c.
9 months ago

When you the truck on D it won’t engage until you press the gas pedal 2006 ford f150 v6

Gary Stangl
10 months ago

2009 f150 with 4.6 and not sure which transmission is in it. Has 198k and goes througj gears fine until overdrive then revs out and feels like im on neutral.

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