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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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.

Ford F150 3rd gear shift problems

While the F150 is usually a very reliable beast, 2001 and up models equipped with the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission can develop a number of issues over the years. Like Ford F150 3rd gear slipping for example. During the 3-4 shift, the transmission will slip into neutral instead of engaging 4th gear. There may also be a lack of engine braking if the transmission is manually shifted into the 2 position.

What causes the Ford F150 3rd gear slip?

These F150 shifting problems are likely due to a broken overdrive servo retaining snap ring or overdrive servo piston ‘E’ clip. Should this happen, the pieces from that broken snap ring or clip can make their way into the overdrive servo regulator valve, preventing the overdrive band from making a full apply. After the broken parts are replaced, that overdrive servo regulator valve assembly needs to be removed from the valve body so that any damage from the broken pieces can be repaired. Most mechanics will overlook this, resulting in more transmission problems somewhere down the road. Street Smart Transmission on the other hand, is very familiar with these transmissions and always inspects for this damage during every reman F150 transmission build.

How much is it going to cost to fix my 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission?

Unfortunately, the problem described here will require the removal and disassembly/partial disassembly of your transmission. Given the labor time involved to remove the transmission from the vehicle (this is not a simple task), most repair shops will recommend that you go ahead and rebuild the entire transmission while it’s out. Since they already have to tear it down to replace the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission, it sort of makes sense to spend the extra money to do that. After all, you should get a lot more mileage out of your transmission once it’s rebuilt. And since they’ve already got the transmission apart, might as well, right?

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

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John Reddell
3 months ago

Loss all forward gears , have only reverse

Kym L. Stangle
3 months ago

Drove my 2006 F-150 into the driveway parked it went back out it will move in reverse but no forward gears

Jonathan Savage
3 months ago

2008 f150 4.6L engine automatic transmission.. NO engine or TCM codes at all! My forward gears work fine, fluid isn’t burnt or dirty but I lost reverse gear. Pull shifter down to reverse I can hear in engine idle something engages but truck doesn’t move. When manually pull shifter down to low gear at 15 mph it doesn’t engine brake either. Whats a cheap repair to do without having to change entire transmission?

Last edited 3 months ago by Jonathan Savage
James sheff
4 months ago

I have a 2006 expedition 5.4 and i believe a 4r75e transmission. Has code 720 if the engine revs over 2300 rpms before moving. The truck, started, put into drive has a delay before going into drive. Then itll barely move forward, rev it to about 2000 rpms, itll slowly move forward, seems like its severly slipping, then after about three minutes or 500 yards it will lock into gear and shift throw all gears perfectly. No other issues at all until it is taken out of drive again then the entire process starts over.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s more in the front end this kitchen like the differential they said someone help me with the kids and just a friend that’s not his kid in the front wheels is only when you go backwards

David
4 months ago

Have to press on accelerator slowly it will whine then go into first fine after goes into 2 and third but when I stop or slow.down have to repeat slow acceleration process

Heidi
5 months ago

I have an 05 f150 5.4 triton 4×4 with 188,000 miles was driving home stopped off the interstate and parked at a gas station. When we got back and and started down the road it shifted fine but once speed got to 20 mph the engine raced and it wouldn’t shift up. Coasted to the next exit and parked for an hour with truck turned off. Then tried again. This time it would go up to 40 mph per hour and the engine raced but no accelerating. The transmission fluid is full and clean. What could be the issue?

Last edited 5 months ago by Heidi
Luis Aime
5 months ago

Ok tengo ford f 150 2006 5.4 triton, la transmicion esta haciendo los cambios bien ,el oil es limpio y sin honor a quemado,pero después de 2 millas prende la luz de OBD, solo apago el motor y lo enciendo y sigo el viaje sin la luz de OBD hasta otra 2 millas,asumí q es por temperatura,reviso el cooler esta frio ,desconecto las líneas, enciendo el trock y no sale oil por las lineas,líneas, acelerando a 2000 rmp,cual seria el problema ?

Aex, Missouri
5 months ago

Noticeable knocking but low in volume. Only noticeable when in reverse or drive and stopped at idle. Louder in reverse. Has had delayed engagement in reverse for since owned at 45K. Have had the downshift flare caused by worn spark plugs in the past. Has 150K on trans. New engine at 126k due to spun bearings in old engine. Trans fluid changed with Mercon V at 60k and 126K. Both times trans fluid smelled slightly burned.

Thomas strong
5 months ago

I have a 2006 F150 the trans fuel light is on OD light is blinking when I put it in drive it will not take the gas what is the problem

Carlos
6 months ago

I have a 2009 Ford F-150 4 by 4 that is making a hard clunk when I go into overdrive or try to accelerate look what’s on the road it will shift fine

Phil collins
6 months ago

I have an 85 F150 4 WHEEL DRIVE W/LOCK IN HUBS. 5.8 LITER. WITH ONLY 90,692 ORIGINAL MILES. Once i come to a complete stop and then go to take off. It willact like its in neutral and ill have to peddle it out as soft as posiibly until it will go into gear. It doesnt grind or jerk. Its almost like I put it in neutral myself. It would do that every know and then when i 1st bought it. Then i noticed that it stopped completely. And after almost 1 yr later. Now. It started doin it again. But more and more often until it got to where i could not drive uphill facing forward. Even if i manually shofted it into every gear. It never even began to act like it was goin into gear. But i got my truck to where i was goin to see if i got go uphill backwards in reverse with my truck facing downhill. And just as quick as i shifyed into reverse. It went in thatgear and it drove perfectly uphill and not 1 time did it act like it was goin to slip i to neutral. … Plz help….lol

Scott Rickert
6 months ago

2011 Ford F150 3.7 liter V6 Electronic 6 speed transmission. When truck is first started, once in gear, when transmission shifts from 1st to 2nd gear, LOUD clunk noise. when downshift from 2nd to 1st, same noise. Only does it when engine/transmission is cold usually first thing in morning. Just paid $5,500.00 for transmission rebuild. Noise still there same parameters. (mechanics said all electronics were replaced and controller box. Had to tow to Ford dealer to resync computer. Truck runs fine after the first 5 minutes (warmed up) Any ideas?

Linda clark
6 months ago

05 f150 4.6 auto-my rear wheels drag. When you put it in 1st&2nd gear. Think Tranny or no?

William Roberts
6 months ago

Running perfect until parked after being parked for several minutes it came out of park and rolled several feet since then it won’t move in any direction and makes a grinding noises when shifted into park

Greg Gregory
6 months ago

I have an 06 F150 4×4 Baja champions Ashley/Smith signature series. 5.4l. Owned about 6 months. 145 000 miles. Tow a vintage toy hauler. One day I was parking the trailer and gears 1 and 2 stopped working . Throttle is intermittent until I can coast into 3rd then reverts back to power up to about 80 mph. P0720.i replaced output and input sensors. Drained fluid in pan and cleaned . Added mercon v. Added Lucas Trans fix. 1 an 2 do not have power in 4×4 Also. Frustrated as hellllll… is it the TPS? Or shift silinoid? Need a Trans code reader and take it to someone. Tired of guessing and spending. Any helpful direction would be great. No shavings in pan but magnet was jitrty..
Greg
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Bruce
6 months ago

Delayed engagement when transmission is warm then when driving it it’s down shifting go to hit the gas really big delay in engagement in 2nd gear big clunk if not careful

Joe Ashcraft
6 months ago

While driving, the truck acted as if the shifter just put it in neutral. Shifting throughout the range, even reverse made no difference. After shutting off the switch, then the starter will spin but not engage. The torque converter and flexplate will spin with no resistance. Pushing the flexplate forward will engage it with the starter.

2007 F150 105,000 miles

James Johnson
6 months ago

Will not pull In reverse

Dr. RAYMOND CAWTHORNE
7 months ago

2006 F-150 with 230,000 miles. At low speeds seems to make a rhythmic bumping noise and vibration when accelerating lightly- also in cruise control. Noticed improvement when disengaging overdrive. What should I look for? Could it be something simple? I am the original owner.

Anonymous
7 months ago

My 93 F150 will not shift into gear first regularly but now also reverse and gears seem to be slipping I have to turn the car off to get it to go back into gear again

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