Ford Fusion Transmission Problems & Cost | 6F35 | AWF21 | FNR5

Designed to replace the midsize Ford Taurus, the first generation Fusion could be had with  a 160-hp 2.3L 4-cyl, or a 221-hp 3.0L V6. The smaller engine could be paired with either the Mazda G5M 5-speed manual, or the Mazda FNR5 5-speed automatic. V6 models were fitted exclusively with the AWF21 / Aisin TF-80 6-speed automatic. A 2010 facelift brought a host of improvements, including a new 175-hp 2.5L 4-cyl, a 240-hp version of the Duratec 3.0L V6, and the new Ford 6F35 6-speed automatic. Fusion Hybrid models used an Aisin CVT. The second generation Ford Fusion was part of the new One-Ford global product strategy, which meant this one car could be sold in all markets. North American versions were powered by a number of different engines, including turbo 4-cylinder’s, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a V6. The 1.6L EcoBoost model was available with the Ford B6 6-speed manual, the other engines were paired with the 6F35 6-speed auto, the hybrids got the Ford HF35 CVT transmission, while the V6-powered Ford Fusion Sport got the 6F55. Something seems wrong with your Fusion? Let’s look at some of the most common Ford Fusion transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Fusion Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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

Replacement 6F35 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
6F50 / 6F352420235526493387

Replacement AWF21 / TF-80 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
AWF212380242825294050

Replacement FNR5 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
FNR5 / AWTF-801980203020792783

Replacement Ford CVT Transmission:
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Ford Fusion Transmission OBDII Trouble Codes | DTC

Trouble CodeDescription
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
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
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0718Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0729Gear 6 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
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0752Shift Solenoid 'A' Stuck On
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0757Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0761Shift Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck Off
P0762Shift Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0763Shift Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0767Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On
P0768Shift Solenoid 'D' Electrical
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'
P0771Shift Solenoid 'E' Performance or Stuck Off
P0772Shift Solenoid 'E' Stuck On
P0773Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical
P0774Shift Solenoid 'E' Intermittent
P0777Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0817Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Reverse with Drive Ratio
P0817Starter Disable Circuit
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
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0978Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0979Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0980Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0985Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Low
P0986Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit High

Ford Fusion Transmission Recalls

2014-2015 Fusion – Unexpected Vehicle Roll Away – 14V736000 / 14C11

Summary
On November 18, 2014, Ford recalled 2014-2015 Ford Fusion models that were manufactured between July 27, 2013 – October 31, 2014, 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid models that were manufactured between February 24, 2014 – October 31, 2014, and 2015 Ford Fusion Energi models that were manufactured between July 14, 2014 – October 31, 2014. These vehicles can exhibit a condition where the ignition key could be removed, even though the gear shift lever isn’t in the Park position.

Consequence
If the gear selector isn’t in Park, removing the ignition key and exiting the vehicle could result in the Fusion rolling away, potentially causing physical injury and property damage.

Remedy
So solve the problem, Ford dealers were instructed to reprogram the Instrument Panel Display Cluster. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 (refer to Fusion recall 14C11). Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to recall 14V736000). This recall began on Issued November 18, 2014

2010 Fusion – Vehicle May Roll Without Warning – 10V222000 / 10C12

Summary
According to the recall, some 19 vehicles left the factory without the park rod guide retention pin being installed properly. This could prevent the park prawl from engaging Park.

Consequence
With the transmission unable to engage Park, the vehicle could roll away and cause serious physical injury or property damage.

Remedy
Ford notified owners on May 28, 2010, and dealers were instructed to inspect and install a new park rod guide retention pin. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 (refer to Ford Fusion recall 10C12). Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to recall 10V222000).

Ford Fusion Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 07-14-7 – Key stuck in ignition / shifter binding condition – FNR5 Transmission
2006 – 2007 Ford Fusion – 2006 – 2007 Mercury Milan – 2006 Lincoln Zephyr
Problem – Some vehicles built before 9/4/2006 may exhibit a problem where the ignition key gets trapped in the ignition switch due to a binding shifter button that does not allow the prawl to contact the park detect switch. The shifter sliding mechanism may also bind.
Solution – Install new shift knob button

TSB 07-14-7 – Key stuck in ignition / shifter binding condition – AW21 Transmission
2006 – 2007 Ford Fusion – 2006 – 2007 Mercury Milan – 2006 Lincoln Zephyr
Problem – Some vehicles built before 9/4/2006 may exhibit a problem where the ignition key gets trapped in the ignition switch due to a binding shifter button that does not allow the parking prawl to contact the park detect switch. The shifter sliding mechanism may also bind.
Solution – Install new shift knob button

TSB 06-23-12 – Automatic transmission whine between 40 – 60 mph (64 – 97 km/h) 3.0L engine – AW21 Transmission
2006 – 2007 Ford Fusion 3.0L V6 – 2006 – 2007 Mercury Milan 3.0L V6 – 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 3.0L V6
Problem – Some vehicles built before 9/2/2006 may exhibit a noticeable transmission whine during light throttle applications at speeds between 40 – 60 mph.
Solution – Install a mass damper kit on the transmission shift cable near the bulkhead in the engine compartment (part #6E5Z-7L256A)

TSB 10-22-4 – AWD vehicles – Shudder/chatter/vibration on turns or a thump/clunk noise on light acceleration – AF21 Transmission
2010 Ford Fusion – 2010 Ford Taurus – 2010 Ford Edge – 2010 Ford Flex – 2010 Mercury Milan – 2010 Lincoln MKS – 2010 Lincoln MKZ – 2010 Lincoln MKT – 2010 Lincoln MKX
Problem – Certain vehicles built between 10/1/2009-12/31/2009, equipped with all-wheel-drive, may experience a shutter or vibration in the driveline during a tight turn. They may also experience a thump or clunk noise during light acceleration. These symptoms may also occur under 40 mph (64 km/h), when driving uphill or towing under heavy acceleration.
Solution – Installing a properly remanufactured PTU (Power Transfer Unit— a simplified transfer case) may solve this problem.

TSB 10-22-4 – AWD vehicles – Shudder/chatter/vibration on turns or thump/clunk noise on light acceleration – 6F Transmission
2010 Ford Fusion – 2010 Ford Taurus – 2010 Ford Edge – 2010 Ford Flex – 2010 Mercury Milan – 2010 Lincoln MKS – 2010 Lincoln MKZ – 2010 Lincoln MKT – 2010 Lincoln MKX
Problem – Certain vehicles built between 10/1/2009-12/31/2009 equipped with all-wheel-drive, may experience a shutter or vibration in the driveline during a tight turn. They may also experience a thump or clunk noise during light acceleration. These symptoms may also occur under 40 mph (64 KM/H), when driving uphill or towing under heavy acceleration.
Solution – Installing a properly remanufactured PTU (Power Transfer Unit— a simplified transfer case) may solve this problem.

TSB 11-12-10 – Sluggish acceleration from 0-5 mph (0-8 km/h) followed by harsh bump or slip on takeoff – 6F35 Transmission & 6F50 Transmission
2010 – 2011 Ford Taurus – 2009 – 2011 Ford Edge – 2009 – 2011 Ford Flex – 2011 Ford Explorer – 2010 – 2011 Lincoln MKS – 2009 – 2011 Lincoln MKX – 2010 – 2011 Lincoln MKT
Problem – Some vehicles may experience sluggish acceleration or a hesitation feel during a rolling stop, followed by a harsh bump or slip feeling. This can be caused by a design flaw in the 6F35 valve body / 6F50 valve body.
Solution – On transmissions originally built for Mercon LV transmission fluid (listed on the dipstick), the valve body will have to be modified by deleting one hole in the valve body separator plate, and removing the check ball in the area of the deleted hole. If this modification is not performed properly, the transmission may experience a loss of reverse or a 2-3 shift flare.

TSB 15-0047 / 17-2219 – Push button start – Shift to Park or Transmission Not In Park message – discharged battery – unable to remove key
2011 – 2017 Ford Edge – 2011 – 2017 Ford Explorer – 2011 – 2017 Ford Flex – 2011 – 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan – 2011 – 2017 Ford Taurus – 2011 – 2016 Lincoln MKS – 2011 – 2017 Lincoln MKT – 2011 – 2015 Lincoln MKX
Problem – Vehicles equipped with a floor shift selector lever and push button start, may display a ‘Shift To Park’ or ‘Transmission Not In Park’ message, even though the transmission is actually in Park. It may also not be possible to remove the transmitter key, and the battery may discharge due to the warning message remaining illuminated.
Solution – Install new park detect switch

TSB 10-21-2 / 10-17-4 – Slipping, 5th gear starts from stop, PRNDL display error, backup camera on while vehicle is in Drive – 6F50 Transmission & 6F55 Transmission
2009 – 2011 Ford Taurus – 2009 – 2011 Ford Edge – 2009 – 2011 Ford Flex – 2009 – 2011 Lincoln MKS – 2009 – 2011 Lincoln MKT – 2009 – 2011 Lincoln MKX
Problem – Certain vehicles may intermittently experience slipping, 5th gear starts from a stop, the electronic PRNDL display may flash errors, and the backup camera may be on while the vehicle is in Drive.
Solution – Install new Ford transmission range sensor / TR sensor.

2013-2014 Ford Fusion – TSB 374584

Problem:
On Ford Fusions equipped with either the 1.5L or 1.6L, fluid can accumulate around the bottom of the transmission housing. Sticky, “honey colored” fluid is likely from excessive grease or rust-inhibitor that was applied during manufacturing. Less viscous fluid is likely to be engine oil, or automatic transmission fluid.
Solution:
If the fluid is determined to be grease or rust inhibitor, it can simply be drained, and the housing cleaned with brake cleaner. If the fluid is determined to be engine oil or ATF, further diagnostic procedures may be required.

2013-2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid / Ford Fusion Energi – TSB 14-0176 / 387601

Problem:
On Ford Fusion Hybrid models equipped with the Ford HF35 transmission, owners may experience a pronounced thumping, rubbing, or grinding noise coming from the transmission.
Solution:
This problem can be solved by replacing either the entire transmission, or the transfer shaft gear assembly. The transmission cooling system will also need to be flushed.

2010-2014 Ford Fusion – TSB 15-0079 / 379414

Problem:
Owners of some 2010-2014 Ford Fusion models equipped with the Ford 6F35 transmission, may experience a fluid leak coming from the left half shaft seal, due to premature wear to the transmission case bushing.
Solution:
To solve this issue, an updated case bushing, seal and half shaft will need to be installed.

Solenoid Failure

One of the most common Ford Fusion transmission problems is a failed solenoid. These little plunger like devices are used by the computer to route pressurized transmission fluid and change gears. To activate one of the solenoids, the computer sends an electrical charge though a coil of wire that wraps around the plunger mechanism. Heat and vibration can cause these wires to short out, which will lead to all sorts of transmission problems.

If you want to check the functionality of your solenoids, simply hook an ohmmeter to the two wires coming off of the solenoid. The reading should be somewhere between 20-30 ohms. If you get a reading above or below that number, it’s a safe bet that solenoid won’t function properly.

Can I drive with a Ford Fusion transmission problem?

If your Ford Fusion 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, depending on the symptoms. 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 Ford Fusion transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Fusion 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 Ford Fusion transmission last for between 80,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement 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 Fusion transmission issues diagnosed?

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

In order to replace your Ford Fusion 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, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Ford Fusion transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Ford Fusion transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford Fusion Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Fusion Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used 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 Fusion Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder 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 Fusion Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute 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?

What Problem Does Your Fusion 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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Mike Pence (no, not THAT one)

I’ve posted these symptoms on a few other sites, but have never heard back about them. In normal driving my car (06 Fusion SEL, 3.0 V-6) behaves beautifully, and is a joy to drive. However, upon sudden hard acceleration, like if passing on a 2-lane road, the trans will shift violently into 1st gear (loud bang), and sometimes even go out of gear completely (coast meekly to the shoulder). Shutting off and restarting solves the problem. Also, when downshifting manually everything’s fine until speed drops to 45, whereupon the trans again slams violently into 1st gear.

Since late winter 2019, while cruising steadily at interstate speeds (~65 – 70), the car occasionally loses power and runs rough. Shutting off and restarting cures the problem. When this happens, the PCM error light comes on (wrench symbol), but no trouble codes are saved. I only think there might be a connection to the transmission problems because I’ve read that shifting is controlled by the PCM.

Any words of wisdom?

Carole

Driving along in my 2008 automatic Ford Fusion and dashboard sounds a warning, every light on the dash came on, ‘transmission malfunction’ error message and the engine cut out. Tried repeatedly for 45 mins to restart it. Breakdown vehicle arrived, car started. They followed us for a couple of miles with no problems. Further 2 miles down the road the same thing happened. Breakdown returned, car started, drove 20yards then car broke down again. Got towed home. Could this be a simple fix or is it well and truly goosed?

Tom

2011 Fusion shakes when idling at stop. Also vibrates while driving. More so when driving at freeway speeds.
Is this the transmission?
Has new tire and rotor.
67,000 miles

Nana Adu-Gyamfi

I have a 2013 Ford Fusion
With 238575 miles I’m on the road making a U turn Since it’s a little tight corner l tried to backup for a while
That was it the transmission will not shift
It stock up in neutral
What is the problem.

Jim

I own a 2010 Fusion SE 2.3L and am experiencing a lug when accelerating quickly from a stop. If I accelerate a bit more gradually the transmission performs correctly. Any Ideas?

brandon

same here man

Michael

Looking into why my 2007 SE is shaking when at a stop sign. No Check engine/ trans codes. A friend was saying that the disks inside the trans are going. Is there a way to fix or should I buy another one. and if so how do I know that the problem wont be in the next one.

Shelly Scott

Mine does that too

russell

my car is in park but the car is saying it is in drive and will not crank

Darnell Gillaspie

Water on the passenger side floor of the. Car

Kim

How much on an average does it cost to repair a 2006 Ford Fusion transmission? I was told by Ford roughly $7500.00. I personally feel this is too much!

Jay

2012 Ford Fusion SEL. Hangs in 2 or 3 gear way too long and then jolts into the next gear. 2 Dealerships have told me that this is consistent with the operation of the 6T35 transmission. Any thoughts?

Ann Harrel

mine also,very rough shifting in lower gears. Took it to a transmission shop they wouldn’t look at it said that all 2014 Transmissions are like that, titanium EcoBoost.