Ford Mustang Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E | 5R55S | 6R80

The Ford Mustang was equipped with the 4R75E or 4R70W transmission as well as the 5R55S and 6R80 models. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford Mustang transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Mustang Transmission Models

Ford Mustang: 4R75E / 4R70W Transmission
Ford Mustang: 5R55S Transmission
Ford Mustang: 6R80 Transmission

Ford Mustang Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Ford Mustang Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4R75E/W 4R70W1687188518852839
5R55S/N/W/E1987188919493169

Note: 6R80 currently Dealer Only

What are the DTC codes related to Ford Mustang 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

Ford Mustang Transmission Recalls

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

Ford Mustang Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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.

Common Problems with the Ford Mustang Transmission

TCC Application in 2nd Gear – 4R75E Transmission
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

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Ford Mustang 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 Mustang transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Mustang 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 Mustang transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 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 Mustang transmission issues diagnosed?

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

In order to replace your Ford Mustang 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 Mustang transmission issues?

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

How to Solve Ford Mustang Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Mustang 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 Mustang 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 Mustang 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 Ford Mustang 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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Adelita j macias
1 month ago

Had to Replace my new transmission within a year … The original transmission completely went out after several years. Unfortunately no check engine light came on nor did i have any warning it was going out. i had my car towed and replaced the transmission. With the new transmission i smelled burning every now and then so i thought it was coming from outside being that i just got a new transmission and my car never smelled like that before so i thought nothing of it. Within months after going on a short trip my transmission went out again. When i took it in the mechanic he strongly believed i had been doing burn outs with how it shredded to pieces. I assured him i had not been and because i was the only one that drove my car his conclusion was impossible. He again replaced my transmission but every now and then just like the last new transmission i smell the burn smell Again when i have to force going into 1st gear . can someone please tell me why this is happening with both new transmissions and what needs to be done before anymore damage is done.

Charlene Moss
1 month ago

2002 mustang it shifts in park and reverse and 1st into 2nd but won’t from 2nd to drive rps go up but no shift

William Danforth
1 month ago

2007 mustang gt 78000 1 st&2 ND then nothing no forward no reverse no codes found! I don’t get it.

Anonymous
2 months ago

My 2017 V6 mustang is grinding on 1st to 2nd and also when rev hanging on 2nd gear the shifter will pop out of gear. I think its an issue with my synchronizer but I’m not sure, any thoughts?

Anonymous
2 months ago

reverse but no forward

James M Guthrie
4 months ago

I have a 2007 mustang GT 4.6 l V8 I was traveling down the road and had started on my trip no problems whatsoever right in the middle of my trip I’m at a stoplight going to take off and my car just ribs it loses engagement of the torque converter. So and drive I’m sitting at a red light revving.my transmission fluid is dark dark brown it doesn’t even look like it’s ever been changed I have 165,000 miles on my car and I noticed that in first gear upon taking off from a stop it had a little bit of a slipping feeling but not real hard now I go to put it in gear and it hesitates it doesn’t want to engage when it does engage it slams into gear it lunges.

Edward Hernandez
4 months ago

My03 mustang v6 it takes off withna pudh start and once itsngoingn it seems to shift fine it just the takeboff

Andrew sheridan
4 months ago

I have a 1998 mustang gt.after about 10-15 min of driving the transmission struggles to shift into 3rd gear. The motor will rev high trying to shift into that gear,until if finally does shift, after another 5min of driving it won’t shift into 3rd unless I drive in overdrive.. during this time it downshifts fine and 1st and 2nd gear shifts fine.I have no obd codes showing, no metal shavings in oil pan, no burnt oil smell..once the car has sat for a couple hours it drives fine until about 15min of driving then back at the problem

Austin
1 year ago

My 2007 Ford Mustang V6 first started blinking the overdrive light. I had a transmission guy drop the pan. He noticed some shavings and replaced the solenoid packs and fluid. After this I would barely drive the car at at. Now the engine light is one. I had a buddy plug in his diagnostic tool. The codes found are po962, po732, po735, po748, and po775. It has 140,00 miles. I think it has a 5r55s transmission. I brought it to one place and they wanted $1,000 just to drop it and diagnose the problem. I’m thinking about buying one that has been pulled from a junkyard for $500 and paying someone $500 to install it. I just don’t want to hear bad news if I decide to have it rebuilt. I would like to pay $1500 max to fix the problem then sell the car towards a downpayment.

Byron Jones
1 year ago

My 06 mustang GT automatic won’t shift into drive or reverse, when I shift it manually it shifts into 1st and 2nd but not 3rd.

Melissa Plasters
1 year ago

Will a 1998 Ford Mustang transmission interchange with a 2001 v6 Ford Mustang transmission

Malcom
1 year ago

I have a 2007 mustang with 131000 miles and they’re saying the torque converter bad but car drives flawlessly

Todd
1 year ago
Reply to  Malcom

Mine has been doing that since 115,00 miles. I now Have 200,000 mile on it. The overdrive cuts off when going over 50 mph, A slight reduction in gas mileage, Maybe 10%. Just drop pan and change filter. About five to six quarts are needed. Repeat every 15,000 miles for a couple years and then just change the fluid every 30,000 miles after that. These transmissions are excellent if serviced, Do not FLUSH when over 100,000 miles. I have seen the 2007 4.0 v6 mustang automatic transmission go well over 300,000 miles if you do what I am telling you. The next most important thing to do with your mustang is not drive it like a maniac when it gets older.

Debra
1 year ago

2003, 162958.3, the service engine soon light is on, automatic 3.8L. It acts like it doesn’t want to go into 2nd or 3rd gear, it accelerates faster than its moving then tries to catch up.

Philip Barry
1 year ago

2007 Mustang V6 Auto trans, 160k. Trans makes whiney whoosh noise when accelerating. Torque slips when cold, but shifts fine when warm. Is fluid low? Will flush harm?

Daniel Harriss
1 year ago

I have a 2006 mustang 168,000 miles 4.6L v8 It is in limp mode. It pops codes for torque converter electrical and all shift solenoids circuit low. The sjb and fuses have corrosion due to water leak

Heather Muerle
2 years ago

2014 Ford Mustang, NO codes at all. Was having problems not going into proper gears or would jump into them. No one could find anything wrong, finally said extremelly low fuel ( with half a tank) erased odometer, little wrench came on. Guess what ? Still no codes past or present, WTF? Have transmission shop looking at it. But would love any ideas people have, 52,000 miles V6

Sal Gallegos
1 year ago
Reply to  Heather Muerle

Hey did you figure it out

Mark
2 years ago

03’ mustang 3.8l v6 auto trans. Has recently started making a intermittent squeaking noise once the trans warms up. Not really loud but it’s noticeable.

Cathay souza
2 years ago

2nd time around transmission issues . 2018 brand new Mustang 5.0 v8 smells bad still ..shaking somewhat while driving. .

David Lyons
2 years ago

At 136,000 miles with never a single symptom or problem before, suddenly the engine revved off the chart and nothing happened. Going into gears kicked HARD, when parked it wouldn’t move in D, but would drive in 3. Then, reverse stopped working. Local shop said all planetary gears were shot…$3500. Apparently this is common at the 100-130k mile range. Car is a 2010 V6.

Michael
2 years ago

Torque Shudder. REALLY bad going into OD. Mild and on occcasion 2nd to 3rd. Flushed system and added trans shudder fix. Problem MOSTLY went away for awhile but is back again. Car only sees about 100-200 miles a month driving.

Jerry B
10 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Any resolution? Sounds like my Mustang 01, 226000 miles

Jerry B
10 months ago
Reply to  Michael

That’s 126000 miles

Dusti Parker
2 years ago

Slow going into reverse sometimes

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