Ford Taurus Transmission Problems & Cost | 6F50 / AX4N

The second generation 1992-1995 Taurus was popular, and remained America’s Best-Selling Car for its entire production run. The 3rd generation 1996-1999 Taurus remained a strong seller, but lost its sales title a year after it was introduced. The 4th-gen 2000-2007 Taurus became the victim of budget-engineering, and was forced to finish out its final year as a ‘fleet only’ model. However, Ford realized that dropping such a popular nameplate was a mistake, so they affixed it to the un-popular Ford 500, and gave that fullsize sedan a styling makeover, along with several new powertrain options. By 2010, the 6th generation Taurus had become the Blue Oval’s default fullsize sedan, and received an entirely new platform, along with modern engines, transmissions, and a hot twin-turbo Taurus SHO performance model. Does something seem wrong with your Taurus transmission? The Taurus was equipped with the AX4N (renamed 4F50N) transmission in its earlier models and the 6F50 model in later models. Let’s look at some of the most common Ford Taurus, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Ford Taurus Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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

Replacement AX4N / 4F50N Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
AX4N / AX4S156015001500

Replacement 6F50 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
6F50 / 6F35232025602550

Can I drive with a Ford Taurus transmission problem?

If your Ford Taurus 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 Taurus transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Ford Taurus 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 Taurus 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 Taurus transmission issues diagnosed?

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

In order to replace your Ford Taurus 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.

Recommendations for Ford Taurus 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 Taurus transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Ford Taurus Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Taurus 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 Taurus 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 Taurus 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.

Ford Taurus Recalls

1997 Taurus – Fire risk from ATF leak – 97V097000

On June 30, 1997, a recall was issued for 100,000 copies of the 1997 Ford Taurus. It seems the low-intermediate servo cover on the AX4S transmission could come off while the car is being driven. If this happens, transmission fluid could leak onto the catalytic converters, creating a serious fire risk.

If the catalytic converters are hot enough, the transmission fluid could ignite and start a fire.

Ford instructed dealers to inspect the transmission and replace the defective servo covers. For more information, owners can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-800-424-9393.

1996-1997 Taurus – Unexpected Vehicle Roll Away – 96V166000


On September 23, 1996, a recall was issued for the 1996-1997 Ford Taurus. It seems that 40,000 of them were fitted with a park prawl abutment bracket that could prevent the park prawl from engaging the Park gear, even though the gear shift is in the Park position.

If the transmission isn’t in Park when the driver releases the brake pedal and exits the vehicle, it could potentially roll away, causing serious injury or property damage.

To fix the problem, a Ford dealer would inspect the transmission, and if necessary, install a revised park prawl abutment bracket. For more information, owners can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-800-424-9393.

Ford Taurus Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

2013-2014 Ford Taurus – TSB 14-0056 – 15-0079


Cars equipped with the 6R35 transmission may develop a leak around the left half shaft seal. This happens because the half shaft surface finish can cause premature wear to the case bushing and seal.

To plug this leak, an updated case bushing, seal and half shaft will have to be installed.

2010-2012 Taurus – TSB 45132

Harsh downshifts on rebuilt transmissions

If unusually hard downshifts occur after rebuilding the transmission, it’s likely due to the wrong valve body separator plate being installed. The OEM Motorcraft Overhaul kit (part # MTKV-K5600-A or AU2Z-7V575-A) contains the wrong valve body separator plate, which should be replaced with part # BT4Z-7Z490-B.

2013-2014 Ford Taurus – TSB 44852 / 10057815


Cars equipped with the 6F35 transmission may not be able to upshift, or first and reverse are the only gears available.

This issue could be caused by a software issue, a problem with the low one way or low reverse clutch.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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What Problem Does Your Taurus 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!

Leave a Comment

Helen Scott

My 2005 Taurus SE automatic transmission light suddenly came on. Car shifts into gear fine. After going down the road, it begins to jump and rev up. Cannot get over 20 miles per hour, but car will still keep rolling.

David Zimmerman

My 07 Taurus makes a clunking sound starting out.

David Peddle

My Ford Taurus 1998 automatic- has been leaking transmission fluids on my driveway.
Recently when I tried to drive it up to my garage it stopped & would not go forward Then I reversed the gear- but it did not go back either. I was real low on transmission fluid with all the recent leaks so I left it in park & added transmission fluid. It drove into my garage the next day with no problem.
What transmission leakage parts etc should I have replaced without being made a fool of by a mechanic?
Also, should I change the Clutch packs if they are a bit worn out ?

Floyd Fournier

I recently bought a 2002 ford Taurus and it shakes and wont engage 1st gear without easing into the gas. And when u finally get to 15 mph it finally catches. what might be the issue with the trans mission? Plus is the transmission belt driven of pump?

Heather H

I have a 2005 Ford Taurus when I go on the highway and get to highway speed RPM go up and check engine light is on


Hello I just bought a 2000 Ford Taurus with 140 k miles and the torque converter needs to be replaced. Now I’m thinking is the car gonna be OK if I just replace the torque converter or should I go ahead and replace the whole transmission. The mechanic I have is charging me 645 to replace the torque converter, do oil change, tune up, check AC.

Dave nugent

I have a 2001 Ford Taurus I started the car n it shifted in the reverse gear but didn’t move when I step on the gas. Iknow then there is something wrong. I was able to put it in drive firstgear was fine.the car got up to 35 MPr n went to 2 rpm but it would not shift into 2 the my interfaces light came on. I haven’t had any problems with the car besides now got it bran new.does anybody have an idea. Yes i trust to rest the computer but oxidant work


Sounds like catalytic converters


I have a 2007 Ford Taurus and I was on my way to get my son from school and I was at a light and my car just would not go I put it in park then drive still would not move it’s like it stuck in neutral no noises clicks or bumps. I’m a single mom of two and that’s my only transportation please help if you can. Thanks in advance


Upon arriving at church, I noticed after I got out of my 2003 Ford Taurus, that the transmission fluid was pouring out. It was not leaking prior to this. The car was parked and turned off. What could this be?