Lincoln Zephyr Transmission Problems & Cost | AWF21

The Lincoln Zephyr (1 year only model, 2006) was equipped with the Aisin Warner AWF21 transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Lincoln Zephyr transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Lincoln Zephyr Transmission Models

2006 Lincoln Zephyr Transmission: AWF21

Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr Transmission Prices:

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What are the DTC codes related to Lincoln Zephyr transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
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
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
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

Lincoln Zephyr Transmission Recalls

None Found

Lincoln Zephyr Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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)

Common Problems with the Lincoln Zephyr Transmission

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 Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Lincoln Zephyr Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr 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 Lincoln Zephyr 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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2 months ago

Making a loud noise want stay

Steven c.Murray
4 months ago

Coolant lines leaking fluid

Judy Wiggins
5 months ago

Something is leaking and because we’re having to add transmission fluid (it’s one-half quart low every 3,000 miles), we thought it might be a leak. Three mechanics have been unable to diagnose a transmission leak (although one did replace the valve cover). We’re also smelling something burning after running the car.

Douglas Mabuce
10 months ago

Will be driving and stop a red light and the car just goes into neutral. If you shut the car off for a couple mins put it in gear and goes like nothing ever happened . Never know when its going to happen cold or operating temp.

Jacob Cook
11 months ago

I have a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and I’m having a huge problem with it. It’s hard to tell what happened to it bc it’s my fault and I’m stupid. Anyway my ac compressor was out I replaced it and when I re attached my transmission lines one of my lines (I believe the return line) was pinched and I did not realize it until to late I’m afraid. I drove it 1.5 hours away was have maf issues at the same time, so when my car started running hot and skipping I thought I got a bad maf sensor from advance barely made it to advance got a new sensor and it worked fine for a bit so I thought ok it was the maf, no the fluid had just cooled down. Any1 on way home the car went to into limp mode and I tried to force it on home and was rough on it. I could smell the burnt fluid right away when I got out. I’m afraid I pushed it to far. It was spitting code p1700 failed to nuetral, but I cleared it out after 2nd time and fixing the kink it hasn’t come back on. My car works in reverse just fine but in drive it feels like nuetral and in low to, but the only thing that isnt making sense is if I put it in drive and apply pressure pulling back on gear shifter jus a little it will take off and drive just as good as ever. But I have to find the sweet spot. If not it feels like the brakes are applied in s way and the car want, at most down s high can get it going for a few hundred yards then nothing like it’s in nuetral unless I find that sweet spot then not a problem other then holding the shifter back. Now is this somin a bad transmission would do? Or am I maybe extremely lucky and is this a linkage or shift cable problem? Or sensor? Also I flushed out the transmission fluid bc the fluid was burnt, it had to be flushed and I could figure out how to access the filter to change it this 6 speed has a pan on the side books says dismantle transmission. I did the pressure test and it seemed fine though. Any help or advice or anything would be greatly appreciated. Also thanks for reading all this, maybe to much detail. Thanks.

Zephyr is stuck in neutral but I’m
1 year ago

My Lincoln Zephyr is stuck in neutral but I’m able to shift the gears on the inside of the car but it’s telling me on the dash that it’s still a neutral and it still has a neutral do you have an answer?

Jacob Cook
11 months ago

Did you figure out what was going on with you car stuck in nuetral

Jacob Cook
11 months ago

Did you find a answer to your question?

1 year ago

When it’s stated a blue light comes and it will not go into gear until the light goes off

Jacob Cook
11 months ago
Reply to  Tommy

What about the blue now. Thanks

2 years ago

My 2006 lincoln zephyr has 68,000 miles on it. It has started to “hang up” in first gear for a block or two after starting. Then it is ok.

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