Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission Problems & Cost | 4R75E / 4R70W

The Mercury Grand Marquis was equipped with the 4R75E or 4R70W transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Mercury Grand Marquis transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission Models

Mercury Grand Marquis: 4R75E / 4R70W Transmission

Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4R75E/W 4R70W1687188518852839

What are the DTC codes related to Mercury Grand Marquis transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0722Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P07811-2 Shift
P07822-3 Shift
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P2703Transmission Friction Element D Apply Time Range/Performance

Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission Recalls

None Found

Mercury Grand Marquis Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 10-23-7 – Transmission Cooler Leak
2008 – 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
Problem – It’s not uncommon for a transmission fluid leak to develop on the driver’s side transmission cooler tube
Solution – Replace transmission cooler core

TSB 13-4-23 – 4R75E Transmission – Grinding/Slipping/Loss of Reverse
2008 – 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
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

Common Problems with the Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission

TCC Application in 2nd Gear – 4R75E Transmission / 4R70 Transmission

2005 – 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis
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

Mercury Grand Marquis 3rd gear slipping

While these are usually very nice cars, there’s nothing nice about a Mercury Grand Marquis 3rd gear slip. You’ll know this is happening if your transmission shifts into neutral during the 3-4 shift. Another issue associated with this is a lack of engine braking when you manually shift it into the 2 position. These Grand Marquis shifting problems occur in 2001 and later vehicles equipped with the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission.

Cause of most Mercury Grand Marquis 3rd gear shift problems

If your Mercury Grand Marquis transmission is slipping on the 3rd to 4th shift, it’s likely due to a broken overdrive servo retaining snap ring or overdrive servo ‘E’ clip. If this is the case, the debris from those broken parts will work their way down into the overdrive servo regulator valve, preventing the overdrive band from making a full apply. If you elect to just get your transmission rebuilt, the overdrive servo regulator valve assembly will need to be removed from the valve body so that any damage from the debris can be repaired. It’s not uncommon for most mechanics to overlook this step. However you can rest assured that it won’t be overlooked if you get a reman Mercury grand Marquis transmission from Street Smart Transmission.

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?

If your Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis transmission replaced?

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

How to Solve Mercury Grand Marquis Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Mercury Grand Marquis 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 Castillo
22 days ago

2002 grand marquis engine light on od light blinking erratic speedometer reading and while driving od light flashing will stop at speed s of 50 mph .Transmission fluid and filter replace vss and oss sensor replaced. Erratic speedometer fixed .. but engine p0720 code still remains with od light…..

Conrad Foster
4 months ago

Transmission will not engage 1st gear until engine is revved up to 1,500 rpm… also, when stopped at a light.. have to rev up the rpms to get 1st gear to kick in… 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear shifts on time..

4 months ago

2005 Grand Marquis. Overdrive is gone. Car drives fine with the overdrive off. If the car shifts into that gear, it just revs the engine, as if it was in neutral.

5 months ago

2007 just revs up from a stop not moving then shifts and goes. also now worse no forward gears lost first one day while driving car would not move from stop then would eventually start grabbing then stop then grab again displaying wrench light next day same barely moving seemed like once it got past 30mph everything fine drove normally till eventually after a few days wouldent move at all in drive dark fluid only reverse works. 140 thou on it bought car 4 months ago

Jeremy goodwin
7 months ago

Netraul saftey switch connector

Ricardo Cuevas
9 months ago

I crashed the hole front

10 months ago

Slipping 1st gear but all other gears even reverse works fine

Last edited 10 months ago by Anonymous
10 months ago

1997 Mercury Grand Marquis… After sitting for extended time (1 yr), started leaking from , I am assuming, the front seal.
Car shifts normally, no slipping, fluid is still bright cherry-red with no burnt smell.
When I drive around the block, it leaves a drop about every 10 ft.
Usually do repairs like this myself, unable to this time due to shoulder surgery. Local mechanic quoted $600 plus parts….. Does this sound about right?

10 months ago

It run find until I cut on the air conditioner

1 year ago

Makes squeaking noises in park.

1 year ago

2004 Mercury Grand Marquis GS transmission OD dash light intermittently flashing. Transmission makes right side noise like the when tires run off highway onto washboard warning bumps. This happens going into overdrive and applying accelerator. In other words under load. Cheap code reader sets 0712. Any ideas? Thanks

yard dog
1 year ago

my 1991 grand marquis has only 45500 miles on it.we bought it new.we don’t drive it much,.but now it wont shift into higher feels like it only drives in 2nd gear.

1 year ago

All my gears work fine but want reverse

1 year ago

2002 mercury grandmarquis trans 4r70w. Changed fluid by removing hose on top of radiator.both hoses for supply and return fluid are located on top next to each other.I drained 1 gal fluid from hose and replaced 4 qts of mercon v and changed filter and replaced pan. Started car up and shifted through gears and noticed fluid leak and cant find where. No fluid on pan or hoses nearby or fill tube or anywhere.could I have the cooler hoses reversed as they can easily be done.

Robert Gordon
2 years ago

Can’t go forward have to drive in reverse and it’s backing up slow and shaking

Jason Christopher Putnam
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Gordon

Did u find out how to fix

alan fpwler
2 years ago

Reverse not working

Paul Hargrove
2 years ago

1993 grand marquee when trans shifts in overdrive rear of car shakes like it went over railroad track I believe torque converter

John Andrews
2 years ago

My 2000 Mercury Grand Marc keeps going into Limp Mode . Check Engine is Not On No Codes Stored . However Traction Control light and ABS are on. How do I diagnose this? Sometimes I can turn Key Off/on real fast while still moving and it will correct itself then goes back to limp mode in a few minutes or less. 4.6 L with a 4R70W Trans

1 year ago
Reply to  John Andrews

My 1997 kept going into Limp Mode also, found out my Catalytics were clogged up, changed them and no more tranny problems for 40,000 plus miles so far…

Joseph Dawkins
3 years ago

My overdrive button wires were touching and sparking at first and the my 1999 grand marquis gs would drive for a little bit then stop the engine would just reeve up.then i let it sit for a while and i can drive it a little more then the same thing happens again.i also replaced my radiator and it had a leak making my car over heat.there was a light whing noise when i crank the car and try to go .i changed the filters and transmission fluid .could it be a solenoid? I dont have a way to get a scanner check .please let me know something asap please.

2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Dawkins

I got the same issue. How did you resolve?

8 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Same here bro please lmk something

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