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Automatic Transmission Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 175 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 03/20/2012

At 50,000 miles , and earlier, the engine warning light came on, the truck lost all power, and the power steering failed. Upon taking the truck to the dealer, it was determined that the throttle body was defective, and needed replacing. Needless to say, I think that this should not have happened at such a low mileage and should be covered under a recall. Thanks for allowing me to vent. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 03/18/2012

I have a 2011 f150 with the 3. 5 ecoboost. I have had numerous rough 3-4 upshifts since the truck was new. Brought the truck to dealer twice and was told they could not duplicate the rough shift. I have also had the engine stumble on me twice will trying to pass. I have read others are having similar problems and am hoping Ford will have a fix before someone gets killed in a wreck.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 10/15/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated the unoccupied vehicle began to roll while parked on a level surface and crashed into a wooden fence. A police report was filed. The vehicle sustained minor damage to the front end and was towed to an authorized dealer where it was currently being diagnosed and repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 11/04/lj updated 11/14/11 updated 11/21/11.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 08/13/2011

My family and I were driving interstate 81 in virginia on 8/13/2011. We were driving in the staunton, va area at approximately 70 mph where the rear wheels on my 2010 F-150 immediately locked up. I had the vehicle towed to a local Ford dealership, and with the help of Ford techs, they feel the issue was the transmission immediately dropped from 6th gear down to 1st gear. Fortunately the road was dry and I gained control and moved the vehicle safely off the road, however my concern is it doesn't sound like they are 100% sure that this was the cause, and even if it is, how do I know it won't happen again in the future. . . With a worse outcome. I feel this is a huge safety issue, and we were lucky we didn't get into a more serious accident. Now I have a vehicle that I don't know I feel safe in, and Ford seems to feel there isn't an issue, but I see numerous posts on the internet of similar situations. Should Ford be doing more to ensure their customers are safe in their vehicles, or should I just find another truck that is safer?.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 07/26/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 60 mph uphill when the engine became hesitant and the transmission would not downshift properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,189.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 07/10/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, both rear tires seized. As a result, the vehicle jerked and skidded on the road. The vehicle also stalled, but later restarted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the diagnostic test indicated that the transmission placed the vehicle into two gears simutamelously. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 21,120 and the current mileage was 23,000.


car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 06/25/2011

Transmission fluid pours out of overflow when under load (pulling a trailer). This fluid dumps on exhaust system and starts a fire. This accrued at 2,500 miles on June 25, 2011. Truck is still at dealer, no resolution.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 06/04/2011

2005 Ford f150 truck 4x4 auto transmission experienced mechanical failure with no warning. Lost forward low gears. Only has 57k miles. Truck was always dealership serviced and maintained as recommended. No harsh weather conditions experienced. No heavy towing done. Replaced with rebuilt transmission. Old part will be made available.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 04/30/2011

Transmission slams between gears and the dreuve train "acts" like it is sticking in four wheel drive when at slow speeds going around corners and starting out when you turn the steering wheel. It has become progressively worse and I am concerned that it will break or evene worse when out of warranty then break.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 03/21/2011

Started vehicle in park, on flat ground inside of garage, emergency brake applied, exited vehicle, left drivers door open, walked to passenger side, opened the door, heard a pop sound, vehicle began going in reverse, drug door down garage wall, door caught, got folded back to front panel, hole the size of door clear through the garage wall, broke garage door framing, tried to jump into truck to stop it, when door flung back knocked me to the ground and truck ran over my foot, son heard noises ran outside and was able to run across the street and stop truck within a foot of hitting neighbors house. . . Truck door destroyed, front quarter panel destroyed, garage wall, inside and out, garage door framing destroyed, and bruised swollen foot.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 03/06/2011

I purchased this truck new December 2010. Its first problem was that on three separate occasions it stalled and died approaching a red light. I took it in and the tech reprogrammed the engine. I didn't have a problem for a month until today. Todays problem scared the crap put of me. I was cruising down the road at 70 mph when my truck shifted down from 6th gear to 1st. I fish tailed and almost lost it. I was going down a hill, it wasn't a very steep decline. My truck while cruising and going down hills usually shifts down one gear acting like an engine break to keep my speed from increasing. Today it went right from 6 to 1. Thank god no one was behind me or they would have plowed me. I got pulled over and started my engine, everything was fine. I drove for a little while longer and pulled over called roadside assist and had it towed to my local dealership. I purchased a Ford because they are supposed to be safe and dependable. The truck has 9500 miles on it.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 03/03/2011

I was traveling less than 10 mph while driving in the parking deck at work when my 2008 f150 Ford truck suddenly accelerated !! I put my foot on the brakes and the truck would not stop!! just as I was in the process of putting the truck out of gear - it ran into the vehicle in front of me. Luckily it did not damage the other vehicle ( which was a big SUV ) but it did $2,000. 00 worth of damage to my truck!! I took the truck into the Ford dealership for diagnosis and repair. They said they could not get it to duplicate the problem. I contacted Ford's complaint and customer service departments. They denied my request for assistance in this matter as they claim thier analysis does not indicate any evidence of a manufacturing or design defect. I went to the Ford dealership where I purchased my truck to try to trade in my truck for another vehicle. Despite the fact that I have bought 7 Ford trucks in the past - 6 of them at this particular dealership , they were not willing to work with me on a deal for trading in my truck. They told me that I had gotten 47,000 miles out of my truck before this problem occurred , and that I could probably get another 47,000 miles out of it before it does it again!!! then 28 days after the first occurance - my truck did it again!!!! this time I was in traffic in the process of stopping my truck for a traffic light. I had just taken my foot off of the brakes ( my foot was still resting on top of the brakes ) and I was coasting to a stop. Suddenly the truck just speeded up out of control !!! I applied the brakes , and again the truck would not stop!!!! I quickly threw the gear in nuetral and turned off the key. As soon as I did this, the brakes skidded on and my truck just barely stopped before hitting the car in front of me!! I am in constant fear of this occurring again!!! both times I have been driving at a very slow speed ( less than 10 mph ) but what if it happens when I'm on the freeway traveling at high speeds. This is lfe threatening.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 01/15/2011

2005 f150 stalled without warning while driving sometimes at highspeed on the highway. It happened very frequently and the check engine light finally came on so I took it to the dealership for repair. I was told that the throttle body would need replacing at approx $750. 00 and was told that this is a typical repair for this vehicle. I understand many others have had this issue. Prior to repairing I stalled several times in the high speed lane and had to pull over to the left hand of the 4 lane highway which I was fortunate not to be hit. This seems to be a very serious safety issue.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 12/24/2010

(Ford f150 XLT v-8 / 4. 6 lit. ) parked in parking space at wal-mart came out of store cranked up my truck put it into reverse and it would not move forward or back up. The transmission without warning completely bad needed to be replaced. Never pulled a trailer or treated hard in anyway. Bought the truck new and had it 9 years 49,000 miles. I have heard of this problem with other F-150 owners. Ford needs to own up to a defect.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 12/10/2010

2010 Ford F-150 6 speed auto transmission shifts hard and shudders when shifting between 1st and second and downshifting between 2nd and 1st. Often times so hard it chips the tires. On wet roads this will cause you to lose control. Transmission also shutter at 30 mph. Ford claims this is normal operation of this transmission. There is no fix for the problem. Transmission is in 09-11 f150 and expeditions.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 11/18/2010

I own a 2005 Ford f150 5. 4 automatic w/ 63,000. Unexpected failure of transmission caused by, as dealer stated, a degradation of a bearing which came loose and became lodged in side of the transmission. I replied to the Ford service manager does this mean that what caused the failure was a defective part, he answered yes and gave me the quote for a new transmission. I have done some research and have found over 6,000 cases of customers with same issue( no towing, proper maintenance intervals and documentation, etc. ) yet investigation is being conducted to find solution to the premature failure. Talked to 3 nationally known transmission repair facilities and they also have stated numerous problems with the 4r75w and 4r70e/w transmission that Ford is installing in its vehicles, primarily with the exact same symptoms.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 10/24/2010

2010 f150 erratic and hard down shifting. In stop and go traffic vehicle often lurches forward. Eventually will cause minor crashes unless one drives with extreme care. Ford blogs are full of similar complaints, yet dealer says there are no problems.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 10/15/2010

My 2010 Ford F-150 transmission "slams" between gears. Ford is aware of this problem but alleges that it cannot do anything until the software issue is repaired. The transmission slams between gears, at times the 4 wheel drive seems to engage when going around a corner. This issue concerns me as if the 4 wheel drive locks up I could either lose steering control or stop dead in the middle of the road. Ford is not concerned but I am very concerned. I.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 10/14/2010

2004 Ford f150 4. 6l v8, yesterday 10/13/10 while driving on freeway traffic the truck would jerk when I let go of the gas coast for a few feet and get back on the gas. Today 10/14/10 the truck would not go past 30mph, it wont shift into the next gear. Transmission has gone bad.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

2009 F-150 w/ @ 15,000 miles has erratic shifting and has a failing "park" gear. Approximately 20% of the time "park" will not engage and allows the vehicle to roll on an incline. No repair has been made at this time.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

2009 Ford F-150 with an automatic six speed transmission rolls backwards when stopped on a grade if the gear selector is either in 2 or 3. Was advised by both my Ford dealer and Ford customer service that this was "normal". I have never owned a vehicle with an automatic transmission that rolled backwards like the vehicle was in neutral. Since Ford recommends driving in "3 " when on grade, the potential exists for rolling backwards an causing an accident after stopping. I have an email from Ford's customer service stating that this is "normal". If Ford is not going to fix this issue, they should at least prominently note the problem in their owners manual. I was not involved in an accident, but was shocked when this first happened. I would not have purchased the vehicle if this was a know problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 03/23/2010

I purchased my 2004 f150 used from a local dealer, I had a 30 day 3000 mile warreanty. I purchased it with 72,000 miles for $15,899. 00. Within 3 days it started a shaking, vibration going up inclines around 45 mph. I contacted dealer and they told me it was the catalytic converters, a day later it was doing it again, I called dealer and they said I was out of my 30 days. Obviously it wasnt the cats. I read all the complaints online about this problem and it sounds like Ford knows there is a problem, then they should be responsible to recall it. This is my work truck and my only transportation.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 03/15/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph the vehicle jerked forward and began to vibrate. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on two occasions where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The computer system within the vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The vehicle was not taken back to be repaired again. The approximately failure mileage was 4,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 03/09/2010

For the second time my F-150 will have to have the transmission replaced. It is an 2007 model. The car went into the protect mode. It is now in the Ford dealer. They want 3600 to replace it. I had a similar incident in 2008 where they fixed the transmission for free.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 03/08/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While sitting on a hill, the vehicle rolled backwards. After rolling more than one foot down the hill, the engine stalled so the contact applied the brakes, shifted into park and restarted the vehicle. The problem had not occurred before. The vehicle was taken to the dealership but no repairs were performed. The current mileage was approximately 3,000. The failure mileage was approximately 1,580. Updated 6/1/10 no repairs were made to the vehicle. The dealer stated everything was normal. Updated 06/17/jb.

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