Ford F-150 owners have reported 25 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.
Unexpected transmission downshift on January 31, 2018. While driving on I 70 heading towards kansas city, mo from independence, mo, my F-150 unexpectedly shifted into first gear while I was driving at 65 mph. There was a large tractor trailer behind my truck that almost slammed into the back of my vehicle when my truck slammed into first gear. The tractor trailer swerved into the high-speed lane to avoid running into the back of my truck. No injuries or collisions occurred. I pulled over immediately and noticed that there was transmission fluid leaking from the front of my transmission. I called for a tow truck and had my vehicle taken to the Ford dealership in blue springs, mo. The dealership informed me that my VIN was not one of the transmissions that had been recalled under the Ford customer satisfaction program 16n02. According to the recall letter, it should have been recalled, since my vehicle was built on June 28, 2011, which falls within the time frame stated in the recall. This recall also covers the power train for unexpected down shifts for 10 years or 150,000. Since the vehicle was thrown into a low gear at a high speed, it is suspected that the excessive pressure created blew out the torque convertor and front seal of the transmission. The dealership will not request guidance from corporate Ford on this issue and is requesting $5,550 for a re-manufactured transmission that should be covered under their extended warranty.
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The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle started to vibrate. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road, shut off, and restarted; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was driven to the dealer (brandon Ford, 9090 e adamo dr, tampa, FL 33619) where it was diagnosed that the torque converter was faulty. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 186,000.
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20,484 miles on truck. 10/18/15 rpm's increase but doesnt shift into next gear. 10/19/15 roadside assistance towed to dealer. Dealer found no code, sent back to me. 11/17&11/22 driver seat lost memory. 11/28/15 rpm reved when brake was applied rpm's were still increasing. 12/2 brought to dealer no code on diagnosis, sent out again without troubleshooting 20,900 miles on truck. 12/8/15 rpm's reved didnt go into gear. 12/8/15 1hr after prior failure, tried to leave driveway and 2 attempts to engage drive it wouldnt move put truck in reverse then proceeded to put in drive, stuck in 1st gear for 2 blks. 12/10/15 my 5yr old granddaughter and I drove 4 blocks before truck shifted to 2nd gear. 12/11/15 truck did not seem to be running right heard a clunk upon leaving prk lot got across 4 lanes of traffic and truck failed to shift, wrench on dashed showed and went away, dash info had lines across instead of mpg and air bag light stayed on, dealer was on my way, this time code showed and was the torque converter. I ended up driving this vehicle 500 miles iwith the torque converter failing here and there until a code showed. This caused a very dangerous condition to all on the road and much unneeded stress. I am very concerned what other components have premature wear due to continuing to drive my truck in this condition. I purchased an extended vsc from dealer but unsure what it covers so Ford will not offer extended warrenty, only offering oil changes. I do not want anyone to go through this same dangerous situation. Please act on this before deaths start occuring. After reading up on the torque converter, the symtoms my truck experienced were exact along with the truck increasing rpm's although brake was applied. Instinct is you dont continue driving a vechile that doesnt shift even due to likelyhood of other components failing and dangerous conditions in traffic.
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Truck shudders as transmission torque converter clutch attempts to lock up in third and fifth gear at light throttle position when shifting upward. This vehicle has the 2. 7l engine with the auto stop/start feature. With this feature disabled the engine attempts to stall after stopping as if the feature is trying to override the off switch. After coming to a rolling stop and then trying to accelerate into traffic the engine will bog down and then a split second later feel as if it is going to full throttle without me depressing the throttle further. The engine speed surges when attempting to lightly accelerate and maintain speed with the flow of traffic. -Ford needs to give owners the option to turn off the auto stop/start permanently. I was not informed this feature could not be removed when I purchased this vehicle. The dealer attempted to shut it off and only succeeded in disabling the remote start feature. I will never buy another vehicle with the auto stop/start annoyance.
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Ford f150 4. 6lt stx lost all power at 45mph. Limped the truck home with the fear of getting run over. Truck is less then 5yrs old with 63k miles on it. If my wife would have been driving I'm sure she would have been hit from behind as I had to take action to keep from being in an accident. Dealership said the transmission failed. I had the vehicle to two different dealers for a stalling issue. To me it felt as if the torque converter was staying locked up stalling the engine. Both dealers were unable to diagnose the problem. This problem has been going on since new in 2010. Now that the transmission has failed 3k miles outside the warranty Ford will not do a thing to help but offer a little money towards a 4600$ repair. This in my opinion is a safety issue. If I was not a technician for over 15yrs and a techline adviser for another car company for over 7 I might not have known what was going on. Ford will not stand by their product and rectify this issue and is passing on this failure to me. This is something that needs to be addressed as my wife since it stalled on her will no longer drive the truck even if I get it repaired. Lack of customer service and loyalty by Ford motor company!.
My truck has 81k miles on it and the torque convertor has gone bad. I have never in the past heard of a bad torque convertor from normal wear and tear. The top of my steering wheel is showing major wear. My wife's 2000 Mini van has no wear on it. Why would the top of my steering wheel be falling apart?.
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I started my truck one day and received a "trans fault no o/d" dash code. The vehicle has driven fine and shifted fine, but I wanted to take it to the dealer to have it looked at. They pulled a code for the transmission temperature sensor but said they noticed metal in the transmission pan. The recommendation was a new transmission ($3000) or a rebuilt torque converter. I was suspicious that it could be so serious and called a family member that worked with a mechanic at another Ford dealer. He mentioned replacing a transmission in a 2005 F-150 in the past six months for the same situation. I noticed several related transmission issue reports at carcomplaints. Com as well as several Ford forums. For a truck with low miles, transmission fluid that isn't burnt, and 66% highway miles with no towing, this is unbelievable and a huge financial burden.
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In addition to the 2013 Ford f150 transmission recall, I have a 2010 f150 that had the same transmission problem where the transmission shifts to first gear at speed. I was going 70 mph with my wife and daughter on a virginia interstate highway when mine dropped from 6th to 1st gear in August 2011. Fortunately I was able to shift into neutral and safely get it off the road, but this transmission problem has been going on longer than the current recall reports. I feel this is a safety issue that Ford should address, since my transmission still has a hard shift from time to time, so I don't feel the issue is resolved. They have replaced the megatronics unit (twice), and the torque converter, but it is still the same transmission and drive train which I still feel is not 100% fixed. I see now that the recall might be expanded to include 2011 and 2012 f150s, but I feel it should be expanded to include those 2010 models too, since I had the same issue with my 2010 f150.
Multiple incidents of hesitation in first and second gear shifts causing stalling in the middle of intersections. No accidents occurred. I was told by Ford " there is a factory defect in the manufacture of the torque converter seal. ".
At apx 10,00 miles on my 2010 f150 I started getting a clunk/bump in the driveline when stopping and starting. Sometimes it was worse when turning. I am a 20 year vetran mechanic with prior Ford dealer expierience. I have not been able to get this issue resolved by the local servicing Ford dealer vanbortel Ford. It has been in many many times for the same complaint. In the life of this vehicle it has had an engine replaced at 20,00 the torque convertor at 25,000 the driveshaft at apx 35,000 the rear springs at 37,000 and the issue still persist's. It is in now on 12/26/2012 for a trans leak, poor engine/trans performance and reduced ecomomy from reflashing the trans several times as well as the same clunk/bump when starting and stopping. My concern is that the unkown defect causing clunk/bump could cause a safety issue by locking up or failing at speed.
2010 Ford F-150 supercrew develops a significant shutter/vibration in the transmission when the vehicle is at 1100 rpm and speed is 30 - 36 mph. Ford dealership replaced the torque converter at 8000 miles, vehicle now has 16,000 miles and the same issue is occurring. Dealer verified that torque converter is the issue. Dealer contacted Ford, and Ford states," do not replace the torque converter and that at the current time they are aware of the problem and attempting to come up with an engineering solution. ".
The torque converter on my 2005 Ford F-150 has had two torque converters fail in the drive train. One failed within the 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty period. The second torque converter failed around 50,000 miles. I believe this information warrants an investigation into the Ford line of torque converters for the Ford F-150 truck line.
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Consumer complained about a torque converter problem. When driving and in overdrive at 45-55 mph the vehicle started to shake. Took vehicle to dealer three times. Dealer said it has to have the problem while consumer was driving vehicle. Dealer could not do anything to help. Vehicle vibrated. Manufacturer had not been contacted yet. 8jb.
I have a 2003 F-150 with a 5. 4 engine. There is slack in the transmission around the torque converter. Whwnever you slow down the gently bump the accelerator you hear a bumping noise. Is this normal.
1. While driving at various speeds, vehile shook. Taken to the dealership several times for repairs at my expense. 2. Several "gold" spark plugs replaced due to the shake. . . My expense
3. Coil replaced due to the shake. My expense
4. At 49,000 miles tried to back out of drive way and it would not go into gear. Had to drive through yard to get out, took to dealership, replaced transmission. Dealership payed for all but $500. 00
5. At 60,000 had to have torque converter and flywheel replaced. Truck would make loud rattling/vibration noise - dealer would not cover cost - my expense
6. Try to start vehicle, as soon as you release key it shuts off, cannot keep it running while idle, currently having it towed to dealership.
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Lock up torque converter shimmies(washboard effect)contact, dealer said no recall.
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All my Ford trucks have done the same thing,just this torque converter went a little early,will Ford ever fix these problems and our they dangerous?.
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When stepping on the accelerator pedal the vehicle jerks, until consumer is traveling over 50 mph. Vehicle has been serviced for this problem three times. Dealer replaced the torque converter clutch, which made the problem worse. The manufacturer is aware of this problem, but stated that there is no solution to this problem atthis time.
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Torque convertor almost came out. Mechanic replaced it. When shifting from high gear to overdrive, vehicle would shimmy and shake badly.
Recall 98v007000 concerning throttle icing: during cold weather the throttle would stick open while driving. This problem was due to icing formed on the throttle body. This could cause extended stopping distance when braking. Dealer was contacted, and informed consumer that this vehicle was not covered under the recall. . Also, torque converter failed.
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Torque converter failed.
The torque converter in this vehicle locks up without warning. The problem is intermittent. The problem manifests while cruising and while at stop. When problem happens at stop, the car will lurch forward and kill engine. Stopping distance in increased when event occures during cruise. Incident occurred at near pedestrians and nearly caused collision. Incident occured in parking lot and caused slight bumber impact with stop post. Ford will not fix problem because no error codes are generated by the event, and cannot be duplicated by dealer. I am formally seeking appropriate remedy to have torque converter replaced. I am baffled by Ford's lack of concern and unwillingness to fix a low cost warrantied component. I will have unit reparied by independent mechanic if Ford continues to refuse. I will gladly submit failed unit to NHTSA for your analysis. Thanks for your support.
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When trying to stop vehicle would shake and cut off, except when in neutral. The dealer said torque converter needed to be replaced.
Metal shavings from torque converter filtered into transmission, causing transmission to go bad. Dealer contacted. Please add VIN.
Vehicle loses power and changes gears sporatically, dealer replaced torque converter and torque clutch solinoid but this did not fix problem. Have heard other f150 owners complain about same problem.
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|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||
|Power Train Driveline problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||