Transmission Gear Slipping Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 37 problems related to transmission gear slipping (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.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 07/15/2018

Transmission frame rail trouble codes indicate a frame rail problem that had a recall but this VIN is not included in the recall. Transmission slips intermittently and also has gone into limp mode on occasion.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 06/04/2018

Tl- the contact owns a. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under the NHTSA campaign number: 16v248000 (power train) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle transmission slips after the repair. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 157000. Dr.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/31/2018

Despite not being included in the recent recall, my 2012 F-150 suddenly downshifted while cruising at 45-50mph, resulting in a dangerous sudden slowdown and lurching forward on busy city thoroughfare. Two days later, a sudden stop resulted in a temporary check engine light. Dealer diagnostics indicated the leadframe connector needed to be replaced. This is the same repair covered under the current recall that does not include the production that my truck was a part of. Approximately 1 month prior, the truck was taken to the dealership for erratic shifting at slow speeds, but the issue was not able to be diagnosed at that time. Instead, a transmission flush and slip-yoke lubrication were recommended.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 05/14/2018

My truck downshifts without cause, sometimes to 1st gear, and on one occasion my wheels skidded (which was witnessed by my neighbor who was walking his dog and was startled by the skid). The speedometer goes to zero even while moving - I have video from my cell phone of this happening while going approximately 75 mph on the freeway. When this happens all other gauges go to dashes, including the mileage, mpg, etc. The transmission will slip into 2nd and 5th gears and will not go to any other gears. It sometimes remains in 3rd gear even at a dead stop. Turning the truck completely off sometimes "resets" things, but only temporarily. I have contacted a dealer about this and they looked up my VIN and told me there are no recalls for my truck year - even though the same types of things were occurring with 2011-12 f150's, and those are the subject of a recall. This is a safety issue: it happens without warning, sometimes on the freeway traveling at high speeds, sometimes while sitting at a stop light and it shifts to 3rd gear and hardly will get going. I called Ford customer service and explained everything and they said they would report to NHTSA but since it is out of warranty and there is no recall, I would most likely be responsible for the cost of repair. I pointed out a letter sent by NHTSA to Ford on January 18, 2018 addressing issues with my truck model and year, but that did not change anything in the representative's mind. I believe there needs to be consumer protection on this, both from a safety and financial aspect, by NHTSA. I have video of what happened on the freeway with the truck downshifting to 5th gear and remaining there, and when traffic slowed the truck downshifted to 2nd gear and would not shift to any other gear. I had to pull off the freeway with hazard lights flashing and turn off the truck and restart it to try to "reset" things.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 09/24/2017

On 9/24/17 traveling at approx. 40 mph on a straight section of a rural state road the vehicle suddenly shifted to 1st gear with no action from the driver. The rear wheels skidded until the vehicle slowed down. It was a sunny warm dry day. Prior to this incident I have noticed on about 4 occasions recently that proceeding from a stop the transmission would shift from 1st gear directly to 5th which made it seem like the transmission was slipping, the vehicle would have little to no acceleration, it would need to be stopped, then would proceed normally. Ford has 2 customer satisfaction safety recall programs: 16n02 and 16s19 that were created to correct the exact issue that I describe and apply to 2011 and 2012 F-150's that were built in dearborn between 2/11/11 and 9/8/12. My F-150 built in dearborn on 8/19/12 which is between the date range. Both the Ford dealer and Ford customer service have told me that the truck is not part of the program when they search the VIN #. It appears that one or more vehicles experiencing this vetted problem are still out there with unsafe defective components. At this time Ford is unwilling to make the repairs.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 07/12/2017

Transmission slipping.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

Taking off from a start, vehicle acted like transmission was slipping, then slammed between 5th gear and 2nd gear repeatedly, and entered limp home mode. Separate instance: when passing another vehicle on two-lane road, full throttle, vehicle slammed into 2nd gear and entered limp home mode while I was in oncoming traffic, forcing me to abort the pass. Both times, in order to resolve the problem, I had to pull over, stop the vehicle, turn ignition off, and re-start the vehicle.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while at a stop the vehicle jolts and while driving at unknown speeds the transmission slipped when engaging into gears. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer penske Ford located at 8970 la mesa blvd la mesa CA 91942 where diagnosed that the transmission needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and informed that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The failure mileage was 36,000. Ap.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 09/17/2014

Gear slipped out of park as I was exiting vehicle. I had not yet closed the door and the truck began to move down the driveway. I was caught by the door and dragged along until the door threw me to the ground, injuring my back. The truck came to rest on both of my legs. I was able to pull out my left leg easily resulting in just a few cuts, scrapes and partial black and blue spots. Wounds all heeled themselves. However my right was thoroughly pinned and I had to pull long and hard to remove it from under the tire resulting in lost flesh at my ankle bone to right below my knee and about 4 to 5 inches wide.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 05/06/2013

Transmission slips in between gears 2 and 3rd and 4th gear on automatic.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

Driving up a hill at about 35mph , and noticed the transmission slipping . It keep going in and out of gear . Finally the od shut off and was able to get it back to my house . Luckily I was only 4 blocks away . After diagnosis from the dealership , it turns out that the od retainer clip went out ,took out my 2nd gear and cracked the housing . From looking online this appears to be a common problem that Ford is not aknowledging .

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

2010 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to a complaint with vehicle dealership . The consumer stated in January 2012, he started to hear an incessant high pitched squeaking noise coming from the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The dealer informed the consumer the squeaking noise was coming from the tailgate latch assembly on the driver's side. The dealer stated they lubricated both sides and was road tested and the noise was gone. The service rep, then gave the consumer a tube of silicone that was used primarily for brake components and informed the consumer, if the noise returned, lubricate the tailgate latch. For awhile, there was no noise coming from the vehicle. Approximately two weeks later, the noise had returned. The consumer went to another dealer, to have the vehicle inspected. The dealer informed the consumer, that the previous dealer provided him with the wrong type of lubricant and the dealer reassured him the problem had been resolved. However, two months later, the noise had returned again. The consumer returned to the dealer again, where they chose to lubricate the tailgate latch assembly for the third time. The consumer stated he had other issues with the vehicle that were corrected, such as the right rear shock, the transmission slip yoke, a loose fuel door and a rattling noise in the driver's side door panel.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 11/22/2011

There has been several times while I'm driving at a slow rate of speed at 20 to 30 mph, my rpm gauge will rev high to 4 to 5 and stay there for several minutes and will go back to normal rpm after my transmission shifts gears. I don't see why my truck needs to rev that high at a slow speed to shift gears. To me that shows that my transmission is slipping gears or the gear ratio was never properly tuned when I bought the truck. My truck revving that high while I'm slowing driving is an unsafe act and could potentially cause more unsafe situations.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the transmission would slip at anytime at speeds around 60 mph. The vehicle had the transmission replaced in March of 2011. The failure recurred on September 8, 2011. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred on the September 23,2011. The dealer was in the process of diagnosing the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 84,855.

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car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 12/20/2010

The transmission slips in and out of gear "slamming" the vehicle and causing the vehicle to swerve out of control in certain situations.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 10/31/2010

The transmission slips in the 2008 Ford f150 crew cab. Yesterday I put it in reverse and it did not engage. So then I had to put it into park and then engage it again to reverse then it let me go.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 12/14/2009

Window failure in my 2004 f150 Ford pickup. Window just falls down & tape will not even hold it up. This is a well known failure by Ford & no recall. Also, my automatic transmission is slipping for the second time. It only has 47k miles with these well known & documented pervasive problems.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 11/04/2009

2004 F-150, 4x4, 4. 6l engine. Transmission keeps slipping. The vehicle only has 33,800 miles on it, but the time has expired for the factory warranty. This occurs approximately every fifteen miles or so. It started one time about three months ago and quickly went to the Ford shop for repair. They "fixed it" they said, but about five hundred miles later, you guessed it, it started again. I have read a ton of forums specifically about this happening to hundreds of other vehicle owners of the same make and model. Please assist with getting this problem fixed and some help is holding them responsible. The same dealership that fixed the problem (lol) stated that they fixed it and that they are not responsible for fixing it again, despite it only being three months ago. Please help.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 02/05/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions, the overdrive switch was activated and the transmission slipped between gears. When the overdrive was deactivated, the vehicle operated normally. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the failure was related to the computerized system. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 112,800.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 02/06/2006

: the contact stated while driving in normal conditions at speeds of 50 mph or above the transmission would slip from drive into neutral. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection. However, the dealer could not duplicate the problem. Updated 2/28/2006 -.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 08/16/2005

On 8-15-05 transmission slipped while driving on the expressway at 60 mph. The owner had to pull over. The truck started to buck as if it was going in and out of gear. No warning light came on. The owner had to pull off since traffic was busy, and checked the transmission fluid, and there was no transmission fluid. Owner had the vehicle towed to a dealership, who advised the owner that the truck was missing one quart of fluid, but could not find any other problems. The dealership filled the transmission fluid. The owner checked the transmission fluid a few minutes ago and it was overfilled. The owner's manual indicated that the high fluid level could be and indication of having an overheating problem. The owner felt that it may be a deception on the part of the dealership. He felt that the transmission was warped due to being operated without adequate fluid. The dealership did find the number 8 cylinder was misfiring, which did not seem to relate to the transmission slipping. When the truck was first purchased, the owner noticed when going up a hill it stopped and rolled. The owner had to keep the foot on the brake to keep it from rolling back. The owner notified the dealership about this problem. The dealership advised that this was normal. The owner has not contacted Ford yet.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

While accelerating from a stop or slowing and turning transmission slips gears. Very noticable between second to third shift. Gear slipage causing loss of acceleration power. Transmission also shifts hard as it slips.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2005

My 2004 Ford 150 heritage pick-up has serious transmission slippage- it also wont go into reverse at times- I mentioned this at the Ford deal while under warranty, and they nothing was wrong with the truck- the transmission starting banging into when 1st put into d- and now has severe slippage in it- the list ed incident date below- is when I 1st started to notice erratic transmission behavior.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 04/18/2005

The consumer stated 2005 Ford f150 surged forward. It felt like cruise control kicked in. He took the vehicle to dealer, and dealership called Ford, and they had the accelerator chip realigned. After the vehicle was fixed the surging continued. He continued to contact the dealership and Ford. According to customer service the engineers said they could not find anything wrong with it. Consumer was currently afraid to drive the vehicle, so was sitting in the driveway. The vehicle was taken in last week, and they kept it for a week, and they stated they could not find anything wrong with it. On the way home transmission slipped and surged forward. Dealership and the manufacturer kept telling him to call the other. Consumer stated vehicle has been at dealership at least five times, and got a different service manager every time. The problem started the night he purchased the vehicle.

car image   Transmission Gear Slipping problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 10/14/2004

The contact stated she had an ongoing failure of the brakes. The vehicle was serviced by the dealership nine times. The pads and rotors were replaced six times. A manufacturer's engineer inspected the vehicle. He made several suggestions to the dealership. The dealership implemented these suggestions although the aforementioned problems recurred. Also, the transmission started slipping while driving. It was inspected by the dealer, and they were unable to determine the cause of the problem.


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