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Transmission Not Go Into Gear Problems of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 owners have reported 23 problems related to transmission not go into gear (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 09/18/2017

My 2012 Ford f150 has about 60k miles on it. I have been having transmission problems - shifting into higher or lower gears than it should, not shifting into gear, revving high with low power, the speedometer will show 0 mph a lot of times, and at one point it downshifted into first gear while I was driving 65-70mph on the freeway. Fortunately, that time nobody was behind me and I was able to safely pull to the shoulder. That only happened once. I was able to put it in park, turn it off, and turn it on again to get it going. The other issues have been happening a few times a day and I can get it to work and back but it's a little dicey when driving in traffic. I have to put it in park, turn it off and sometimes in reverse to get it going. I got a dtc p0720 a few days ago and then took it into the shop on sept 18th. Jones west Ford, the Ford dealership in reno told me it was the lead frame and they would replace it for over $700. I started looking online to see if anybody had experience with this. Apparently there was a recall for my make and model and year, with my transmission, for trucks built at the plant where my truck was built at the time my truck was built. I called Ford customer service, but they and the dealership say my truck is not affected by the recall. It is however showing all the signs of an unsafe vehicle with the exact same problems that I am seeing in the recall (I guess Ford now calls it a "customer satisfaction program" 16n02). They said they would have to charge me, they didn't fix my truck, said the part is back-ordered and I should come and get my truck and take the chance of driving it. I asked for a loaner vehicle and they said no. After I picked it up, driving home in heavy traffic, the hood started to rise up. After they didn't fix my truck, they forgot to latch the hood. Very scary. Pulled to the side of the busy freeway, latched the hood.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 08/27/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted from first gear and failed to change gears appropriately. The contact had to turn off and restart the vehicle in order for it to return to normal. The failure recurred the following day. The dealer (athens Ford, 4260 atlanta hwy, athens, GA 30606, (706) 521-0778) diagnosed that the leaf frame wiring harness in the transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer and the manufacturer made no mention of the service campaign (15n05 electric vacuum pump extended coverage), so the contact was uncertain if it was related. In addition, the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was excluded from a recall campaign. The failure mileage was not available.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted into another gear, which caused the vehicle to stall on the highway. All the instrument panel warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 04/05/2017

Transmission may not go into reverse or when the driver pushes the shift lever in the reverse �r� position and the vehicle�s transmission does go in reverse, the �r� may not illuminate on the dashboard of the F-150. The backup lamp on the rear of the vehicle may not illuminate. This was a previous recall for this year model but I have been told my truck was not affected. Every symptom descrided is exactly what is happening to my vehicle. Any time I put the vehicle in reverse the "r" on the dash does not light up and it takes approx. 5-10 seconds for the vehicle to go in to the reverse gear at which time a yellow wrench appears on the dash. The reverse lights do not come on and the reverse camera does not activate. After the wrench appears the transmission will not recognize any gear. I have to shut the truck completely off and restart for drive to function correctly.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 03/13/2017

While traveling on a city street, my truck suddenly downshifted into a lower gear (3rd) causing the truck to suddenly slow in traffic. Transmission would not change gear after that. If I had been traveling at a greater speed or on a highway it may have caused my truck to lock the wheels and my have caused an accident.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 02/15/2017

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Ford f-i50. The contact stated that on several occasions while the gas pedal or brake pedal was depressed the vehicle jumped and accelerated. The transmission failed to shift gears properly. The transmission light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact stated that the manufacturer stated that no recalls are on the vehicle and did not offer any further assistance. The failure mileage was 165,000. Lt.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

The ses, service engine soon, light came on. I noticed my truck lacking power and taking longer to shift gears when accelerating. It become less of a smooth shift and more jerky. When traveling on the highway at ~70 mph, the engine would not hold 6th gear. It would drop to 5th and 4th gear, until I gave it more gas. It would reach 3500 rpm's at times before shifting which was not normal. I also noticed starting in the fall of 2016 a short loud abnormal noise at cold start. After researching these issues, this led me to TSB 14-0194, code p0016, dealing with the 3. 5l ecoboost engine. I took my truck to my local dealer and this was the issue. I have been the only owner of less than 5 years and was at 75,500 miles, out of the 60,000 mile warranty. I just had the repair done, costing me $3600. The repair included parts listed in TSB 14-0194 as well as timing belts, additional gaskets, seals, guides, tensioner, cam, sprocket, gear crankshaft, among others. I question how this known issue of timing chain stretch with the TSB is not a recall. This problem can cause an accident when accelerating on to a freeway. It can also cause an accident by suddenly downshifting while driving. I am glad my truck is fixed, however did not like the price tag. I fear that this known issue will lead to a deathly accident and it is unfortunate that a recall has not been issued yet. I hope this post helps make a change, saving consumers a costly repair and even someones life from a future accident.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 01/12/2017

Transmission down shifted to 1st gear and would not shift the gears right. While on i10 interstate!.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 12/12/2016

I was driving in traffic at approximately 45 mph when my truck suddenly surged as if I had hit something and a faint squeal of the rear tires. Then as sudden at it happened the truck began to roll smoothly again. A wrench appeared on the dash screen with a statement that said "maintenance required". The airbag indication illuminated. Once the wrench symbol and "maintenance required" statement disappeared the regular screen came back that showed the mileage and the amount of miles until empty, except the numbers were all dashes. Also the speedometer was showing that I was going 0 mph when I was clearly moving around 45 mph. I tried to accelerate and the vehicle would not accelerate no matter how much throttle I gave it. I noticed the truck was stuck in 5th gear. I tried to manually shift the gears and when I pressed the + and - buttons on the gear shifter the number "5" on the dash would flash and not change gears. I could not seem to get the truck over 2300 rpm. I took a photo of the display showing the dashes and 0 mph.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

Vehicle in motion on city street. Loud noise in drive position, transmission went out of gear, vehicle would not go back into gear.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 07/02/2016

Truck would not start but had power. Paid for new starter and still would not start. When able to get truck started manually underneath the truck- wrench light was on dash and truck would not shift gears, no cruise control, and no lights on dash for r p n d m. Trs code pulled on my truck when tested and this is part of a Ford recall but Ford stating my VIN is not part of the recall yet my truck is having this issue and they dont have to fix it.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 03/05/2015

On the morning of March 5th 2015 I started my truck to warm the inside and also melt the snow off my windshield. I got in the truck and backed out away from house. Due to having snow on the driveway I turned on the 4 wheel drive in high. My four wheel drive would not work so I tried to swicth to 2 wheel drive back to four wheel drive but the 4 wheel drive would not turn on. I grabbed the gear shift to put the truck back in park when I noticed my gear shift could float to park to 1st gear freely and would not shift. At this time I noticed smoke starting to come inside cab from under dash and thru the vents. I jumped out and opened the hood. A 1 foot section of a wiring harnes mounted to the firewall had caught fire. I made attempts to put out the fire but within a few seconds the engine compartment was engulfed. In 2 to 3 minutes the entire inside of the cab was also completely on fire. My wife who was watching me immediatly called 911 to get the fire department. After 3 minutes the truck was already a total lose. Due to the truck being only 60' from my house and burning so hot I was concerned about my house catching fire. Two gentleman from the rescue squad arrived but it was too late for anything to be done. I was able to get a backhoe and put the fire out with snow. Unfortunately I had liability insurance only which meant a total lose. I never dreamed that the truck would burn up sitting in my driveway!!!! I know there have been some recalls for f150 due to fire hazards with the cruise control for other year model close to 2005. A vehicle catching fire while its sitting in a driveway running is totally unacceptable. The truck was in excellent shape and had no after market parts or work performed. I have no ideal why the wiring harness caught fire.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 10/21/2011

I was coming to a stop when the transmission would not release from gear and then finally did with a loud clunk. When I went to drive forward the engine revved up and then jumped into gear jumping the truck forward. There was no warning for a transmission failure it all of a sudden lost all gears. The mechanic at the Ford dealership said it was a known issue to them and that one of the internal seals probably broke and caused a "catastrophic transmission failure. ".

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 01/17/2011

Transmission failure, truck has 112000 miles and the tranny would not shift to 3rd gear, the fluid and filter has been changse 5 times more than recommended by manafacturer, I also had aamco install a larger transmission cooler. What happened to the tranny is the c clamp that locks the main drive in the transmission came off, and destroyed the od drum and gears I have always kept my vehicles well maintained and at a cost of $1,900. 56 I feel that Ford should re imburse me for this , the truck has never hauled any heavy loads or pulling a trailor with anything heavier than a riding lawnmower. I have a 1970 Ford truck that is a better truck than my 1997. I could only imagine what would happen to a new truck if driven like the commercials they produce. I have always been a Ford man but they are changing my mind quickly. This truck has never been abused. It's absurd that a possibly $5. 00 part could cause me almost 2 grand. I am about to buy a new truck and I will be shopping around and looking at consumer reports to make a decision.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 12/14/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 72 mph, the vehicle jerked and began to fishtail. The contact realized that the wheels were locked so he shifted into neutral and allowed the vehicle it to roll to a stop. The contact shut the vehicle off and when it was restarted, it would not shift into gear. After repeated restarts, the vehicle was able to be shifted and was taken to an authorized dealer. The contact was informed that the vehicle shifted from sixth gear to first gear which caused the wheels to lock. The transmission was repaired. The current and failure mileages were approximately 12,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1996 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 06/24/2005

1996 Ford f150 XLT pick up truck. The wheel assembly and the shaft on the driver side in the back slid out. The truck was being driven on a side road about 35 -40 mph when this happened. The mechanic told the consumer that these vehicles were designed to fail. It was repaired at the cost of $1300. 00. Also, while trying to back out of the driveway the shifter was flopping around and a bolt fell out at the consumer's feet. The vehicle would not go into any gear. The bolt fell out of the steering column where the two halves meet. Of the two bolts one fell out, and the other was very loose. The consumer was able to fix them with a retaining device with lock washers on both bolts. The third problem, was similar to the first problem. While driving someone ran a red light and the truck was hit on the passenger's side. The wheel and shaft disengaged from the rear axle. A police report was filed, and there were no injuries. The vehicle was totaled. Updated 08/02/06.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2003

Having a problem with transmission slipping or not changing gear correctly. Plus a noise or vibration grinding. During this time as well. Very upset. I have taken the vehicle to the Ford dealership but they cannot duplicate the problem while there. Ford said they will not fix until duplicated. I am very upset have taken to dealer four times.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 03/12/2003

While driving, the vehicle failed to change gears.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 08/15/2001

An ongoing probelem transmission not shifting into gear after stopping vehicle. Vehicle been to the dealer on three occasions; but, problem still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 04/20/2001

While driving at 10 to 15 mph vehicle would not go into any gears. Consumer turned truck off and put in gear. Then, consumer was able to drive home slowly and park vehicle. About 5 minutes later, started vehicle, and it jumped forward, it was not in gear, someone could have been seriously injured. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Please provide any further information.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 06/06/1998

When accelerating it feels like the truck goes out of gear. The motor revs up,but does not engage in gear. When taking off from a stop the trucks stays in lower gear until driver lets off the gas. The dealer is aware of the problem. The truck is being checked by dealer for the forth time.

car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 22

Would be driving and would shift into 3rd gear, and it would make grinding noises. Then, locked out other gears. Would either stop or slow down vehicle and shift into another gear. Have taken vehicle to dealership and informed by mechanic engine not long enough to turn gears in transmission. Not able to repair problem. A technical service bulletin on transmission gears.

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car image   Transmission Not Go Into Gear problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 23

Transmission failed resulting in the vehicle not changing gears.