Transmission Shudder Problems of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 owners have reported 12 problems related to transmission shudder (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 Shudder problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 04/09/2018

5 plus instances of noticeable gear shift shuddering during both up and downshifting at random times while at cruising speeds above 25+ mph. A few other instances the speedometer was observed moving rapidly and erratically while on a highway speeds along with a transmission shudder. More recently the transmission performed a significant hard down shift I never experienced before and was not expecting. All issues were observed beginning January 2018. Truck brought to dealer 4/10/2018, courtesy Ford breaux bridge, la.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 06/19/2013

While driving on interstate I attempted to pass a slower vehicle. After moving over and accelerating - the truck buckled and stalled! I was almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler at 65 mph! this was very close to being a serious accident involving multiple vehicles. Please investigate and resolve this issue as Ford doesn't seem to be concerned about it. This vehicle has a 3. 5l ecoboost engine with an automatic transmission and it also shudders at various speeds with a hard clunking sound during gear changes. Thank you.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/05/2013

After leaving I-20 and on the entrance ramp unto I-95 north, I was accelerating to merge into traffic when the transmission shifted into a lower gear, the engine rpm went up, but the vehicle didn't accelerate. I had to brake and pull of to the shoulder to allow traffic to pass. The check engine light came on and it felt like the transmission was shaking, after a mile everything was normal. We were experiencing heavy rains on I-20 west of charleston SC.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 02/20/2013

Had a bad miss at highway speeds and limped home 15 miles. Replaced spark plugs and in the process broke two in the head. One did not break completely off (#4) and I needed to borrow a prototype tool from lisle tool corp. Removed and replaced plugs following Ford procedures. Truck still had a miss. Replaced all eight coil packs which fixed the problem. Total cost$380. 00. Truck down for 6 days awaiting tools and parts. Developed a vibration at highway speeds. Original tires(pirelli) were separating. Replaced tires(976. 00), much better. Still have slight vibration at highway speeeds. Found left front hub bearing seeping grease and feels stiff. Awaiting parts to do repairs. (98. 00) had a transmission shudder at light load in overdrive. Flushed transmission with bg products and flush machine. Added new trans fluid and conditioner. Transmission now shudders at all speeds when hot. Will order new filter and replace. Will add friction modifier and try again. Have to tow another vehicle this weekend and am afraid to do so. I am completely blown away that these problems could happen to any vehicle starting at 48,000 miles. All maintenance has been performed with top of the line products. Have been a Ford owner all my life and am completely dis-satisfied with the performance of this supposed number one selling truck. The sticker prices of these trucks should be a bunch less since cheaply produced chinese parts are so prevalently used. Not happy.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 09/02/2012

Driving turnpike at 1:30am with wet roads but not raining. Cruise control was engaged at 75 mph. Approaching a bridge and upon starting to climb on the incline I heard a noise that sounded like the transmission had disengaged then the engine light started pulsating on and off so I tried to accelerate and the truck did not react but since I was going 75 it took me over the bridge and then I coasted down the bridge with the cruise control disengaged. I pulled over to the side and placed truck in park the engine was still on. I turned off the truck and waited about 1 minute then I turned the key back on and the truck started up with no engine light or any sign of problems. I drove all the way to miami with no further incidents. I took the truck to Ford of homestead and they said they could not pull a code out of the computer that showed anything had happened. I later took the truck again this time making noises when u accelerated it sounded like the transmission was shuddering and again nothing they could do to replicate it. Again on or around March 2013 I took the truck to another Ford dealer and tried to replicate the shuddering between 3 or 4 th gear to no avail. The truck this past weekend on the same bridge again with wet roads made the shuddering sound and feeling but the engine light did not come on and the truck upon getting to the top of the bridge continued without having to be turned off and on. At first I thought this might be a transmission issue but whenever I guess the truck accelerates to gain speed to go over the bridge or after leaving a stop or red light between 3 or 4 th gears it shudders and when the bridge comes around it goes to a lower gear and starts losing power. When it happens between 3 or 4th gears it is with me accelerating. They told me that the truck has a memory if you drive it hard or softly it remembers this and shifts differently.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

Began to notice rough shifting a lower speeds (30 - 45) at about 12,000 miles. Over time it became more pronounced and feels like the engine is lugging at this speed. The transmission causes a shudder when shifting up or down as if the transmission is having a problem getting into gear. Left the truck at the dealer for 3 days and they told me they could not replicate the problem. I think the streets they were driving were so rough that they couldn't feel the shudder. I was told that it may be a problem the computer is having synchronizing the fuel system and the engine rpm's. Don't know about that but the problem still exists at 20,000 miles now.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 01/02/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Ford f150 which was purchased brand new in 2009. While driving speeds over 20 mph, the transmission would shake violently while shifting gears. The dealer verified that there was an issue and reprogrammed a sensor to correct the failure. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they were not aware of any issue that existed in the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 14,000.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 04/07/2006

My 2004 Ford 150 with 4 wheel drive , will not always shift from first to second gear, without a great grinding of the transmission. The vehicle will not shift without bringing the truck to a complete stop and then restarting. I have had the truck in to the dealer twice now but since it will not fail on command the dealer says they can do nothing till it totally fails.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 01/21/2006

Please help a consumer! I question the safety and long term value of the new Ford f150 trucks my name is jim and I am writing you as a last ditch effort to inform the public about a production issue with the Ford f150 trucks that vibrate under normal driving conditions. About three months ago I purchased a new f150 and from that point I have had a vibration and transmission issue. Ford has not been able to correct it and in the process I found that the dealership I bought the truck from forged some invoice documents. I was shocked to find this problem all over the country when I started to look into it. You can see for yourself if you search google for topics like "2005 f150 vibration". If you would like, I could send you a list of websites to help. In all fairness to Ford they deserve a chance to inform the public about this and I am in the process of working with a lawyer to get my money back. I have attached a copy of my nightmare to this email and just wanted to let you know I have followed every protocol set by Ford. I have also noticed that Ford just likes to have problems delayed and expect people to run out of money when trying to recover their original purchase. You will also find emails attached from people across the country with the same problem. This story is not a waste of your time. Please feel free to search the internet, you will find all the supporting information you need. Can you please find the time to help get the word out and make things right? I just want my money back and do not want anyone else to fall into this trap. Help from the press would not allow Ford motor company to stonewall people. Lets give Ford a chance to help the consumer. Call anytime 248-431-5857 - I am willing to provide all supporting info including service records, research, and contacts from across the USA. Thanks jim smith.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 08/20/2001

The standard transmission grinds going into third all the time and going into first sometimes. This has been going on since 40,000 miles. After many trips to the dealer, I finally found out that this is a common problem and they would do nothing for me. I love the truck, but hate the transmission.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 09/05/2000

When applying brakes it caused vehicle to vibrate, vehicle been in dealer shop for repairs on two occasions,and problem still reoccurring. . One wheel locked up while traveling. Transmission and shifter vibrates under rough road codition. The steeting and the vehicle in general were not secure.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 12/01/1998

While driving between 30-35 mph @ approx 1500 rpm the transmission shuters and shakes before down shifting to second gear. This problem only occurs while in third gear at this low rpm when the transmission is under a load, such as going up hill. Dealer can not fix.

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