Transmission Fluid Leaking Problems of Ford F-250

Ford F-250 owners have reported 14 problems related to transmission fluid leaking (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2005 Ford F-250 1
Failure Date: 06/03/2015

Noticed a cloud of smoke behind vehicle while driving 55 mph on highway. Upon inspection found it was leaking transmission fluid from hole in top of transmission onto exhaust (exact same problem as described in Ford bulletin 05b27) had to replace transmission at 57,265 miles at a cost of $4,000. 00. Ford would not warranty it.

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Failure Date: 11/02/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-250 sd. The contact stated that while refueling, the transmission fluid began leaking. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer where the dealer advised that there was a hole on top of the transmission. The dealer informed the contact that the leak had caused the transmission to malfunction and the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000.

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Failure Date: 03/25/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford f250 super duty. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the contact discovered that flames were coming from under the vehicle. The contact was able to extinguish the fire without the assistance of the fire department. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer where the technician stated that the fire began due to transmission fluid leaking onto the engine manifold. The technician stated that the wiring harness and transmission needed to be replaced. The wiring harness was replaced yet the transmission was not. The vehicle was n ot repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2005 Ford F-250 4
Failure Date: 12/10/2010

I pulled into my shop and was on cell phone when a person came up yelling (very upset) at me that I almost made them crash,they said that they were following me down the mountain and my truck sprayed them with transmission fluid and he tried to clear his windshield, but the wipers just smeared it, I said I didn't know trans was leaking and said my apologies. I got out and noticed a puddle under my transmission. It looked like my pan gasket was leaking, removed and replaced my pan gasket filled with oil , started truck nothing was leaking then went to go home put it in reverse and left a large streak of oil in front of me, shut down truck trans fluid was just poring out of it, looked like cooler line was spraying and leaking, replaced feral, filled again, ran truck found to be leaking from trans housing. . Read more...

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2003 Ford F-250 5
Failure Date: 09/25/2010

Transmission cooler supply line (metal tubing not hose element) developed a leak due to long term contact with the engine support frame crossmember. Long term contact resulted in a . 25 inch wide x . 5 inch long flat area worn into tube wall with a pin hole size penetration thru the tube wall. Fluid pressure inside the tube in combination with the pin hole size penetration resulted in a spraying leak from the tube which coated the undercarriage of the truck and the trailer that was in tow at the time of failure. The braking surfaces on all four wheels of the truck were coated with transmission fluid. The low volumetric flowrate of the leak allowed for continued operation of the vehicle for several hours (at night on fairly level terrain) without any indication of the ongoing leakage. This allowed for the undercarriage of the vehicle including the braking surfaces to be coated with fluid. The leakage was identified when the transmission temperature gauge indicated hot while transitioning teton pass from jackson wyoming. Inspection of the tubing installation revealed that the direct cause of the leakage was the afore mentioned long term contact with the engine support frame crossmember. The root cause of the issue is either design tolerance for the tubing installation or incorrect installation of the tubing at original assembly. The clamping provision designed into the tubing installation (attached to the side of the engine block adjacent to the oil pan) in combination with the insufficient length of the tubing section crossing over the engine support frame crossmember resulted in preloaded contact between the tube and the forward edge of the crossmember. At the time of the failure no replacement parts were available so the damaged section of the tubing was removed and replaced with high pressure hydraulic hose. The removed section of tubing was retained and is available for inspection. The truck remains in the temporary repaired condition at this time.

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car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2005 Ford F-250 6
Failure Date: 05/04/2010

Transmission upper housing case has developed crack not near bolt flanges but on top of housing. . Causing fluids to leak on exhaust system. . . Not damage to bottom of housing. . . No abuse. .

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Failure Date: 01/14/2010

2005 Ford f250 with a cracked transmission. Consumer would like reimbursement for replacing transmission with a rebuilt transmission. The transmission housing cracked and leaked fluid. The transmission had to be replaced at 44,000 miles. The consumer stated Ford knew there was a problem with the internal snap ring which caused the transmission case to crack.

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Failure Date: 09/21/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Ford f250. The contact observed that there was a transmission fluid leak. The contact is a certified technician and confirmed that the failure was contributed to the transmission snap ring. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The VIN was not available. The contact had concerns of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 42,000.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 9
Failure Date: 12/02/2006

: the contact stated while backing down a hill at 4 mph, smoke was noticed coming from under the hood. The vehicle was stopped, the hood was raised, and flames were noticed coming from the passenger side of the engine. The contact extinguished the fire by putting snow on the engine compartment. There was nothing unusual about the way the vehicle had operated prior to the fire. The contact expressed that the fire could have been caused due to transmission fluid leaking onto the catalytic converter. The dealer or manufacturer were not contacted. The automatic transmission was replaced 3 times prior to the incident. Updated 12/28/2006 -.

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car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 10
Failure Date: 06/29/2004

I was heading out on a family vacation with my 5th wheel camper. I was in west virginia going down a long grade, about half way down the grade I saw my engine rpm fall off to idle speed all I had was my brakes to get me down the hill. I pulled over at bottom of hill and checked transm fluid (I had just had it serviced a couple weeks before) it was full and no visible signs of leakage. When I tried to drive off it wouldnt go in any gear including rev. The dealership it was towed to said they see it all the time with the particular transmission I had and it would have to be replaced (at 3000 bucks) it was just 4000 mi out of warranty. The camper I pull is designed for a half ton truck I pulled it for 5 yrs with a half ton chev with no problems. I bought this truck so I could move up to a larger camper. I feel with the coments made by the dealership and towing company and my mech when I got home that Ford is well aware of this problem and should be responsible for not only the cost of replacment but a replacment that is not going to go out on me in the future. (the dealership put the same tranmission model transmission in it that they took out).

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car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 11
Failure Date: 03/10/2004

10 days after I purchased this truck (10/22/01) the transmission came apart. Apparently the transmission feed bolts came loose. I had the understanding that the whole transmission was being replaced. That was not the case. On March 10, 2004 the truck had to taken back in because the transmission started leaking. It needed a new converter, pump and all new seals, brackets and fluid. On March 22 I took the truck back in because the transmission started slipping intermittantly. I was told that there was nothing wrong. If that is the case why is it slipping intermittently. The sales manage at this particular dealership was very rude and made my husband and myself feel like we were idiots. Plus they never fixed the alarm like they were supposed to. I want to know if the transmission problem is a common occurance or what. Kh.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 2005 Ford F-250 12
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

A snap ring inside the transmission fails allowing the planet to shift forward breaking housing tabs off causing a external leak of transmission fluid to other vehicles driving down the road,no warning a transmission may lock up causing safety concerns, Ford has recognized the situation before and sent a internal notice to mechanics to fix the problem, no recall was ever sent. Trucks between 90,000 and 120,000 have this problem, Ford said I was first ever complaint, which is a lie, I have found through research early 2004 through 2006 models have this problem of failure without notice. Ford hopes for these to get past warranty so customer has to pay a outrageous sum to fix, so far I have found 40 cases resulting this situation in my area alone and mainly 9/10 are Ford f250s. I seen the internal communication but was denied a copy of it. My service advisor at silsbee Ford showed me. Also this part is not covered under any extended warranty, and Ford denies ever having this problem, the vehicle behind me was showered with transmission fluid almost resulting in a crash because it smeared on her windshield to the point that she could not see. No warning ,so sound, I drove another 20 miles before I noticed a major slip in shifting and discovered a leak. The tranny fluid sprayed all over the exhaust pipe smoking and a stench of burning tranny fluid.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 13
Failure Date: 09/24/2001

While driving about 20 mph vehicle stalled, then noticed a trail of transmission fluid behind vehicle, added transmission fluid to vehicle, and was able to drive home. Could not find where fluid was leaking from, vehicle at dealer at this time. Consumer stated tramsmission had to be rebuilt, mechanic found pieces floating inside, also filter was floting around.

car image   Transmission Fluid Leaking problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 14
Failure Date: 02/02/2001

Transmission seal failed, and transmission fluid leaked out. Please provide any additional information.

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