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Ford F-Series Transmission Problems



  • where is this solenoid located? My 04 will not go in to 4x4 since the weather has gotten into the teens. thx!!
  • I am in the middle of replacing the ATF filter/fluid on my 2004 FX4. This is the first fluid filter change for the tryck. I've done this many times with my old vehicle. But, this time I ran into something new. When I pulled the pan off there was a circular/spherical yellowish piece of plastic with a small O-ring around it laying in the bottom of the pan. Does anyone have any clue what this thing is? I've looked and looked but can't for the life of me find where it would have come from. Is it part of the original Ford filter? Can someone help me out here?
  • My 2003 F-250 6.o Diesel 5 speed automatic pulls a 30 ft, 8000 lb trailer beautifully except in Arkansas. No kidding! When we get to a stretch of road that has regular intervals of bumps the truck seems to develop a certain harmonic rocking motion which is followed by a sudden and severe surging of the transmission. It is enough to cause a sore neck and great stress. The transmission checks out as ok at the dealership. Any ideas?
  • parkyparky Posts: 20
    05 F150 FX4, Anyone experience this when cold(32 degrees or colder)have not had vehicle in warmer conditions yet), the tranny takes 1.2 miles to shift into over drive? Scenario, pull out of commuter lot onto highway with 15% grade, keep RPM's around 2200, and it takes over a mile or 1.2-1.4 miles to shift into O.D. I have also tried on a level highway surface with same results. I normally cruise at around 65mph(1800 RPM's)to 70 mph. I have hit 75mph, and it shifted. However, when I backed it down to 65 the idle shot back up to 2200 RPM's? What gives?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Most automatic transmissions with computer controls will do this. It's to protect the unit when the fluid is not yet fully warm.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • parkyparky Posts: 20
    Thanks for the feedback.
  • :confuse: i have a 89 f250 with the e4od tranny. the old one blew got another from junk yard and was told that the new one is too new due to where the speed sensor is placed, but i already have it in and it wont shift. is there a way to bypass or move the speed sensor so that the tranny will shift?
  • trans. not going into reverse or drive if it goes into the limp mode it will go into reverse but not drive I have 1st and 2nd gear all the time I have replaced the pcm fix for three days then started again any ides
  • i have a 1994 ford 150 and never had a tranny problem with it i dont ride my truck real hard i change fluid when i am supposed to, the only problem was my engine started knocking one day and instead of haveing the engine rebuilt i had a jasper engine put in and now when you reb up the engine to 1200 rpms the engine shakes bad . it has been back to the ford dealership about 30 and they couldnt fix it so i drove to jasper indiana that is were the engine came from and they couldnt fix it, came home went back again and they put anthor engine in it and it got worse, so i called the presdient of jasper engines and he said to bring it in ,they had it 2 weeks got a call from the presdent of jasper he said the truck was ready drove all the way down there and the truck was in worse shape than it was, i was more or less told to live with it they even put a new tourqe converter and a flywheel and a harmanic balancer in it and it didnt fix it i spent around 3000.00 on top of it trying to fix it even had new injector put in. rule of thumb if engine needs rebuilt always use the same orginal engine that came with the vehicle. i think the only problem was that they could not balance the engine right, you have the engine,tourqe,flywheel and they do not balance with each other , i will never go with jasper engine ,
  • Boy am I disappointed and I have always been a Ford guy. I only have 125000 miles on my truck and I tow very little with it and it kicked the bucket: if my wife didn't need a new car I would consider going to a Dodge 4x4 diesel with a manual transmission. :mad:
  • Sorry about your tranny. When you get it fixed, have them put in a transmission temperature gauge. Then never let it go above 200 degrees F for more than a couple of minutes. If it ever does, change the fluid because it degrades with heat, and loses it friction additives and chews up the tranny in a relatively short amount of time.

    If you're gonna keep the truck for a long time, you might wanna put in a supplemental tranny cooler/fan too.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    the aux trans oil cooler is standard on 05 and newer Super Dutys.

  • i want to know if the automatic transmission with od, of a 2000 ford f150,v8,4.6,4x2, fits to a 2001 ford f150 v8,5.4,4x2 with automatic transmission with od also
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    Hey there, sorry to hear about the problem as I go through everytime I get a Automatic, lol. Good news is that we build Diesel Tranny's just the same reason, lol. Not sure where you are or if you have replaced it, if you have not and as long as your tranny can be rebuilt we can get you a Stage 3 ( So Called ) with a the Highest Converter possiable in it for 3000K plus shipping. We are setting up shipping now with hopes of shipping them for 150.00 each way. Tranny should out last the motor and the truck as long as you change the oil every 25K miles. If you want more info or anyone else in here just contact me.

    Tony Prater
  • I recently bought my first Ford. It's a 1981 F-100 I got it knowing it needed the engine replaced. Well with that all done now the Trannie is giving me a headache.It seems to go in reverse just fine but when you put it in drive it seems to not want to go , it takes off like you have the clutch in taking off from 4th gear. And this is an automatic. After you get up to about 30 It seems ok , but it takes about a minute or two to get there. Any advise on what it could be is appreciated.
  • bull3bull3 Posts: 3
    I have a 1994 f-150 pickup with an inline 6-cyl., 5-speed tranny, with 2-wd. you have to push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor to get the truck into gear. I've checked the clutch master cyl. and it is full. Is there any adjustment on the inside of the bell housing? or do I have to completely replace the clutch assembly?
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    It's either your Slave Sleeve that is out, but it usually will go to the floor and will not return if it's out or the Clutch is pretty gone. Pretty easy to figure out which one it is.

    Tony, If you contact me outta here I can help you more, tony5833 at yahoo.
  • cptchetcocptchetco Posts: 32
    Yes! The mainshaft has locked up, and no longer allows the shaft ends to turn at different speeds. 4th is direct drive, so that is the only gear that will work. Almost always a result of low or incorrect transmission lubricant.

    Some of the mass "Oil Change Shops" like quick lube and etc. advertise they check all these vital fluids each time you have the oil changed.....No they don't always. Best to be there when the vehicle is serviced, and make sure they actually check it and know which fluid is right for your tranny. Dealer is more expensive, but does know how to do it right.
  • cptchetcocptchetco Posts: 32
    They only whine when lubricant is low or their is a knick or something similar on a tooth, or a bearing is going bad, usually from low lubricant. The reason they do not whine in 4th, is that is direct drive, and their is no differential between the ends of the mainshaft (both ends turning at same speed.
  • kspksp Posts: 3
    is it possible to put 300 6 cylinder 4speed transmission to
    a 351w
  • I have a 03 F150 4.6 2WD ... a little over 29K on it. Which route should I go .. a Trans Flush and don't touch the pan at this time or just go "old school" and drop the pan / change filter / refill 5 qts or so ??

    The truck has not done any hard towing / racing /etc. The fluid seems ok, but I guess Ford recommends a 30K service. I called the dealer where I bought the truck .... said they don't have the flush machine yet, but still will do the pan option. Although, he was not against doing a flush. They just don't have a machine to do it. Plus, on a 03 the torque converter does not have a drain plug any longer.

    I went to another Ford dealer today and they push the flush for $139. That is the only thing they do. Told me Ford recommends this and the pan should not be removed. They warranty it ( I guess the flush process from any damage incurred by this process) ... plus they said (who knows if this is true) that it will benefit my extended warranty by having this done. I have the 6yr/75000 mile extended warranty and by following this type of trans service, if I ever have trans issues the extended warranty should never be questioned because I followed the Ford recommended service.

    Just for the heck of it ... I called two trans shops in town and they both said just drop pan/filter/refill. One for $85 & one for $110.

    Now if that doesn't make things more confusing. I agree with the drop pan method because that is what I have always done in the past and have always had good trans life with doing that at regular intervals.

    I am really confused .... seems you can find a different opinion at every turn!! I guess I'm not "sold" on this flush process, but then again I am not that familiar with it. I would greatly appreciate your advice!! Thank You.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Always drop the pan.

    I made that mistake of going through the fill tube once, and only once. 1990 F-150, quick lube place did the fluid via the tube. Tranny grenaded a few months later (thank goodness for extended warranties). Dealer's transmission master tech was baffled because the fluid was still red, but the tranny only had 1st and reverse.

    Dropping the pan lets you see problems before they get ugly.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,659
    I totally agree with kcram.

    Always drop the pan and replace the filter/screen.
    I don't like the flush machines, because of 2 reasons.
    One, they back flush. Meaning the fluid goes in the oposite direction than it is supposed to.

    The other, because you don't see any debris that gets flushed into the pan.
  • snwbrd2snwbrd2 Posts: 2
    I have a 2003 f150 xlt supercab with a 4.2L v6 and manual transmission. The other day when i was driving my truck i took off fast from a stop and got the wheels spinning but when i went to shift to 2nd gear the clutch pedal was on the ground and everytime i would shift the rpms would stay high and wheels kept spinning, i knew i would burn out the clutch if i tried to go so i just stopped but at the time of this the battery light was flashing also. i had the battery and alternator tested and they both checked out fine. i don't know why the battery light was flashing or why the pedal wouldn't come up because i was under the impression that the clutch is all hydralic and i don't have any problems when i am just driving but it seems that it is missing some power because if i push to put both windows up at the same time the lights will flicker also. i was told my belt could be the problem so i replaced that and still same problem my second problem is when the brakes are applied the truck will shudder and when applied very hard it feels as if the brakes just lock up any help would be great thanks
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    More than likely you are going to the dealer or some shop for your Parts, where do you live ?

    Tony Prater
  • I live in Cleveland, Tennessee.
  • My 99 F-350 crew 4x4 only works in reverse and low 1. The local transmission shop says its the planetary gears. Acts
    electrical to me. Any ideas?? Shifter feel different. It is an auto.
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