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Ford F-Series Transmission Problems



  • rubysoxrubysox Posts: 6
    No we are in NYS Rochester area. If you know any oone out his way tell them not to go to Vision ford or any vision dealer. They are crooked! We are going to file a comlaint with NYS attorney general to see if we can get any where.
  • delisaedelisae Posts: 3
    Just today, I tried to put my 2004 F-150 into reverse. With a little gas, it did not budge. Thought maybe I did not engage the gears completely, put it in park, back to reverse and it did finally move. Driving down the road, it felt sluggish then would seem to speed up on its own. I picked up my son and went to turn around on a drive way and again, could not get the truck to go into reverse. Then it began jerking and sounded as if I were dragging something underneath it. Then beep...and the transmission fault appeared on the mileage screen and the O/D light began to flash off and on. I was able to make it home but took awhile.

    May I ask what you found on your truck and approximate $$$$$ involved. Of course, we are not covered under warranty and can only find that we were covered by the powertrain warrantly until 3 years/36,000 miles. The truck is only 4 years old and has less than 49,000 miles on it. This is just sickening.
    Thank you for any information you are willing to share with me.
  • rubysoxrubysox Posts: 6
    We had the exact same problem! If you read my orignal post our truck is same approx years & we have battled the dealer, because we screamed & yelled actually my husban did, we were abel to get After Warranty Assistance from Ford. There was a "deductible" of $1024 & change do not let anyone tell you it is anything other than the TRANSMISSION!! If they tell you it is something different you tell tehm to go to HE double hockey stick! The first drop off @ dealer was nearly $600 for brakes. We are going to go after the dealer through the NYS atorney general office. It is very sickening! I feel your pain. I would call ford also Maybe collectively all of us with 04's or the approximate age need to call ford & the NHTSA & emand recalls & reimbursemetns these are far more than coincednces occurring. There is clearly a problem with Fords Tranny's new models coming ut are 5yr/60,000 mile warranty. When they droped our tranny it was full of metal & completely shot. Some bushing was gone. Remeber the aqueaky whel gets the grease scream loud!!!!!!! :sick: :mad: :lemon:
  • allstar1allstar1 Posts: 1
    I own a 04 f-150, purchased NEW with less than 50 miles on odometer. Within the first year ford had to replace the transmission and rear differential. I am know at approx. 83k miles and ford has since replaced the transmission once more and the rear differential twice. Less than three years old and Ford has done over $17,000.00 dollars worth of warranty work. After the first repair I asked why this happened? They had no answer other than what parts had failed. It seems to occur within 8-11 months after the repairs take place, almost like clockwork. Fortunately I have the premium care plan which protects me to 100,000 miles, but what happens after that? I thinking LEMON LAW! Any suggestions. Starts with clunking and slipping as if its not sure what gear to be in ,just as you guys are stating. HELP!
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    hey let me add my story - maybe a class action lawsuit will arise, because I've paid dealer for my '04 F150 :lemon:

    My transmission had an awful grinding noise when engaged. This after 28,000 miles and 6 days past the 3 year mark. After the dealer told me I would have to pay half the cost I went to the Ford factory "customer service" line to ask for assistance - but they kept pushing me back to the dealer. I had no choice but to pay $2,200 for a rebuilt tranny after telling them I'd never buy another Ford product.
    I really tried to be diplomatic through the entire ordeal, and it was like talking to deaf mutes. They even sent me the customer service pre-curser wanting to make sure I was completely satisfied and to call them first before filling out my report card.

    I'm also on my 3rd set of warped rotors. I don't tow anything with the truck and have had it maintained per the service book - usually at Ford.
  • ford_fford_f Posts: 2
    I have an automatic 2004 Ford F150 Lariat with 25,000 miles on it. While driving it today I heard a noise that sounded like I was dragging something underneath it--think shopping cart or exhaust system. I pulled over and everything appeared fine.

    The noise didn't return for 30 - 40 miles. It sounds like metal rubbing against metal. In a matter of 30 miles it has happened 3 other times and it seems to occur between 25 MPH - 40 MPH. As I slow to 5 MPH - 10 MPH (or stop), the scraping noise disappears when something seems to engage (clunk/pop into place). The truck drives fine otherwise--goes into reverse, accelerates, etc.

    I'm hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. Any help would be appreciated. Of course, my warranty has expired.
  • ford_fford_f Posts: 2
    I believe I'm experiencing the same problem as the previous posts.

    I have an automatic 2004 Ford F150 Lariat with 25,000 miles on it that I recently purchased. While driving it today I heard a noise that sounded like I was dragging something underneath it--think shopping cart or exhaust system. I pulled over and everything appeared fine.

    The noise didn't return for 30 - 40 miles. It sounds like metal rubbing against metal. In a matter of 30 miles it has happened 3 other times and it seems to occur between 25 MPH - 40 MPH. As I slow to 5 MPH - 10 MPH (or stop), the scraping noise disappears when something seems to engage (clunk/pop into place). The truck drives fine (as of now)--goes into reverse, shifts, accelerates, etc.

    I'm hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. Any help would be appreciated. Of course, the warranty has expired.

    Thanks in advance.
  • I would change the transmission fluid asap. Check and see if their are metal shavings in the pan and filter. This would tell if the bands and clutches are bad. Also if their is shavings in the fluid this is going to compound the damage to the transmission . Some times just changing old and burnt transmission oil will cure a lot of problems. Also check your rear differential oil level to make sure what you are hearing is not your differental going dry.
  • bellaseribellaseri Posts: 4
    hello cowboy9 -i read some of your replies to qwestions about f-150 automatic trans. problems. I'm hoping you can help me also!--i just bought a 96 f-150. it's a 4 wheel drive automatic w/76k mi. very clean. when driving along @30-40 mph and you let your foot off the gas pedal it seems to come out of gear, when you push back down on the pedal it goes back in. There are no bad sounds and the tranny shifts well. I had a friend drive it and he thinks its very minor. Is this normal? I am very particular about my vehicles and if there is a problem I want to get it fixed before it does possible damage. By the way I am in Denver and looking for a good tranny shop i can trust. What do ya think cowboy9 ?
    I sure thank you
  • bellaseribellaseri Posts: 4
    hi tenscott -I read your post, I also have the same possible problem that your having with your 94 f-150. My transmission doesnt seem to slip or make any noise it also shifts fine , at 30-40 mph with no foot on the gas it seems to come out of gear for a split second. Have you found out what the trouble is if any?
    please e-mail me at --I sure thank you
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    colorado springs to far away from you ? let me know for transmission repair
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    What do you want done, Worked on ? Rebuilt ? Does he have to pull it and replace? As long as you are in Colorado Springs, Colorado you are pretty close so yes I can get you some help.

    Do you have my number or email addy ?
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    I sent you an email Bellaseri, if you didnt get it I am on a o l as well, Atpraterexc1 there.
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    i think you misunderstood me I AM a transmission rebuilder located in colorado springs I thought i may have to read back but someone in denver wanted help with a tranny issue im 70 miles from there and im willing to help if your willing to make the trip for instant messaging
  • delisaedelisae Posts: 3
    I originally posted my transmission problem about a month ago. Since then we have gotten the truck fixed by an independent transmission mechanic and ran to the tune of $2000 before all was said and done.
    The mechanic said that the back side of the transmission was basically "gone". All of the gears were destroyed, especially reverse, it had sheared off completely. He has no explanation why a truck this new with this low mileage is having issues like this already. He did say the Ford tranmission gears are as thin as a penny and break very easily.
    I have been looking today at the replies we have received to our problem. It looks to be about 6 of us with 2004 F-150 having the same issue, around the same miles. I have done research to see what needs to be done to have this problem listed as a recall. Apparently, we all need to file complaints with the NRTSA. If there is enough reason, they will begin an investigation on parts sold with Ford and autopart manufacturers to see if there is reason to begin a recall. If a recall is issued, you must also be reimbursed for the out of pocket expense you have put into you vehicle to have this problem fixed.
    I think we all need to get on board and write our letters of complaint and see what comes of it...worse case, we are still out of pocket on the repairs. But we may get our money back and right now, I think we could all use that.
    I will be writing my letter today and getting it out tomorrow. I hope all of you will do the same.
  • rubysoxrubysox Posts: 6
    Thanks for the information & i agree with you I wil owrk with my Husband & get a letter written. Intersting to know ford gears are so thin!!!
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    Hey delisae,

    Did you mean 'NHTSA'? I can't find anything under 'NRTSA'
    thanks for the suggestion. I am happy to write to NHTSA to see if together we can find some compensation for our transmission failures.

    I will scan some other car forums to see if I can't find some others who have encountered the same problems.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    for what it's worth, I placed my transmission failure complaint with the NHTSA along with 29 others who have already complained about a tranny failure with their 2004 F-150.

    I believe this is a defective part (an expensive one) that Ford needs to step up to the plate on. I had only 28,000 miles on my well maintained truck before the tranny completely failed.
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    08-08-11 relating to 3-4 shift quality
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    hi Fordfan

    can you help me understand your post?

  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    I was informing f-series owners that a new tsb was released yesterday concerning shift quality complaints on 2007-2008 4R75E transmissions if you look up the tsb number i posted all info will be on it
  • renwickdrenwickd Posts: 2
    how do i file my complaint?
  • tahoeguy1tahoeguy1 Posts: 3
    I have an 02' deisal f350. 197k miles, and my 3rd transmission , this one has 100k on it. When I'm going uphill it leaks and seems to be coming where the trans and engine meet. Any idea what this could be? My garage is getting to be a mess.
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    If you are having to add tranny fliud all the time then more than likely it is the Seal in the Torgue Converter. With out seeing it it's a little hard to know. Pull the plate off the bottom where you can see the Flywheel and Torgue Converter, if on the side where the Converter butts up against the Tranny and it look like it clean down the middle then it's the Seal. If you are not replacing tranny oil then of course it's your Rear Seal on the Motor.
  • tahoeguy1tahoeguy1 Posts: 3
    Thanks for that. It sounds like either way the tranny has to come off. Its definatly tranny fluid, all the way up my steep street. (it doesnt do it on level ground) I think the rear seal on the motor is also gone, as it occationaly leaks engine oil as well. The oil companies must love me! Reading some of these threads it seems like there are different types of torque converters available, depending on the vehicles use? We pull a horse trailer sometimes, and a boat.
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    If it's truly only up hill that it leaks make sure it's not coming out of some place else like the Rear Seal on the tranny or if it's 4x4 someplace around the transfer Case. If you are unsure where it's coming from start over and park it someplace where there is no Oil under it so in the morning you can get under there and find out for sure where the Oil is coming from.

    Torgue Converters are very Important yes but they don't have to spend what they are wanting on some of these Website. I paid 350.00 for mine from a local guy here in Denver that supplies us with them for all our racing vehicles as well and would put it up against anything you can buy out in Web land including ATS, BD, Xtreme or who ever else sells them at Triple the Cost. The lowest I see a so called Converter for is around 900.00 and go up too 1500.00. Now I do pay a different price than others only because I am a Racer my self but the whole tranny with converter would only cost around 2600.00 for a rebuilt one. Shipping I am sure has gone up but last year his was only paying under 150.00 each way to ship one.
  • acdudeacdude Posts: 1
    I have a transmission fluid leak coming from the transmission fill tube. This seems like an odd place to have a leak. Anyone experiened this? I think it must be cracked but not sure. I wanted to check before I bring it in.
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    you might want to have a close look at the tube its 2 pieces and ford uses anarobic sealer on the lower piece in the case and it tends to leak sometimes especially on 4x4's that get off road usage
  • I've got a 95 Bronco and i recently smoked the tranny, well anytime i drove it anywhere over 8 miles i'd boil over out of the dipstick tube, and i'm transplanting the good guts from a 2wd to my 4wd. We ran into a 'little' snafu with all these damn little balls. I thought with taking a large sum of photos and being 'really' careful I'd be able to rebuild this damn thing, but god forbid should that be the case and now i'm frantically searching the internet for answers but i forgot the internet is full money grubbing yuppies and everyone's trying to be the next Bill Gates. So basically would you help me?
  • cowboy9cowboy9 Posts: 161
    Hey Craig,
    Well as that was pretty full detail, what do you actually need and/ or want ? lol.
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