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post #1 of 23 Old 11-25-2007, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission problem

I have 7,100 miles on my 08 6.4 4X4 crew cab. On this past Friday I noticed my transmission hesitate. I rode less than one mile and I got an error message on my console. The error message was a wrench. My truck would not shift out of 1st gear. I drove back to my house and shut off my truck. I started it back up and the error message was gone. I drove about 1/2 mile and the truck shifted OK then I got another error message. I drove the truck home and called my dealer's service department. I had my truck towed to the dealer. The tow was covered by Ford. My truck got there too late to be checked out on Friday so I am waiting until tomorrow morning (Monday) to hear what the error message shows. My Ford Dealers service manager said it was probably some sensor that went bad. At 7,100 miles? I checked and I had transmission fluid at the proper level. I have not had one thing go wrong since purchasing my truck. I do not tow heavy items. I will post again when the truck is fixed. Has anyone else had such an issue?
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I had very similar problem with my Dodge I had, it ended up being that the pressure sensor was bad and could not read the correect line pressure to tell the ECM to shift the trans, had that fixed and no other problem with it until I bought the 08. And 78,000 miles strong with just a few times I fell a slight hessitation between shifts, but Ford says that thats normal from time to time for it to recalibrate itself? But so far so good with this new tranny, and I have tested it beyond Ford ever did I am sure.

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I had an '05 6.0 with the torque shift that had a similar problem. I would put it in drive and it would roll backwards and just rev up then bang into gear! It would sometimes slip while pulling too. Ford had it 5 months before they finally decided to put a new tranny in it. The problem I had was that every time I drove it around the block and it did its same old thing and I brought it back, they would write it up as a slightly diff. prob., therefor I could not invoke the lemon law. Finally took it to a diff. dealer and got a new tranny, and never had another issue. Like Richard I pull huge loads sometimes grossing over 40,000lbs (that is 26,000lbs on my trailer) and don't have any trouble with these trannys! Keep on Ford, and make sure that if you have to bring it back they write it up as the same prob. just in case you need to invoke the lemon law, just my experience. Good luck!


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Thanks. So far my truck has been at the dealer since last Friday and they told me the it showed multiply error codes. It has sat in the "transmission area for the past two days awaiting a lift to open. The dealer told me they would provide me with a loaner vehicle. I guess I will get the loaner vehicle tomorrow. To say the least I am not satisfied with the response so far.
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Finally someone else with torqshift problems.
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I was contacted by the dealer today and told they had to pull my transmission out of the truck to do an internal check. There was nothing externally wrong. They were getting bad ratio error messages (whatever that means). I went up to the dealership and they did provide me with a loaner which is an 08 F150 Crew Cab 4x4. I joked with the Service Manager and asked if they would give me a F250 Crew Cab 4x4 similar to my truck. He advised me that they did not have any F250s for loaners. They go through Enterprise Leasing and Rental which is located at the dealership. F150s are the only rental trucks they have. I still do not know what is wrong with my transmission. The dealer assures me they will fix the problem and I can use the loaner until my vehicle is fixed. I would hope so at only 7,100 miles on my 08 truck!!
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Sounds just like the story of my '05, they would tear it apart and not find anything wrong and put it back together and I would drive it around the block and it would do the same thing it always did! They never figured it out, finally took it to another dealer who was able to pursuade Ford to just give me a new tranny. The last service advisor suspected there was a crack in something that only opened up when it warmed up and the pressure could'nt build right. I have know idea if he was right, I only know it took 5 months of fighting with Ford over the phone with no success before I got a new tranny. If I were you I would really try to convince them into just putting a new tranny in it now and not wasting your time driving a F150 when you are making payments on an '08 powerstroke! I had an '04 with a torque shift that did'nt down shift right and my dealership at that time did'nt hesitate to just put a new one in, no questions asked or time wasted!! I think a lot of it is up to the dealership, I know I would push hard for a new tranny! I hope you don't have to wait 5 months like me. Good luck!


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Sounds just like the story of my '05, they would tear it apart and not find anything wrong and put it back together and I would drive it around the block and it would do the same thing it always did! They never figured it out, finally took it to another dealer who was able to pursuade Ford to just give me a new tranny. The last service advisor suspected there was a crack in something that only opened up when it warmed up and the pressure could'nt build right. I have know idea if he was right, I only know it took 5 months of fighting with Ford over the phone with no success before I got a new tranny. If I were you I would really try to convince them into just putting a new tranny in it now and not wasting your time driving a F150 when you are making payments on an '08 powerstroke! I had an '04 with a torque shift that did'nt down shift right and my dealership at that time did'nt hesitate to just put a new one in, no questions asked or time wasted!! I think a lot of it is up to the dealership, I know I would push hard for a new tranny! I hope you don't have to wait 5 months like me. Good luck!

My 05's tranny is junk. 5th tranny and none of the problems are fixed and now it surges and ford won't warranty it.
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Sorry to hear about your 05. It is hard for me to ask for a new transmission right now as they have not diagnosed what is wrong. I will at least need to give them a chance to repair the transmission depending on what they find wrong. If they need to do extensive repairs then I will start hollering about getting a new transmission. You are correct that I paid for a F250 to drive and not a F150 loaner vehicle. I am told this may just be an internal solenoid gone bad. I will wait and see.
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Transmission being replaced

My dealer contacted me today and advised my first gear broke and had a domino effect causing more damage than they wanted to repair. They have ordered me a new transmission that will be installed next week. That is what I would have wanted anyway. I still have their F150 loaner to drive until my truck is fixed. I guess it is just my luck to have a transmission go out at 7,100 miles. I pray this is going to be my only problem!! At least at this point everything is under warranty but I still have the hassle of not driving the F250 that I paid for.
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