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5.8

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,371 miles

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2009 Ford F-150 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 062011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the transmission exhibited a delay in shifting. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and had the transmission calibrated, but the repair only lasted four to five days before the failure recurred. The dealer then told the contact that the vehicle was designed to shift in the manner that is was and that there was nothing that could be done to correct the failure. The contact believed the failure was a safety issue because there was a delay in acceleration going from second to third gears. The failure mileage was 18,500 and the current mileage was 24,152. Updated 11/18/11 the consumer also stated there was a delay going from first to second gear. The dealer reprogrammed the tcm/PCM and reset the adaptive shift strategies. Updated 03/05/12

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #8

Nov 192010

F-150

  • 40,337 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated the transmission had been exhibiting problems since the vehicle was purchased. The contact stated that he was taking the vehicle to the dealer for the forth time for transmission failures. The dealer advised that the manufacturer was using a different type of transmission for his particular year, make and model vehicle. The contact stated that the transmission fluid was leaking abnormally, the internal wiring harness was replaced as well as the automatic transmission gasket. The vehicle was shifting extremely hard and exhibiting a loud bang sound when shifting between any gear. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 40,337 and the current mileage was 52,000. Updated 05/24/11 updated 2/8/12

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 102010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
Experienced multiple transmission failures at low miles (9,000, then 15,000, then 17,000). The Ford dealer would not replace transmission until the 3rd failure occurred. The first two times, the transmission was burned out and they replaced the bad parts.

- Reinbeck, IA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152010

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2009 Ford F-150 with an automatic six speed transmission rolls backwards when stopped on a grade if the gear selector is either in 2 or 3. was advised by both my Ford dealer and Ford customer service that this was "normal". I have never owned a vehicle with an automatic transmission that rolled backwards like the vehicle was in neutral. Since Ford recommends driving in "3 " when on grade, the potential exists for rolling backwards an causing an accident after stopping. I have an email from Ford's customer service stating that this is "normal". if Ford is not going to fix this issue, they should at least prominently note the problem in their owners manual. I was not involved in an accident, but was shocked when this first happened. I would not have purchased the vehicle if this was a know problem.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
2009 F-150 w/ @ 15,000 miles has erratic shifting and has a failing "park" gear. Approximately 20% of the time "park" will not engage and allows the vehicle to roll on an incline. No repair has been made at this time.

- Merigold, MS, USA

problem #4

Jun 012010

F-150

  • 500 miles
Transmission slips, chatters, surges, and has moved truck ahead a few feet (into intersection) starts to slip leaves you sitting in traffic and won┐T move for a few seconds. It goes into a neutral state slams into gears so hard it causes you to lose control in slick conditions. It has also stuck in between gears causing us to have to stop shut the truck off and restart to get going again.

- Kellogg, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 122010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 22,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2009 F 150 rolled backwards down a hill when in park with the engine off and no one inside. I took it to the dealer (under warranty) but they scratched their head and said use the emergency brake. I learned others (google search) had the same thing happen.

- Iona, ID, USA

problem #2

Jan 022010

F-150

  • 14,000 miles
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.

- Berry, VT, USA

problem #1

Jun 182009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F150. When stopped on a hill the vehicle does not go forward it rolls backwards and then the engine stalls. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer at least seven times and was given a letter stating this was a characteristic of the vehicle. He added that the failure was programmed into the computer so no repairs could be made. The failure mileage was 6,000. The consumer stated 1st gear would become inoperable after stopping and trying to take off. The engine would rev as if the gear were in neutral. Updated 02/11/10.

- Murphy, NC, USA

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