really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,458 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Dec 292016


  • 50,361 miles


When applying sync update caused several failure codes to transmission module and transmission servo. Sync module no longer works after applying software update and must be replaced. All transmission and engine codes were cleared. I believe the sync module update caused failure codes and destroyed sync module. Ford dealership cannot explain

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #44

Jan 022017


  • miles
Reoccurring issue with transmission fluid leakage. My 2010 Ford F-150 XLT supercrew engine 4.6 L at 89K miles with all its maintenance done like clockwork and driven like a baby required its automatic transmission seals replaced (transmission fluid leakage around the transmission bulkhead connector sleeve) 01/02/17. The dealer said that the current repair is not covered under warranty as the truck is passed its 60K power train warranty that previous repair completed back on Feb 2015 (completed under warranty as the truck had 57K miles at the time). Even though they have to do the same thing as back in Feb 2015 where they have to bring the transmission down and re-seal it in addition to the new repair of the transmission bulkhead connector sleeve. I can not understand why Ford and its techs whom are aware of the tsb 14-0069 (attached) known issue prior to 2014* did not "replace repair" this part back on Feb 2015 so that the customer would not find himself in this situation with a $721.04 repair bill. I'm highly disappointed and dissatisfied with the purchase of my truck I have never owned any vehicle that within 6 years or less the transmission and drive shaft had to be repaired so often (this F150 is not used commercially and its well cared for maintained). My family and I have owned Ford's and Honda's in the past and never has anyone in my family and I had to replace or repair so often a transmission. This is not the 1st issue I have had with the automatic transmission of my truck I had taken it in to doral Lincoln while it was still under warranty as it was jerking on gear changes they lubricated the transmission and draft shaft additionally I had the drive shaft coupler/boot replaced at sawgrass Ford as well it was out of warranty this repair cost me $185.90 on 09/17/2016.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #43

Dec 242016


  • 19,311 miles
Noticed a fluid leak when vehicle was parked in driveway. Discovered it was red transmission fluid coming from the top of the transmission. The electrical plug to the transmission is wet. The truck is babied and very lightly used with only 19,311 miles on it.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #42

Dec 012016


  • 80,000 miles


Transmission won't down shift, or downshifts when not suppose to, when starting out or slowing down there is severe shuttering from the drivetrain.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #41

Sep 162016


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the rear wheels locked and the transmission automatically shifted into first gear from the sixth gear. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the vehicle was not diagnosed. The contact stated that the issue with the vehicle was identical to a 2011 Ford F-150 recall pertaining to unexpected transmission downshift. The contact inquired if the recall could be applied to the 2010 Ford F-150. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #40

Aug 302016


  • 83,000 miles
2010 Ford F150 with 83,000 miles traveling 70 mph with cruise control on. Heard a loud thump then transmission locked up skidding 100 feet in uncontrolled fashion. Placed transmision shifter to neutral immediately when rpms were racing. Truck tried to go left but gained control with steering wheel. Took truck by tow truck to transmission shop and they found transmission had shifted from 6th gear to 1st gear causing the problem. Transmission was intact. Called Ford dealer I bought from they said they would research sounded like they were not interested. This is a very dangerous defect to say the least and I noted 3 other similar experiences under car complaints.com for this year yet no recall for this problem but has been issued for 2011 and 2012 models. NHTSA should take note and make mandatory recall.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #39

Mar 212015


  • miles


Vehicle vibrates and hesitates to accelerate to the point where the truck engine will shut off around 1500 RPM on both highway speed and normal street speed. I took it to a local Ford dealership, and they said there's nothing wrong with it or maybe they just don't know where it's coming from since the engine light is not on.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #38

Dec 182015


  • 109,000 miles
The truck misses at an idle and we also had to have the drive shaft replaced.

- Tawascity, MI, USA

problem #37

Dec 042009


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the accelerator pedal was depressed but failed to respond.in addition, there was an abnormal banging noise and the vehicle would shift into gear. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 200.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #36

Oct 222015


  • 53,000 miles
I was traveling approximately 30 mph on a paved road when the vehicle experienced a hard jolt, the rear tires locked up and came to a sudden stop. At first I thought I had been hit from behind by another vehicle but there were no other vehicles behind me. As soon as the vehicle came to a stop I applied brakes and put the vehicle in park and turned off the engine. I then restarted the vehicle at which time I noticed a orange wrench warning light on the instrument panel. I put the vehicle in drive but it would not move. I put the vehicle back in park, turned the engine off and called a wrecker service to take the vehicle to my local Ford dealership. My F 150 had approximately 53,000 miles on the odometer when this occurred. Hadthis occurrd a few minutes later I would have been on a major interstate highway and there would have been potential for this causing a dangerous accident. I have not used this vehicle to pull trailers or carry any heavy loads since new. I have not experienced any transmission, brake or other power train issues since owning the vehicle new.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #35

Sep 052015


  • 30,600 miles


At highway cruising speed, with the cruise control on, the truck spontaneously locked up the wheels and went into an uncontrollable skid off the interstate highway into the ditch and up the embankment. The Ford dealership which fixed it found a computer error code P0975, and therefore replaced Ford part number 9L3Z7A100C:control assembly-transmission. No braking system problems, and no rear end differential problems were found. The truck was drivable after the accident. If the truck had rolled or struck an obstacle, fatalities could have resulted.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #34

Sep 012014


  • 29,500 miles
Exhaust manifolds are rusting off very bad.big flakes.I don't even drive truck in winter.I called Ford and gote no help.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #33

Mar 252015


  • 42,086 miles
The truck was parked facing down on a moderate hill. When the truck was started and the shift lever moved from park to drive, the transmission remained locked up (still in park) and the visual gear selector indicator did not illuminate showing any gear selected. After a few seconds, the transmission shifted into drive and the shift indicator illuminated in the gear selected. Applying gas during the "pause shift" period resulted in a rapid and uncontrolled acceleration when the shift occurred and this resulted in a significant accident. After the accident, the truck was examined by a Ford dealership technician and the transmission control modulator (tcm) was reprogrammed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #32

Feb 032011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
While breaking to stop at an intersection the truck unintentionally accelerates and will not stop. The ABS brake pulsations continued walking the F150 into the intersection as the engine rpms climbes. I put it in neutral, the engine revves very high, I released the brake and then slammed it back down. The rpms drop to normal and the truck stoppes. It has done this once every year since 2011. It shows no trouble codes and won't do it for the Ford service technicians.

- Gunnison, CO, USA

problem #31

Mar 042015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Ford F150 4.6lt stx lost all power at 45mph. Limped the truck home with the fear of getting run over. Truck is less then 5yrs old with 63K miles on it. If my wife would have been driving I'm sure she would have been hit from behind as I had to take action to keep from being in an accident. Dealership said the transmission failed. I had the vehicle to two different dealers for a stalling issue. To me it felt as if the torque converter was staying locked up stalling the engine. Both dealers were unable to diagnose the problem. This problem has been going on since new in 2010. Now that the transmission has failed 3K miles outside the warranty Ford will not do a thing to help but offer a little money towards a 4600$ repair. This in my opinion is a safety issue. If I was not a technician for over 15yrs and a techline adviser for another car company for over 7 I might not have known what was going on. Ford will not stand by their product and rectify this issue and is passing on this failure to me. This is something that needs to be addressed as my wife since it stalled on her will no longer drive the truck even if I get it repaired. Lack of customer service and loyalty by Ford Motor Company!

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #30

Aug 202014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F 150. The contact stated while starting the vehicle, there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine as if the vehicle was accelerating rapidly. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Firebaugh, CA, USA

problem #29

Sep 102014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
I was traveling West on I10 in Arizona when my truck decided to down shift/limp mode at 75 mph. The result was a nice long slide until I was able to shift the transmission into neutral. Of course the cruise control still thought it was going to speed the truck up and continued accelerating until I turned it off. I was able to get to the emergency lane and shut the vehicle off. I called the dealership to report it and they asked me to start it again. It started fine and did not show any errors on the display. I was able to drive it home though at a reduced speed and not using the cruise control. I find that Ford would supply a vehicle with a limp mode that would shift the vehicle into 2nd gear limp mode at any speed and not shut off the cruise at the same time. Seems to me the vehicle should disengage the cruise and slow the vehicle when at speed and not the unexpected down shift that seems to result from any transmission issues. If I had been towing my car trailer or travel trailer this could have been catastrophic. Be nice to find out what Ford says when I finally get my truck back.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #28

Aug 292014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 51,008 miles
My Ford F150 XLT was parted in my drive way, last driven at 9.00am on 8/29/2014. The vehicle was engaged in park, steering wheel locked and key fully with drawn. At around 5.00pm vehicle took off itself with out driver went down the street and hit another parked vehicle causing big damages to that vehicle and as well to Ford 150 that I own. I have several evidence of people around my street watching this happening. My purpose of this complain is: 1. to find out whether there is recall on this vehicle, and Ford hasn't informed the customers 2. the dealership san leandro Ford in ca 94577 didn't respond my compliant- my request was to find if there is recall on the vehicle. 3. my big concern is for public safety, whether this vehicle has factory and has tendency take off when fully parked and disengaged. I believe we were just lucky it didn't hit children playing on the street or didn't run in to some one's house. 4. I really beg your organization to quickly investigate, because this defect can cause serious accidents and deaths 5. we have several pictures and videos for evidence, taken by people in the neighborhood.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #27

Jun 262014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I parked the vehicle, removed the key from the ignition, and went into my home. I heard a loud noise coming from outside the house, and when I went out, the vehicle had rolled down the road approximately 75 yards and crashed into a tree.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #26

May 132014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 75,025 miles
Traveling down the interstate when a loud bang came from the transmission area of the vehicle and the rear wheels of the vehicle locked up causing the vehicle rear end to start hopping and sliding left. I regained control and put the gear shifter in neutral which allowed me to steer past a vehicle in the right lane and get to the shoulder of the highway. I looked in the rear view mirror and an 18 wheeler was on his brakes and was apparently going to pass close or crash into my vehicle. At this time I was moving at approximately 45-50 mph and I decided to go through the ditch and came to a stop on the frontage road. The vehicle was still running but would not throttle up. I placed the vehicle in park and attempted to throttle up which also failed. I turned the ignition off for approximately 10 minutes and crawled under the vehicle to look for damage. Amazingly no external damage was noted. At this time I restarted the vehicle and put the transmission in drive and everything worked as if nothing had ever happened. I drove the vehicle at a slow speed straight to the dealer and reported what had happened. The service manager recovered a code which had been stored when the incident happened. When the code was investigated the instructions directed the technicians to replace the megatronics valve body. Before a replacement part could be ordered the service manager received a call from the manufacturers transmission factory and was directed not to order a replacement part and that the factory would send the replacement part and to send the defective part back to the factory as soon as it was removed from the vehicle. I have researched this problem and this is not an isolated case. I was nearly killed due to a faulty part in a transmission and can only wonder who may have lost their life in the same situation. The vehicle was repaired but I could not trust it. I have sold it.

- New Iberia, LA, USA

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