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Old 06-10-2014, 12:57 PM   #1
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When driving across parking lots, real slow, I sometimes step on the gas right as the truck shifts to 2nd gear and the transmission slams into gear. It feels like I just got rear ended.

Anyone else have this issue?
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Yup, I've had it since new. Intermittent, under same conditions as yours. sometimes a small hit, sometimes so hard/loud it scares me. I've mentioned to the dealer several times and they've duplicated it, but no fix. TCM flashes and a fluid flush/refill have made no difference.

Mine is a 2011 3.5L.

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When driving across parking lots, real slow, I sometimes step on the gas right as the truck shifts to 2nd gear and the transmission slams into gear...
Sounds like it's time for a dealer visit, Honey Badger. How many miles are on your truck?

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Yup, I've had it since new. Intermittent, under same conditions as yours. sometimes a small hit, sometimes so hard/loud it scares me...
I'd like to look into this further, mhamershock. What's the current mileage? I'll see what I can do to help.

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Crystal,
I've got close to 80K on the truck. I paid the dealer a visit around 20K for this issue and they could not duplicate it. Same as the diveline vibration between 70-80 mph.

they actually told me to run it and wait for bigger issues to come up and then they would fix those. what do you suggest?
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This is a very common problem. I have had mine in a few times. First time they diagnosed and had to order a lead frame connector. The second trip in, they replaced the lead frame connector and changed the filter. This fixed the original problem of the hard 1-2 shift, but then I had a rough 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, and 5-4 shifting, so they said to drive for a bit and let it re-learn. This I did, but it still didnt help.
Third time in they reprogrammed the TCM, which was immediately better, but only for a little while (The truck actually felt brand new again).

As soon as I get a chance in my schedule, it is going back.

I currently have 32,500 on mine (2011 XLT 5.0 4x4). I don't remember the mileage off the top of my head when I first took it in, but I bet it has been over 6-8k since.
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...they actually told me to run it and wait for bigger issues to come up and then they would fix those. what do you suggest?
Hi Honey Badger,

It's up to you - if you'd prefer to wait and not make a special visit, you could hold off on returning to your dealer. For me to check out ways to assist, though, I'll need your truck to be at the dealership. If you decide to go ahead and make an appointment, send me a PM with your info and I'll start my research. Be sure to include your full name, best daytime phone number, VIN, mileage, and servicing dealer info.

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...As soon as I get a chance in my schedule, it is going back.

I currently have 32,500 on mine (2011 XLT 5.0 4x4). I don't remember the mileage off the top of my head when I first took it in, but I bet it has been over 6-8k since.
Circle back and let us know what the dealer has to say, mattd17. I'm always around if you need assistance.

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When it feels like you've been rear ended chances are it's not your transmission. Look up TSB 12-7-13 which is out for the rear driveshaft slip/bump issue. Mine is in the shop now to have this TSB applied to it for the same issue as you described.
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When it feels like you've been rear ended chances are it's not your transmission. Look up TSB 12-7-13 which is out for the rear driveshaft slip/bump issue. Mine is in the shop now to have this TSB applied to it for the same issue as you described.

What I'm feeling to totally different. That TSB fixes a slight bump you feel when starting from a stop. What I'm experiencing is a neck snapping slam that sounds like you broke something big.
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What I'm feeling to totally different. That TSB fixes a slight bump you feel when starting from a stop. What I'm experiencing is a neck snapping slam that sounds like you broke something big.
That's not how I read the TSB. If it feels like you're getting slammed in the back of the truck how in the world do you blame the transmission that is in the front of the truck? The slip is occurring in the rear of the vehicle and that is why it feels like you've been hit in the rear. If it was the transmission you'd feel it under your feet. Mine happens when coasting in the parking lot and I go to give it a little gas, something slips in the rear and it's not from changing gears. I've stayed in the same gear and felt the slam from the rear so I know it's not the transmission.

There is a reason the TSB has the bump in the description. The rear drive shaft is slipping and when it finally grabs you feel the bump like somebody hit you from behind. I've researched this a lot and my Ford dealer has too and we both came to the same conclusion.
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I'd like to look into this further, mhamershock. What's the current mileage? I'll see what I can do to help.

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I'm at 58,500 miles. I have the extended warranty. Truck's been pretty solid for me so far. A few issues, all corrected, to this point.

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