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Old 01-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Transmission Problems on 2012

Transmission failure on new FX4 with 265 miles on it. First trip out in new truck on a 4 hour overnight trip for work. Truck had shown no abnormal issues with shifting or noise in any gear. Parked in motel lot and tried to remote start from motel room next morning but nothing happened. I went out to the truck and had to use the key to open doors as battery was so dead that key remotes would not work. AAA came and boosted truck so I could take it to the local Ford dealer. I noticed immediate shift problems. When transmission tried to shift from third to fourth gear it would instead try and shift into reverse or that is what the service tech at Ford said it was doing. This was last Tuesday morning and I was informed today that there was a serious transmission failure instead of the reverse solenoid first suspected. Long story short, Ford engineers are guiding the repair process and are to immediately evaluate failed components to determine if this was a random or isolated failure or if a recall will be issued. Somewhat upset with the failure but Ford corporate did step up to authorize a rental so we could return to our home state. Funny thing though, my rental is a brand new Chevy Silverado. This is a nice truck but believe me the F 150 is so much more in every way.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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damn! Thats a bummer, especially with only 265 miles. The tranny's have not drastically changed since 2010, sounds more like a unfortunate bad production unit, not a recall IMO.

Just like on the moto side bikes and quads are dynoed wide the f*ck open 3rd gear before shipping on NEW motors to seat everything in, every once in a rare while we would see that a brand new bike just started to be prepped would throw a valve or seize a piston.

Point being mechanic failures happen, sometimes right away like you discovered. With the tight tolerances in these engines and trans there is not much margin for error, and when there is an error that may not have affected an older 4l60e the new trans with the tight specs will detonate.

Either way hope it works out for you and keep us posted on what happens
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Sucks to have trouble so early in but at least you know why you bought a ford
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Sorry to hear about your truck man..... that really sucks! Hope they get it back to you ASAP!

Good luck!
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Sorry to hear that man. Sounds like you have a good attitude about it considering. You are a rare and mature individual! Lol
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A guy I know had the tranny fail in his '11 ecoboost XTR. He bought the truck from a dealer about 5hrs away (450-500 km's) and was on the way home as he had work that night when the tranny let go. I'm not sure what the exact problem was but he had a NEW F150 a few days later.
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Sorry to hear that man. Sounds like you have a good attitude about it considering. You are a rare and mature individual! Lol
I was somewhat upset at first but then I just accepted the fact that equipment is going to break. I have been buying new Ford trucks every 3years or so for the last 20 years or more and have never had any real issues with any of them, so I guess it's just my time. LOL.. Anyway my company provides support and repair for hospital and healthcare equipment and some of the units such as a CT or MRI can cost up to and in excess of 2 million dollars. If these units didn't fail then I would be out of business, so I guess I can understand the occasional problem that some of us have. The main thing as far as I am concerned is if Ford steps up to make things right, whatever it may take. So far they have made a real effort and I'll be sure to post how this turns out.
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Kinda makes you wonder just what are we buying these days. I joined this forum right after I bought my new 2010. Before that I owned three Dakotas and joined their forum site. This and the Dakota forum sites had/have more problem threads than no problem threads. I'm sure GM, Toyota and all the rest have the very same problems.

I think it all boils down to this guys. It's all about the electronics (computer) that controls the engine, tranny and all the rest of the processes that run what we drive today. So where are the electronics made? More than likely, China and to the lowest bidder.

Electronics DON'T belong in cars and trucks, period! Just too easy for the cheap battery charging systems to make spikes and surges and with the JUNK computers made by the lowest bidders with low grade (junk) parts, sooner or later it gets hit.

It's too bad that EVERYTIME we go across town or take a long trip we got to hold our breath (and make damn sure we are members or AAA) that we'll make it back home.

Think about this. How many times did your engine fail or tranny deside to shift up and down or even into reverse BEFORE computers were put into your cars and trucks?

It's a shame... Just my two bits worth.

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Kinda makes you wonder just what are we buying these days. I joined this forum right after I bought my new 2010. Before that I owned three Dakotas and joined their forum site. This and the Dakota forum sites had/have more problem threads than no problem threads. I'm sure GM, Toyota and all the rest have the very same problems.

I think it all boils down to this guys. It's all about the electronics (computer) that controls the engine, tranny and all the rest of the processes that run what we drive today. So where are the electronics made? More than likely, China and to the lowest bidder.

Electronics DON'T belong in cars and trucks, period! Just too easy for the cheap battery charging systems to make spikes and surges and with the JUNK computers made by the lowest bidders with low grade (junk) parts, sooner or later it gets hit.

It's too bad that EVERYTIME we go across town or take a long trip we got to hold our breath (and make damn sure we are members or AAA) that we'll make it back home.

Think about this. How many times did your engine fail or tranny deside to shift up and down or even into reverse BEFORE computers were put into your cars and trucks?

It's a shame... Just my two bits worth.
You may be on to something there. I still think my problem started with something running down the battery and then the transmission problems started.
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Low voltage glitch caused the body computer to freak, I bet. My conjecture is restarting the body computer by cutting power while replacing the battery and clearing everything would fix it.
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