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Remanufactured Ford E-450 Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Ford E-450transmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Ford E-450transmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Ford E-450transmission 

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    Remanufactured Ford E-450 Transmissions 


    From ambulances to delivery trucks, the Ford E450 has been under pinning commercial and recreational vehicles for many years. And a remanufactured Ford E-450 transmission can help it continue for many years to come. The common transmission problems associated with the 4R75E, 4R100, 5R110W and 6R140 are completely eliminated. Plus you even get a warranty to boot! So let’s find out if that’s the best move for you. 


    Common Ford E-450 4R75E Transmissions Problems  


    Slipping, Erratic Shifting, Harsh Forward or Reverse Gear Engagement: Some of the most common 4R75E / 4R75W transmission problems are slipping between gears, erratic up or down shifts, or a hard slam when the 4R75E / 4R75W transmission engages Drive or Reverse. There are a number of design flaws in this transmission, and any one of them could be causing these symptoms. 

    Another common problem is overheating. This happens when the moving parts inside the transmission are creating more friction heat than the ATF can remove. The most common cause of this condition is towing heavy loads, driving in stop/go traffic, or on mountain roads where the transmission has to shift a lot. 


    TCC Application in 2nd Gear – 4R75E Transmission  

    2005 – 2006 Ford Crown Victoria – 2005 – 2006 Ford E-150 – 2005 – 2006 Ford E-250 – 2005 – 2006 Ford Expedition – 2005 – 2006 Ford F-150 – 2005 – 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis – 2005 – 2006 Lincoln Town Car – 2005 – 2006 Lincoln Mark LT 

    Problem – A lack of power after the 1-2 shift can be caused by an un-commanded torque converter clutch application / TCC apply. The P0742 and/or P1742 DTCs may also be stored. 

    Solution  The #7 check ball inside of the valve body may have worn down to an incorrect size, allowing the torque converter clutch to apply after the 1-2 shift. Replacement of this check ball may solve the problem. 


    Slipping in All Forward Gears – 4R75E Transmission  

    2005 – 2006 Ford 4R75E Transmission 

    Problem – Many 2005 – 2006 Ford vehicles equipped with the 4R75E transmission, may experience excessive slipping in all forward gears. Metal shavings may also be present in the transmission fluid. 

    Solution  Replace forward clutch drum and update ECU with program 06B06 


    Common Ford E-450 4R100 Transmissions Problems 


    Poor performance with DTCs P0715, P0716 & P0717 

    Problem – Poor engine performance and acceleration may be due to a sticking solenoid regulator valv 

    Solution – If the solenoid regulator valve cannot be repaired, the valve body will have to be replaced 


    Common Ford E-450 5R110W Transmissions Problems 


    Tow/Haul Light Flashing – A flashing Tow Haul light on the Ford F-350 Super Duty acts as sort of a warning light to let you know that something is wrong with your 5R110W transmission. It can be as simple as a failed temperature sensor, or the valve body could be cracked in half. But you wont know unless there was a DTC stored in the computer. 


    Reverse Planetary Assembly — A common 5R110W transmission problem has to do with the low/reverse planetary gear pinions. An OE design flaw allowed the gear set pinion shafts to back themselves out of the carrier, resulting in slipping, and harsh or delayed forward/reverse gear engagement. 


    Transmission Pump — The Ford F-350 5R110W transmission transfers engine power to the wheels through hydraulic pressure. This pressure is created by the transmission pump, which has a tendency to fail prematurely. If this happens, youll experience a pronounced delay in forward and reverse gear engagement, or the transmission could just slam” into gear. 


    Common Ford E-450 6R140 Transmissions Problems 


    Software Issues — One of the most common 6R140 transmission problems has to do with the software that controls the gearbox. Due to the complexity of this Ford transmission, the ECU/TCM must be programmed the right way in order to make it all work correctly. Some symptoms of 6R140 programming problems include: 

    • Noticeably delayed forward or reverse gear engagement
    • Harsh shifts
    • Hunting for the right gear
    • Slipping

    Often, these 6R140 transmission problems can be solved by reprogramming the ECU/TCM with the latest control software. However, these issues may be caused by mechanical failures. So it may take an experienced mechanic to sort out the problem. 


    6R140 Solenoid Failure — Solenoids control many functions on a transmission, and unfortunately, 6R140 solenoids are known to have problems. These issues can exhibit the same problems listed above. 


    6R140 Torque Convertor — Although the 6R140 transmission can lockup at engine speeds as low as 900 RPM, it can develop some serious problems. Like 6R140 torque convertor hub failure 


    6R140 Valve Body Problems — The valve body is essentially the heart of a transmission, as it directs the automatic transmission fluid to flow down the right channel in order to activate a particular gear. Unfortunately, the Ford 6R140 valve body is known to have a number of issues, such as excessive bore and valve wear. This can cause a number of symptoms, including: 

    • Flared shifts
    • Delayed gear engagement
    • Unusually harsh shifts
    • Slipping.


    How to Solve Ford E-450 Transmission Problems 


    Solution A: Buy a Used Ford E-450 Transmission  

    Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used Ford E450 transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


    Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford E-450 Transmission 

    Getting a rebuilt Ford E450 transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Ford E 450 transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


    Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford E-450 Transmission 

    If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Ford E-450 transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage. 



    Dodge Ram 2500 & Dodge Ram 3500 Transmission Problems & Solutions


    For years, the Dodge Ram languished at the bottom of the pickup totem pole. That all changed in 1994, when Bob Lutz forced designers to come up with something creative for the next Ram pickup. The resulting “big rig” design was a sales sensation, and catapulted Dodge’s pickup into stardom. The redesigned Dodge Ram 2500 & Dodge Ram 3500 helped Chrysler Corp. to become a serious contender in the heavy-duty truck market. Their new dominance was aided by a selection of powerful and efficient engines, along with a pair of gearboxes that were ideally suited to the rigors of hard work. The 47RE transmission and A618 transmission were basically a 727 TorqueFlight with an overdrive gear. Which made them able to handle the torque of a big engine, without sacrificing gas mileage. These transmissions tend to be extremely reliable, but issues can develop over time. So let’s look at some of the most common 47RE transmission problems and A618 transmission problems.


    Common Problems with the Dodge Ram 2500/3500 47RE Transmission


    No Gear Engagement and/or Severe Slipping

    Although it’s electronically controlled, the Dodge 47RE transmission still uses pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. To make it work, the 47RE transmission pump supplies the hydraulic pressure, and the valve body directs it to the appropriate gear set. However several OE design problems can lead to many common Dodge Ram 2500 transmission problems and Dodge Ram 3500 transmission problems. Thats why Street Smart Transmission installs a number of upgrades to each remanufactured 47RE transmission that they make. Among these are a modified valve body that has an upgraded 4-spool switch valve, pressure regulator valve, manual valve, and throttle valve. An oversized Low/Reverse brake band strut is also employed to prevent drum slippage and no-reverse engagement. And to stop slippage and delayed gear engagement, the transmission pump is completely remanufactured.



    As the metal parts move around inside your transmission, a lot of intense heat can build up. The ATF is designed to carry that heat away, then expel it through a special transmission cooler inside the radiator. Unfortunately, the stock design doesn’t allow enough heat to escape, resulting in an overheated transmission and lots of expensive damage. To help prevent problems like blown seals, and broken clutches, each SST remanufactured 47RE transmission comes with a high-capacity external transmission coomsmksler at no additional charge.


    Common Dodge Ram 2500/3500 A618 Transmission Problems


    Failure to Engage Overdrive

    The Dodge A618 transmission is one of the strongest heavy duty gearboxes on the market, but it does suffer from a few issues. Namely, the failure to engage or stay engaged in overdrive. To remedy this, the SST remanufactured A618 transmission has been fitted with a number of upgrades, including a stronger 8-plate overdrive direct clutch with a more robust thrust plate,  a sturdier 4-plate overdrive clutch, an upgraded 5-pinion overdrive planetary assembly, and new lockup friction lining in the torque converter.


    How to Solve Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 Transmission Problems


    Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Ram 2500/3500 47RE / A618 transmission

    The transmission is one of the single, most expensive parts to repair on a vehicle. If one tiny piece breaks, you could be in for an eye-popping repair bill. One of the cheapest ways to solve your Dodge Ram transmission problems, is buy either a used 47RE transmission or a used A618 transmission. These typically come from a salvage yard, where they’re pulled from a wrecked/non-working vehicle. The price is usually affordable (relatively speaking), and most junk yards will give you a 30-90 day warranty. However, that used transmission may have the exact same issues that you’re trying to fix. Or it could develop them at any time, you just don’t know. Plus if something goes wrong during the warranty period, the junk yard is only obligated to replace the transmission. Paying for the labor charges will be up to you.


    Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Ram 2500/3500 47RE / A618 transmission

    To avoid the risk of buying a used transmission, you could always spend a few more bucks and get a rebuilt 47RE transmission or a rebuilt A618 transmission. These are rebuilt by a repair shop, and often come with a 1-2 year warranty. The overall quality and durability of a rebuilt transmission, depends largely on the skill of the rebuilder. It may last for years, or it might last for a few months. And that warranty may only be honored by certain shops in a certain area. So if you have transmission problems on a trip, you could be paying out of pocket.


    Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Ram 2500/3500 47RE / A618 transmission

    To get the most life out of your Dodge 2500 or Dodge 3500, you should seriously consider investing in a remanufactured 47RE transmission, or a remanufactured A618 transmission. These are created in a factory, where every component and step in the process has to pass rigorous quality checks. Any part that isn’t up to spec, gets replaced immediately. Factory design flaws are addressed, then the entire transmission is hot & cold tested on a dyno machine prior to shipment. Besides getting a thoroughly remanufactured and tested gearbox, you also get a 3-year/Unlimited Mile Warranty (18-months/100,000 miles for commercial and heavy duty applications). Unlike a junk yard or rebuilder’s warranty, the Street Smart Transmission Warranty will pay for parts and labor at any licensed repair shop in the country. It’s also linked to your truck’s VIN number, so you can transfer the coverage if you sell it. From a financial and a mechanical standpoint, getting a remanufactured transmission is the way to go. To find out more, give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured 47RE transmission, or remanufactured A618 transmission.