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Why Transmission Testing is Delaying the 2017 Ford F150 Raptor

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A report by Reuters confirmed that 2017 Ford F150 pickups are piling up at storage facilities between production and dealerships as the automaker works to complete testing of the new 10-speed automatic transmission – and today we look at why this testing process is preventing the company from shipping these new trucks.

There have been videos floating around the internet showing a massive parking lot full of 2017 Ford F150 Raptors, which has left people wondering why these trucks are not being shipped to dealerships around the country. According to a “top executive” from Ford Motor Company who spoke with Reuters, many of the 2017 F150 pickups with the new 10-speed automatic transmission are being held back from dealerships as engineers work to finalize the testing procedures.

In other words, these trucks have been built and they are ready to ship, but since the engineering team has finished their final tests on the new 10-speed transmission, these trucks are being held at the various storage facilities. Once the final phases of testing have been completed, these trucks will all be shipped, if no issues are found during the final tests – but what happens if the engineers do find a problem?

This is the question from many online who don’t understand why Ford would built scores of new F150s with a transmission which has not been fully tested. Unfortunately, many reports of this delay don’t explain exactly what goes on during the final phases of the testing process, so while Ford hasn’t specified exactly what they are finalizing – we can make some guesses based on the normal course of events leading up to a new component launch.

Final F150 10-Speed Testing
I believe that these final testing procedures don’t relate so much to the nuts and bolts of the new 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2017 Ford F150 Raptor (or other 2017 F150 pickups with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6). All of the actual structural and mechanical design of this transmission would have been completed long before the first truck rolled off of the assembly line with this new gearbox, but during the final phases of testing, the specific calibration of this transmission will be fine-tuned after extensive testing in every possible condition.

Like all modern automatic transmissions, the new 10-speed gearbox in the 2017 F150 (and the 2017 Camaro ZL1) is electronically controlled with an advanced computer system controlling every aspect of the action – from the speed of the shifts to the timing of the shifts to how the transmission acts in the different drive modes. During the final testing, the engineers will look to perfect the calibration of the transmission, so now that these trucks have been built, “fixing” a problem discovered during the late tests would likely be as simple as a re-tune of the transmission computer.


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I suspect they are being held due to the funky combo modes that someone thought would be cool to have. Ie. Sand mode doesnt shift properly when engine temps are below normal during warmup. Or something dumb like that. I found a flaw in the tranny programming on my 2015 150 where is unbelieveably doesnt know how to rev match a downshift from 4 to 3. This discovered on a mountain drive lasting over two hours where by the end i was wincing every time the tranny slammed itself on the downshift yet maintained perfect rev matched shifts on 5-4 and 4-2. Brought it up w ford and they said the tranny program is the latest version. How in this modern day a tranny cant make a rev matched shift is beyond me. Go ford quality!!!