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Another Recall Issued On 2020 Ford F-150 and 2020 Ford Ranger Regarding Transmissions

Ford issues a safety recall on select models of F-150, Ranger and Expedition regarding 10-speed automatic transmission. Many issues over the years have surrounded this transmission including numerous recalls and class action lawsuits.

Today, Ford issued a safety recall on select 2020 vehicles. The recall involves Ford’s controversial 10-speed automatic transmission which has had many complaints and is also involved in a class-action lawsuit that was filed this year and remains unresolved.

According to Ford, this recall includes 2020 Ford Ranger and 2020 F-150 vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmission and 2020 Expedition vehicles with the police package and 10-speed automatic transmission. Units equipped with a rotary gearshift dial are not affected.

In affected vehicles, a clip that locks the gearshift cable to the transmission may not be fully seated. Over time, a partially seated clip may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different from the gearshift position selected by the driver. This could allow the driver to move the shifter to Park and remove the ignition key, without the transmission gear actually being in Park. If the parking brake is not applied in those cases, the vehicle could move unintentionally, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

This action affects 55,158 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 12,090 in Canada and 681 in Mexico.

Affected vehicles include:

• 2020 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant from Feb. 28 to March 18, 2020
• 2020 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant from Feb. 18 to March 19, 2020, and Kansas City Assembly Plant from Feb. 21 to March 19, 2020
• 2020 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant from March 3 to 19, 2020.
Dealers will inspect the shift cable locking clip and properly seat it as needed. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S18.

2020 Ford F-150 police

Other Issues Regarding 10R80 10-speed automatic
On January 19, 2020 a class-action lawsuit was filed (Orndorff, et al., v. Ford Motor Company) alleging that “Ford knew or should have known about the alleged transmission problems that cause hard shifting, jerking, lunging and hesitation between gears.”

This is all part of many complaints on forums amongst F-150 owners regarding the 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission found in many 13th Generation F-150 vehicles that result in hard shifting and inconsistent performance from this transmission. The latest recall is just more evidence involving the ongoing issue over these transmissions.

Ford has issued a couple different Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) regarding issues with this transmission including TSB 18-2079 and TSB 18-2274.

Other issues have involved the pin that attaches the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out, preventing the transmission from responding to movement of the shift lever.

Other Ford F-150 Recalls
I wrote a lot earlier this year about the other class-action lawsuit against Ford, regarding the frozen door lock issue going on with the current generation F-150. Ford has issued safety recalls and “fixes” for this issue, but many owners are left unsatisfied with the repairs and still are having issues.

I wrote last month how some F-150 owners had mounting frustrations over what seemed like a string of recalls and TSBs issued. However, in that story, I determined there really weren’t that many recalls going on at all.

Some of these “issues” involved very minor nuisances like daytime running lights staying on and the brightness involved in those. Plus there was a minor issue with a battery cable as well as an issue with a spare tire.

However, between the frozen door lock (which can cause the door to swing open while the truck is moving) and this harsh-shifting transmission, these are more than nuisances. Consumer confidence is vital for any brand. And as the best-selling vehicle in the country, Ford needs to stay on top of all these issues and work to resolve them.

Ford 10-speed transmission RPM

In their defense, they have been transparent and aggressive in issuing recalls and TSBs. They’re not running from this problem and working to resolve this. And hopefully, as the next-generation F-150 comes in for 2021, the transmission issues will be resolved.

We already know the engines that will be used for the 2021 Ford F-150 and it’s likely the 10-speed transmission will be included.

Be sure to check out the latest story on the surprising uptick in sales for the Ranger thus far in 2020.

Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.

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Nothings a minor issue when its not corrected for an over $50,000 vehicle. There are major problems with the 10 speed transmission. Major problems and its basically why I won't buy an f 150. I simply won't throw my money away on garbage.
I have heard of some issues, but then I've heard from others that all the issues have been resolved in regards to the 10-speed.
My 2018 f150 left me in between gears crossing highway in front of a semi, plenty of room initially but came down to him laying on horn and brakes. My gassing it trying to get out of traffic did bark tires. 3000 miles on it and they replaced valve body. Trans still hunts for a gear when cold, I hope I can afford to trade when a better trans comes out!
I have been experiencing similar issues on my 2020 Mustang. Very tough downshifting on the automatic.
I have had issues with my 2018 F-150 with the 10 speed trans. I just believe it simply has too many gears and logic control system that cannot deal properly with driving patterns. I've had Ford update the firmware with little improvement. What I don't understand is the Ecoboost engines should provide plenty of power in a wide power band to not require so many gear ratios? In most case the 10 speed trans skips gears a lot anyway in up-shifts. Not a good pairing if you ask me, and I don't see how this would improve performance or MPG's. Overly complex trans for what little benefit you get. I would hate to experience the problems with the trans as it reaches its senior life. I will be glad to return it when lease is up.
I have a 2019 Ford Lariet pickup that a shifts really bad. Corwin Ford in Springfield, MO says, “They are ‘all like that’”! Not true. My was good for 36000 miles and then started throwing us around like a marble in a 5 gallon bucket. They will not even look at it. Here is what I have learned about Ford. (formerly a Ford guy-11 Mustangs, cars, and lots of PUs) Ford will not fix Or warrant 10 speed transmissions, plastic panels that crack outside on back of SUVs, phasers in 2005 5.4 engines, bad brake rotors with low miles, and they may be sellIng pickups as new that were originally demonstrators!
Can you tell me if the 10 speed transmission I now have in my 2020 Ford F150 is still the identical transmission that was used in 2017, 2018 and 2019? Thanks
My Ford F-150 XLT Sport is equipped with the 10R80 ten speed and the 5.0 V8. It has always had the clanging, banging, harsh up shift and down shift, and sudden drivetrain lockup since new. The truck has been in the shop multiple times and evert TSB issued by Ford has been preformed on the truck to cure the problem. I haven’t seen the truck since I left it in the Ford Service Department in the beginning of December. Now Ford’s Technical Service Department has been involved in finding out what’s wrong with the transmission. I suspect I’ll not see my truck until next year (2021) or Ford will trade me out of it. The Ford/GM developed transmission is going to be another Nader Corvallis (GM) issue for Ford Motor Company. ,