2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Transmission Problems Return?
May 09, 2011
You might remember the problems we had with the Raptor's transmission back in January and February. Back then, the transmission was agressively engaging second and third gear when it was cold. The dealer solution was a solenoid replacement and a reflash.
Well, guess what?
Over the weekend I fired the Raptor up early several mornings in a row and experienced what I'm imagining is the same problem (I only discussed it with others the first time, never actually witnessed it myself). Here are the symptoms this go 'round: Drop the truck in drive, roll into the throttle and the tranny initially slips the torque converter and hardly moves forward -- almost like it's in third or fourth gear. Next, with elevated revs, it slams into a lower gear (probably first) with authority and jumps forward. The next gear usually engages rough as well.
Then, the first few times you slow down from more than 30 mph, the tranny tries to grab a lower gear than it should while still decelerating. This is initially accompanied by a bunch of torque converter slip and then heavy engine braking once the gear finally engages. Once the fluids reach operating temperature, these symptoms seem to disappear.
If this continues, it looks like another dealer visit is inevitable.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor