Recall Alert: 2011-2012 Ford F-150

2011 Ford F-150 Blue

By Tom Torbjornsen

Vehicles Affected: Model-year 2011-12 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are part of a recall that affects approximately 184,000 Ford vehicles; affected F-150s are equipped with the 6R80 transmission and were built from Aug. 19, 2011, through March 9, 2012 at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri

The Problem: A problem with the output speed sensor on the vehicle's transmission lead frame could cause the transmission controls to force a temporary downshift into 1st gear. Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up, resulting in loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash. Ford is aware of three reported accidents and no injuries related to this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the powertrain control module for diagnostic trouble codes tied to the issue. If no related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software, which will eliminate the condition. Additionally, as part of the corresponding customer satisfaction program, Ford will provide a one-time replacement of the lead frame at no charge within 10 years or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date. If related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software and replace the lead frame for free.

What Owners Should Do: The automaker did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info.

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Comments

LMAO - my F150 has DRL's and an auto setting to the headlights. I've never bothered to leave it on auto. Just old school I guess. My truck does have a sensor that operates the interior gauge/stereo/HVAC lights. Even if I turn on the headlights, if the sensor thinks it is too bright out, it won't turn on the gauge lights. Odd set up.

Very serious.

This malfunction is unexpected and has occurred at +70 MPH.

It also causes the vehicle to become inoperable.

I was in an accident when my vehicle ceased to operate.

Ford has issued a safety recall, but has not established a solution. I can't believe the NHTSA is letting Ford keep these vehicles on the road.

Someone is going to get killed if they haven't already.

I have a 2012 F-150 Eco Boost 5.0. Last night it started downshifting and slamming into 1st gear while driving. I stopped for a hour and half errand got started on the road again and the truck did the same thing but a "wrench" appeared in my dash display. I took it to my local mechanic who diagnosed the problem with P0731 - Molded Lead Frame. He indicated Ford had issued a service bulletin stating a "free" fix of the problem. The truck is at Ford now but Ford is saying my VIN is not part of the recall. My truck was built in January 2012 at the Kansas City plant. What would make the molded lead frame go bad if it is not part of the recall?

I have a 2012 F-150 Eco Boost 5.0. Last night it started downshifting and slamming into 1st gear while driving. I stopped for a hour and half errand got started on the road again and the truck did the same thing but a "wrench" appeared in my dash display. I took it to my local mechanic who diagnosed the problem with P0731 - Molded Lead Frame. He indicated Ford had issued a service bulletin stating a "free" fix of the problem. The truck is at Ford now but Ford is saying my VIN is not part of the recall. My truck was built in January 2012 at the Kansas City plant. What would make the molded lead frame go bad if it is not part of the recall?

I was driving at about 50 mph yesterday when I heard a loud noise and suddenly, my rear wheels locked up as if I had stomped on the breaks. I got out and look at my truck and the under carriage to see if I had run over something. nothing looked abnormal and I continued to drive towards my home, but at a slower speed. it happened again and I noticed that the RPM was abiut 4000, but the truck was barely moving, which made me realize that the transmission was in first gear, Had I spun out into oncoming traffic, would anyone have figured out that the transmission had caused this? Taking it in on Monday to see if Ford steps up. Thanks for posting this notice, because I never got a warning from FORD.

I was driving at about 50 mph yesterday when I heard a loud noise and suddenly, my rear wheels locked up as if I had stomped on the breaks. I got out and look at my truck and the under carriage to see if I had run over something. nothing looked abnormal and I continued to drive towards my home, but at a slower speed. it happened again and I noticed that the RPM was abiut 4000, but the truck was barely moving, which made me realize that the transmission was in first gear, Had I spun out into oncoming traffic, would anyone have figured out that the transmission had caused this? Taking it in on Monday to see if Ford steps up. Thanks for posting this notice, because I never got a warning from FORD.

my 2013 did this. They said they fixed it. time will tell. I wish they would fix the rear defrost on these trucks.

Ford is NOT taking care of the issue with all the trucks in this batch. My 2011 5.0 4x4 F150 has the exact same problems as stated in the recall and tsb but my vin isn’t included in them. This is beyond my understanding. Everyone I’ve spoken to has been wonderfully versed in the art of NO without listening. All they process is the fact that this truck isn’t recalled, not reading the service bulletins or customer service advisories. They’re saying it’s a $1k fix or kick rocks. I can’t even get answers on which part number is the most proper one for replacement. (They have at least 4 AL3Z-7G276-A,B,C,&D)
This is my first Ford and I fear it will be my last. Honda and Toyota at least try to be helpful when a problem is presented, even if they aren’t the ones handling the fix. They actually care about the reputation of their brand. Ford really doesn’t seem to.



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