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Quick Tip: Ford® 6.7L Transmission Solenoid Characterization


Vehicle: 2012 Ford F250. Transmission repairs can be tricky, and can require taking  a lot of things apart simply to find a part number. In this Diagnostic Quick Tip, National Field Trainer Jason Gabrenas shows you how to easily find what transmission solenoids are installed on a Ford without having to take the transmission apart - by using a scan tool.



When doing transmission work there's all sorts of different parts involved depending on what the repair is.

Sometimes you might need that identify certain parts and make sure you're placing with the correct parts.

So Snap-on added a software function for Ford transmissions, that's going to allow you to check the band number on the transmission solenoid.

I have ShopKey information up here that tells us all about what the solenoid band numbers are. It says the solenoids are calibrated from the factory and are not all the same.

There are two types of solenoids, normally high and normally low. The solenoids can be replaced separately but only with the same type of solenoid. The replacement solenoid band number must match the band number of the solenoid being replaced. The band number is printed on the side of the solenoid and will be a two three, four or five.

So knowing all that, we can then go into our Scanner and go into the Transmission and then it's under Functional Tests, and then there's a listing right here that says Transmission Characterization and Solenoid Identification. We'll click on that. It says to make sure the ignition is on, we got that.

We can do transmission characterization and the solenoid band. so let's go to the solenoid bands because that's actually going to have us do both.

It says this function is used to obtain the transmission solenoid band information for ordering individual replacement solenoids, refer to the vehicle workshop manual for further system details. And this function is not supported for all transmissions.

Says it's a 6R140 transmission. Is this transmission correct? Yes, that's the one that's in there. So it's going to go through and it's going to do a couple of little queries and this function will provide transmission solenoid band information for individual solenoid placement.

The solenoid body strategy or identification will be required to obtain the solenoid bands. So in order to replace the part with the right part and order the right part.

This function can be obtained from the module or the transmission service tag. So maybe the service tag is missing or are the numbers were worn off or something like that. So this is going to prevent you from having to tear any of the transmission apart if you don't have to.

Here's the current strategy current identification; hit continue, and then it's going to list all my bands. So see shift solenoid a there. It's normally low, and then element band four, and then normally high band four, and lists them all out, all the different solenoids.

So it's going to save you a lot of time and a lot of effort being able to identify these solenoids electronically through the scan tool versus having to take the transmission apart.

Last Updated: August 14, 2020

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