Chevy S10 Transmission Problems & Cost

Introduced for the 1982 model year, the Chevrolet S 10 was the first compact truck to be designed and built in America. It was a strong seller right up until was discontinued in 2004, and General Motors actually continued selling the second generation model in other markets until 2012. Part of the reason for it’s success were the bulletproof drivetrains, which included the Chevrolet S-10 4L60E. But no matter how good it was, 4L60E transmission problems do still happen. So let’s find out what you can do about them.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Chevy S10 Transmission Models

Chevy S10: 4L60E Transmission

Chevy S10 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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Replacement 4L60E Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
4L60E / 4L65E148015071599

What are the DTC codes related to Chevy S10 transmission problems?

P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – If the ECU can’t communicate with the input speed sensor, this DTC gets stored.
P0894 – Transmission component slipping – This OBDII trouble one of the gear ratios is not consistent with what the ECU is asking for.
P0756 – Shift Solenoid ‘B’ Performance or Stuck Off – If the ECU saved this code, then a solenoid isn’t working right, or it’s stuck off.
P0741 – Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck Off – This diagnostic trouble code means the TCC solenoid is not performing according to specification.
P0961 – Pressure control solenoid ‘A’ control circuit range/performance – This code means there is a low voltage condition on a line pressure control solenoid.
P2769 – Torque convertor clutch circuit low – This diagnostic trouble code means the ECU is having a problem with the electrical circuit that controls the TCC solenoid.

Chevy S10 Transmission Recalls

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Chevy S10 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB PIP4051C – Harsh Shifting
Problem – Unusually harsh gear changes, combined with a P0717 DTC for an input shaft speed sensor error, are often caused by damage to the ISS sensor wiring.
Solution – If wire damage is found (usually to the white wire), the wiring and sensor will have to be replaced. The pump cover should also be examined for sharp points/edges that could damage the wiring. If any are found, they should be smoothed with a file.

Intermittent harsh shifting
Problem – A common Chevrolet S-10 transmission problem is an intermittent hard 1-2 shift, often accompanied by engine bogging. This condition can be caused by the torque convertor clutch applying during the shift.
Solution – To remedy the problem, the wiring harness needs to be inspected from the transmission case connector to the rear of the engine on the driver side. It’s possible that the wires for the TCC solenoid and pressure control solenoid have become frayed on a body seam. If this is the case, the wiring will need to be repaired, and the harness repositioned.

PIP5071 – Squawking noise on the 2-3 shift
Problem – An unusual squawking or groaning noise may be heard on the upshift from 2nd to 3rd gear.
Solution – The 3-4 friction and steel plates, clutch plate, apply plate, and selective backing plates will have to be replaced.

Common Problems with the Chevy S10 Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

General Motors knows how to make durable trucks. However, most Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems can actually sideline your ride if you ignore them for too long. What may start out as a simple problem, can quickly grow into a transmission ending event if you don’t address it soon enough. Of course, going to a mechanic isn’t cheap. But neither is replacing that Chevy S10 4L60E.

How often does a Chevy S10 transmission need to be replaced?

The key to avoiding Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems is to service your transmission regularly and avoid hard-driving as often as you can. Factory design flaws still play a part though, and can restrict service life to 120,000-180,000 miles. However a remanufactured transmission can last a lot longer.

How are Chevy S10 transmission issues diagnosed?

To figure out what is causing your Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems, a mechanic will usually connect a code reader to the OBDII code reader under the dash. Once all of the diagnostic trouble codes are downloaded, a visual inspection may need to be performed in order to verify the problem.

How is a Chevy S10 transmission replaced?

Replacing a Chevrolet S-10 4L60E transmission requires you to first unbolt the old one from the motor, driveshaft and frame. To install a new one, simply reverse the steps.

Recommendations for Chevy S10 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Chevy S10 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Chevy S10 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy S10 Transmission

One of the cheapest ways to handle most Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems is to go out and buy a used 4L60E transmission from the local junkyard. They are pretty easy to find, and the prices usually won’t break the bank. However you don’t know how worn out the internal components actually are. And that junkyard warranty likely won’t cover labor charges if something goes wrong.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy S10 Transmission

Buying a rebuilt 4L60E transmission from your mechanic or the local transmission repair shop is certainly a better option. But unless they know how to modify to correct for all of the factory design flaws, it’s not likely to last much longer than the original did. Plus, if the warranty is only good at the shop that built the transmission, you may be paying for transmission repairs if a breakdown occurs and you’re not near that shop.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy S10 Transmission

One of the best solutions for most serious Chevrolet S10 transmission problems is a remanufactured 4L60E transmission. These are typically factory built, and come with modifications that will extend the service life. And many times, you can find one with a nationwide unlimited mile warranty.

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

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What Problem Does Your Chevy S10 Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Johnny C Baber

If a $2,400 for a 700 R4 Transmission 1992 model problems with it not going into 3rd gear when it was cold under heavy throttletake it back for warranty he was also making a a noise down at the pump was getting noisy in it you’re going to do it after transmission get hot so take it back in the warranty cost me $1,200 replace the flexplate I didn’t see anything wrong flexplate said it was a shift cable pretty sure that making model transmission we’re still going to gear regardless of where you got the cable adjustment now that not wanting to extend my warranty any and that’s why she’s not going into gear when I put it in drive until I put it into a lower gearmechanic for most of my life 45 years or so now ASC Certified repair so I know a little bit about what’s going on can pull the wool over my eyes

Dale Watson

88 T5 went from 5th to reverse,locked up and long skid , have it out everything looks perfect, any ideas what is wrong ?

Pauler1961

I have a 2000 Chevy S-10 2WD P/U with 368K miles on it. Everything about it is fine (I maintain it myself), except I’m now getting that dang P1870 trouble code, which is preventing me from passing PA inspection. It also shifts harshly from 1st to 2nd but only when its hot, usually after driving more than 30 minutes. I’ve seen a video which cites a faulty/failing TCC pressure regulator valve, and which recommends a replacement TCC valve using a reamer tool as part of the installation. I’m wondering if this is the way to go before splashing the cash for a replacement tranny…………??

Paul

Have a 2002 4.3 S-10 ZR5 4×4 with auto. trans. Around 125k reverse shell broke. Had no reverse. Had complete rebuild done at a reputable transmission repair shop for $2k. Now all of a sudden at 165k trans. won’t shift properly. Speedometer stays at 0 for awhile then starts jumping erratically.
ABS & brake light goes on & off while driving. If anyone has ever had these problems, any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated.

TBGood

I have an 01 S-10 ZR2 and I have found transmission fluid in my vacuum lines in the dash Has anyone else had or heard of a failure that could cause this ?

robert

I have a 1997 2.2 litre 5 speed s10 with 302 thousand on it a little grinding in the transmission all but 4th gear need help

Michelle

My reverse went out all other gears are working fine it’s a 2002 s10 4.3 v6 4L60E can I drive this and for how long?

Gregory Ferguson

Hey i have a 1984 chevy s 10 and my reverse went out about 3 weeks ago and then it didnt want to shift gears right so i took it to the shop and they said my transmission is shot. Its a 700.

paul DUELL

HI My 4L60E Works Fine My Problem IS My Speedo Is Off By About 20 Miles An Hour. The Faster I Go The More Off IT Reads. ie:95 is actually 75. In Wich shuts down the truck via speed limiter. IS THIS A SPEED SWITCH on the externall of TRANS? THANKS PAUL

Jorge Bgartner

4l60e in my 2000 S/10 with 2.2 always searching from 3 to 4th unless driving 60 or more mph..at 55 gears up n down constantly ??above 60 fine ??

Jim Reedy

I have a 2000 Chevy S10 4.3 Liter with a Automatic transmission. I was reading your thing about how often should the transmission be replaced. I laughed at your mileage. Mine has 301,892 miles on it now. The reverse band just now went out. I have no reverse but I still have all the other gears. I change my transmission fluid and filter every 3,000 miles just like I do with my engine oil and filter. The truck is my every day driver and everything is still original. Thank you for letting me post this.

TBGood

I love your truck. That’s all

Oscar

How much would a change from manual to automatic cost

kevin evans

1995 chevy s-10 5 speed manual sticks between gears 1ST,2ND,& 3RD/ 4TH 5TH are fine

Dale Watson

My 88 t5 flew from 5th to reverse, locked up trans. And a long skid , have it out everything looks great , any ideas how to fix it ?