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.
Chevy S10 Transmission Models
Chevy S10: 4L60E Transmission
Chevy S10 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate
Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.
Replacement 4L60E Transmission:
|Transmission||Street Smart Transmission||Autozone||Advance Auto Parts|
|4L60E / 4L65E||1480||1507||1599|
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
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
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
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.
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!