Chevy Cobalt Transmission Problems & Cost

Designed to replace the venerable Chevy Cavalier, the Chevrolet Cobalt rode on an entirely new platform and offered loads of style and value. There was also a high-performance Chevy Cobalt SS that has become highly sought after in the tuner community. Both versions offered the 4T45E 4-speed automatic, which was fairly reliable in its day. However, Chevy Cobalt transmission problems can occur. So let’s figure out what you can do.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Chevy Cobalt Transmission Models

Chevy Cobalt: 4T45E Transmission

Chevy Cobalt 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 4T45E Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
4T45E / 4T40E1811144014992644

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

Trouble CodeDescription
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0718Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0721Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0767Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On
P0850Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0976Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0979Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0980Shift Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0984Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P1860TCC PWM Solenoid Circuit Electrical
P1887Torque Converter Clutch Release Switch

Chevy Cobalt Transmission Recalls

2009 Chevrolet Cobalt Recall 09V073000 / 09041

Summary – On some 2009 Chevy Cobalt’s, the transmission shift cable adjustment clip may come loose, causing the gear indicator to display the wrong gear.

Consequence – If this problem occurs, the driver could remove the ignition key and exit the vehicle thinking the transmission is in Park, even though it isn’t. This can lead to a rollaway, which can cause injury and/or property damage. A lesser consequence would be the inability to start the vehicle because the transmission is not in Park.

Remedy – This recall began on March 24, 2009, and Chevrolet dealers were instructed to inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjustment clips, free of charge. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, referring to recall # 09041. Or they can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236

Chevy Cobalt Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 05-07-30-015 – Difficultly selecting a gear / shifter jams – 2005-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
Problem – On some vehicles, the gear selector may become inoperable.
Solution – Replace defective shifter handle.

TSB 99-07-30-031 – No third or fourth gear – 4T40E Transmission & 4T45E Transmission
1999 – 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier – 1999 – 2000 Chevrolet Malibu – 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass – 1999 – 2000 Oldsmobile Alero – 1999 – 2000 Pontiac Grand Am – 1999 – 2000 Pontiac Sunfire
Problem – Drivers may experience the complete loss of third and fourth gears
Solution – Replace direct clutch piston assembly

TSB 02-07-30-022B – Usually harsh shifts, along with multiple transmission diagnostic trouble codes – 4T40E Transmission | 4T45E Transmission | 4T65E Transmission
2000 – 2004 Buick Century – 2000 – 2004 Buick LeSabre – 2000 – 2004 Buick Park Avenue – 2000 – 2004 Buick Regal – 2003 – 2004 Buick Rendezvous – 2000 – 2001 Chevrolet Lumina – 2000 – 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier – 2000 – 2004 Chevrolet Impala – 2000 – 2004 Chevrolet Malibu – 2000 – 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo – 2000 – 2004 Chevrolet Venture – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue – 2000 – 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora – 2000 – 2004 Oldsmobile Alero – 2000 – 2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette – 2000 – 2004 Pontiac Bonneville – 2000 – 2004 Pontiac Grand Am – 2000 – 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix – 2000 – 2004 Pontiac Montana – 2000 – 2004 Pontiac Sunfire – 2001 – 2004 Pontiac Aztec
Problem – Drivers can experience unusually harsh shifts, along with the following DTC’s: P0716, P0717, P0730, P0753, P0758, P1860, P1887
Solution – Inspect, repair and/or replace the transaxle 20-way connector to the transmission wiring harness

TSB 00-06-04-037A – Harsh shifting with DTC’s P0716 and/or P0717 – 4T40E Transmission | 4T45E Transmission | 4T65E Transmission
2000 – 2002 Buick Century – 2000 – 2002 Buick LeSabre – 2000 – 2002 Buick Park Avenue – 2000 – 2002 Buick Regal – 2002 Buick Rendezvous – 2000 – 2001 Chevrolet Lumina – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Impala – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Malibu – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Venture – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Alero – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Bonneville – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Grand Am – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Montana – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Sunfire – 2001 – 2002 Pontiac Aztec
Problem – Some drivers may experience unusually harsh gear changes, accompanied by a P0716 and/or P0717 DTC
Solution – This problem can be caused by an intermittent connection of the input speed sensor circuit at the transaxle 20-way connector

Common Problems with the Chevy Cobalt Transmission

Slipping in forward or reverse gears
Problem – The vehicle may slip in-and-out of forward or reverse gears. There may also be a lack of engine braking, lubrication of the forward clutch, and the DTC P0730.
Solution – One of the oil feed tubes may have developed cracks in one of its welds

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?

Depending on the nature of your Chevy Cobalt transmission problems, it may be possible to continue driving it. But putting continual strain on your transmission can cause the problem to get a lot worse/more expensive. So if you want to save yourself a lot of headaches and money, you need to have the issue diagnosed immediately.

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

Maintenance (changing your transmission fluid/filter, fixing the leaks etc.), and your driving style clearly play a huge part in determining how long your Chevy Cobalt transmission will last. But factory design flaws also contribute. On average, we’ve seen the Chevrolet Cobalt 4T45E last between 120,000-180,000 miles.

How are Chevy Cobalt transmission issues diagnosed?

In order to properly diagnose Chevrolet Cobalt transmission problems, a scan tool will need to be connected to the car’s OBDII port. After the diagnostic trouble codes have been analyzed, a visual inspection can be performed to verify the problem.

How is a Chevy Cobalt transmission replaced?

Although this job can be performed by a do it yourself-er, it will require a fair amount of skill, along with the right tools. Partially removing the engine may make this job easier.

Recommendations for Chevy Cobalt 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 Cobalt transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Chevy Cobalt Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Cobalt Transmission

Saving money is an important consideration for most people, so a used 4T45E transmission might be a tempting option. However, you may be spending more money in the long run because you don’t really have any way of knowing what kind of shape the internal components are in.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy Cobalt Transmission

To avoid the uncertainties of buying a used Chevy Cobalt transmission, you may consider buying a rebuilt 4T45E transmission from a mechanic or transmission repair shop. But if they use an OE master rebuild kit, the transformation will be taken back to the original factory specifications. So problems with things like the 4T45E reverse boost valve or 4T45E transmission pump slide pivot pin will eventually return. And the coverage from that rebuilt transmission warranty may be limited to the shop that built it, which means that you will have to pay for transmission repairs if you travel.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy Cobalt Transmission

To actually fix Chevy Cobalt transmission problems, the issue has to be dealt with so it does not happen again. A properly built remanufactured 4T45E transmission is designed to do to just that, by upgrading specific failure points like the TCC control valve and transmission pump. These modifications can greatly extend the service life and durability. Plus, if you can find one with a nationwide warranty, you won’t have to worry about transmission repair bills.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Chevy Cobalt 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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3 months ago

i have a 2010 chevy colbalt with 52 thousand miles so all of a sudden it started to hard shift from 1st to 2nd gear if i stop and shut off car pull key out then restart car problem goes away and it would drive fine could last days or hours and will do it again there is no engine light or codes that’s the weird thing, any help will be greatly appreciated

Oscar Hernandez
3 months ago

Al comenzar a caminar cuando recién lo enciendo por las mañanas no cambia a segunda, se forza hasta 4 o 5 mil revoluciones y ya después cambia a segunda, ya calentándose ya funciona bien, me marca dos códigos para transmisión p0752 y p1818

B Ray
8 months ago

Just wondering if I should change my 2008 Chevy Cobalt transmission fluid and filter. Its never been changed iam at 155,000 i don’t want to flush might cause a problem just really want to make it last as long as I can. If I change it will my tranny start messing up.

9 months ago

I started having problems with RPM giong up so I had that fixed then two weeks later I notice burning smell and I only had 1st and 2nd gears it would barely go so I took it to transmission shop and was told it need a transmission I was told they could replace with a used one at cost of 2800 hundred dollars or a rebuild one for 3500 hundred dollars or a new one for 4500 hundred dollars, this was the second shop I took it two because the frist one was so booked and it would be a month or longer before they could get to it how ever they did give me a price of 1500 to do it.I not sure what to do I can purchase a new one my self for 1000 thousand dollars and pay the cost to have someone put it in.or I can just do nothing and purchase another car.I just don’t know if it would be worth my time and money to get it fix,I have to look at the cost how long it would last and other things ,I just don’t know.

Jeff Schneberk
1 year ago

My 2010 Cobalt drives forward but not in reverse. It hit 5500RPMs on the highway yesterday so i knew that something was wrong. I had an oil lube and filter done that morning and now i am left with a transmission that is half dead and needs to be either replaced entirely or re-built. I have never even heard of this happening to a vehicle that has only 76,000Kms on it. Is this normal in Cobalts now?

1 year ago

Shifts hard sometimes got a code of p1818 what could it be

1 year ago

No 1st or 4th gear

Elma Malloy
1 year ago

My Chey Cobalt will not shift gears and I Just had the fluid changed and a new strainer put in is their something that needs to be reset or what is going on with It

Dawn b.
1 year ago

2009 chevy colbolt goes into reverse but when put in drive or any lower gear it acts like its in neutral the codes that show up are as follows p0010 p0011 p0013 p0014 n p0455. It was driving just fine then at light i went to go thru n up a slight upgrade n it wouldn’t go

Jesse b
1 year ago

I have a 2008 Chevy Cobalt 2.2 it ran just fine no sleeping hard shifting or any transmission problems then all of a sudden you put it in any gear and it won’t pull or try to pull it acts like it’s in neutral but the reverse lights come on in reverse the linkage is connected the transmission control module I have grounded myself any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated I’m driving myself crazy

Lisa S.
2 years ago

I have a 2010 chevy colbalt.(98,000) I have had electrical issues in the past but I reported it and it was taken care of. Recently I started to smell gasoline and when I brought it in they said I needed a new gas line and it would cost approx. $650.00. I have owned a lot of cars in my life but I’ve never had a problem related to fuel leakage on top of that both front wheel bearings need to be replaced. I read how they recalled earlier year models for fuel issues but obviously they didn’t solve the problem because it’s still happening but now they just decided they were done paying for that particular problem I guess. A gas leak is a serious issue and knowing there have been problems with it in the past means that they are aware. I don’t understand how they are getting away with not paying or recalling additional cars because it didn’t get fixed as of 2009. It’s still happening.

John Snider
2 years ago

2006 Chev. Cobalt w/116000 miles

John Snider
2 years ago

My granddaughter stopped her 2006 Chev Cobalt at traffic light, when light changed and she tried to accelerate. the car didn’t respond for a few seconds, then slowly took off. After car started moving it was like it operated normally. It has done this 2 or 3 times over the past 2 weeks. Is there a fix for this car other than a transmission overhaul or replacement?

Payton Elledge
1 year ago
Reply to  John Snider

My cobalt has been doing the same thing but it is now to the point where it won’t even shift cuz I kept driving it if you find anything out can you let me know?

David C Reed
3 months ago
Reply to  John Snider

Car trys to stall at a stop while in gear

Delores Parker
2 years ago

It’s not shifting property it’s like high rpms

1 year ago
Reply to  Delores Parker

I think my 09 Cobalt is doing the same

I have a hard sifte going in 2 gear
3 years ago

Some times

3 years ago

Drove my 08 Cobalt one day the next day the remote starter or manually the car wouldn’t start . It clicked clicked . I did the trick unplug the battery after jump starting it and it stay running . So is it the battery ?

Alicia W
1 year ago
Reply to  Vickie

Mine is doing the same thing, but at the same time that happened: the service engine light came on (with transmission alerts) and I the traction light came on and won’t go away and it just says service traction. I have noooo idea what to do.

Justin power
3 years ago

Shifts hard after long drive. It quits for a while and come back again

2 years ago
Reply to  Justin power

Same problem

1 year ago
Reply to  Justin power

Same problem

Alicia W
1 year ago
Reply to  Justin power

Mine is actually the opposite

11 months ago
Reply to  Justin power

Same issue, do you still have issues or did your tranny give up? long drives and it clunks/hard shifts. only on 3+ hrs,

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