Chevy Colorado Transmission Problems & Cost | 4L60E | 6L50 | 8L45

Designed to replace the legendary Chevy S-10, the Chevrolet Colorado is a small truck that’s engineered to handle big jobs. From 4-8 cylinders and 2-4 doors, to 2WD-4WD and luxury to work trim, this little Chevy truck can be tailored for most situations. And they’re pretty reliable too. However Chevy Colorado 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 Colorado Transmission Models

Chevy Colorado: 4L60E Transmission
Chevy Colorado: 6L50 Transmission
Chevy Colorado: 8L45 Transmission

Chevy Colorado 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:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
4L60E / 4L65E2100

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

Trouble CodeDescription
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0719Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Low
P0722Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0746Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0747Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Stuck On
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0757Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0777Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0785Shift/Timing Solenoid
P0796Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off
P0797Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Stuck On
P0826Up and Down Shift Switch Circuit
P0851Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit Low
P0894Transmission Component Slipping
P0960Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit/Open
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0964Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit/Open
P0966Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0967Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0970Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P1860TCC PWM Solenoid Circuit Electrical
P1870Transmission Component Slipping: GM Transmission

Chevy Colorado Transmission Recalls

2011 Chevrolet Colorado Recall 11V337000
Summary – According to the recall, the Chevrolet Colorado transmission shift lever may become detached from the transmission shift cable adjuster. If this happens, the transmission shifter won’t work properly, and the gear indicator won’t be able to display the gear that’s actually selected.
Consequence – Should the shifter become detached while the truck is being driven, the driver won’t be able to select Park, even though the shifter is in the correct position. This can lead to an unintended rollaway, resulting in serious property damage and/or injury.
Remedy – This recall began on July 1, 2011, and Chevrolet dealers were instructed to inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 Or they can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236

Chevy Colorado 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.

TSB 08-07-30-027 – No movements when transmission is shifted into Drive or third – 4L60E Transmission – 4L65E Transmission – 4L70E Transmission
1982-2005 GM Passenger Cars and Light Duty Trucks: 2006-2007 Buick Rainier – 2006 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV & Escalade EXT – 2006 Chevrolet SSR – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Avalanche – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Colorado – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Express – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Silverado Classic – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Silverado – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Suburban – 2006-2008 Chevrolet Tahoe – 2006-2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer – 2006 GMC Yukon Denali – 2006 GMC Yukon Denali XL – 2006-2008 GMC Canyon – 2006-2008 GMC Envoy – 2006-2008 GMC Savana – 2006-2008 GMC Sierra Classic – 2006-2008 GMC Sierra – 2006-2008 GMC Yukon – 2006-2008 GMC Yukon XL – 2006 Pontiac GTO – 2006-2007 HUMMER H2 – 2006-2008 HUMMER H3 – 2006-2008 Saab 9-7X – with the 4L60, 4L60E, 4L65E or 4L70E Automatic Transmission (RPOs MD8, M30, M32, M33 or M70)
Problem – It is possible to experience no movement when the transmission is shifted into Drive or the 3rd gear position. It is possible to experience normal operation when the transmission shifted into second, first or reverse.
Solution – Replace the forward sprag assembly
Click here to learn more about this TSB

TSB 00-07-30-022D – No reverse, second or fourth gears – 4L60E Transmission & 4L65E Transmission
1993 – 2005 GM passenger cars and light duty trucks
Problem – Drivers may experience the loss of reverse, second and fourth gears. First and third gears will seem to function normally
Solution – The reaction sun gear may fail inside of the sun shell. It will need to be replaced with a stronger heat-treated 4L60E / 4L65 sun gear.

TSB 06-07-30-007A – Harsh 1-2 shift with P0894 DTC – 4L60E Transmission | 4L65 Transmission | 4L70E Transmission
2006 Cadillac Escalade Models – 2006 Chevrolet Light Duty Trucks – 2006 Chevrolet Express Vans – 2006 GMC Light Duty Trucks – 2006 GMC Savana Vans – 2006 Pontiac GTO – 2006 HUMMER H2, H3 – 2006 Saab 9-7X – with 4L60-E / 4L65-E / 4L70-E (RPOs M30, M32, M70) Automatic Transmission
Problem – Drivers may experience an unusually harsh 1-2 shift with a P0894 DTC
Solution – Replace the TCC enable solenoid and/or wiring harness

TSB 08-07-30-008B – Diagnostic information for P0894 and P1870 DTC – 4L60E Transmission | 4L65 Transmission | 4L70E Transmission
2003-2007 GM Passenger Cars and Light Duty Trucks – 2003-2007 HUMMER H2 – 2006-2007 HUMMER H3 – 2005-2007 Saab 9-7X – with 4L60-E, 4L65-E or 4L70-E Automatic Transmission (RPOs M30, M32 or M70)
Problem – This relates to drivers who experience unusually harsh 1-2 shifts, along with a P0804 and/or a P1870 DTC.
Solution – It is possible that a leaking TCC solenoid, a torque converter clutch valve or damaged turbine shaft O-ring seal could cause these two diagnostic trouble codes. However, it could also be caused by a failed torque converter.
Click here to learn more about this TSB

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.
Click here to learn more about this TSB

PIP5437B – Harsh shifts – 8L45 Transmission | 8L90 Transmission
2016 – 2017 Cadillac ATS – 2016 – 2017 Cadillac CT5 – 2016 – 2017 Cadillac CT6 – 2015 – 2017 Cadillac Escalade – 2016 – 2017 Chevrolet Camaro – 2017 Chevrolet Colorado – 2015 – 2017 Chevrolet Corvette – 2017 Chevrolet Express – 2015 – 2017 Chevrolet Silverado – 2017 GMC Canyon – 2017 GMC Savana – 2015 – 2017 GMC Sierra – 2015 – 2017 GMC Yukon Denali
Problem – One of the more common 8L transmission problems is excessively hard or abrupt gear changes.
Solution – The TCM may need to be recalibrated with the latest control software. It could also be caused by one or more of the clutch fill times not being learned by the TCM. In which case, the Service Fast Learn (SFL) procedure will have to be performed. Should the problems persist, the valve body will need to be replaced.

Common Chevy Colorado Transmission Problems

Intermittent harsh shifting – Chevrolet Colorado 4L60E
Problem – A common Chevy Colorado 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.

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?

Obviously, Chevy Colorado transmission problems will vary in their severity. However, continuing to drive while your 4L60E transmission is not functioning properly, can easily cause a small problem to become much worse. This of course will increase the amount of money you’ll have to pay to fix it. So do your wallet a favor and have your transmission problems diagnosed as soon as they happen.

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

On average, we’ve seen the Chevrolet Colorado 4L60E transmission last anywhere from 130,000-180,000 miles. The 6L50 and 8L45 generally last about the same mileage. Maintenance and driving style have a lot to do with the life-cycle of a transmission. But factory design flaws have a lot to do with it too, as they can turn into premature failures which can obviously reduce that mileage total.

How are Chevy Colorado transmission issues diagnosed?

Compared to modern 5-6 speed automatic transmissions, the 4L60E transmission is fairly simple. However, to accurately diagnose Chevy Colorado transmission problems, an OBDII scan tool will still be needed to pull the diagnostic trouble codes from the computer. The 6L50 and 8L45 are considerably more complex, however the diagnostic procedure is the same. Once they have some guidance on where to look, a technician can then perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Chevy Colorado transmission replaced?

Because it’s a rear wheel drive/4WD truck, the Chevy Colorado 4L60E transmission, 6L50 and 8L45 can be replaced once it’s been disconnected from the engine, frame and driveshaft(s). Installation happens in the reverse order.

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

How to Solve Chevy Colorado Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Colorado Transmission

In order to quickly solve all of your Chevy Colorado transmission problems, you might be tempted to simply buy a used 4L60E / used 6L50 / used 8L45 transmission from the local salvage yard. There are cheap, plentiful, and most come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, you have no way of knowing the condition of the internal components. So it could very easily have the same problems that you’re trying to fix now. Plus, that junkyard warranty usually doesn’t cover labor charges.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy Colorado Transmission

The next best idea would be to get a rebuilt 4L60E / rebuilt 6L50 / rebuilt 8L45 transmission from your mechanic or a transmission repair shop. In this scenario, a mechanic will install a bunch of new Chevy Colorado transmission parts, essentially returning the gearbox to its stock form. And while this may sound like a good idea, it also means that none of the factory design flaws will be dealt with. Plus, that rebuilt transmission warranty may only be honored by the shop that built it.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy Colorado Transmission

In order to get a lasting solution to all of your Chevy Colorado transmission problems, you need to consider a remanufactured 4L60E / remanufactured 6L50 / remanufactured 8L45 transmission. These cost a little bit more than a rebuilt transmission, however every single component will either meet or exceed OE specifications. They’re also usually modified to correct the factory design flaws and extend the service life. Plus, some of them will come with a nationwide warranty, which means you will be able to have transmission repairs performed anywhere in the country.

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 Colorado 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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Billy Cowles
1 month ago

Don’t have drive or 3rd gear . I do have 1st 2nd and reverse

2 months ago

Lost first gear. When in manual can put in 2nd but a cluncking sound happens when going in gear. I could drive in manual and go thru gears with no problems

2 months ago

start out in first takes off good have to let off throttle for it to shift and will go to 3rd if I manually shift to 2nd then it just reeves up and coasts does not slip just sounds like I have two neutrals any help would be much appreciated

Gary Brown
3 months ago

Was driving my 2019 chevy colrado ZR2 3.6 V6 8 speed automatic home roughly hour drive ….got to my driveway went to pull in was in drive then it was like in neutral shifted to park reverse worked had to put it in L3 to get in driveway Rev was really high movement slow

Pwint Phyu
3 months ago

Gear not back

4 months ago

I swapped out transfer cases in 05 Colorado old transfer case wouldn’t lock in four-wheel drive but transmission worked great this transfer case will lock in four-wheel drive but transmission won’t kick down or up it stays in 3rd gear

donny split
4 months ago

no forward gears reverse is good if the veh. sits for few hours it starts moving again for about five miles it does it again no forward gears i removed trans and found nothing trans looks g

donny split
4 months ago

have a colorado i expierienced driving along come to stop light and trans feels like it went into nuetral no forward gears but has reverse checked fluid ok a little dark color noyhing out ofthe ordinary let sit for few hours started veh. trans goes right in gear

Marsha F Miller
4 months ago

2015 colorado going down mountain transmission going in and out of gears like it’s does know how to shift down into proper gear got only 67,000 miles. Had work done at Chevrolet place in chattanooga. First said nothing wrong. Then said needs some work. Long story 2900.00 dollars and two visits nothing got fixed. DO NOT use Integrity Chevrolet in Chattsnooga.

6 months ago

I have a 2017 Colorado 4×4 and when I accelerate going down the road about 15 00 RPMs it starts vibrating damn near like I’m running over the speed bumps if I let off it stops I have 32, 499 MI on I have 1,316.2 hours on my engine very well taken care of

Cody Northcutt
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

Mine started doing this yesterday real bad, did you find a solution? Will a transmission flush help any? 2018 zr2 Diesel engine 40k miles

Mark Lash
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian

I have the same issue on my 2018. The dealer is replacing the fluid with an “upgraded” fluid under warranty. It usually fixes the issue in 80% of the time. They said if it continues, will have to rebuild the transmission(also under warranty).

8 months ago

2016 colorado transmission sliping when at a stop.

Jim marcotte
9 months ago

I don’t know if this is a transmission problem but I can feel a vribraction in my steering. Wheel

Enrique Gonzales
10 months ago

Will not go forward when I shift into drive only backwards in reverse. After a few days I started the truck, in low I went thru all gears it caught in 3rd and m moved forward. So I tried all the rest of gears and went forward. Tried it in drive also worked. I drove it around block. I backed up and bumped in a brick with the tire. I tried to go forward again it didn’t work. So I shifted into reverse and drive them low and got it to drive forward. Could it be a loose wiring harness.

1 year ago

The code that popped up for my chevy colorado is p2771. What can we do to fix it. Mechanic said it’s the transmission

Mark Wray
1 year ago

2016 Model

Mark Wray
1 year ago

4WD service light came on. Slight hesitation in shifting once. Dismissed service light. Called dealership – said needed to do transmission DX which will take 4 to 5 days, Current mileage 42,000. Had 4WD serviced during recommended maintenance at 41,000 miles.

troy funk
1 year ago

My transmission appears to be constantly shifting up and down while driving at a consistent speed. It started out doing it at highway cruising speed of 100km/h. Rpms would rise and fall quickly like it was downshifting to 3rd and back up to OD. Now the speed does not seem to matter. It down shifts to be what i believe to be 3rd and back to OD. If you step on the gas to pass someone it will sometimes catch you by surprise because it has already dropped to 3rd so as you press the gas it drops all the way to 2nd. No codes to my knowledge.

John Graham
1 year ago

My transmission will not work in D or 3 .
I must start out in 2 and as I get up to speed I can manually shift it into 3and D.
They all seem to work once I get rolling.
Do I need a new transmission or is this a sequencing switch issue?

Eric Smith
1 year ago
Reply to  John Graham

Did you figure out this problem? I have the same issue, just curious to know what you do to fix the issue

5 months ago
Reply to  John Graham

I’m having the same issues with my 2017 Colorado, what was the cure for yours while you had this issue?

Melinda Medley
1 year ago

2004 Chevy Colorado. Reverse went out. Do I need to replace transmission? If I do it myself, do I have to worry about reprogramming the computer for it?

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