Chevy Express 2500 Transmission Problems & Cost

If you want a heavy duty work van that can help you get things done, then the 3/4 ton Chevy Express 2500 is hard to beat. It’s got loads of space, and it’s tough as nails. Except for when the transmission breaks. So let’s see if we can’t help you figure out what to do about your Chevrolet Express 2500 transmission problems.

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 Express 2500 Transmission Models

Chevy Express 2500 Van: 4L80E Transmission (Early Models)
Chevy Express 2500 Van: 6L90 Transmission (Late Models)

Chevy Express 2500 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 4L80E Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission

Replacement 6L90 Transmission:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
6L80 / 6L902559

What are the DTC codes related to Chevy Express 2500 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
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0752Shift Solenoid 'A' Stuck On
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0757Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0777Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Stuck On
P0796Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off
P0965Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0966Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0967Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P2715Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Stuck On
P2723Pressure Control Solenoid ‘E’ Stuck Off

Chevy Express 2500 Transmission Recalls

None Found

Chevy Express 2500 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 08-07-30-001 – 4L80E Transmission
Problem – Harsh or delayed shifts, slipping, no forward/reverse gears. Possible DTCs: P0741, P0742, P0751, P0752, P0756, P0757, P0894.
Solution – Rebuild or replace the valve body.

TSB 08-07-30-015 – 4L80E Transmission
Problem – Harsh shifts, delayed 2-3 shifts, 2-3 shift flare, no 3rd gear, slips in 3rd gear or reverse. Possible DTC 0757.
Solution – If none of the issues described in Bulletin 08-07-30-001 are present (debris in #11 checkball, leak in oil circuit, damage to the direct clutch), then replace the 2-3 shift solenoid due to a possible sticking pintle.

TSB 08-07-30-016 – Slipping, refusal to shift, overheating – Chevrolet Express 2500 4L80E
Problem – Slipping between the gears, overheating, refusal to shift out of a gear, and/or DTC P0894 or P0218, may be because by friction material debonding from the torque convertor clutch (TCC).
Solution – If the friction material has circulated throughout the transmission, the entire transmission may need to be replaced. It is possible to remove the material from the internal components (like transmission cooler lines and the valve body), but it depends on the extent of the damage.

TSB PI488C – No forward or reverse and/or slipping – 6L80 Transmission | 6L90 Transmission
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Problem – Trucks equipped with the 6-speed 6L80 or 6L90 transmission may experience no forward or reverse engagement, or slipping between the gears.
Solution – This problem could be caused by a cracked or split transmission filter. If this is the case, the transmission pump should be disassembled and inspected for possible damage. Inspect for any of the following conditions: – scored pump rotor or pump vanes – scored pump cover or pump rotor pocket – cracked pump slide.

The transmission should also be evaluated for any possible distress to the clutches. GM’s testing and analysis found that split or damaged filters may be caused by a damaged transmission pump. This can send a high pressure fluid spike down the filter neck on a cold start, resulting in the filter body cracking or the filter seam splitting. The filter is not defective and this is not a filter quality issue. Important: Do not replace the filter without inspecting the pump. Failure to inspect the pump and clutches could lead to a repeat of this condition.

Common Problems with the Chevy Express 2500 Transmission

Solenoid DTC’s – Chevrolet Express 2500 6L90
Problem – A number of diagnostic trouble codes, including P0776, P0796, P2714 and P2723, can be caused by a pressure leak at the end of the clutch regulating valve.
Solution – The bore plug will have to be replaced with updated versions, or modified to accept an O-ring kit.

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?

Of course you can. But continuing to drive the van when you’re having 4L80E transmission problems or 6L90 transmission problems, can cost you a lot more money in the long run. As those transmission parts continue to break down, it can create a domino effect with other more expensive parts. So do your wallet a favor and have your Chevy Express 2500 transmission problems diagnosed sooner rather than later.

How often does a Chevy Express 2500 transmission need to be replaced?

With proper maintenance, any Chevrolet Express 2500 transmission can last for a very long time. Over the years, we’ve seen the following average lifecycles:
4L80E – 120,000-180,000 miles
6L90 – 130,000-200,000 miles

If you are considering a used transmission, that’s about the mileage that you will see out of one. However, a remanufactured transmission will often last much longer than that.

How are Chevy Express 2500 transmission issues diagnosed?

These vans are fairly straightforward mechanically, so many Chevy Express 2500 transmission problems can be diagnosed with some experience and hand tools. However, later models may require an OBDII scan tool.

How is a Chevy Express 2500 transmission replaced?

Because of its body on frame design, a Chevrolet Express 2500 transmission can be changed by unbolting the 4L80E from the engine, driveshaft and frame. After installing the new transmission, the ECU/TCM may have to be reprogrammed in order to accept the new gearbox.

Recommendations for Chevy Express 2500 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 Express 2500 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Chevy Express 2500 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Express 2500 Transmission

Saving money is important to everybody, so getting a used 4L80E / used 6L90 transmission from the local junkyard might seem like a good idea. But you don’t really know what kind of problems that used Chevy transmission might have. So you don’t really know how long it will last, and the junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to fix it.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy Express 2500 Transmission

Another idea would be to get a rebuilt 4L80E / rebuilt 6L90 transmission from a mechanic or transmission repair center. These have a lot of new parts, and a much longer warranty. However, if the mechanic has used an OE master rebuild kit, then the problems that you’re having now will most likely return in future. Plus, the warranty may only be honored at that one repair shop.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy Express 2500 Transmission

To get the most value for your repair dollars, you’re going to want to consider getting a remanufactured 4L80E / remanufactured 6L90 transmission from a reputable supplier. These have gone through a rigorous remanufacturing process, where every single component has been tested to ensure that it either meets or exceeds OE specifications. Upgrades are often made to correct factory design flaws, and some even offer unlimited mileage nationwide warranties.

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 Express 2500 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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Wayne Goulart
4 months ago

I have 07 chevy exspress 2500 starts off slow to move but when driving all is fine

5 months ago

No reverse and no drive but can manual shift

Mike carlisle
10 months ago

Reverse weak slipping

Stan Haff
11 months ago

Park, neutral, reverse and drive all go forward. Doesn’t shift from second. Fluid is dark but doesn’t smell burned

ken maggard
1 year ago

2004 chevrolet express 1500 flares when it shifts into fourth gear and will slip while driving all other gears are fine just fourth shifts good no slipping while driving any help would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance Ken

Kristina Bouta
1 year ago

I have a 1998 chevy express van 2500 65k miles.
she revs hard between second and third Gear but no codes come up and her fluid is full and good. We will be living in her and reaching homless with her so we need her in good shape and have very little $$ to fix her..please help us figure this out. Thanku
Jerimiah 29.11

Eric Williams,
4 months ago
Reply to  Kristina Bouta

Maybe it’s overfilled

Anthony price
1 year ago

When driving transmission shifts to neutral

Jose Gonzalez
1 year ago

Was driving start on hig i
Oil pressure lossing power pull over look under seen some oil leak put back on drive went about 50 feet stop shifting .no forward or reverse

Gary W.
1 year ago

No Reverse

1 year ago

Only go forward I found no oil in the transmission I added the oil still doesn’t drive backwards I noticed a lot of oil on the engine earia

1 year ago

It wasn’t shifting from 3rd to 4th. Replaced shift solenoid. Shifted fine first then spewing trans fluid from fill/chk point now no reverse. Forward in all gears.
Chvy express 2500 195000mi

Richard E.
2 years ago

The transmission is from a 1998 chev express 2500 it get stuck in park sometimes after I drive it then it get stuck in park until it cools down then it will be ok for a while let it rest then it goes in gear until next time it don’t happens every day about 1 to 2 times a week sometimes and no time a week ? It’s very confusing please give me some advice on this Mather thanks
Richard E.

Richard E.
2 years ago

It drive great but sometimes it get stuck in park and have a problem getting it of gear and let it sit then it dose good for a while. What can I do about it ???

3 years ago

Anyone know where the vss is on a 2500 savana

3 years ago

Replaced transmission from transmission shop
After driving for 50 miles goes back in limp mode.what else could be the problem

3 years ago

only no reverse

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