Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission Problems & Cost

Originally billed as a personal luxury coupe, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo enjoyed strong sales until it was discontinued in 2007. It offered plenty of style and performance, but without the uncomfortable ride and dimensional penalties of a traditional sport coupe. The Chevy Monte Carlo was also something of a legend in NASCAR, racking up a total of 396 wins and 16 of Chevrolet’s drivers titles. And while Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jeff Gordon had pit crews to handle their Chevrolet Monte Carlo transmission problems. You don’t. So let’s turn onto Pit Lane and figure out what you can do to fix them.

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 Monte Carlo Transmission Models

Chevy Monte Carlo: 4T65E Transmission (Earlier Models)
Chevy Monte Carlo: 4T65E-HD Transmission (5.3L V8)

Chevy Monte Carlo 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 4T65E Transmission (Not including HD):

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What are the DTC codes related to Chevy Monte Carlo transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P1860TCC PWM Solenoid Circuit Electrical

Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission Recalls

None Found

Chevy Monte Carlo Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 04-07-30-028 – Transmission fluid leak from reverse servo cover – 4T65E Transmission
Problem – Transmission fluid leaks may be observed under the vehicle, which may be caused by a 4T65E reverse servo seal that can actually shrink in the cold weather below 20°F/-6.7°C
Solution – Replace reverse servo cover seal

TSB 02-07-30-022B – Usually harsh shifts, along with multiple transmission diagnostic trouble codes – 4T40E Transmission | 4T45E Transmission | 4T65E Transmission
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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
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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

TSB 06-07-30-023 – 4T65E transmission 1-2 Shift Shudder
Problem – Shuddering or shaking may be felt during the 1-2 shift, under light acceleration at speeds below 25 mph.
Solution – To correct this common 4T65E transmission problem, the entire second clutch assembly will need to be replaced.

TSB 08-07-30-016 – Slipping, refusal to shift, overheating
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.

Common Chevrolet Monte Carlo Transmission Problems

TCC Solenoid Circuit DTC
Problem – Diagnostic trouble codes (P0742, P2761, P2764) relating to the torque convertor clutch, may be caused by an incorrectly routed internal wiring harness that can short itself out over time.
Solution – To solve this problem, reposition the tan colored TCC solenoid so that it does not come in contact with the metal wiring harness retaining clip.

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?

Like all decisions, choosing to continue driving with Chevy Monte Carlo transmission problems can have consequences. For example, if you decide to continue driving the car after the transmission started to slip, and it turns out to be that 4T65E torque convertor clutch friction material issue, that TCC clutch coating could circulate throughout the transmission and completely destroy it. But if you have a competent mechanic inspect the car at the first sign of trouble, you may be able to save your gearbox and budget from total destruction.

How often does a Chevy Monte Carlo transmission need to be replaced?

The key to making a transmission last for a long time is proper maintenance and respectful driving. But of course, factory design flaws to play a part. There are a few Monte Carlo transmission parts that weren’t made quite as strong as they should have been, and that can cause premature transmission failure. However, the average that we’ve seen is around 120,000-180,000 miles. But a good quality remanufactured transmission will often last for a lot longer.

How are Chevy Monte Carlo transmission issues diagnosed?

To diagnose Chevrolet Monte Carlo transmission problems, the best thing to do is connect an OBDII scanner and download the diagnostic trouble codes. After determining where to look, a visual inspection would need to be performed in order to verify the problem.

How is a Chevy Monte Carlo transmission replaced?

In order to replace a Chevrolet Monte Carlo transmission, it may be easier to partially remove the engine in order to gain access to the transmission. Once the old one is out of the way, the new one can be installed. However later models may require that the ECU be reprogrammed in order to accept the new transmission.

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

How to Solve Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission

To get back on the road without spending a lot of money, you may consider buying a used 4T65E / used 4T65E-HD from a local junkyard. The prices are usually fairly reasonable, and most used gearboxes will come with a short replacement warranty. But you have no real way of knowing how long a used transmission will last, because you don’t know how well the last owner treated it. And if you do wind up having to replace the transmission, the warranty likely won’t cover labor charges.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission

Getting a rebuilt 4T65E / rebuilt 4T65E-HD from a mechanic or a local transmission shop is certainly a much better option. However, if the mechanic simply does a stock rebuild, then all of the common 4T65E transmission problems will eventually return. And when they do, the warranty may only be honored by the shop that sold the transmission. Which means your warranty coverage won’t do you any good if you break down when you’re traveling.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy Monte Carlo Transmission

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is one of the most iconic American cars on the road, and if you want to keep yours on the road as long as possible, then you need to consider getting a remanufactured 4T65E / remanufactured 4T65E-HD. These often exceed the original transmission’s life cycle, if they have been modified to correct all of the factory design flaws. And some of the better ones come with a nationwide unlimited mile warranty.

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 Monte Carlo 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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2 months ago

Put it in drive and the engine just revs when I press on the gas.
Reverse works fine, of course.
I can get it moving if I put the transmission in to Gear 1, accelerate and I can slip it into Gear 2, and then Gear 3.

Fluid looked fine.

No codes.

Gotta take it in.

Last edited 2 months ago by Shawn
Clarence Keen
2 months ago

No forward gears, just reverse

Jason A Redmer
3 months ago

2003 monte carlo ss 3.8 hesitates starting in first gear. No lockup in 4 3000 rpms atc70 mph. Changeed tcc solenoid. Diue to p742 trouble code . Now it’s throwing a p 1860 code no more p742

Humberto Lorenzo
8 months ago

fourth gear does not enter

10 months ago

when in park and shifting it to drive I have to yank it out of park in order to put it in drive but the problem does not happen all the time. it does if your on a hill or on leveled ground with no load on the transmission. Any idea what it is? it is a 2007 monte carlo LT 3.5L v6 flex fuel

Last edited 10 months ago by Nicholas
Bobby Kimbrell
11 months ago

will not shift out of first gear most of the time but when it does shift and finally manages to go to over drive and you go to pass someone it will not down shift into passing gear and there is no codes present all except for the cam sensor and the 24x crank sensor which are new and the motor it self has only 45 miles on a new rebuild, i have cleared the codes numerous times but they keep coming back. the car motor runs flawless no misses no shake and starts up really easy cold or hot. i did have trouble with a previous monte carlo with the same 3.1 and transmission and all the issue was due to a 10 amp fuse being bad but its not the case on this one…i am at a loss on it this time

Last edited 11 months ago by Bobby Kimbrell
1 year ago

I have 04 monte carlo and can’t seem to find the’s like one problem after the other. So as I first start drive for da day it goes good until I make a stop den it won’t start for like half an hour ND leaking fluid from idk where power .steering fluid I’m constantly filling

Last edited 1 year ago by Marie
1 year ago

When you hit gas hard the tires shack as if it to much torque

1 year ago

When I press the gas why is my transmission making a winding noise

Pat Relich
2 years ago

My wife has a 2006 SS with the V8. Engine runs great but got in it one day and could not engage transmission. I can shift through all gears with no engagement at all, just idles still.

2 years ago
Reply to  Pat Relich

Did you figure out what was going on? Currently having this issue

2 years ago

I have a 2002 Monte Carlo, i can get in it and it will drive with no issues, no slippage, nothing. Then when i get to where in going, stop turn it off then try to leave again IT WONT MOVE AT ALL

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