Chevy S10 Transmission Problems & Cost

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.

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 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:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission
4L60E / 4L65E2100

What are the DTC codes related to Chevy S10 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
P0719Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Low
P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
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
P0785Shift/Timing Solenoid
P0894Transmission Component Slipping
P1860TCC PWM Solenoid Circuit Electrical
P1870Transmission Component Slipping: GM Transmission

Chevy S10 Transmission Recalls

None Found

Chevy S10 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 01-07-30-002C – Transmission stuck in third gear with inoperable instrument cluster and multiple DTC’s – 4L60E Transmission & 4L65 Transmission
1999 – 2003 Cadillac Escalade – 2002 – 2003 Cadillac Escalade EXT – 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet Silverado – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet Suburban – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet Blazer – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet Express – 1997 – 2003 Chevrolet S10 – 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche – 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer – 2002 – 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT – 1997 – 2003 GMC Sierra – 1997 – 1999 GMC Suburban – 1999 – 2003 GMC Yukon XL – 1997 – 2003 GMC Yukon – 1997 – 2001 GMC Jimmy – 1997 – 2003 GMC Savanna – 1997 – 2003 GMC Sonoma – 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy – 2002 – 2003 GMC Envoy XL – 1997 – 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada
Problem – Vehicles equipped with the 4L60E and 4L65E transmission may become stuck in third gear, the instrument cluster may not function, and the following DTC’s may be set: P0740, P0753, P0758, P0785 and P1860.
Solution – The most likely cause of this transmission problem is a blown fuse or an open on circuit 1020 between the fuse panel and the transmission. If no battery voltage is found at the fuse, the ignition switch will need to be replaced

TSB 01-07-30-023B – Harsh 1-2 upshift with P1870 DTC – 4L60E Transmission RPO M30
1996 Buick Roadmaster – 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood – 1999-2000 Cadillac Escalade – 1996-2000 Chevrolet Camaro – 1996-2000 Corvette – 1996-2000 Pontiac Firebird – 1996-2000 Chevrolet and GMC Light Duty Truck Models – 1996-2000 Oldsmobile Bravada
Problem – Drivers may experience an unusually harsh 1-2 shift because the ECU has commanded maximum line pressure in order to compensate for excessive wear in the bore that contains the TCC isolator and regulator valves inside of the valve body.
Solution – Replace the 4L60E valve body with revised TCC regulator and isolator valves.

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

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 04-07-30-028A – Transmission fluid leaks from reverse servo cover – 4L65E Transmission
Problem – Transmission fluid leaks may be observed under the vehicle, which may be caused by a 4L65 reverse servo seal that can actually shrink in the cold weather below 20°F/-6.7°C
Solution – Replace reverse servo cover seal

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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 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!

Your Name
Email Not Required
88 Tell us about your transmission problems
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
8 months ago

2002 s10 110,000 miles whining sound in lower ranges

Last edited 8 months ago by joe
Ron Saucier
9 months ago

Purchased a 2002 s10,2.2,auto.Trans. Rebuilt. Trans, shifts good and when the torque converter locks up between 35&40 mph under normal acceleration it will shutter like one would leave a std trans, in high gear to long at low speed trying to accelerate. Converter was supposed to have been replaced as will? Oh no codes , had a different trans, shop put their scanner on it. Thanks

8 months ago
Reply to  Ron Saucier

Hoping someone would have information on this transmission problem, thanks

wayne smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Ron

What you may be experiencing is a converter that’s not releasing. Is engaging when it should but not releasing when it needs to, or it’s trying to engage but can’t. Several possibilities, restricted return/vent, restricted pressure circut.(even a little piece of dirt can cause it) failed converter assembly, electrical issues ( to many to list see a shop) or mechanical issue. Not so much the last item but got to cover all the bases. Your best bet is to take it to a good qualified shop or dealer for proper diagnosis.

Brian michalski
9 months ago

Hi my 2004 chevy s10 with 235,000 miles but new transmission from chevy 50,000 ago…shifts erraticly between 3rd and forth when it’s between 1500 rpm and 2500rpm. If I give it some throttle and stay on it it will downshift and upshift fine and pull consistently. As soon as I get off throttle it upshifts like normal and than it will do the errattic up and down like it’s not sure if it should stay in high gear or downshift. No engine codes. This is a remanufactured transmission from chevy with about 50,000 miles on it like i said earlier. I have done transmission fluid and filter on it 5 times, every 10,000 with approved fluid…as i tow 2-3 times a week anywere from 2000-3500 lbs but i take it easy on the throttle. Each time im carefull to clean pan and magnets and have not noticed an abnormal amount of metal on them. I concider a normal wear amount enough to cover one finger with a thin layer of metal.. Also i have broke one of the shift solenoids in transmission pulling pan off but replaced it with a new one from napa. 4×4 does not work idk if that’s related…. light says it’s shifting into 4×4 but never engages. The click under the dash I believe indicated its sending signal to transfer case to engage the front differential.. but there’s also a valve on the transmission related to the 4×4… I appreciate any input as I’m worried I’m going to loose my $3000 transmission with is not that old. Thank you

wayne smith
5 months ago

Well no codes you say., there is a possible engine part that could cause this and that’s the throttle position sensor. If idl contacts go open it could signal the need for down shift especially during light throttle. Have that looked at to eliminate it. Also a hunting trans sounds like an electrical issue on 3/4 shift soliniod. Could also be a pressure circuit problem. Best to have it checked with pressure gages hooked up to verify proper trans pressure thruout operation. Also check range selector adjustment along with the cable . To many possibilities to define it as a single component with out proper testing

Jarrod Bradley
10 months ago

Truck has to run for. About 20. Minutes before it will grab and go in reverse and wants to slip when giving to much gas

Issac phelps
1 year ago

It just lost every thing doing 60 like it’s in n

Chad Chesser
1 year ago

My 94 S10 is having transmission issues when I first start it it shifts fine for about 4 miles and overdrive goes away and starts slipping and it won’t go in reverse all I got to do is stop turn the truck off and start it right back up and everything works fine for about another 4 miles and it does it again any advice

wayne smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Chad Chesser

Sounds like ecm or trans electrical. Look at wiring wherever you can for rub thru, cut wires and the like. Also check connections for corrosion or water entry. Make sure you have 12v going g to trans on pin a at dlc under dash. If you have it when you start out but not when it acts up I would be looking probably at ecm

Wayne Miller
1 year ago

High Rev shift from 1st to 2nd and no 3 and 4! I changed out the 1/2 and 3/4 shift solenoids with no joy.

Mike fulton
1 year ago

Only has 1st 2nd and reverse. It’s like first to second to neutral

John Dowdell
1 year ago

Slipping 3 to 4th gear code p1870

1 year ago

Cold start slippage

1 year ago

It’s t first my 94 s10 4.3 automatic started to hesitate to go into drive but it would then it was impossible to get it to take drive without putting it into 1st gear and racing the engine extremely high then today as I was doing same ole ritual I heard a popping sound and now it only has reverse

wayne smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Angela

Sounds like internal parts failure. Seals/clutches. Unless familiar with trans repair I would take to a shop.

1 year ago

About a week ago I changed my radiator and last night I was driving my 92 s 10 and I noticed it was shifting from 1st to 3rd at around 3500-3800 rpm and I realized that my overdrive wasn’t working is there anyway that y’all let me know what causes this and if it can be a simple fix or am I gonna have to pull the trans?

wayne smith
5 months ago
Reply to  Rayburn

Doesn’t sound very simple but look at fluid… is it full, is it burnt, when was it changed last, could very well be electrical issue.

1 year ago

My s10, 2003, RWD, 130k km, has a high frequency noise while driving, sounds like a honey bee, if no moving, just engine idling, it sounds normal.
Is it the transmission problem?
Is it gear box problem?

wayne smith
5 months ago
Reply to  John

Does the problem show up if you just rev it up in park? If no you probably have a rear differential issue.

Jimmy B
1 year ago

I have a 1998 s10 only moves in 1st, 2nd and reverse. I have overhauled the transmission and same thing happening.

Ruben Anthony Guerrero
1 year ago

It all of a sudden lost reverse and third and fourth gear but 1st and second get but it takes a few seconds to kick into second gear

1 year ago

No reverse on a 4×4 automatic trans and sluggish in 1st

Walter hewlin
1 year ago
Reply to  TED HAUSER

Will not go forward or back

Melvin Spillner
2 years ago

My truck has no reverse or drive

2 years ago

I had replace the transmission fluid and filter about a month ago. I was driving home and wouldn’t shift from 3rd onto fourth check fluid and it is brownish color already? It tried to over heat the other day but I fixed that problem

2 years ago

01 s10 4.3 vortec 4l60E stuck in 3rd gear won’t shift manually either. But no codes being thrown by tranny. What could be causing it. I’m assuming it’s stuck in limp mode but without throwing any codes? What do you guys think

2 years ago

1994 S10 4.3 liter v6 vin z base model ls, will shift to first and second fine. Only shifts from second to third if the throttle is a certain way and 3 to 4 has the same problem.

Garrett Watland
2 years ago

1989 S10 2.5l Manuel tranny Truck runs for 15 min or until warm and then stalls out.. starts back up Everytime but won’t actually drive till I let it sit for about 30 min or cooled down.. could this be the tcc

Last edited 2 years ago by Garrett Watland
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x