Chevy Uplander Transmission Problems & Cost | 4T65E

The Chevy Uplander was equipped with the 4T65E. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Chevy Uplander transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure 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 Uplander Transmission Models

Chevrolet Uplander: 4T65E Transmission

Chevy Uplander 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:

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What are the DTC codes related to Chevy Uplander 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 Uplander Transmission Recalls

None Found

Chevy Uplander 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

Common Problems with the Chevy Uplander Transmission

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?

If your Chevy Uplander can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

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

The overall lifespan of a Chevy Uplander transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Chevy Uplander transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Chevy Uplander transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Chevy Uplander transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Chevy Uplander transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Chevy Uplander transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

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

How to Solve Chevy Uplander Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Uplander Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevy Uplander Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevy Uplander Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

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 Uplander 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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M meek
2 months ago

Slips in D..shift down to 3rd she goes..getting worse quickly..thanx

Jeff C Lambert
6 months ago

2006 Chevy Uplander overall runs pretty decent I do take care of it but recently at 96,000 miles it started to hard shift very noticeable at a red light then acceleration when light turned green just an annoying hard shift it was long shift adapt code so it’s a matter of time before it was to go so I spent $3000 on a rebuild having the best parts available installed it does run very nice now

Ido Kerpel
7 months ago

2010 Uplander-142,000 miles. Slips in 1st. Once it shifts to 2nd it drives normally

mike johnston
6 months ago
Reply to  Ido Kerpel

2009 chevy uplander transmission slips on take off and hard shifting comes up with code 842 and has about 173000km on it

Last edited 6 months ago by mike johnston
7 months ago

Had on cruise 45mph just went out of gear no warning moves cold only

Gregory Alfred Clark
8 months ago

Shifts hard from 1st to 2nd but is smooth sometimes

Jeff C Lambert
6 months ago

It’s cooked I had same issue just had it rebuilt it’s a known problem won’t be long you’ll get hard shift 8n all gears especially when the fluid is warm

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