Chevy Venture Transmission Problems & Cost

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

Chevrolet Venture: 4T65E Transmission

Chevy Venture 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:

TransmissionStreet Smart Transmission

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

None Found

Chevy Venture 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
2000 – 2002 Buick Century – 2000 – 2002 Buick LeSabre – 2000 – 2002 Buick Park Avenue – 2000 – 2002 Buick Regal – 2002 Buick Rendezvous – 2000 – 2001 Chevrolet Lumina – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Impala – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Malibu – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo – 2000 – 2002 Chevrolet Venture – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Alero – 2000 – 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Bonneville – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Grand Am – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Montana – 2000 – 2002 Pontiac Sunfire – 2001 – 2002 Pontiac Aztec
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

Common Problems with the Chevy Venture 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 Venture 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 Venture transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Chevy Venture 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 Venture 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 Venture transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Chevy Venture 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 Venture transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Chevy Venture 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 Venture 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 Venture transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Chevy Venture Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Chevy Venture 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 Venture 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 Venture 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 Venture 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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Allen Erschabek
11 months ago

My 2003 all wheel drive Chevy venture van has a bad shake when reaching 45 mph and higher, had the driveline, left front cv joint replaced still shakes violently

Rhett Vorster
1 year ago

1999 Chevy Venture. Will go into every gear except drive, which is the main gear we use, since it’s an automatic

Last edited 1 year ago by Rhett Vorster
Elisa G Hawkins
1 year ago

2003 chevy venture automatic transmission dosent shift gears. Only stays in first. My scanner doesnt work. Replaced tss. Still doing.

James Fortner
2 years ago

2005 Chevy venture not shift into fourth gear

Allen Baswell
2 years ago

2000 venture will not shift into 1sr gear or OD, no matter if in drive or manually shifting into. Starts off in 2nd and shifts to 3rd. Throwing codes p0753 p0758 p1860

Bradley Konicson
2 years ago
Reply to  Allen Baswell

Have related problem on 04 venture. Running in cold weather 0° or lower. Humming noise corolates to speed not rpm.

Elisa G Hawkins
1 year ago

Ever resolved?

Elisa G Hawkins
1 year ago
Reply to  Allen Baswell

Was this ever solved??

Steve Best
2 years ago

I have a Chevy venture 2003 it has reverse and 1st gear it will not go into 2nd 3rd or 4th when shifting. If you put it to drive but you let off on the gas it acts as if it goes into neutral. First gear and reverse do not seem to slip it’s just it will not shift into 2nd 3rd or 4th

Michael Halpin
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Best

I’m having the same problem with my 2002 Chevy venture van

Elisa G Hawkins
1 year ago
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Karen Carper
2 years ago

Have a 98 Chevy Venture 160k miles no leaks . Made a grinding noise then won’t go into any gear.
Got a quote for $3380 new transmission replacement w/3 yr warranty.

Michael Byers
3 years ago

I have a 2003 and upon take off feels like the transmission slips then clunks into gear but doesnt do it all the time is it a torque converter or transmission fluid is full

Ed naum
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Byers

Did you find out the problem? Mines doing the same thing

Calli Thomas
3 years ago

2003 chevy venture jumps when i come to stop and shifts hard

2 years ago
Reply to  Calli Thomas

You figure out the problem?

3 years ago

My trans whines and while in drive, wont shift to next gear. 2003 venture

2 years ago
Reply to  Donna

Samehave you found problem as mine

3 years ago

I have a 2003 venture I won’t shift out of second and the shifter is lose

Anthony Larner
3 years ago
Reply to  Julie

Sounds like the bushing wore out on one end of your shift linkage cables

3 years ago

Got a 2001 venture and when it shifts out of first it will not shift into the next gear, it like goes into neutral but still got reverse

3 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Does it go over 40 kms hour?

3 years ago


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