Pontiac Torrent Transmission Problems & Cost | 6T70 | AW55-50SN

The Pontiac Torrent was equipped with the 6-speed 6T70 and the Aisin Warner AW55-50SN transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Pontiac Torrent 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?

Pontiac Torrent Transmission Models

Pontiac Torrent: AW55-50SN Transmission
Pontiac Torrent: 6T70 Transmission

Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
6T75E / 6T701990239224992955

What are the DTC codes related to Pontiac Torrent 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
P0716Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance 
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0722Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0723Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0796Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off
P0816Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Park/Neutral with Drive Ratio
P0816Downshift Switch Circuit
P0826Up and Down Shift Switch Circuit
P0842Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Low
P0850Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit
P0851Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit Low
P0852Park/Neutral Switch Input Circuit High
P0961Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0962Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0963Pressure Control Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0965Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0966Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0967Pressure Control Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P0969Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Range/Performance
P0970Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit Low
P0971Pressure Control Solenoid “C” Control Circuit High
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0974Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0976Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P2714Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Performance or Stuck Off
P2723Pressure Control Solenoid ‘E’ Stuck Off

Pontiac Torrent Transmission Recalls

None Found

Pontiac Torrent Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

PIP4627A – 35R clutch wave plate broken – 6T70 Transmission | 6T75 Transmission
2007 – 2009 Saturn Aura – 2007 – 2009 Saturn Outlook – 2008 – 2009 Saturn Vue – 2007 – 2009 GMC Acadia – 2007 – 2009 Pontiac G5 – 2008 – 2009 Pontiac Torrent – 2008 – 2009 Buick Enclave – 2008 – 2009 Chevrolet Equinox – 2008 – 2009 Chevrolet Malibu – 2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Problem – On vehicles equipped with the 3.6L V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission, drivers may experience no reverse, slipping, and/or harsh shifting between 3rd-5th gears. They may also have diagnostic trouble codes P0776 and P0842. This condition is typically caused by a broken 35R clutch wave plate.
Solution – During the repair/rebuild process, the wave plate must be installed properly (with the rounded edge of the internal splines facing the 35R piston), in order to prevent premature failure.

Common Pontiac Torrent Transmission Problems

Input/Output Speed Sensor Issues – 6T70E Transmission
Problem – When repairing a failed input speed sensor or output speed sensor, steering system damage could occur.
Solution – To avoid damage to the clock springs, the splined steering knuckle must be prevented from falling out of the steering rack when dropping the subframe to access the valve body

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 Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Pontiac Torrent 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. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

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

How to Solve Pontiac Torrent Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent 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 Pontiac Torrent 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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Jeff spurlock
6 months ago

Won’t go in reverse or won’t go into first odb code 0700

Myrtle D Andrus
8 months ago

2007 Pontiac Torrent it jerks every now and then how much it cost to see about this

Mike Dean
1 year ago

late 2006 Pontiac torrent 2 wheel drive, runs perfect, no codes, when driver lets off gas and breaks and re applies pressure to gas pedal as would in in town and someone brakes in front and then goes on without stopping the engine races rpms go up as if in neutral and then the transmission responds late with jolt fwd and resumes normal function, shifts through all five gears nicely on the highway. I don’t see a place to put my email address here , how are you going to respond I wonder.

the mileage on this torrent is high at 200,500 miles but you would not be able to tell it. except for this problem.

Timmy Greer
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Dean

Have same problem to with 300,000 miles an now stuck in limp mode where it is stuck in 3rd gear I was sitting at taco Bell went to leave noticed didn’t have any power made to stop light didn’t move hardly at all put emergencies on made down the street to a hill backed in parking lot below hill the half motor symbol an t/c symbol I noticed was on dash if anybody knows what I should do without buying a new one let me know thanks

3 years ago

2005 torrent wont go in drive or reverse what part of transmission would be the problem

Paul Dobry
3 years ago

2008 pontiac torrent 130,000 miles. Getting codes P0700 and P0717. Car barely moves in first gear even if i put the pedal to the floor.

Hartme 2
2 years ago
Reply to  Paul Dobry

Me to

2 years ago
Reply to  Paul Dobry

Bought 2008 Torrent in May 2019. Transmission started slipping on way home. Took it in, they said timing chain needed replacing. $2500 later I still have same problem. If you ever stop it rarely will ever go again and pick up speed. I’m stuck with it now and cant afford to spend on it. The dealership did me wrong as well as the car lot I bought it on. Reporting to BBB for sure.

Mike Dean
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

Timing chain will not make your transmission slip. The cost for a timing chain replacement for the 3.4 liter 2008 Pontiac Torrent would be ” Today cost” between 1000 and 1200 and is 96% labor 4% parts. so they literally charged you twice for something you didn’t even need and maybe you didn’t ever even get since you have no way to see that work done. NO JOKE.
looks like no one from this transmission place ever answers these posts.

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Dean

Right. I wish they did!! Please reply to my number cuz this car does the same thing(website owners)
8103579544 Jodie reid

BTW I love this website. Very helpful facts!

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