Toyota Corolla Transmission Problems & Cost | A245E

The Toyota Corolla was equipped with the A245E transmission in earlier models. First introduced in 1966, the Toyota Corolla was a no-frills transportation device that was as reliable as death & taxes. In the half-century that followed, over 40 million people bought a Corolla, making it one of the best selling cars of all time. The current Corolla is considerably larger than the original, but it packs more features than the finest luxury car of 1966. It’s also a lot safer, thanks to 8 standard airbags, a high-strength steel body structure, and Toyota’s Star Safety System. A new CVT transmission is also being offered in the E170 Corolla, and they say it’s the most advanced gear-less gearbox to date. Dubbed CVTi-S (Continuously Variable Transmission intelligent-shift), it comes with an ATF warmer to bring the transmission up to temperature faster, reducing harsh operation after a cold start. The transmission pump has also been carefully thought out, and now provides the optimum amount of fluid pressure to avoid drive belt slippage, while using 25% less torque to operate. But on a more interesting note, Toyota gave the new CVTi-S a Sport Mode which creates 7 simulated shift points as you accelerate. A manual gate allows you to change the imaginary gears yourself, and the sporty Corolla S even gets paddle shifters to do the deed. Does something seem wrong with your Corolla? Let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Corolla transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Toyota Corolla Transmission Models

Toyota Corolla: A245E Transmission
Toyota Corolla: CVT transmission

Toyota Corolla Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

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What are the DTC codes related to Toyota Corolla transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0756Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0973Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit Low
P0974Shift Solenoid “A” Control Circuit High
P0976Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit Low
P0977Shift Solenoid “B” Control Circuit High
P2715Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Stuck On
P2716Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Electrical
P2769Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low
P2770Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High

Common Toyota Corolla Transmission Problems

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

Toyota Corolla Transmission Recalls

No transmission-related recalls.

Toyota Corolla Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB TC015-07 – Harsh shifting with a P2715 DTC
2005 – 2007 Toyota Corolla – 2005 – 2007 Toyota Matrix
Problem – Some drivers can experience unusually harsh gear changes, accompanied by a P2715 diagnostic trouble code.
Solution – A revised ECU will need to be installed.

TSB TC012-05 – ‘Whistle’ or ‘hoot’ sound coming from the transmission – A245E / A246E transmission
2003 – 2006 Toyota Corolla
Problem – Vehicles equipped with the Toyota 1ZZ-FE engine may experience an unusual whistle or ‘hoot’ sound coming from the transmission while the vehicle is accelerating between 35 – 40 mph.
Solution – Redesigned transmission cooler lines will need to be installed.

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How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the fluid level
  3. Test transmission pressure
  4. Drop the transmission pan
  5. Repair, replace or rebuild

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4 months ago

Car will it accelerate, strong shutter when trying. At first it just took a little while to warm up and once it was going was fine. Last attempt to drive it was not capable of going over 20 miles an hour with an extreme reving noise when attempted.

Eng chew jordan Ng
4 months ago

2016 toyota corrolla 150000mile cvt k313 transmission,hard shift/jerky on low speed only.what to do ,had drain and refill 3 time,change car or rebuilt or replace remanufacturer transmission,please give me advice.tq

Paul C Beasley
1 year ago

I have a 2019 Toyota Corolla. Often when I try to accelerate the car loses power jerks sporadically and causing a safety issue and say Enter freeways. Only 2200 miles. Help!!

2 years ago

Just bought 2019 corolla se transmission sticks in gear automatic cvt trans anyone else with same trouble

2 years ago

I have 2005 Toyota corrolla with a check engine light on the scan results says p0741 torgue converter clutch solenoid switch or stuck nothing else is wrong . Is it an easy fix?

Clifford Bent
2 years ago

I have a ‘2002 manual shift Corolla on 153 000 kms. The gearbox has started whining in all gears, coul this be the bearing, and what would it cost to replace.

2 years ago

I have an ’08 Toyo Corolla. Out of the blue, there is no response from shifter coming out of my garage. It shifts out of park to nothingness. No grabbing of a gear, just floats. No leaking fluid, ‘tho I have yet to check due to weather. None on carport floor. No priors.

2 years ago

Mine 07 corolla. Does not go on 3rd gear. I just change oil thinking it may help. Was good just for e week or so…

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