Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems & Cost | U140F | U241E | A140

The Toyota Highlander was equipped with a number of gearboxes, included the A140, U140F and U241E transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Highlander 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?

Toyota Highlander Transmission Models

Toyota Highlander: A140 Transmission
Toyota Highlander: U241E Transmission
Toyota Highlander: U140F Transmission
Toyota Highlander: U250E Transmission

Toyota Highlander 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#.

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

Trouble CodeDescription
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High
P0741Torque Converter Clutch Circuit
P0746Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'
P0771Shift Solenoid 'E' Performance or Stuck Off
P0773Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0791Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0796Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck off
P0798Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P0872Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit Low
P0873Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit High
P0877Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “D” Circuit Low
P0878Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “D” Circuit High
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P0985Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit Low
P0986Shift Solenoid “E” Control Circuit High
P0989Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “E” Circuit Low
P0990Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “E” Circuit High
P2714Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Performance or Stuck Off
P2716Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Electrical
P2757Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Performance or Stuck Off
P2759Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Electrical
P2769Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low
P2770Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High

Toyota Highlander Transmission Recalls

None Found

Toyota Highlander Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems

No reverse – A140 transmission
Problem – The transmission upshifts properly, but will not engage reverse.
Solution – The overdrive drum will have to be replaced.

Premature upshifts at moderate to full throttle – A140 transmission
Problem – The transmission may prematurely upshift through several gears under moderate or heavy throttle. It may shift normally during light throttle application.
Solution – One or more of the A140 solenoids could be restricted.

Harsh shifts or shift flares between 2-3 or 3-4 – U250E transmission
Problem – Shortly after starting up, vehicles may experience shift flares or unusually hard shifts into third or fourth gear. The problem may go away, but return after the vehicle has sat overnight.
Solution – It’s possible that the battery needs to be replaced (the voltage is too low, resulting in the ECU going into the “relearn” process after starting up), or the ECU grounds are corroded.

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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander transmission replaced?

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

How to Solve Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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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Ryan C
3 months ago

My 2008 Toyota Highlander will not engage into gear. When out into Drive or Reverse, it starts to make a grinding noise but will not move. I also have noticed a slight burning smell in my vehicle if late. Now there is a puddle of leaking fluid under the back of my vehicle.

Dixie Rosales
4 months ago

trouble shifting from 2-3 gear

7 months ago

Vehicle will not pull or back up. Grinding sound inside transmisdion

Darryl Albert
1 year ago

The 2nd and 3rd speed jumps a bit, like a wobble.

kenneth QUALLS
1 year ago

2005 toyota highlander limited 4 wheel drive 5 speed transmission, vehicle has 150k miles, does not have any transmission codes. has a long erratic shift between 2nd and third gear. i have changed the transmission fluid and filter, pan was clean with no metal in the pan. any idea what the problem could be?

Zachary O Winkler
1 year ago

I have an 08 highlander limited AWD and I changed the filter and fluid cuz of the hesitation n shifting no codes r showing no lights or anything and it only does it certain times mainly if I don’t let it warm up to idle temp I don’t no everything about vehicle but I’m pretty good at diagnosing the problem my grandpa and dad and uncle r mechanics but don’t talk to them much and I’m stumped thinking it’s a vacuum problem or pressure or electrical cuz like I said it doesn’t do it all the time I also changed the transaxle grease probably won’t do any good asking but said what the hell c if anyone else has had this problem

Debra Tello
2 years ago

Doesnt wanna drive and doesnt wanna reverse?

2 years ago

While in drive a loud clunking sound and slippage like a worn out clutch

brent C justet
3 years ago

In drive doesn’t shift, high RPM, reverse doesn’t work,

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