The Toyota Matrix was equipped with the A246E and A140F. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Matrix transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.
Toyota Matrix Transmission Models
Toyota Matrix: A246E Transmission
Toyota Matrix: A140F Transmission
Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix transmission problems?
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0724||Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High|
|P0741||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit|
|P0751||Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0756||Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0973||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit Low|
|P0974||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit High|
|P0976||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit Low|
|P0977||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit High|
|P2715||Pressure Control Solenoid D Stuck On|
|P2716||Pressure Control Solenoid D Electrical|
|P2769||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low|
|P2770||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit High|
Toyota Matrix Transmission Recalls
Toyota Matrix 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.
Common Toyota Matrix Transmission Problems
Lack of Response
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light
Can I drive with a transmission problem?
If your Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix transmission need to be replaced?
The overall lifespan of a Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix 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 Matrix transmission issues diagnosed?
It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix transmission replaced?
In order to replace your Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix 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 Matrix transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.
How to Solve Toyota Matrix Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Matrix 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 Matrix 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 Matrix 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.
What Problem Does Your Toyota Matrix 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!