Toyota Solara Transmission Problems & Cost | A541E | A140E | A241E

The Toyota Solara was equipped with the A541E, A140E and A241E. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Toyota Solara 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 Solara Transmission Models

Toyota Solara: A541E Transmission
Toyota Solara: A140E Transmission
Toyota Solara: A241E Transmission

Toyota Solara 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 Solara transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
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
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0766Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'
P0773Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0793Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0982Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit Low
P0983Shift Solenoid “D” Control Circuit High
P1705Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P2714Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Performance or Stuck Off
P2716Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’ Electrical
P2769Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Low

Toyota Solara Transmission Recalls

None Found

Toyota Solara Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Toyota Solara Transmission

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

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 Solara 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 Solara transmission need to be replaced?

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

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

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

How to Solve Toyota Solara Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Solara 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 Solara 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 Solara 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 Solara 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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Paul Hartley
8 months ago

I got my engine light looked into and the inspection said transmission problem. I have a slev6 2000 Solara with only 113k miles. The feeling while shifting is just a bit mushy. could it be I need fluid?

9 months ago

Stuck on ice since that have no gears what so ever

1 year ago

Car won’t engage in any gear and grinds from reverse to park

David m Annable
2 years ago

How do you adjust the cable connection attached to the throttle body. 2000 3 litre solara

3 years ago

I gave a 2001 Toyota Solara v6 that will not go forward. Reverse does work. But it will not drive forward. Any idea what to do?

2 years ago
Reply to  Fred

I have a problem with my 2004 Solara. Reverse works but, no forward gears. What can I check before taking in in to be fixed.

J. Winters
3 years ago

My 1999 Toyota Solara SLE stopped in traffic having made a thunk noise from somewhere. It would not go forward, but I could drive backwards with no problem. It has been sitting in my yard for 8 months now. A repair shop gave me a quote for $1,500 plus transmission fuel costs. Is it worth getting repaired or junk it and buy another?

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