Report: Transmission Fault and/or Check Engine Light With Code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723
Chevrolet Malibu Problem
Average Mileage: 86,666 mi (37,000 mi - 125,000 mi)
Vehicles with a 6speed automatic transmission may develop one or more of the following faults related to a broken 35R clutch wave plate inside the transmission: Illumination of the Check Engine Light with code P0716, P0776, P0717, P0777, P2714, P2715, and/or P02723, loss of reverse gear, slipping or harsh 3rd or 5th gear shift. Removal and dis-assembly of the transmission will be required to replace the broken 35R wave plate. It is also extremely important that all debris from the failed part be cleaned from the transmission while it is disassembled in order to try and prevent future problems.
Visitor, 2009 Chevrolet Malibu, 37,000 mi
Wont shift out of first gear and shows a check engine icon. I checked OBD tool and had two fault codes P0700 and P0717
Visitor, 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, 125,000 mi
Vehicle wouldn't shift out of 3rd gear and RPMs were very high. Dealer said that the wave plate broke and damaged the speed sensor. They wanted $2100 to replace both. I was upset and said I was going to take it somewhere else. Then they said $1100 to do the repair with a used wave plate. The part new only costs $20. I hate GM products and the customer service is terrible. They were willing to take $1000 off and say they could do that if they used an old part. That makes no sense when its an inexpenisve part even when bought new. My research revealed that the Chinese wave plate used in the late 2000's is faulty and explodes once it gets brittle from heat. Why no recall? Don't buy GM. I'm still arguing with the dealer about this.