Buick Park Avenue Problem Report
Buick Park Avenue Erratic Shifting of the Automatic Transmission
The transmission pressure control solenoid may fail causing erratic shifting. Our technicians tell us that partial dis-assembly of the transmission is necessary to replace a failed pressure control solenoid.
My car started to have hard up-shifts after driving a few minutes. It would bang from 1st to 2nd gear, 2nd to 3rd and from 3rd to 4th. Sometimes, if I were to shut off the engine for a few minutes, the problem goes away for a bit. I was told that I had to replace the Electronic Pressure Sensor for about $800 (after labor) - Visitor
My car jerks occasionally when the transmission shifts. It feels like something breaks when it happens, but then the car runs normal. It does it in town or on the highway. Very annoying. - Visitor
Hard shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, then 3rd to 4th gear. The shifting is hard,and noisy. The car literally jerks when its shifting from 1st to 4th gear. Down shifting from 4th to 1st when slowing down or stopping is as expected, smooth and natural. - Visitor
Start car put in R trany slips then bangs into R. Stop car go shopping, start car put in drive trany bangs , feels like I was rearended. on the down shift trany bangs. No trany noise other than the bang.Highway driving 60 70 mph no problems. If trans is shifted od, to 3,2,1 then stop and pull out no banging. - Visitor
when its a cold ride it shift good but after it warms up it start jerking while shifting do the pcs canses that - Visitor
periodic rough, hard shifting; sometimes when cold, other times when warmed-up. Changed & flushed trans oil & filter, still periodic rough, hard shifting. - Visitor
Bought vehicle used. Almost right away developed hard upshifts usually 3rd to 4th gear. Changed tranny oil, filter, used additive. Seemed to help, but problem worsened. Most problem in warmer weather (not as often in winter), now get hard up shifts all gears when warmed up, tho occasionally will shift normally. At highway speeds, after getting hard upshifts, also get a whine from transmission - apparently running in high pressure mode. Vehicle now has 240,000 + miles on it. - Visitor
This buick was my mothers car. The shutter in the transmission has been a problem for years - mjhindman
Hard upshifting after driving over a minimum of 20 min occasionally. No check engine light. Mechanic states pressure control solenoid and valve assembly replacement/repair. - scorpion3747
TRANSMISSION SLAM SHIFTS UP AND DOWN WHEN COOLENT TEMPERATURE GOES ABOVE 200 DEGREES. SHIFTING NORMAN AT COOLER TEMPERATURES. - Visitor
temp. at195 to 205 after driving an hour tranny shifts through all 3 gears hard felt. - Visitor
has not ben fixed , transmission shifts hard - Visitor
every now and then when you start it up and drive off you will experience hard shifting. (this is in every gear) it only happens like once a month. i found that if you turn it off and turn it back on it will reset it self and shift just fine. no light or check engine light will turn on. - Visitor
Erratic shifting now won't go into any gear but starts and runs - Visitor
WAS SHIFTING HARD SOMETIMES. NOW IT WON'T GO AFTER YOU START DOWN THE ROAD IT LIKE IT GOES OUT OF DRIVE AND THE TECH RUNS UP. LIKE IT IS IN NO GEAR. - Visitor
after get warmed up it shift hard up next gear it has mess with the emisson test put it in not ready mode - Visitor
I was told, it might be main driver that is the problem and was wondering if it isn't the Pressure control solenoid. My problem is a small noise before it shifts into high gear, around 45 to 50 mph. - Visitor
Transmission clunks after several times of starting and stopping. ie stop lites or stop signs. - rlmd
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