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Chevrolet Venture Transmission Pressure Control Solenoid Failure May Cause Erratic Shifting

Chevrolet Venture Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Drive Train Affected: FWD

Average Mileage: 130,376 mi (50,000 mi - 183,000 mi)


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.

  •  Rookie

    I have erratic shifting problems when i hit the gas the transmission misses at 20mph to 30mph! and the engine just reves when im on the gas. to get it to go i have to let off the gas and press back on the gas. only happens at 20mph to 30mph.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 149,000 mi

    Hard shifting started at random only on occasion and not every gear. Did and fluid filter change and added a qt. of Lucas transmission stabilizer. Shifted perfect for almost a week then hard shifts came back only this time in every gear starting after about 10-12 miles of driving. The simplest way to check if the PCS is to blame is after the hard shifts start turn the van off remove the key wait 1-2 minutes turn on start driving, if the hard shifts are gone more than likely the PCS is the problem and it will need to be replaced. I have ordered the part waiting for it to get here so I can replace it. If you are not able to DIY take it to a transmissions only shop not a big chain that works on transmissions too. Cost will be between $600-$800 if done by a shop. DIY cost $150-$250.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 183,000 mi

    slow take off

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 119,000 mi

    Will not go into 1st gear....Hard shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear....Added Lucas but no result....Code says shift solenoid....the part is cheap ($20) but a real bi#@h to install. Looking at about $600 labor.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 71,000 mi

    hard shifting when warm, replaced pressure control solenoid.

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  •  Rookie

    New transmission at 145,000 miles...still not sure it has fixed the problem. Main computer was thought to be causing the transmission to fail. Also installed a transmission cooler.

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    shifts really hard

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  • Visitor, , 142,000 mi

    Im already replace the PCS, but the code 1810 come back again after 5 miles

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  •  Rookie

    hard shifts

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    Started when driving in the mountains on vacation at very high outside temps. Now it shifts hard whenever it is hot outside and I am driving a few miles. Will shift hard at other times also. Chevy dealer has investigated several times, but can not come up with an answer. I am hoping to try the Solenoid or cleaning the MAF.


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