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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, 2005

Drive Train Affected: FWD

Average Mileage: 136,997 mi (50,000 mi - 200,867 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, , 140,000 mi

    Whining going up hills, hard shifts, was told need a new transmission from 3 different qualified mechanics!!! I did get the tranny flushed, which stopped the whining, but the transmission would shift up to 20 times, maybe even more anytime I went up hills. FINALLY ... I found this product on the internet that comes highly recommended. Seafoam Transtune. (This is the Transtune Product - not the engine treatment. I reads: Seafoam Trans Tune). So I go to the store and the guy talks me into Lucas. Sigh. So I put in Lucas and nada! Same problems. I wait a few weeks and this time I had to go to 4 different stores before I found this bottle of Seafoam Transtune. I have the best running van now. No hard shifts, no multiple shifts, no big dollar repair bill. Do yourself a favor, go get some, and put it in your tranny. You could save yourself a few thousand in repairs. Good Luck All.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 183,000 mi

    slow take off

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  • Visitor, , 161,000 mi

    Van Shifts hard at times. If I pull over and take key out wait 5 min. put key back in start up and drive away no issues

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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, 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, , FWD, 97,000 mi

    Suddenly started hard shifting. Next day no more shifting problems.

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  • Visitor, , 152,000 mi

    starts to pulsate as if it can't make up its mind whether to shift into fourth gear or not. From a stop, it rolls out gently to 3 miles an hour then seems to grab suddenly as if it had never shifted down to low gear when the car stopped.

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