Erratic Shifting of the Automatic Transmission on Chevrolet Venture

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.

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Average mileage: 138,702 (50,000–270,000)
Drive Train affected: FWD
7 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005
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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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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.
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
2003 Chevrolet Venture- FWD183,000
slow take off
2004 Chevrolet Venture- FWD119,000
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.
2004 Chevrolet Venture- FWD149,000
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.
2004 Chevrolet Venture- FWD71,000
hard shifting when warm, replaced pressure control solenoid.
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.
changed the fluid because the van was not wanting to back up or go forward,but after awhile it goes but slips
Suddenly idles very fast, or when you are driving, van accelerates very fast. I have to immediately pull off the road and shut van down, wait and restart it. This has also happened when I was in reverse, parallel parking. Very scary, and dangerous.
It's not fixed yet I'm trying to find the problem. Its not letting it shift into high gear
when driving it starts slipping just like you put it in natural . you half to stop shute it off and restart it and it will take right off. it mite go20 feet or 10 miles you never no
I had this problem sometimes, it was broken motor mount. It's ok now!!
This past friday,July 03,2015,I put $1000 down with monthly payment's to follow,at a used car dealer,"Quick O.K. used cars and truck's" .The very next day the van started shifting real hard.The check engine light came on next.When i start the van i put it in drive or "D".I push the gas and the van starts going fine then BANG! it shift's into the next gear and jerk's the whole van.Same thing for the next shift.Coasting at about 50 mph,when you push the gas a little it will shift and jerk again.I have read other's post's and see that this is a common problem for the 1999 venture.We are in the 4th of july weekend so i will have further information monday.I hope that Quick OK used cars and truck's will stand behind there automobiles on there lot that they sell and finance.
2004 Chevrolet Venture- FWD103,445
Not fixed, I'm on a fixed income and will have to drive it untill it won't drive anymore. I'm still paying on it
Hard Shifting at times...other times it is smooth like new!
It started slipping as it changes gear. The anti break light came on right before it started happening
2002 Chevrolet Venture- FWD97,000
Suddenly started hard shifting. Next day no more shifting problems.
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.
2004 Chevrolet Venture- FWD192,000
It is starting to shift hard at times but not all the time yet.
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