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.
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Venture Transmission Pressure Control Solenoid Failure May Cause Erratic Shifting
Chevrolet Venture Problem
Drive Train Affected: FWD
Average Mileage: 130,222 mi (70,000 mi - 178,000 mi)
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.
Visitor, 2004 Chevrolet Venture, 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.
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.
Visitor, 2004 Chevrolet Venture, 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.
Visitor, 1999 Chevrolet Venture, 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.
Visitor, 2004 Chevrolet Venture, FWD, 71,000 mi
hard shifting when warm, replaced pressure control solenoid.
Currently have occasional shifting pulsations, I was told it is a computer problem, will need to get repaired, again the mechanic said this was a big probelm with the Venture from 1999 to 2001 models .....