- Learn about common Chevy Express 1500 transmission problems
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- How and when to buy a remanufactured Chevy Express 1500 transmission
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Chevrolet Express 1500 Transmission Problems & Solutions
Launched in 1996, the Chevy Express van replaced the ancient Chevy Van as the international work vehicle of choice. Plumbers to ambulance operators favored this big American box for its versatility and reliability. This reputation was aided by the 4-speed 4L60E transmission, which provided exceptional fuel economy, without hindering performance. But no matter how good it was, the Chevrolet 4L60E transmission can develop some issues as the miles rack up. So let’s look at some of the most common 4L60E transmission problems, and figure out what you can do about them.
Common Problems with the Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E Transmission
Failed 1-2 Accumulator
The 4L60E transmission shifts gears by directing pressurized hydraulic fluid/ATF to a clutch pack. In order to absorb the excess pressure that builds up inside the valve body during a shift, a shock absorber-like device called an accumulator is used. Unfortunately, the piston inside the OE 4L60E 1-2 accumulator is made from plastic, and it’s known to break. This can cause many problems, including a pronounced shudder, delayed gear engagement, premature clutch failure, and a rather harsh 1-2 shift. To address this design flaw, every SST remanufactured 4L60E transmission gets upgraded aluminum 1-2 accumulator pistons, in addition to a recalibrated valve body to provide improved fluid pressure control.
Premature 3-4 Clutch Failure
One of the most common Chevy Express transmission problems is not being able to shift into 3rd or 4th gear. The reason this occurs is because the little metal clutch discs inside the 4L60E clutch pack have a tendency to wear out and break prematurely. To prevent you from having to deal with this problem, Street Smart Transmission ditches the OE 4L60E 3-4 clutch pack in favor of a stronger 7-disc High-Energy 3-4 clutch pack. This allows every remanufactured 4L60E transmission to last longer, and be able to handle far more torque than the stock configuration.
Excessively Worn 2-4 Transmission Band
If you’re experiencing a slow 1-2 shift, or excessive engine revs between 2nd and 3rd gears, then your OE 4L60E 2-4 transmission band is probably too worn to function correctly. To eliminate this problem, every SST remanufactured 4L60E transmission gets a High Energy 4L60E 2-4 Transmission Band, which features a more robust friction surface for added durability and a longer service life.
How to Solve Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E Transmission
The fastest way to solve a serious Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E transmission problem, is to go to the local junk yard and buy a used 4L60E transmission. However, it’s going to be pulled from a wrecked/non-working Chevy Express, and there’s no guarantee that it won’t have the same problems that you’re trying to fix. Plus, the 30-90 day warranty that comes with your used 4L60E transmission, isn’t going to cover the installation costs if you’ve got to replace it.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E Transmission
If you want to avoid the uncertainty of buying a used 4L60E transmission, then you could buy a rebuilt 4L60E transmission. These cost a bit more than a used 4L60E transmission, but they’ve got a bunch of new parts, and they usually come with a 1-2 year warranty. However, the quality and functionality of a rebuilt transmission largely depends on the abilities of the rebuilder. Plus, that warranty might only be honored by a small number of shops.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevrolet Express 1500 4L60E Transmission
The Chevy Express van was built to work, so if you want to get the most value out of your transmission repair, then you might want to consider buying a remanufactured 4L60E transmission from Street Smart Transmission. You get a gearbox that’s been completely remanufactured in a factory setting, which means every piece, nut and bolt has to pass a quality check. Anything that doesn’t pass inspection is immediately replaced, then upgraded components are installed to correct any factory design flaws. Once the 4L60E transmission is reassembled, it gets hot & cold tested on a dyno machine. This ensures proper functionality, and allows us to issue a 3-year/Unlimited Mile Warranty (18-months/100,000 miles for commercial and heavy duty applications). The Street Smart Transmission Warranty will cover parts and labor at any licensed repair shop in the country. Plus it can be transferred to a new owner if you decide to sell your van. So if you’re ready to learn more, then give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Chevrolet Express transmission.