- Learn about common Chevy S-10 transmission problems
- Everything you need to know when shopping for a Chevy S-10 transmission for sale
- How and when to buy a remanufactured Chevy S-10 transmission
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Chevrolet S-10 Transmission Problems & Solutions
The Chevy S-10 isn’t designed to tow a house, haul a ton of bricks, or ford the Mississippi river. It’s a light-duty hauler that’s ideal for toting your tools to the job site, picking up that couch for your mother in-law, or helping a co-worker move. You’re not going to impress anyone with its capability, but that won’t stop them from calling you when it’s time to move. And you’ll have plenty of power to handle those good deeds, thanks to a selection of 4-cyl and V6 engines. Automatic variants were equipped with either a 4L60 transmission, or a 4L60E transmission (depending on the year). Both gearboxes were extremely capable, but time and mileage can take their toll, resulting in many Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems. So lets take a look at a few of them now, and see what you can do about them.
Common Problems with the Chevrolet S-10 4L60E Transmission
Loss of 3rd or 4th Gear
A very common Chevrolet S-10 transmission problem is the total loss of 3rd or 4th gear. This happens because the OE clutch discs in the 4L60E 3-4 clutch pack will break, causing you to loose those gears. To correct this issue, every remanufactured Chevrolet S-10 transmission from Street Smart Transmission, gets fitted with a much stronger 7-disc High Energy 3-4 clutch pack. This upgrade component is able to withstand far more abuse than the factory clutches, and it can help keep your little Chevy on the road for a very long time.
Another one of the more common Chevy S-10 transmission problems has to do with a little gizmo inside the valve body called a 1-2 accumulator. It’s made out plastic, and is designed to absorb and cushion some of the intense pressure that builds during a shift. If it breaks, you’ll experience a shudder/shake from the transmission at low speeds, delayed shifts, or an unusually harsh 1-2 shift. To fix this design flaw, every SST remanufactured Chevy S-10 4L60E transmission gets upgraded aluminum 1-2 accumulator pistons, and the valve body is recalibrated to improve internal fluid pressure control.
Slow and/or Erratic Shifts
Yet another of the common Chevrolet S-10 transmission problems has to do with a worn or broken 4L60E 2-4 transmission band. When this vital part starts to fail, the transmission won’t be able to engage the clutch drum, which can cause a slow 1-2 shift, or a noticeable delay and engine revving between 2nd and 3rd gear. To address this weak spot, Street Smart Transmission installs a High Energy 4L60E 2-4 Transmission Band, which has a thicker layer of friction material that is designed to be more durable than the OE transmission band. This results in smoother shifts, and longer transmission life.
How to Solve Chevy S-10 4L60E Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Chevrolet S-10 4L60E Transmission
Money doesn’t grow on trees. So to save some, many people will simply go and buy a used Chevy S-10 transmission from a local junkyard. Problem is, that used 4L60E transmission may have the exact same problems that you’re trying to fix. Plus, that 30-day junkyard warranty only covers a replacement transmission, which means you’ll be stuck with the installation charges if something goes wrong.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Chevrolet S-10 4L60E Transmission
A more logical solution would be a rebuilt Chevy S-10 transmission. But the problem here is, most mechanics will use an OEM transmission rebuild kit, so you’re not going to get the upgrades that will overcome the factory flaws. And the 1-2 year rebuilders warranty will likely only be honored at a small number of shops.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Chevrolet S-10 4L60E transmission
To keep your faithful workhorse ticking for the longest amount of time, you need to seriously consider getting a remanufactured 4L60E transmission from Street Smart Transmission. It not only gets a ton of upgrades that will keep you on the road longer. But it also gets hot & cold tested on a dyno machine, which allows our technicians to fine tune the functionality, so you get a precision shifting transmission, right out of the box. You also get a 3-year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty (18-months/100,000 miles for commercial and heavy duty applications) which pays for parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the United States. So you get a transmission that will outlast the original, and a warranty that will pay for repairs along the way.
If you’re ready to get back on the road and stay there, 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 Chevy S-10 transmission.