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Remanufactured GMC Savana 3500 Transmissions 

  • Learn about common GMC Savana 3500transmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a GMC Savana 3500transmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured GMC Savana 3500transmission 

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Remanufactured GMC Savana 3500 Transmissions 


From RVs to ambulances, and everything in between, the GMC Savana 3500 is a professional grade van that can help you get things done. But transmission problems with the 4L80E and 6L90 can definitely throw a monkey wrench into your plans. So let’s see if installing a remanufactured GMC savanna 3500 transmission can get you back on the road. 


Common GMC Savana 3500 4L80 Transmission Problems  


Erratic Shifting 

Since this was an early electronically controlled transmission, many shift problems/Check Engine Lights can be attributed to a failed input/output speed sensor, or throttle position sensor. 


Slipping Between Gears/Failure to Shift 

The 4L80E uses a total of 8 solenoids to actuate gear changes, and activate the lockup torque converter. These little plungers are used to control the ATF fluid pressure, and theyre activated by an electric charge that passes through a coil of wire thats wrapped around the plunger mechanism. If excessive vibrations or an electrical surge causes the solenoid to short out, youll start to experience serious problems. 



The primary function of automatic transmission fluid is to remove heat from the moving parts inside. If youre towing/hauling a heavy load and the radiator cooler cant properly cool the ATF, the transmission will overheat, causing significant damage to the valve body, seals, clutches, bands, and other parts. 


Common GMC Savana 3500 6L90 Transmission Problems  


Reverse Fails to Engage

If youve selected Reverse and your vehicle still wont move, then its possible the park prawl (the metal piece that stops your vehicle from rolling), or one of the clutches has become damaged. 

Slipping Between Gears

If you experience slipping in reverse, or between 2-3, then its very likely that the 1-2-3-3/5-R drum has developed a crack, which will require an entirely new drum and bearing. 

Slipping in First Gear

If you have difficulty getting your vehicle to move from a dead stop, then its possible that one of the solenoids is stuck in the off’ position, or theres a problem inside of the valve body. 


How to Solve GMC Savana 3500 Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used GMC Savana 3500 Transmission  

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used GMC Savana 3500 transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt GMC Savana 3500 Transmission  

Getting a rebuilt GMC Savana 3500 transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your GMC Savana 3500 transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured GMC Savana 3500 Transmission  

If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured GMC Savana 3500 transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.