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Remanufactured Toyota Highlander Transmissions 

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

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Remanufactured Toyota Highlander Transmissions 


In the world of midsize CUV’s, the Toyota Highlander has become the gold standard due to its combination of smoothness, capability and reliability. However, transmission problems with the A140E and U241E can seriously tarnish its reputation. So let’s take a closer look and see if installing a remanufactured Toyota Highlander transmission can make this crossover a winner again. 


Common Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems  


No reverse – A140 transmission 

Problem – The transmission upshifts properly, but will not engage reverse. 

Solution – The overdrive drum will have to be replaced. 


Premature upshifts at moderate to full throttle – A140 transmission 

Problem – The transmission may prematurely upshift through several gears under moderate or heavy throttle. It may shift normally during light throttle application. 

Solution  One or more of the A140 solenoids could be restricted 


Erratic Shifting / Loss of Forward Gears: If you’re experiencing U241E or A140 transmission problems like slipping, erratic shifting, or failed gear engagement, the causes could range from a failed solenoid to a torque convertor issue. 

Another common problem is overheating. This happens when the moving parts inside the transmission are creating more friction heat than the ATF can remove. The most common cause of this condition is towing heavy loads, driving in stop/go traffic, or on mountain roads where the transmission has to shift a lot. 

Loss of 4th Gear and/or Reverse: Another common problem is an inoperable fourth or reverse gear. These issues are often caused by design flaws in the Reverse Boost Valve, channel plate, and stripped splines on the 4th gear clutch hub shaft. 


How to Solve Toyota Highlander Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Highlander Transmission  

Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander Transmission  

Getting a rebuilt Toyota Highlander transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Toyota Highlander transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be in-play. 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 Toyota Highlander Transmission  

If you want to get the most service life out of your vehicle as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Toyota Highlander transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. They’re 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.