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Remanufactured Toyota Solara Transmissions 

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

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Remanufactured Toyota Solara Transmissions 


Although the Toyota Solara is essentially just a two-door Toyota Camry, it’s still deceptively fast and fun to drive. But transmission problems with the A541E, A140E or U241E are no fun at all. So let’s take a look and see if installing a remanufactured Toyota Solara transmission can help you enjoy your car again. 


Common Toyota Solara 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, A541E 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 Solara Transmission Problems 


Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Solara Transmission  

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

Getting a rebuilt Toyota Solara transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Toyota Solara 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 Solara Transmission  

If you want to get the most service life out of your vehicle as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Toyota Solara 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.