Transmission intermittent 1st to 2nd shift

  • V8
  • 4WD
  • 60,000 MILES
I have a 2004 Z71 Suburban that I recently purchased with 59000 miles. When I test drove the vehicle the transmission shifted smoothly. On my way home (1000 miles) when stopping for gas the transmission became erratic (jumping) when shifting from 1st to 2nd. The check engine light went on as well. Shifting into 3 and D seemed to be fine. Freeway driving was fine. When I got home I read the code out which was P0894 (trans slipping). This behavior 1st to 2nd happened everytime I stopped along the long trip.

Seems to be associated with the truck when it is hot. I am home now, car transmission is working fine. Another note, the trans fluid level is high (maybe an 1 inch above where it should be) and I do not know when the filter and fluid have been changed last.
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 AT 7:28 AM

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There is a technical service bulliten on your tranny this is it:
Page 1 of 1 Diagnostic Information on Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0894 and P1870 -2004

Diagnostic Information on Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0894 and P1870
Reference Number(s): 08-07-30-008B, Date of Issue: June 03, 2008 Affected Model(s): 2003-2007 GM Passenger Cars and Light Duty Trucks; 2003-2007 HUMMER H2; 2006-2007 HUMMER H3; 2005-2007 Saab 9-7X; with 4L60-E, 4L65-E or 4L70-E Automatic Transmission (RPOs M30, M32 or M70)
Supercedes: This bulletin is being revised to remove the 2002 model year. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 08-07-30-008A (Section 07 - Transmission/Transaxle).
Related Ref Number(s): 08-07-30-008B
Diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) P0894 and P1870, Transmission Component Slipping, may have different root causes. The following diagnostic tips are provided to assist in accurately repairing the condition.
Corporate Bulletin Number 06-07-30-007 is intended for 2006 vehicles only. This bulletin provides diagnostic procedures to determine if the TCC enable solenoid is cracked.

Slip speeds ranging from approximately 100 to 400 RPM at steady state light load driving are usually caused by the TCC not applying. Slip speeds greater than about 400 RPM at steady state driving are usually caused by a slipping clutch or band. Inspect the oil pan for the presence of excess clutch debris.

A plugged or restricted TCC apply fluid orifice (238, located in the pump) may cause DTC P0894 or P1870, especially in low mileage vehicles with less than 8,000 km (5,000 mi).

A converter clutch valve (224, located in the pump), which does not have full travel of 13 mm (0.5 in) or is stuck in the off position may cause DTC P0894 or P1870. Inspect the valve for chips, debris, nicks or burrs. Also, inspect the springs (225 and 226) to make sure they are not limiting valve travel. A spring that is not fully wound may catch in the bore, limit valve travel and cause DTC P0894 or P1870.

A cut, damaged or missing turbine shaft O-ring seal (615) may cause these DTCs. When installing this O-ring to the turbine shaft, make sure it is fully seated on the groove all the way around the turbine shaft and can be easily rotated with the thumb and forefinger. Failure to fully seat this O-ring may result in cutting when the torque converter is installed.

A cracked or leaking TCC solenoid (part of harness 66) may cause DTC P0894 or P1870. Use solenoid test kit J 44246 to test the operation of this solenoid.

A cracked or leaking TCC PWM solenoid (396) may also cause DTC P0894 or P1870.
If the vehicle has 24,000 miles (38,600 km) or more, and diagnostics have not determined another cause of the DTC, the torque converter should be replaced.
When attempting to diagnose a DTC P0894 or P1870, it is important to also refer to the appropriate Service Information (SI) document for further possible causes of this condition.
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