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The Chevy Silverado 1500 Struggles With Transmission Problems

There seems to be a link between the Chevy Silverado 1500 and transmission problems. This is made even more concerning because Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 the lowest predicted reliability rating out of every pickup truck. 

Does the Chevy Silverado 1500 have transmission problems? 

If you take a look at the data provided by Consumer Reports you’ll see that the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 only has a score of one out of five in terms of predicted reliability. This score is based on survey data that Consumer Reports collects from thousands of drivers. 

The new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, affected by the GM recall, makes its official debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Silverado owners reported potential problem areas as well as how satisfied they are with their truck. Then the ratings are compiled based on 17 potential trouble areas and a 100 point scale to provide fair scores. One of the most significant trouble areas includes major and minor transmission issues for the past eight model years. 

Also, Car Complaints serves as a forum for truck owners to report issues they faced with their Silverado models. A variety of transmission problems have been reported there and provide a little more detail about the issues. 

2017 Silverado transmission problems 

The 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 has 62 transmission problems reported. The most common issue includes surges and jerking. One driver didn’t notice any issues until a few weeks after buying their Silverado when surges in the transmission could be felt. 

They went to a dealership and was told that the truck needed to learn their driving habits. They said to bring it back if the problem still occurred in a few weeks to fix the torque converter. The driver did as instructed but was then told that the issue was caused by the automatic 4WD, and switching it to 2WD should fix the issue. 

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Another driver had their transmission replaced when their truck only had about 66,000 miles on it. The replacement wasn’t covered under warranty and cost about $3,000. They were frustrated because their transmission didn’t last longer than two years and four months. 

Other transmission problems with the 2017 Silverado include hard shifts, clunking in low gears, hesitation with accelerating, metallic bang noises, and the StabiliTrak light coming on on the highway, causing the truck to slow down. 

2019 Silverado transmission problems 

If you skip ahead to the 2019 Silverado 1500, you will find five transmission problems. This is an improvement from 62 problems with the 2017 model. However, more issues may get reported as the 2019 models accrue more miles. 

The most common issue includes slamming into gear. One driver noticed that their Silverado slammed into first and second gear after a slight pause that allowed the engine to rev. Another driver noticed that their truck slams from reverse into drive. It also surges forward upon lightly accelerating with grinding noises. 

A 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 driving on the road with trees and the sun in the background
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 on display | Chevrolet

Also, if you go back and look at previous models, there are even more reports of transmission problems. The 2014 Silverado has 22 transmission problems reported. The 2012 Silverado has eight transmission problems reported and more. 

According to GM Authority, in 2019, GM began using a new type of Mobile 1 automatic transmission fluid to correct problems. Also, a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) addresses torque converter clutch (TCC) shudder conditions for the 8-speed GM transmission. So a fluid flush or replacing the TCC could be the answer. It’s currently unclear if the 2020 and 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 models have the same problems.