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P0741 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck Off". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck Off
The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) will set the P0741 diagnostic trouble code when it notices a difference between the rotational speed of the torque converter and the transmission input shaft that is greater than 200 revolutions per minute (RPM).
The rotational speed of the torque converter and the transmission shaft should be equal when the torque converter lockup engine engages. If the torque converter RPM and the transmission input shaft RPM are not equal, the required 1:1 ratio has not been achieved, and the P0741 diagnostic trouble code will be set by the PCM as an indication that the torque converter clutch circuit is out of performance or stuck off.
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Freeze frame data corresponding to each code is also stored by the PCM and is used to determine what conditions were present when the code first came on.
Clears codes then completes a test drive, using free frame data, to see if the P0741 code returns
Inspects the wiring harness to the transmission for damaged and/or loose connections
Checks fuses or relays for transmission (if applicable to vehicle)
Checks the transmission internal wiring harness for short to ground at the TCC solenoid
If a short is present, the wiring should be repaired, or the solenoid replaced.
If the wiring to the TCM and the TCC solenoid pass inspection and testing, an advanced scan tool will be able to show when the TCC solenoid is activating the torque converter, and when the torque converter is operating.
Advanced scan tools range in price from $1000-$3000, therefore it may be necessary to take the car to a shop or dealership that has it, so the P0741 code can be diagnosed properly.
The P0741 diagnostic trouble code can be difficult to diagnose. Be sure to check all of the transmission wiring, the TCM, and the TCC solenoids.
Keep in mind that the transmission pan may have to be dropped to get to all of the wiring. It is common for the torque converter to be replaced when a faulty TCC solenoid or valve body is the actual problem.
When the P0741 diagnostic trouble code is present, it is an indication that the transmission is not operating properly. Driving a vehicle under this condition may cause damage to other internal transmission parts. For this reason, the P0741 trouble code is considered serious and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Take your time when checking all of the wiring, including the wiring to the transmission wiring harness, TCC solenoid wiring harness, and the TCM wiring harness.
In some cars, the transmission pan will need to be dropped and if this is the case, make sure the transmission pan is dropped properly. It may be necessary to take the car to a transmission shop or to a dealer to have the P0741 diagnostic trouble code diagnosed, because of the special scan tool that may need to be used during diagnosis.
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