P0761 OBD-II Trouble Code: Shift Solenoid C Performance or Stuck Off

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P0761 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Shift Solenoid C 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.

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P0761 code definition

The P0761 Trouble Code indicates shift solenoid C performance or stuck off.

What the P0761 code means

If the P0761 code appears, it indicates that the powertrain control module has detected something out of the normal range in shift solenoid C. The automatic transmissions are controlled by computers, and they use these shift solenoids as a means to move fluid between the hydraulic circuits. This helps to make changes in the transmission gear ratio. These are necessary when changing the speed of the vehicle. They also help to ensure fuel efficiency and to make the most out of the engine performance.

What causes the P0761 code?

The following are some of the most common causes of the P0761 code:

  • Faulty shift solenoid.
  • Internal, mechanical transmission failure.
  • Hydraulic blockages in the internal transmission fluid passages.
  • Dirty transmission fluid.
  • Faulty powertrain control module.

What are the symptoms of the P0761 code?

As is the case with many trouble codes, the types of symptoms can vary. In some cases, the driver might not notice any symptoms at all. In other cases, a driver may not be able to shift the transmission into any gear. Some will notice that it is more difficult to shift the vehicle, and that the transmission slips. In addition, a malfunction indicator light might come on in the vehicle. Many times, there will also be other shift solenoid codes that are stored at the same time as the P0761 code.

How does a mechanic diagnose the P0761 code?

A mechanic will make use of an OBD-II scanner and connect it to the vehicle’s onboard computer. They will also reset the code, drive the car, and see if the code returns. They are able to gather data through the scanner to get a better idea of what is wrong with the vehicle and the best course of action for the repair.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P0761 code

Many times, the code occurs because of a faulty shift solenoid circuit malfunction, but the technicians replace the shift solenoid instead. In some cases, the mechanic might not think to check the level of the transmission fluid, which would be a simple way to take care of the problem.

How serious is the P0761 code?

While there are some cases where there will be no discernible problems with the vehicle other than a service light coming on, that’s not always the case. As mentioned, there are a number of instances where shifting becomes difficult, or even impossible. This could render your vehicle useless. Whenever you have any codes stored in your vehicle, even if you do not seem to be noticing any issues at the moment, it is a good idea to take it to a qualified mechanic who can properly diagnose and repair the vehicle for you.

What repairs can fix the P0761 code?

The following are some of the repairs that a mechanic could use when they are trying to fix the P0761 code:

Additional comments for consideration regarding the P0761 code

You never want to have issues in your vehicle, and with the P0761 code, there’s a chance that there is something seriously wrong with your transmission. Even if there are not any problems with the vehicle’s drivability currently, it is important to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired. This will ensure that your vehicle stays in good running condition.

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