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P0894 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Transmission Component Slipping". 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.
The P0894 trouble code detects an issue with the vehicle’s automatic transmission component.
The P0894 code is an OBD-II trouble code signaling a problem with the transmission component slipping. The powertrain control module (PCM) is responsible for altering the gear rations of the automatic transmission, as this helps control the vehicle’s speed, acceleration, fuel economy, and overall engine performance. When the ratio is one of the vehicle’s gears is not perceived to be consistent with the what the PCM is dictating, the P0894 trouble code will be detected.
There are a number of different issues that can cause the P0894 code to be detected, including:
When the P0894 trouble code is detected, the vehicle’s Check Engine Light will usually illuminate on the instrument cluster. Most of the other symptoms are issues with the transmission, such as an inability to switch into or out of a certain gear, an overheating transmission, transmission slippage, and rough shifting. The vehicle may also experience a notable decrease in fuel efficiency.
While all of these symptoms are relatively common with the P0894 code, it is also common for no noticeable symptoms to occur when the code is first detected.
The P0894 code should be diagnosed with a standard OBD-II trouble code scanner. A trained technician will examine the freeze frame data from the scanner, which will allow them to gain insight into the P0894 code, and see if any other trouble codes are present. The codes should then be reset, and the vehicle restarted and taken for a test drive. If the codes do not return, the issue was likely triggered erroneously, or as an intermittent error.
If the P0894 code remains after resetting and restarting, the mechanic will begin by assessing the transmission fluid. If the fluid is low, it will be replenished, and if it is dirty it will be emptied, flushed, and refilled.
If the code is still not resolved, the technician will assess the internal transmission, and look for issues such as damaged wires, faulty connectors, and damaged harnesses. Any issues in the internal transmission should be replaced.
If the issue does not lie with the transmission fluid or a mechanical issue in the internal transmission, then the technician can look for other potential problems, such as with the shift solenoids or the control modules.
Whenever a component is repaired or replaced, the mechanic should reset the trouble codes and restart the vehicle, to see if the issue has been resolved.
The most common mistake when diagnosing the P0894 code comes from a failure to follow the standard OBD-II trouble code diagnosis protocol. The protocol for assessing a trouble code should be followed at all times. Failure to do so often results in replacing fully functioning shift solenoids, when wires, connectors, or harnesses (more affordable fixes) were the actual problem.
The P0894 trouble code usually doesn’t keep a car from being able to drive. However, the issue causing the code may be causing damage to the transmission. Failure to have the P0894 code addressed can result in severe damage to the transmission, and the system may need a rebuild.
Some of the repairs for the P0894 trouble code include:
The P0894 code only exists in vehicles with automatic transmissions. It is common for other gear ratio trouble codes to be present when the P0894 code is detected. If the PCM needs to be replaced, it will also need to be reprogrammed.
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