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P0897 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Transmission Fluid Deteriorated". 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 for $70.00. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $30.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
The P0897 code is a generic powertrain code related to the transmission, including pressure faults and sensor failures. In this case, the engine control module (ECM) has detected a deteriorated condition for the transmission fluid.
Codes related to the P0897 include:
A P0897 code is stored when the ECM detects that transmission fluid levels are far lower than manufacturer recommendations and may be harmful to the transmission.
The automatic transmission utilizes transmission fluid that is under a high pressure to change between gear ratios. If the ECM is sent a signal that the current gear ratio is not the one it specified. A code can be stored.
Note that code setting parameters will vary by make and model, so check your service manual for the correct specifications for your vehicle.
Several problems may cause a P0897 code including:
Symptoms of a P0897 code may include:
A mechanic may use several methods to diagnose a P0897 trouble code, including:
There are times when shift solenoids are incorrectly determined to be the cause of the P0897 when the problem is truly a transmission failure. It is recommended to fully diagnose any transmission related problems before replacing any shift solenoids.
Because a vehicle’s safe driving operation most likely will be impacted due to faults that store a P0897 code, this code is considered a potentially serious code. When this code appears, it is recommended to take your vehicle immediately to your local service center or mechanic for repair and diagnosis for safe driving.
Several repairs can fix a P0897 trouble code and include:
Often, other gear-ratio-related trouble codes will accompany a P0897. It is always recommended to diagnose and repair trouble codes in the order in which they appear, as subsequent trouble codes may simply be a symptom of one above.
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