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P2701 OBD-II Trouble Code: Transmission Friction Element B Apply Time Range/Performance

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P2701 code definition

Transmission Friction Element B Apply Time Range/Performance

What the P2701 code means

P2701 is an OBD-II generic code for the engine control module (ECM) or the transmission control module (TCM) detecting a problem with the transmission circuit that controls the overdrive clutch. In this case, the apply time or clutch performance is not within specification, or the overdrive clutch failed on or off.

What causes the P2701 code?

  • Depending on the manufacturer use of the code, it is mostly used for a failed overdrive clutch solenoid.

  • The wiring or connection to the overdrive clutch solenoid is intermittent or loose.

What are the symptoms of the P2701 code?

  • The Check Engine Light will be illuminated and the P2701 code is set in ECM memory as a fault.
  • The transmission may not shift into overdrive or may stick in overdrive.
  • The engine may stall if the transmission overdrive sticks on and comes to a stop.
  • The transmission may have shifting problems intermittently.

How does a mechanic diagnose the P2701 code?

  • Scans for codes and documents them in the ECM then looks at the freeze frame data for failure

  • Turns the overdrive clutch solenoid on and off while driving using the appropriate scanner

  • Tests the overdrive solenoid wiring and connector for shorted or corroded connectors and wiring

  • Replaces the overdrive solenoid and road tests after clearing the codes.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P2701 code?

  • Clearing ECM memory codes before checking the freeze frame data for the main failure problem, so that the failure may be duplicated and repaired.

  • Replacing the overdrive solenoid before checking the wiring connector for corrosion or loose pins.

How serious is the P2701 code?

Code P2701 is a code indicating that the transmission overdrive solenoid is sticking on or off intermittently which will cause erratic shift concerns with the transmission and the Check Engine Light to come on.

What repairs can fix the P2701 code?

  • Repairing the wiring connection to the overdrive clutch
  • Replacing a defective or sticking overdrive solenoid and clearing the codes

Additional comments for consideration regarding the P2701 code

Code P2701 is caused most commonly from the overdrive solenoid being stuck or sticking intermittently. Some vehicle manufacturers use this code for other transmission solenoids. so pinpoint tests should be used for your vehicle to test the correct circuit.

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