Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Check engine light came on, diagnostic was done and came up with codes saying pressure control solenoid 2,3, & 5 are shut off.

asked by on

First car failed to up shift into a higher gear getting on highway. Then check engine light came on immediately after. So I continued to drive at around 30mph just to make it home (after getting off highway of course). Then car began to shift at an even slower speed of no more than 25mph. Made it home, transmission fluid was either low or none at all. Car was going only in drive and not reverse. Now if car gets to operating level it just wont go at all. I put tranny fluid in but it may need changed. Diagnostic codes read transaxle malfunction & pressure control solenoid 2,3,&5 shut off. What does it mean if the solenoids are shut off? Also, how can this problem be fixed, by getting the transmission seviced and filter changed with new fluid? By the way the car doesnt drive at all just revs up, starts perfectly fine every time.Help please!

My car has 190000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Low transmission fluid is a major cause of transmission failures. Your pressure control solenoids turned off to try to prevent damage to transmission components like clutches etc. Unfortunately, the damage is done and changing the fluid will not help, and most shops will not do a fluid exchange on your transmission with so many miles. You will need to have your transmission tested by a certified mechanic. More than likely, you will need to have your transmission rebuilt.

If you’d like a second opinion on this, get your car inspected by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic. They will be able to help you diagnose your Check Engine Light further. Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Check engine light came on, diagnostic was done and came up with codes saying pressure control solenoid 2,3, & 5 are shut off.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Truck not starting.

A faulty fuel pump can cause the engine to turn over and not fire up and leave no faults in the engine computer. While cranking listen for fuel pump operation. If no fuel pump operation then the pump or relay...

Q: How do I reset the limp home mode?

The limp home mode helps protect your transmission if damage is detected. Limp home mode limits the transmission to only second gear, which keeps your vehicle safer, while also giving you enough power to get to a dealer. If you...

Q: Trouble running when the engine warms up, dash lights on - 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca

The P0137/P0157 codes indicate the "rear" (behind the catalytic converters) oxygen sensors are not functioning properly. In turn, they are signaling (incorrectly) for more fuel, which is causing the P0172/P0175 over-rich codes. This is clogging your converters, as well as...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.