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How do I repair a problem with the code p0742?

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  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    so are u sure u don't want to go to the dealer? the trans is going to have to come out most likely

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    here is the explanation of the code and the complete testing procedure.

    The TCC release switch is part of the automatic transmission fluid pressure (TFP) manual valve position switch. The TFP manual valve position switch is mounted to the transmission valve body.

    The TCC release switch is a normally-closed switch. When the TCC is released, TCC release fluid pressure opens the TCC release switch which opens the TCC release pressure circuit. When the voltage on the circuit is high (switch open), the PCM recognizes that the TCC is no longer engaged.

    If the PCM detects that the TCC release switch is closed when the TCC is commanded OFF, then DTC P0742 sets. DTC P0742 is a type A DTC.
    Conditions for Running the DTC

    * No TP sensor DTC P0121, P0122 or P0123.
    * No TCC PWM solenoid valve DTC P1860.
    * No TCC release switch DTC P1887.
    * The engine speed is greater than 500 RPM and not in fuel shut off.
    * The engine torque is 95-270 N·m (70-200 lb ft).
    * The TP angle is 5-45%.
    * The transmission fluid temperature is 20-130°C (68-266°F).
    * The time since the last gear range change is greater than 6 seconds.
    * The speed ratio is less than 7.0.
    * The TCC is commanded OFF.
    * Slip speed is -20 to +25 for 8 seconds.

    Conditions for Setting the DTC

    The TCC release switch is closed 6 times for 4 seconds each, during one trip.
    Action Taken When the DTC Sets

    * The PCM illuminates the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL).
    * The PCM commands the TCC ON at maximum capacity.
    * The PCM freezes shift adapts.
    * The PCM records the operating conditions when the Conditions for Setting the DTC are met. The PCM stores this information as Freeze Frame and Failure Records.
    * The PCM stores DTC P0742 in PCM history.

    Conditions for Clearing the MIL/DTC

    * The PCM turns OFF the MIL during the third consecutive trip in which the diagnostic test runs and passes.
    * A scan tool can clear the MIL/DTC.
    * The PCM clears the DTC from the PCM history if the vehicle completes 40 consecutive warm-up cycles without an emission-related diagnostic fault occurring.
    * The PCM cancels the DTC default actions when the fault no longer exists and the ignition switch is OFF long enough in order to power down the PCM.

    Diagnostic Aids

    * Inspect the connectors at the controller, the component and all other circuit connecting points for an intermittent condition. Refer to Testing for Intermittent and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems.
    * Inspect the circuit wiring for an intermittent condition. Refer to Testing for Electrical Intermittents in Wiring Systems.
    * Rapid fluctuation in line pressure could set DTC P0742.
    * An open condition in the TCC release circuit or switch would set DTC P1887. Open circuits are not diagnosed in DTC P0742.
    * Inspect for a pressure regulator condition.
    * Inspect for abnormal line pressure.
    * The customer may notice an engine stalling condition.

    Test Description

    The numbers below refer to the step numbers on the diagnostic table.


    A Yes answer indicates that the TCC is functioning properly.

    By disconnecting the transmission connector, the PCM should interpret the open circuit as TCC release pressure present. A Yes answer indicates that the engine side of the circuit is functioning properly.

    This step tests for a mechanical or hydraulic condition.

    DTC P0742 TCC System Stuck On







    Did you perform the Powertrain Diagnostic System Check?


    Go to Step 2

    Go to Powertrain On Board Diagnostic (OBD) System Check in Engine Controls


    Did you perform the transmission fluid checking procedure?


    Go to Step 3

    Go to Transmission Fluid Checking Procedure


    1. Install a Scan Tool .
    2. Turn ON the ignition with the engine OFF.


    Before clearing the DTCs, use the Scan Tool in order to record the Freeze Frame and Failure Records for reference. The Clear Info function will erase the data.

    3. Record the DTC Freeze Frame and Failure Records, then clear the DTCs.
    4. With a Scan Tool , observe the TCC release pressure status.
    5. Start the engine.

    Does the Scan Tool indicate Yes for TCC release pressure?


    Go to Diagnostic Aids

    Go to Step 4


    1. Turn OFF the ignition.
    2. Disconnect the transmission 20-way connector.
    3. Turn ON the ignition with the engine OFF (additional DTCs may set).

    Does the Scan Tool indicate Yes for TCC release pressure?


    Go to Step 5

    Go to Step 6


    Test the signal circuit (CKT 1804) of the TCC release switch for a short to ground between the AT inline 20-way connector and the TFP manual valve position switch.

    Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.

    Did you find the condition?


    Go to Step 10

    Go to Step 7


    Test the signal circuit (CKT 657) of the TCC release switch for a short to ground between the PCM connector C2 and the AT inline 20-way connector.

    Refer to Circuit Testing and Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.

    Did you find and correct the condition?


    Go to Step 12

    Go to Step 11


    1. Remove the TFP manual valve position switch.
    2. Inspect the TCC release switch for the following conditions:
    * A damaged or leaking seal
    * Sediment or debris
    * Damaged switch contacts
    * Stuck switch contacts

    Did you find a condition?


    Go to Step 8

    Go to Step 9


    Replace the TFP manual valve position switch.

    Refer to Transmission Fluid Pressure (TFP) Manual Valve Position Switch Replacement .

    Did you complete the replacement?


    Go to Step 12



    1. Inspect for the following conditions:
    Refer to Transmission Overhaul Procedure in the 4T65-E Section of the Transmission Unit Repair Manual.
    * TCC control valve stuck
    * TCC feed limit valve stuck
    * TCC regulator apply valve stuck
    * TCC PWM solenoid valve stuck
    * Pressure regulator valve stuck
    2. Repair or replace any malfunctioning components.

    Did you find and correct a condition?


    Go to Step 12



    Replace the transmission wiring harness assembly.

    Refer to Solenoids and Wiring Harness Replacement .

    Did you complete the replacement?


    Go to Step 12



    Replace the PCM.

    Refer to PCM Replacement/Programming in Engine Controls.

    Did you complete the replacement?


    Go to Step 12



    In order to verify your repair, perform the following procedure:

    1. Select DTC.
    2. Select Clear Info.
    3. Drive the vehicle in a DRIVE gear.
    * The throttle position must be 5-45%
    * The time since the last gear range change must be greater than 6 seconds
    * The TCC must be commanded OFF
    * Slip speed must be 150-200 RPM.
    * The TCC release switch must be open, indicating TCC release pressure is present for 5 seconds.
    4. Select specific DTC.
    5. Enter DTC P0742.

    Has the test run and passed?


    System OK

    Go to Step



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Hey marcarhernan

This code is set when there is a variance in speed from the transmission input and output shafts. It can be a simple sensor issue or a more complex internal problem. There are several recalls for VUE transmissions but I do not think yours falls under this problem. Yours sounds more like an internal belt issue which Saturn has a technical bulletin for as shown below. This usually requires replacement of the case cover and filter and sometimes the belt depending on the damage. This is the bulletin that has to do with your code;

Bulletin No.: 04-07-30-024E
Date: June 09, 2006
No Movement in Drive or Reverse with or without DTC P0741, P0742, P0841, P1756, P1758, or P1882 (Replace Case Cover Assembly and Filter) Models:
2002 Saturn VUE - Retrofitted with a 2003 or 2004 VT25E (VTi) transaxle (RPO M16/M75)
2003-2004 Saturn ION
2003-2005 Saturn VUE
with VT25E (VTi) transaxle (RPO M16/M75)
This bulletin is being revised to add additional Correction information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 04-07-30-024D (Section 07 - Transmission/Transaxle).
Some customers may comment on the vehicle not moving in the "D" (Drive) or "R" (Reverse) gear selection positions. In many cases, the transaxle will also produce an audible grind or whine noise when attempting to operate in drive or reverse. The Service Engine Soon (SES) telltale may be illuminated with DTCs P0741, P0742, P0841, P1756, P1758, or P1882 set.
This condition may occur when the VT25E transaxle belt has malfunctioned.

Posted on May 14, 2009


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