What Does the Engine Code P2716 Mean?

A P2716 engine code signals a problem with your transmission, specifically a problem with the Pressure Control Solenoid D. Read this guide to learn more.
Written by Rachel Rigolino
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
A P2716 code likely means that the Pressure Control Solenoid D is not regulating your transmission fluid correctly. Replacing an electronic solenoid is usually a straightforward repair unless there’s a more extensive issue with your vehicle’s circuitry. Occasionally, a P2716 code can also be caused by dirty transmission fluid. 
An OBD-II code reader can point you in the right direction for determining why your
check engine light is coming on
. This is an important first step in diagnosing the problem, but keep in mind that you may want to seek out the help of an expert to identify the specific cause(s) of a P2716 engine code.
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What does the engine code P2716 mean?

Definition: Pressure Control Solenoid 'D' Electrical
This code indicates that your car’s main’s computer—AKA the Powertrain Control Module (PCM)—has discovered an issue with one of the solenoids in your transmission—specifically, Pressure Control Solenoid D
There are several solenoid valves, which all have different jobs for operating your transmission. When one of these sends the PCM an error, it often means the solenoid is failing, but a P2716 code can point to other problems as well. 

How much will it cost to fix?

It typically takes a mechanic about an hour to diagnose an issue with the engine (and repair shops typically charge $75-150/hour), but a P2716 error may take longer to isolate. Often, this signals a problem with the operation of your transmission, and it may take a mechanic more time to determine whether the solenoid itself is bad or something else is wrong.
A simple replacement of a solenoid can cost between $200-$400 as long as there is not a more involved issue with the car’s circuitry.

What can cause the P2716 engine code?

Some common causes include:
  • Damaged solenoid (most common)
  • Damaged connector or circuitry connected to the solenoid
  • Defective PCM 
  • Occasionally dirty transmission fluid or a clogged transmission filter can be the cause

Common symptoms of the P2716 engine code

Drivers will likely notice the following symptoms:
  • Problems with transmission overheating
  • Slipping or catching gears
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Engine stalling

How serious is the P2716 code?

Because the P2716 code indicates a problem with your vehicle’s transmission, you will want to diagnose the problem as soon as possible. Likely, you will notice issues with shifting and gear slippage, which interfere with the operation of your vehicle. If ignored, a P2716 code error can result in damage to your transmission

Can I fix the P2716 engine code myself?

Check your transmission fluid

Sometimes your transmission fluid is so dirty that it can cause a P2716 code. Dirty transmission fluid typically looks deep red or brown. If the fluid looks dirty and you know that your car is far past its due date for a
transmission fluid service
, you can try changing the transmission fluid and filter to see if this clears the code.

Bad solenoid or wiring

Determining whether the Pressure Control Solenoid D has failed will first require that it be located and then tested. Because other solenoids are in the same general area inside the transmission, this process can be a bit challenging, even for experts. 
Likely, you’ll want to
take your car to a mechanic
, who can locate and test the solenoid. Then, he may replace it. On the other hand, he may determine that the solenoid is functioning properly, but that the wiring harness or connectors are bad. 

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