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Honda Transmission Problems

Honda transmission problems can affect the performance and safe operation of the car, as well as affecting fuel consumption and causing damage to the engine. Even with a reputed workshop it is advisable for the car owner to have an understanding of the nature of the problem and the repair alternatives available. The best source for the information is from answers to questions and insights obtained from Experts. Read below where Experts have answered a few common questions that have been asked regarding transmission problems that Hondas often face.

What is the correct way to check and fill Honda transmission fluid in a 2003 Civic?

Warm up the engine till the fan starts to. Park the car on level ground and turn off the engine. Remove the dip stick, with the yellow loop, from the transmission. Use a clean cloth to wipe the fluid off it. Re-insert the dip stick and again remove it and check the fluid level. Note that this should be done within 60 to 90 seconds of the engine being turned off. The fluid level should be between the upper and lower marks on the HOT level. If the fluid is above the upper mark, drain off the excess. If it is below the lower mark, check for leaks along the hoses and joints, cooler lines and at the transmission. If there are no leaks, pour the recommended transmission fluid into the filler hole to bring the level to the upper mark. Fit a new washer on the filler plug and replace it. Put the dip stick back in place.

Are Honda transmission problems common on a 2004 Accord?

Transmission problems, specifically slipping from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th are very common on Accords manufactured between 1998 and 2004. The cost for replacing the Honda transmission will be around $6,500, including parts and labor, at a Honda dealership. An independent workshop that will use a privately done Honda transmission rebuild, will charge about $4,500 for the job. However, before doing anything it may be worthwhile to contact the Honda America Corporate Office and tell them about the problem. In the past the company has been has been very good in terms of absorbing the cost of transmission replacements.

If it is hard to shift from 2nd to 3rd on a 1999 Honda Passport is transmission rebuild required?

Honda Passport and Rodeos are known to develop hard shifting between some gears over time. First change the fluid and filter. Remove the pan, drain the fluid and replace the pan. There is no need to flush the transmission. Refill using the recommended transmission fluid. Drive for a few hundred miles and see if the shifting improves. If there is little to no significant improvement, use a good additive like SeaFoam Trans Tune. If there is still no change then Honda transmission repair will probably be required. The sooner the car is taken to the workshop the lower the repair costs.

What will cause a 1998 Honda Civic with automatic transmission to run fine when it is cold but after heating up it loses power and does not shift?

These symptoms indicate that the transmission is losing pressure. The car will run fine till it warms up because the fluid is thicker when it is cold so it is able to hold pressure better. As it heats up it becomes thinner and pressure is lost. The fluid pump is probably worn out, however, it is possible it requires a Honda transmission rebuild.

There are various different types of both automatic and manual Honda transmissions. These vary not only from model to model but often the same model is available with a variety of Honda transmission options. This, coupled with the complexity of the Honda transmission itself is why problems should be tackled only by specialist workshops. The guidance and insights of an Expert will give the owner the information he or she needs.
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