Honda automatic transmission problems

Updated April 17, 2017

Honda is one of the most popular vehicle manufacturers in the world. This can be attributed to the fact that its vehicle come in sleek designs, provide comfortable seating, exercise smooth driving performance and are known for reliability. As with any other automobile, however, Hondas are also prone to certain issues such as automatic transmission problems.


An automatic transmission serves as a driver's aid in controlling the vehicle, doing so by changing the gears while the automobile is running, thus eliminating the need for the driver no longer to shift gears manually. Vehicles with an automatic transmission function without the need for a clutch and require drivers only to put their vehicle in drive, as oppose to moving between gears with a shifter.


Hondas are not immune to automatic transmission problems such as fluid leakage. You can spot such issues by checking for red stains on the surface below your car to see if there are leaks coming from the steering system or transmission as well as by listening for noises and vibrations that occur when gears shift. Whining noises may indicate the need for a transmission tune up as well as a refill in transmission liquid. Meanwhile, untimely or hard changes in gears are normally caused by defective sensors in the transmission, thus incorrect signals are sent to the gear levers.


For spotted leaks, there are reseal jobs made to stop the flow of the transmission liquid. Meanwhile, if you are experiencing shifting problems due to computer defects, take your Honda into a certified mechanic for minor adjustments in the transmission. It is also recommended to check the levels of transmission fluid in the automobile to ensure they are at the recommended levels.


Honda's service technicians perform thorough diagnostic procedures to see if the transmission needs to be overhauled or replaced with a new one. Repairs to the transmission can be quite expensive depending on the work that needs to be done, with rebuilds costing considerably less than replacements. In either scenario, the price of repair is generally in the thousands, with exact prices depending on the model of Honda you own.


In order to prevent transmission problems, it is in your best interest to perform regular maintenance. You can do this by changing the transmission fluid regularly based on recommended intervals prescribed in the owner's manual (most manuals require fluid change every 25,000 miles). If your unit has already been serviced due to previous transmission issues, it is a good idea to perform regular fluid inspections so you can see if the transmission fluid needs to be refilled. Also, use a transmission fluid recommended by Honda so that you can enjoy optimum transmission performance while you're on the road.

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