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2003 V6 How to tell if transmission is about to die?

I have a 2003 Accord V6 Coupe with 168,000 miles. It has been dealership maintained and has had that transmission recall done where they added a piece to lubricate the gears or something.

I have noticed lately when I accelerate or need some power to merge into the next lane, the car will give a sudden jerk and then accelerate. It gives a thud and seems to be happening a little more frequently.

Is this a sign of the transmission dying?
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Yes, that would be a sign. This is a common problem with those years (in the V6 models) Whatever you do, DONT CHANGE THE FLUID, that will only worsen the problem! You may want to check motor/transmission mounts too, that could be the problem...
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Why would changing the fluids worsen the problem?
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Yes, that would be a sign. This is a common problem with those years (in the V6 models) Whatever you do, DONT CHANGE THE FLUID, that will only worsen the problem! You may want to check motor/transmission mounts too, that could be the problem...
Change the transmission fluid. I suggest getting 12 quarts of Honda ATF and do three drain and fills driving a little between each drain and fill. See if that helps. But 168K on the original trans is a pretty good run.

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Change the transmission fluid. I suggest getting 12 quarts of Honda ATF and do three drain and fills driving a little between each drain and fill. See if that helps. But 168K on the original trans is a pretty good run.
+1 to all, especially to the drain and fill x3.

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Pull the atf dipstick...what color is the fluid?
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Sudden jerk and then accelerate, yes, those are the initial signs of failure. Changing the fluid won't stop the failure, it will eventually get worse and start to completely slip out of gear during acceleration between 1st and 2nd gear, and sometimes between 2nd and 3rd. Or, maybe the fluid is dire need of changing, or is low. But what you described is when the transmission begins to fail.
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Sudden jerk and then accelerate, yes, those are the initial signs of failure. Changing the fluid won't stop the failure, it will eventually get worse and start to completely slip out of gear during acceleration between 1st and 2nd gear, and sometimes between 2nd and 3rd. Or, maybe the fluid is dire need of changing, or is low. But what you described is when the transmission begins to fail.
My gf's Mazda 626 has an auto transmission that has been jerking between 1st and 2nd for over 3 years now. Granted its not a honda, i wonder how long you could roll like that.
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i wonder how long you could roll like that.
Until it stops moving.
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1. 3X3 DW-1 Drain and Fill (DO NOT FLUSH)
2. Replace Transmission Filter
3. Replace Transmission Pressure Switches
4. Add a Transmission Cooler to extend the life of the oil
5. 1X3 drain and fill every 10-15K miles

DIY and it should run you under 250 to do #1-4

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oh and clean your Transmission Solenoid screens while you are in there.

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My 2002 civic had a sililar problem from 80k till i got rid of the car at 152k. I had good luck with NOT changing the fluid. I took it to several transmission shops that all told me not to change the fluid no matter what anyone said, as long as it was clean, and didnt smell burnt They said that changing the fluid, would make it worse(one guy said he sees it all the time with honda transmissions, that someone would get the fluid changed, then within the next week, it would fail...I was happy that the transmission ran as long as it did slipping that way. It was a crapshoot. I learned to drive my car carefully as i knew when it would slip(alot more when cold) At 152k, i noticed it starting to slip really bad between 2nd and 3rd gear(almost redline'ing) so thats when i knew to get rid of it. Just remember a dealer will give you 2000$ + for it if it still runs, but if the tranny is shot, youll be lucky to get 500$ If you really like the car, im sure you can find a transmission shop that would do it for like about 2000$
THe engines in these cars run to 300k no problem as long as you've gotten routene oil changes(and dont floor it at every green light) that wont be a problem! Best of luck!



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I have a 2003 Accord V6 Coupe with 168,000 miles. It has been dealership maintained and has had that transmission recall done where they added a piece to lubricate the gears or something.

I have noticed lately when I accelerate or need some power to merge into the next lane, the car will give a sudden jerk and then accelerate. It gives a thud and seems to be happening a little more frequently.

Is this a sign of the transmission dying?
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My 2002 civic had a sililar problem from 80k till i got rid of the car at 152k. I had good luck with NOT changing the fluid. I took it to several transmission shops that all told me not to change the fluid no matter what anyone said, as long as it was clean, and didnt smell burnt They said that changing the fluid, would make it worse(one guy said he sees it all the time with honda transmissions, that someone would get the fluid changed, then within the next week, it would fail...I was happy that the transmission ran as long as it did slipping that way. It was a crapshoot. I learned to drive my car carefully as i knew when it would slip(alot more when cold) At 152k, i noticed it starting to slip really bad between 2nd and 3rd gear(almost redline'ing) so thats when i knew to get rid of it. Just remember a dealer will give you 2000$ + for it if it still runs, but if the tranny is shot, youll be lucky to get 500$ If you really like the car, im sure you can find a transmission shop that would do it for like about 2000$
THe engines in these cars run to 300k no problem as long as you've gotten routene oil changes(and dont floor it at every green light) that wont be a problem! Best of luck!

There's some confusion here. I'm sure if you revisited the above conversation the key word was most likely "flush" and not change. DO NOT FLUSH Honda transmissions.

However, a fluid CHANGE will do no harm. Actually it will help with the AT performance and longevity.

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Thx for the clear-up, your excatly right...they said a drain and fill wouldnt cause harm, but the FLUSH ruins em! Thanks for clearing that up! Dont know why i couldnt post that in the 1st place...LOL


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There's some confusion here. I'm sure if you revisited the above conversation the key word was most likely "flush" and not change. DO NOT FLUSH Honda transmissions.

However, a fluid CHANGE will do no harm. Actually it will help with the AT performance and longevity.
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OK thanks. DO NOT FLUSH. I am afraid to bring it to the dealer. They will definitely tell me it's the transmission and want to replace it rather than try the more consevative approach first.

If I do smooth acceleration it doesn't do the jerk.
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