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Old 09-27-2008, 05:46 AM
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Reverse Problem

I have a question. Yesterday when going from drive to reverse, backing into garage, the transmission wouldn't do it. It was in reverse but when I let off the brake and gave it some gas, it just free revved and rolled forward. I went to neutral, then back to reverse and the same thing happened. So I went to park, then back to reverse and there was a clunk and a bit of a shudder and it went into reverse. I did this twice yesterday.

Has this happened to anyone had anything like this happen with the current gen or past ones? Mine is a V6 w/auto.

I can just see it now. I take it to the dealership and they say they can't duplicate the problem, so there is no problem. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Sounds like a failing tranny.
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Does it still drive fine in anything other than reverse? Is there anything illuminated on your dashboard or is your "D" indicator flashing?
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First things first. Check your fluid level. That's a typical symptom of low fluid. If level is okay, then you definitely have a problem, and it'd be time for a dealer visit. Good luck.
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My car has only 2000km (1200 miles) and it does something close to what you described but not failing to engage.

Whenever I go from reverse to drive or even vice versa, I hear a distinct clank in the transmission. Not enough to feel in the car but certaining hear it. I have't had my first service yet but will mention it for sure.
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Now, don't get all nervous, though. It could be something as simple as a faulty solenoid in the transmission. But still, get thyself to the dealer, post haste.
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The car drives fine. It was just those 2 instances. I have approx. 10,900 miles. I will check the fluid level and also do the old sniff check to make sure it, the fluid, isn't burnt. If those are good, then I will make an appointment with the dealer.
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Here's my $0.02. It's my understanding that an automatic transmission's gears should be changed only after a complete stop. I see too many people just go from drive to reverse or from reverse to drive before their car is completely stopped. I believe when you do that it puts a lot of stress on your tranny. Also, I try to give the tranny a second or so before I give it gas in order for the tranny to complete the gear change. If you instantaneously give it gas after you change from reverse to drive, you will hear the clunk more often.
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My car has only 2000km (1200 miles) and it does something close to what you described but not failing to engage.

Whenever I go from reverse to drive or even vice versa, I hear a distinct clank in the transmission. Not enough to feel in the car but certaining hear it. I have't had my first service yet but will mention it for sure.
All the Honda's my family (and myself) have owned that had an AT were this way. 86, 96, 98, 99, 03, 08.

You'll put the car in a gear from park, and if you have the A/C off, radio off, windows down or the door open you'll hear a click/clunk as the gear engages.

The post about the time it takes for gear engagement is also true. It is not instantaneous. My Accords both take 2-3 seconds before I feel the gear click into action.

And for anyone who is always in a rush, stop before you make a gear change from a forward to reverse gear or vice versa. You're wearing out the transmission/motor mounts, the transmission itself and who knows what else. It just isn't good.

To the OP - You need to check for the dash indicator blinking, actually being lit or any other abnormality when this happens.
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I hear a distinct clank in the transmission.
THAT is perfectly normal on a Honda. And so is the slight delay mentioned; on an auto Honda, you just can't put the tranny on 'D' and immediately stomp on the gas pedal, or you'd destroy your tranny in short order, as the motor would race before tranny engages. Good day.
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Sounds like a cable adjustment might be needed. The dealership should take care of it for you.
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I checked the fluid level and did the old "sniff" check. The level was good and the fluid didn't smell burned. So, it looks like I am going to call the dealer and schedule a visit. Also, someone mentioned a blinking light on the dash. Nothing was blinking, it only indicated R. I was stopped going from Drive to Reverse. Now going from Reverse to Drive, sometimes I will shift before I am stopped. I know thats not good, but it happens. Like I said earlier, besides the two instances this happened, he car is running and shifting w/no problems.
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**Update**
I just got back from the dealership. Here is what transpired. There were no codes showing up when they checked the computer. So they flashed/reset the computer. They also checked the linkage, there was no problem there. They also checked a contact sensor (magnetic sensor?). They said they made a small adjustment there.

Hopefully this doesn't happen again. If it does, then back it goes.
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