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03 EX V6, and 6 others
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Sorry to have my first post as a question, but I've spent loads of time reading here over the last few years.

My wife's 03 V6's AT finally died. I was trying to decide if it was time to trade, or rebuild this. Well, she doesn't want a Civic, and I can't afford another v6 accord (yes, she's spoiled). So, I've decided to tear into this thing. I've got the transmission removed, and at this point rebuilding the suspension(may as well, it is all removed). Other than maintenance, this car has only failed once in 170k miles. And that was a bad coil last year (easy fix).

Now to my actual question, does anyone know where to get a shop manual for torque and clearance information on the trans? The one installed is a BAYA, and I can't seem to find a manual anywhere.

Thanks,
Jim
 

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Wondering if you will attempt a repair or to replace transmission? Please keep the forum posted and throw in a few pics.

I suspect with age, we may see more of these 7th Gen transmission questions.

Nice that you dove right in to the issue to keep the wife happy. A wise man, indeed.
 

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I'm rebuilding it myself. With some of the built in problems, I would rather make sure the work is correct (plus there are some updated valves to prevent the problems in the future).

The only pics I have now are the videos I did before disconnecting the tranny, so I would remember how the wiring was routed over it. I may pull the engine while I've got the sub frame out, it's only a couple hoses and it looks like the wiring harness for the engine can be disconnected at the firewall. With 170k miles, I've found a few things so far that were just wearing out. The front control arm bushings were broken, so I'm in process of replacing them (plus it was a reason to use my press that I've had for 10 years and never used).

Let me know of anything you'd like to see, and I'll get pics of that.

Thanks,
Jim
 

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Got all the parts for the transmission in today.

Base rebuild kit is using the Raybestos GTX clutches and steels. These transmissions have a tendency to drag 3rd gear when doing down shifts between 5th and 4th. I read a complete rundown of this problem, with potential causes (which none were definite). Raybestos claims these clutches do better at cooling all the packs, and every recommendation I've seen uses them.

I ordered a replacement torque converter, even though it hadn't failed in my case (yet). It is a common failure with these transmissions.

Lastly, I ordered a valve body upgrade kit from trans-go. This kit does quite a few upgrades to the function of the transmission. The most important is probably controlling the pump and cooling circuits to the torque converter. I briefly read over some of the improvements. Overall, I'm quite pleased with this. Many of the complaints I've read from various professional rebuilders, are addressed and corrected with this kit.

I will try and post some pics through out the rebuild. Partly for here, and partly to document where everything goes (this is my first attempt and building a Honda transmission). BTW, the shop manual provided in this thread was a huge help, THANK YOU!!!!!

Jim
 

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If you browse eBay right now, you can find a few listings for the Honda OEM shop manual for the Accord and the V6 supplement.
 
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