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  • bohdan
    bohdan - 2005 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/31/2010
    Humming and bh-bh-bh-sound from the rear when driving ?
    Humming and bh-bh-bh- sound coming from the rear of the car. The sound has increased pitch on acceleration and decreases when slowing down. It started about a month ago and persists all the time. There are no warning lights on the dashboard The car was lifted, all ...
    • James Vaughn
      12/31/2010 James Vaughn
      sounds alot like a wheel bearing but it would surprise me with only 13,000 miles on it. is it coming from either side? since this is a front wheel drive this should be relatively easy to diagnose since these are not drive wheels and only have bearings and brakes attached to them, along with suspension parts of course.
      James Vaughn
      12/31/2010 bohdan
      It seems to be coming from the rear, passenger side. I also should add that I might have gone over small pothole.
      James Vaughn
      12/31/2010 bohdan
      It seems to be coming from the rear, passenger side. I also should add that I might have gone over small pothole.
      James Vaughn
      1/1/2011 James Vaughn
      small potholes usually won't hurt a wheel bearing however they never do any good to any suspension parts. thr rear wheel bearing is where i'd start as they are inexpensive and easy to change if you have any mechanical experience. haynes has the step by steps in it and are available at autozone or advanced. let us know if you have any further questions,btw they will also have the bearing
      James Vaughn
      1/1/2011 James Vaughn
      the bearing may sound fine with wheels off the ground but that will change under the weight of the car.
  • darkstarrskata
    darkstarrskata - 2000 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/29/2010
    Why doesn't my car shift into reverse all the time? sometimes it misses and sounds like its grinding something.
    Its not every time that i shift it into reverse only sometimes then i got to shove it into reverse. is this serious? im converting to a short throw shifter. will it make it better or worse? or fix it?
    • testdrive
      6/4/2010 testdrive
      if the transmission has any problems converting to a short throw will not solve the problem, first try to replace or serviced the transmission oil, second there are some shifter bushings you might need to check. because if you have worn out shifter bushings chances are the reverse gear is not engaged properly.
    • Calljam
      12/29/2010 Calljam
      I have owned two Hondas with 5-speed transmissions. Both of them were stubborn about shifting into reverse. Just be patient and keep trying, each time let out on the clutch a little to spin the gears. It will eventually shift into reverse.
  • Danette Anderson
    Danette Anderson - 1992 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/29/2010
    Where is the clutch slave cylinder installed? Inside the transmission or out?
    Clutch petal is not coming off the floor. Clutch Master cylinder does not appear to be leaking.
    • Mike
    • david
      12/29/2010 david
      i had 91 honda accord that i put mastercylinder and slavecylinder in and clutch kit to and still did not have clutch i worked on 2 days trying to bleed fliud to get air out i finaly got a gargen sprayer cut the hose off then got a copilin to put a hose on to mastercylinder where tank hose clamps to mastercylinder clamped all places where i cut hose fill the garden sprayer with brake fliud pumped up sprayer then bleed the slavecylinder at trans if you need help call 9106545823 leave a message if no body in
  • Al Wallace
    Al Wallace - 2004 Honda Odyssey - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/27/2010
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Is this continuous or intermittent? Could be a loose wiring connection or grounded wire and can be checked by performing a continuity test. Ask a professional electrician to have a look into the problem. Visit any parts shops that offer free computer scanning to retrieve any stored codes that may be possibly lurking in the ECM just for prevention. If there's a code post the code here.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      12/27/2010 Al Wallace
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      A loose wiring connection.
  • sam clark
    sam clark - 1996 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/21/2010
    light flashes when in th drive gear
    light flashes in the d-4 position
    • vince^_^
      12/21/2010 vince^_^
      Did you already try to diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine if there is a stored trouble code in your vehicle, that’s why your light flashes? What have you done so far to fix your vehicle?
  • mauricio
    • yboy82
      12/15/2010 yboy82
      Did the noise occur when you engaged your clutch? If that is the case check the condition of your transmission input shaft bearing (may be worn), transmission main drive gear bearing (may be worn) and countershaft bearing (may be worn).
  • Vince
    Vince - 1991 Honda Civic - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/14/2010
    My transmission won't shift gears
    When I started my car to go to work this morning it would'nt shift out of first gear. I could get it to shift by putting it in nuetral than back into drive. It won't shift above third gear. It's a 1991 honda civic LX. Ther'es plenty of transmission fluid in it. ...
    • Bill
      12/14/2010 Bill
      Could be a fluid pressure problem. Maybe a dirty filter. How does it shift once it warms up?
  • marcella douglas
    marcella douglas - 1994 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/14/2010
    What is wrong with my car
    i start my car up in when i take it out of park an put in drive it gose backwards in all the gears
  • shaun
    shaun - 1990 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/14/2010
    Why does my car not want to shift gears
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Low or contaminated transmission fluid is the most common cause. Change the fluid and observe the changes. Shift linkage is probably loose or cable is broken/detached; worst case, there's an internal damaged that requires a check up of professional.
  • d
      p1456 means you have a leak in your evaporative system which collects the evaporative gases from you fuel and reroutes them back into the intake. you will notice increased fuel usage and possible overheating problems. there is a possibility that it might only be the fuel cap

      P1739 i a problem in the third clutch pressure switch. Most of the time this DTC follows some type of shifting problem, like late shifting to 3rd or 4th gear. It may be a bad connection or an intermittent problem, but usually it just means the switch is bad.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/14/2010 HouseCallAuto
      P1456 - Replace the fuel cap. This is the cause most of the time on Odyssey.

      P1739 - Get your meter and tools.

      1. Using a digital voltmeter - not a test light - check the voltage on the White/Red wire at the 3rd gear pressure switch or at the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) terminal B24. There should be approximately 12. 0 volt reference from the PCM until the transmission shifts to 3rd gear, and then the voltage should drop to 0 as the 3rd gear pressure switch closes and grounds the circuit. If there is no reference voltage to the 3rd gear pressure switch, check the White/Red wire for an open or a short to ground between the PCM and the transmission.

      2. If there is a reference voltage to the 3rd gear pressure switch and it reads 0 volts all the time with the 3rd gear pressure switch plugged in, either the 3rd gear pressure switch is defective or there is actually oil pressure to the 3rd gear circuit all the time.

      3. If there is reference voltage to the 3rd gear pressure switch, but the voltage never drops to 0 volts when the transmission is in 3rd gear, the 3rd gear pressure switch may be faulty or there is an internal transmission malfunction.
      Potential Causes:
      3rd Gear Pressure Switch
      3rd Gear Pressure Switch Circuit
      Automatic Transmission

      The 3rd gear pressure switch is located under the vehicle on the front of the transmission and has a single White/Red wire to the switch. The ground for the 3rd gear pressure switch is through the body of the switch through its mounting in the transmission. The 3rd gear oil pressure switch is a normally open switch that closes with the transmission oil pressure in the 3rd gear. It is very common to have an internal transmission problem.
  • shaun
    shaun - 1990 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/14/2010
    Why does my car not shift gears properly?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Low or contaminated transmission fluid is the most common cause. Change the fluid and observe the changes.
  • charles wise
    charles wise - 1998 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/13/2010
    After engine heats up trans w/n shift out 2nd gear. gears shift(automatic) when engine is cool why is this?
    check engine light is on, has about 150k miles, driving along when engine heats up trans down shift to 2nd gear and w/n change.
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Have you been into transmission service before this happened? The transmission builds up pressure inside and the excess pressure should be released, if there more fluid inside it will get easily pressurized and possibly will seize the shift actuator. Clogged oil vents in the transmission and line to fluid cooler may also raise the pressure. Check the condition of the fluid and its level if correct; change the fluid and filter and if possible flush the transmission.
    • lonnie
      12/13/2010 lonnie
      filter is stopped up when it cools trash settels to the pan or the modglater valve
  • lonnie
    lonnie - 1996 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/13/2010
    Car wont move sounds like its slipping
    i allready put a clutch kit in and it still does the same
  • rafael Camarena
    rafael Camarena - 2006 Honda Pilot - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/12/2010
    Pilot is a 4 wheel drive with new michelin latitude tour tires, do I need chains when going into snow covered roads
      i lived in boston mass and there we had studded snow tires and some still use chains its what you feel comfortable with
    • CVO
      12/12/2010 CVO
      The Latitude Tour is Michelin's Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season light truck tire developed for the drivers of crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light duty pickups looking to combine comfort, wear and fuel efficiency. Most Latitude Tour tires meet Michelin's Green X standards for long tread life, good wet traction and low rolling resistance, as well as provide year-round traction, including in light snow.

      Latitude Tour tires use a silica-based tread compound molded into a symmetric tread design optimized with Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to deliver more miles of treadwear. Stable shoulder blocks and a continuous center rib enhance responsiveness and highway stability, while wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning and multiple sipes provide biting edges in snow. Latitude Tour tires also feature Michelin Comfort Control Technology that combines computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibration and road noise. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts under the tread area on top of a polyester cord carcass that enhances ride quality.

      NOTE: While Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season light truck tires offer all-season versatility including traction in light snow, tire sizes featuring extremely wide tread widths may limit the traction this type of tire can provide in deep snow.
      Hope this help and be SAFE.
  • moofuss69
    moofuss69 - 1993 Honda Accord - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/11/2010
    What would cause automatic transmission to slip?
    The only time is happens is between 55-65mph. It's just like driving and pushing clutch in until it partially disengages except it's an auto. Fluid level is ok and was going to get trans flushed but they suggested not doing that yet and take it to trans shop.
    • Bill
      12/11/2010 Bill
      Sounds like you were given good advise. There are many additives that claim to stop slipping if you wanted to try them first although you will need to pump out a bit of fluid to make room so you don't overfill and possibly blow a seal.