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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Honda Accord - part 1



Honda Accord owners have reported 97 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Honda Accord 1
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

I have transmission problem with my 2004 Honda Accord at 122,000 miles. That's unheard of! I've purchased 3 Hondas before this one & never a problem. The torque converter came apart on my transmission & I had to get it rebuilt. The bill was $2200. American Honda said sorry & they couldn't guarantee when a transmission will go out. Really? 122,000 miles? I will not purchase another Honda. I was on the interstate & could have been in a serious accident! all they can say is sorry. I have never been so upset before. To top it all off the dealership wanted to repair it for $4700 or trade my car in for $1000. By the way I wasn't able to get any type of reimbursement for my repair bill.

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Failure Date: 02/01/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated without warning and would not accelerate over 30 mph. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic, who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the torque converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 103,000.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2013

As I pushed down on gas the car hesitated to go and my check engine light pops on. I took my car to advanced auto parts to check it and it read transmission torque converter.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Honda Accord 4
Failure Date: 10/29/2013

This car has the v6 engine in it. I noticed a slight vibration when driving at about 40 mph when the car had 6500 miles on it. I took it to the dealer and they kept it for a week and said their experts in California could not see it on the computer data collected. Over a period of several months, I had it in for the same issue and finally they replaced the torque converter. The issue got considerable worse after that. I brought it back several more times, a total of over 30 days in their shop, and they now say this is normal for the car. They say the variable cylinder management (vcm) system is pulsing at 50 hz to save fuel and this pulsing causes a resonance that I am feeling and hearing. They say it is not a safety issue but I don't believe them. The vibration and noise now occurs at any speed from 15 to 60 mph. In my experience, any mechanical system that hits a resonate frequency eventually fails. The dealer's one mechanic told me this is the worst he has ever felt or heard but he can't do anything about it unless the California boys approve it. He said if he unplugs the vcm the noise and vibration go away. They told me if I paid them $6500 they would give me a new car. Any help you could provide would be appreciated.

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Failure Date: 08/09/2013

I own a 2001 Accord v6 with a little over 136,000 miles. Check engine light came on after car had been hesitating and slipping when changing gears. Also was pulling when going around corners (almost felt like braking automaticall). Took the car in, and initially there was a code for iacv (idle air control valve). Auto shop flushed the system, reset check engine light. The next day, check engine light came on again. Brought it in after a couple of weeks and it's a code p0740 for tcc (torque converter clutch) solenoid valve circuit malfunction. Was told it's the transmission, which appears to be happening quite frequently - and conveniently after the 100,000 warranty extension was granted. Feels unsafe driving the car, not knowing if/when the transmission is going to fail, so now I'm forced to spend $2000 getting the transmission rebuilt.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Honda Accord 6
Failure Date: 04/29/2013

Transmission failure caused by torque converter problem.


car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Honda Accord 7
Failure Date: 04/27/2013

Per Honda manual recommendation for a tune-up @100,000 mile; on April, 2013 I went into nalley Honda for my 100k tune-up. Shortly after this service was performed, my car stared to pulsate. I return my car back to dealer and was advised I need a fuel flush. They stated this was not part of the tune-up, but should be done with a tune-up. I paid for a fuel flush. The problem still existed. I went back to the dealer and inquired if they had changes all six of my plugs and wires. They said yes. . . I asked why was I still having this issue after getting a tune-up. I was asked the grade of gas I use. I told the service tech 87, that is what the manual recommended. I was told to try 93 grade for about a month to see if that will filter and clean the lines. I did. . . However, the problem still occurs but not as bad. I call and scheduled an appointment for Saturday after thanksgiving. I'm now being told my transmission is going bad (torque converter). I said that is not possible. A 2007 vehicle with only 117,000 mile and my transmission is going out. While sitting in the customer waiting area, a gentlemen with the same identical vehicle as mine told me he had more mile on his vehicle than mines, but his transmission went out also and he had to have his rebuilt for around $2,000. 00. I said there is no way transmission should be going out on a 2007 model vehicle with only 117,000 miles. Honda need to investigate if this is a defect issue. The service manager said no, Honda does not have a recall on the problem. Someone please help!.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Honda Accord 8
Failure Date: 03/19/2013

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque converter clutch solenoid malfunctioned prematurely and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

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Failure Date: 01/02/2012

The car began driving rough in city driving, gradually becoming worse. Now it shudders and rattles at 30-40 mph. Several trips to the dealer ultimately resulting in diagnosis of transmission/torque converter failure. Fortunately it didn't just cut out at a dangerous time. Replacement cost is nearly the value of the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 12/27/2011

The car wont shift out of first gear. Mechanic says torque converter is broken. This seems to be a problem with this car.

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Failure Date: 10/14/2011

I have a 2004 Accord ex-l v6. I began hearing a strange noise from the transmission with a loss of motive power at speeds between 25 to 45 mph. . My Honda dealer said it had an internal fault and would replace transmission for $3800. I had a transmission repair shop repair transmission for $2900. The torque converter needed replacing. Car had 97k miles.

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Failure Date: 10/13/2011

The transmission is slipping between 1st and 2nd gear as well as 3rd and 4th gear. We took it into a shop and was told the transmission needs to be rebuilt. This car was purchased brand new and has around 80,000 miles. The guy at the transmission shop stated this was a known issue with Honda but they were not willing to fix it. He stated the plastic caps on the torque converter were breaking and should have never been used at all.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Honda Accord 13
Failure Date: 10/03/2011

Bought this 2002 Accord w/ 57k miles from pasadena Honda dealership used selection on 10/23/09 and two years later w/ 95. 5k the transmission started jerking from 1st to 2nd and out of reverse. Check engine light came on. Mechanic got no usable codes on the computer so did transmission service, but two days later, problem returned and 700 series codes appeared in diagnosis (torque converter gone bad - transmission needs replacing). D4 light also started flashing on the 3rd day after problem returned (on the way to the mechanic's!). $2800 is cost of 3 year warranty Honda parts dept. Rbuillt transmission and $1100 labor. Honda no longer offering any goodwill repair of any kind. Honda has lost me as a customer for life. Toyota rav 4 (previous car) drove to 215k without any transmission problem at all. Finally got rearended and bought the used Honda Accord next. I've learned my lesson. Toyota is a far superior product to Honda at all levels. Be warned!.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2010 Honda Accord 14
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving any speed, rocks would enter the grill and damage various components of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the condenser for the air conditioner was fractured. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate from stops. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the torque converter and engine mounts failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and covered all repair costs, but informed that the failure remained and there were no other remedies. The failure mileage was approximately 13,000. Updated 03/14/lj updated 06/18/12.

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Failure Date: 07/01/2011

Floorboard/vibration shake at 22mph and 72mph. Brake pulsation - dealer turned rotors, replaced rotors, and still have brake pulsation. We have had numerous problems with our Honda crosstour - normal acceleration at 22mph gas pedal, brake, floorboards shake. When cruising at 72mph or going down slight decline entire car shakes. Brakes were pulsating at 4896 miles, 10k miles, 18k miles, and still are not correct at 20k miles. What dealer has done so far - Jul 2011 - turned rotors, road force balanced tires/wheels - no improvements with vibration at 22 and 72 mph - dealer wanted to wait for donor parts to replace drive shaft assembly (we waited 4 months) - Honda TSB drive shaft assembly 29 oct 2011 - complained about vibration at 22 and 72mph again, and brake pulsation, dealer replace front axles - no improvements - and replaced front rotors. 18 Jul 2012 - complained about vibration at 22 and 72 mph, and brake pulsation again - dealer replaced rotors - dealer balanced tires and wheels again. August/September 2012 - Honda regional rep came in - road force balance tires again -swapped out front tires and rims, shutdown vcm, swapped out computer no improvements - vibration/shudder still present at 22mph and 72mph- brakes still pulsating 24 sept 2012 - national Honda rep came in checked valve tolerances - cylinder 5 valves tight causing misfires - didn't improve vibration/shudder replaced axles again, replaced torque converter engine vibration is better at 22mph but worse at 72 mph - cruising and much worse going down declines. Brakes are still not correct. Our car / engine has been shaking severely for a long time and we are worried about our safety - that something may come loose and cause us to lose control of the vehicle getting hurt or hurting someone else. Honda has not been posting these TSB's publicly.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Honda Accord 16
Failure Date: 05/14/2011

Honda Accord 2005 v6 under 25,000 miles suddenly started having problems with the automatic transmission which finally failed on may 2011 while driving on the highway. A complete automatic transmission overhaul and torque converter change were performed at a Honda dealer at a cost of over $2600. New transmission felt great during the first 3 months (even though it torque converter started leaking oil and I had to take it to the dealer for repair) but recently I have notice abrupt delays (slow down) while shifting gears, like its is pulling you back and strange kicks while shifting. Car accelerates slower as well and does not react as quickly or smoothly as new. I took the car to the same Honda dealer and they say nothing is wrong with the transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Honda Accord 17
Failure Date: 05/06/2011

Faulty transmission (torque convertor) in Honda and acua vehcile. American Honda and Acura are aware of the faulty tranmsissions but did nothing to notify it's loyal customers of the issue. Could this be a safety issue it the transmission fails while the vehicle is in motion.

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Failure Date: 05/06/2011

Faulty transmission (torque converto) in Honda and acua vehcile. American Honda and aucra are aware of the faulty tranmsissions but did nothing to notify it;s loyal customers of the issue.

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Failure Date: 04/20/2011

I was on the highway when my car deccellerated. I almost got hit by a car behind me and averted an accident. The engine revved way up, but car's speed went down. Later, when I was driving on the street, the car slowed to a stop and would not shift gears either forward or backward. I am reading online that my 2003 Honda Accord is having torque converter problems. It seems that this a common problem for my vehicle.

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Failure Date: 04/08/2011

Impeccably well maintained Honda 2003. All of a sudden third gear is gone. Mechanic says rebuilt transmission $3800. Are you kidding me! we also own a 2003 Honda pilot, this past year cost $2000 to replace the torque converter. Another Honda transmission problem that is all over the internet. Unless Honda does something for us on this problem these will be the last Honda's this family buys!!.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2011

Transmission had problems downshifting and car was losing power. On the highway the car bucked violently and I had to pull off on the shoulder. I was able to continue for a short while before it happened again and had to pull off again. Car continued to be losing power and would not downshift. Was able to make it home, barely, and transmission would not engage in reverse. Had vehicle towed to dealership and contacted Honda USA. Dealership said that entire transmission & torque converter needs to be replaced.

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Failure Date: 02/04/2011

Driving 35 mph on vehicle with 115000 miles. Attempted to change lanes and speed up in order to pass slow moving vehicle, engine revved up to 6,000 rpm without actually changing gears or moving faster. Transmission pump & torque converter found to be falty.

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Failure Date: 12/24/2010

Premature torque converter failure. . . It fell apart and tore up the transmission. It's a safety issue because that happening on a CA freeway can be potentially deadly. It's a known defect in the cars. My daughter was on the freeway when it started to slip and bang, fortunately the were able to get off the freeway before it got worse.

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Failure Date: 12/22/2010

Initially when putting car in reverse it would not engage going into a forward gear once stopped. Then upon entering highway the engine just revved and car lost speed almost causing me to be rear-ended at high speed because car would not drive. End result was torque converter was faulty and caused transmission to burn fluid and gears to shred. Car was towed to hawley's auto repair on shaker road east longmeadow, MA on 12/20 where it was rendered fully un-drivable as transmission completely failed. Honda was contacted but stated they would not cover the repair even though it is a known frequent failure.

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Failure Date: 11/26/2010

On thanksgiving, I was driving my wife and two small children to dinner. I stepped on the accelerator to move onto a busy main road. The car went at first, then revved the rpm and was unable to catch the gear. My car was essentially paralyzed, half sideways with cars having slam to a stop(they expected the car pulling into traffic to be moving-so did I). They eventually would go around creating more problems for other travellers. I let the car idle and eventually heard the gear catch so I was able to drive the car. Since then the transmission has been slipping. I have read numerous complaints this same problem. Apparently, Honda is aware of the the transmission/torque converter problem but is not issuing a recall because it has not been deemed a safety issue. I believe it is due to the cost of the repair and they would rather stick the higher repair bill to their customers or let them risk their safety. The speed limits on our local roads avg between 45-55 mph. I believe it is a significant safety risk to have a car that might not accelerate past 15mph. As a healthcare provider who deals with rehabilitation, I can tell you I have seen significant injuries, paralysis and death due to accidents at lower speeds. I have since been hesitant to drive my car as I fear getting hung out for someone to crash into my vehicle. . Read more...