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Transmission Shudder Problems of Honda Accord



Honda Accord owners have reported 17 problems related to transmission shudder (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2013 Honda Accord 1
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

2013 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. The consumer stated he experienced transmissions transmission problems, right from the start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times. The transmission had a bad shudder at times, and sometimes the vehicle would stall where there was no engagement in the transmission. The dealer realized there was a problem and installed a kit in the transmission, which only seemed to fix the problem for a short time. It also created a leak in the transmission as a seal wasn't properly installed. A Honda representative informed the consumer the shudder and stalled were normal. However, the dealer rode with the consumer, and stated perhaps, the transmission needed to be replaced. After getting no satisfaction from anyone, the consumer traded the vehicle on February 10, 2014.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2013 Honda Accord 2
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

The transmission has a judder shaking feeling when accelerating when cold it is more severe. When hot in stop and go traffic, the transmission bangs into low gear causing the car to lunge forward. Have a case with Honda, they said engineers are working on a fix but I need to take my car to the dealer so they can diagnose. The dealer had the car for 1 week. They can't duplicate. They say Honda tac says its normal. Its not normal, feels like going into lockup too early but who knows its a cvt trans. Man I should not have gotten this car. Picked car up from dealer got stuck in traffic again,,transmission lunging when coming to a stop. Stinks!!!!.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2006 Honda Accord 3
Failure Date: 09/21/2011

Transmission shudders when rpm's reach 1500-2000 at slow to moderate acceleration. Shuddering does not occur when hard accelerating. Tends to happen when speed is reaching 35mph though has occurred at other speeds. Has happened on multiple road surfaces and in multiple cities. Veh has not thrown any service code's or warning lights. Dealer does not seem to want to fix problem. This vehicle is not covered in the class action lawsuit but symptoms seem identical.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2003 Honda Accord 4
Failure Date: 07/13/2011

Since the purchase i’ve experienced continual transmission problems. Upon speaking with the dealership I was assured all was fine. You can imagine my surprise when I received notice of the transmission recall (NHTSA 04v176000). Upon repair, in September 2004, I did not notice repair improvement, and continued to detect the rough grind of transmission shift and a whining sound. In 2009 I experienced a catastrophic transmission failure to which I had sought repair. In December 2010 I experienced another transmission failure. I have just now experienced my 3rd transmission failure, July 2011. My power steering pump had always had a faint whine, but Honda services never identified it as concerning. The problem progressively became worse until Honda finally suggested a repair, but informed me that the component was then out of warranty and would be a costly repair. I decided to delay repair until June 2011. Ac problems manifested in September 2005 and required replacement in April 2008. My center council clock and temperature display has been flickering, dimmed, and absent since 2009. The interlock stuck issue first materialized in 2008 and serviced in July 2010. My airbag warning light has been active since 2008 with an occasional but repetitive tcs alert; and my headlamp glass has been hazed since 2005. The paint deterioration is ridiculously embarrassing, the leather seating began showing wear 2 years in, my seatbelt doesn’t return to the original released position, head liner has water leak stains, cd player stopped working, exposed wiring is visible at the driver door hinge, i’ve gone through 3 batteries, countless tires, one cracked windshield, and I have always suffer from poor radio reception and occasional navigational signal roaming issues. In these times of thrift conscious fuel consumption, I utilize my nav tools to monitor my driving activity. I’m stunned to report I get a fuel economy of 24 mpg highway, not the 31 mpg as sticker reports.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2001 Honda Accord 5
Failure Date: 02/24/2011

While accelerating down an on-ramp to merge with interstate traffic, my 2001 Honda Accord transmission slipped and shuddered to the point that the vehicle began to lose forward momentum. Two vehicles approachingfrom the rear on the ramp had to Dodge my vehicle to keep from colliding with it; also, a semi-truck on the interstate had to make a sudden lane change to keep from hitting one of the vehicles attempting to avoid mine. Vehicle has been properly maintained over its lifetime and had not shown any transmission issues before this incident. This is a serious safety defect that apparently exists in many Honda vehicles with automatic transmissions. Further research on the internet from relaible sources indicates that this is a realtively common occurance. Please investigate this before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2002 Honda Accord 6
Failure Date: 01/02/2011

Transmission shakes while downshifting, this causes the wheel to shake viciously and may cause someone to lose control. The transmission also jerks into 2nd 3rd and 4th shift causing he car to drifted backwards before moving forward.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2001 Honda Accord 7
Failure Date: 10/29/2010

My husband and I were driving at freeway speed on I-5 heading north from san diego, when our 2001 Honda Accord transmission slipped and shuddered to the point that the vehicle began to lose forward momentum, left us with no choice but to slide to the side of the highway from middle lane in a traffic that was moving at 80 miles per hour. Vehicles approachingfrom the rear had to make emergency break to keep from colliding with it, including semi-trucks behind. It could have been a fatal accident. We believe it is a serious safety defect that apparently exists in many 2001 Honda vehicles with automatic transmissions. My vehicle has been properly maintained over time, but information was found from relaible sources indicates that this is a common occurance for Honda models around 2001. Up to this date, we still remiember the fear vividly and feel so grateful that nobody died or seriously injurt by the failure. Please investigate this before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2007 Honda Accord 8
Failure Date: 03/31/2009

I was passing a large truck, downgeared into third gear, let out the clutch, and the transmission popped out of third gear. I found myself in neutral facing on coming traffic, and had to slam on my brakes and pull in behind the truck (almost had a head on collision). This popping out of gear, and difficulty shifting into gear has been going on for over a year and occurs perhaps 3 or 4 times a month. After this near miss I decided to get it fixed. Before going to the dealer this morning I did an internet search on "3 gear Accord 6 cylinder manual" and one of the results was Honda service bulletin 08-020. This bulletin covers my 07 Accord and is for "transmission grinds when shifting into 3rd gear, pops out of 3rd gear, or is hard to shift into 3rd gear, note: these symptoms can be intermittent and sometimes more noticeable in colder climates. Faulty 3rd gear synchronizer or shift sleve" sounds exactly like my problem so I went to the dealer today to have it corrected. The dealer went for a test drive and couldn't duplicate the problem (it can go for over a week without showing up), he said Honda's policy was unless they could see the problem Honda would not authorize any repairs to be made. I called up us Honda (800 999 1009) and spoke to a mr jimmy rudner who verified what the dealer said. So Honda has found a problem with their transmission (the one that almost caused me to have a head on collision), released a service bulletin on how to fix it, but refuses to do any repairs until this 3 or 4 times a month intermittent problem starts to fail often enough for it to fail while the dealer is actually driving the car. Meanwhile the problem continues.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2003 Honda Accord 9
Failure Date: 11/15/2008

Sudden inadvertent downshift of the transmission at highway speeds. Luckily, no vehicles were trailing behind, since rapid deceleration occurred, similar to hard braking. The transmission subsequently failed completely, and the car required towing to the dealership. No prior events occurred (I. E. Transmission grinding, slipping, noises, etc) that provided warning that something was wrong.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1998 Honda Accord 10
Failure Date: 06/16/2008

The contact owns a 1998 Honda Accord. After placing fuel in the vehicle and shifting it into gear, the vehicle collapsed. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic's shop. The mechanic installed a temporary lower ball joint so that the contact could drive to a local dealer. Once at the dealer, the contact was informed that the ball joint separated from the frame. A recall related to the failure was found, but the dealer stated that the VIN was not included. The dealer repaired the ball joints on the passenger side of the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 154,112. Updated 07/29/08. Recall # 99v069000. The consumer also stated the transmission made a grinding noise when it was in gear. The transmission had a leak as well. Updated 07/29/08.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2002 Honda Accord 11
Failure Date: 06/05/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While at a complete stop at a traffic light, the vehicle moved without the accelerator pedal being depressed. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not move. The transmission began to shake and jerk without warning. The instrument panel lights were not illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle directly to an independent mechanic due to the safety risk involved. The mechanic stated that the transmission needed to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 113,000.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2005 Honda Accord 12
Failure Date: 03/27/2008

I have a 2005 Honda Accord with a 6 speed manual transmission which I bought new in April 2005. I had intermittent problems engaging 3rd gear right from the start. I took the car in for this problem at 5,000 & 15,000 mi. Honda mechanics could find no problem. At 34,712 mi. A mechanic finally verified the problem and replaced the trans fluid per tech line with part #08798-9031. This was in April 07. The problem persisted. In August 07 with 44,000 mi. I took it in again for the same problem. No help. Finally I was contacted by a service manager who verified that Honda had a problem with 3rd gear in the Accord and a fix was on the way. It would be available in December. It is now late March and still no fix. Since that time I have gone on-line and found that Honda has been aware of this problem with the 6 speed transmission in the Accord, the civic and the Acura since at least 2005. There are many sites with Honda owners complaining of this problem and getting no response from Honda. In certain situations, such as merging into traffic from a freeway on-ramp, it is very dangerous to have the car either not go into 3rd gear or pop out of it. The vehicle immediately decelerates and other vehicles traveling at freeway speeds come up very fast. Is there any way to make Honda fix these cars? below is an excerpt from edmunds. Com and also a service bulletin related to this on-going problem. A few of our editors have noticed in the past that the transmission shift lever in our long-term 2006 Honda civic si will occasionally pop out of gear or grind when making a 2-to-3 upshift. This trait does not seem to be endemic to our car as other civic si owners have made forum posts about this topic. (other six-speed manual Acura vehicles might also suffer from this problem. ) brent romans, senior automotive editor, edmunds. Com TSB #1205 -- transmission grinds at shifts, skip shifting. (NHTSA id #10018868, December 16 2005).

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2006 Honda Accord 13
Failure Date: 09/15/2006

I was merging onto an expressway and I shifted into 3rd gear to accelerate to the speed of (heavy) traffic. The transmission popped out of gear and I was nearly rear-ended by a tractor trailer (that was going too fast). I had to swerve over to the shoulder to avoid the collision. This popping out of gear, and difficulty shifting into gear has been going on for three years and occurs 3 or 4 times a month. After this near miss, I took the car into get it serviced (this was in 2006). I was told by the dealer that this was normal for this transmission and that there was no fix for the problem. I have not had any close calls (as bad as the first one) since, but I have learned to force the car into 3rd gear every time. I have also had my share of horns directed at me due to delayed acceleration. Recently, I did an internet search on "3 gear Accord 6 cylinder manual" and one of the results was Honda service bulletin 08-020. This bulletin covers my 06 Accord and is for "transmission grinds when shifting into 3rd gear, pops out of 3rd gear, or is hard to shift into 3rd gear, note: these symptoms can be intermittent and sometimes more noticeable in colder climates. Faulty 3rd gear synchronizer or shift sleeve" sounds exactly like my problem so I went to the dealer today to have it corrected. The dealer went for a test drive and couldn't duplicate the problem (it can go for over a week without showing up), he said Honda's policy was unless they could see the problem Honda would not authorize any repairs to be made. So Honda has found a problem with their transmission (the one that almost caused me to have a collision), released a service bulletin on how to fix it, but refuses to do any repairs until this 3 or 4 times a month intermittent problem starts to fail often enough for it to fail while the dealer is actually driving the car. Meanwhile everyone with this transmission is placed in harms way.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1999 Honda Accord 14
Failure Date: 08/09/2004

1999 Honda Accord, 5-speed manual transmission grinds during upshift to 5th gear.

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car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1999 Honda Accord 15
Failure Date: 11/15/2002

Transmission making grinding noise and having trouble with gears and engine rpm. Honda dealer admits it's transmission problem. Milage is only 37500 miles on. Very serious problem and public safety. Should recall or extend warranty.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 1999 Honda Accord 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2002

99 accourd v6 transmission grinds, slips and clunks. All maint done within schedule. Many units in similar situation. Product is defective. Recall done on 2000-2001, however 1999 is also widely effected by the problem as well.

car image   Transmission Shudder problem of the 2000 Honda Accord 17

Transmission vibrates in the 1000-2000 r. P. M. Range, and most noticable at 1200 and 1800 rpm. The transmission also exhibits a random but very noticeable clunking noise when shifted into reverse.

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