For those that are familiar with Honda Babyboy, SOME BATCH (FEW I UNDERSTAND) have transmission/gear issues. To the best of my understanding, the problem was suppose to affect year 2000 thru 2003. However, i have read of the gear problems affecting even 1998 models and sometimes as new as 2004.
According to Honda, the problem suppose to only affect V6 Engines, (Honda Accord and Acura Car) but i have read different. Some 4-Cylinder Engines have reported the problems. So its kinda confusing. Most cars tend to develop the problems late in about 80,000-100,000 miles while others begin very early.
To the best of my knowledge, the problem ONLY AFFECTS AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS!. Honda actually had a recall on some of the transmission but for those that already made it out of the country, too late.
Below is a letter from Honda addressing the issue.
American Honda Expands Voluntary Transmission
Recall to Certain Honda and Acura Automobiles
TORRANCE, Calif., June 29, 2004 -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced that it will expand
its existing voluntary recall of light truck models for a potential transmission defect to include certain
Honda and Acura passenger cars. The voluntary action involves approximately 499,000 Honda and Acura
passenger vehicles with V6 engines and 5-speed automatic transmissions. Affected models include certain
2003 and early 2004 model Accord V6 sedans and coupes, 2000-2003 and early 2004 Acura TL sedans,
and 2001-2003 Acura CL coupes.
The company has found only one confirmed instance of a transmission failure related to this defect in its
passenger cars, with no accidents or injuries. “We are acting out of an abundance of caution to ensure that
this doesn’t become an issue for our customers,’” said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American
Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The situation is created by insufficient lubrication of the transmission’s secondary shaft second gear that
can occur under certain driving conditions. Prolonged operation under these conditions can lead to heat
build-up and under certain circumstances may eventually result in chipped or broken gear teeth or breakage
of the gear. In the event of a chipped or broken tooth, the owner will likely experience abnormal noise
from the transmission and seek repairs. In rare instances, this condition may lead to gear breakage and
possible locking of the vehicle’s transmission, creating a potential safety hazard.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted via mail and will be asked to take their vehicle to an
authorized Honda or Acura dealer to be repaired free of charge. Customer mailings will begin in late July.
In most cases, the repair involves a simple gear inspection, which is accomplished without removing or
disassembling the transmission, and a modification to increase the flow of transmission fluid to the affected
gear. If there is any indication of damage to the gear, the dealer will replace the complete transmission
assembly. Customers concerned about the condition of their vehicle may visit Honda’s Ownerlink website.
Customers may also contact their local Honda or Acura dealer, or call Honda customer service or Acura
Note: This information is being released in conjunction with an announcement concerning a related
recall action for Honda models in Japan.
Copyright, 2007 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.
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I am also attaching the letter.
So tell us your personal experience or if you know people close enough to you with Honda gear problem.
Tell us the year and whether its automatic or manual gear.