What Is an Acura Automatic Transmission?

Acura vehicles with a traditional automatic transmission use sensors to determine when they should shift gears, and change them accordingly by using internal oil pressure. An automatic transmission temporarily disconnects itself from the engine to shift gears, which is controlled by the lock-up in the torque converter. An automatic transmission achieves different speeds by creating different gear ratios. The torque converter transfers power from the engine to the transmission by a process called “fluid coupling”. It is imperative to check your transmission fluid level regularly to ensure this process works properly and that your transmission is running smoothly.

What are the common problems in an Acura automatic transmission?

Honda has a well-earned reputation for making high-quality, reliable vehicles. As their luxury brand, the Acura line is no different; but no vehicle is perfect. Acuras have problems, too, and along with the fuel pump failures and airbag recalls, Acura transmission problems are among the most prominent.

Gear slippage is a common complaint among Acura drivers. This appears to be especially common in stop-and-go traffic and in cold weather, of which we get plenty in Canada. Faulty torque converters are also a relatively common issue. The Acura TLX’s dual-clutch transmission is perhaps the worst offender.

How we diagnose transmission problems

Some common signs of a problem with an Acura automatic transmission include:

  • Transmission slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears
  • Overheating
  • Contaminated transmission fluid
  • Illuminated check engine light
  • Gears changing at high RPM

Modern Acura vehicles have onboard vehicles. At Mister Transmission, we have the newest diagnostic technology that can communicate with these computer systems. This helps us determine your specific transmission problems.

The first step in determining your transmission problems is to connect your Acura’s onboard computer to our diagnostic equipment. This produces a code that states where the problem is. The next step is a test drive so our technicians can monitor your transmission’s behaviour in real time.

Sometimes comprehensive and hands-on evaluations are still necessary, but our cutting-edge diagnostic technology is an integral tool in determining the best starting point for further investigation. Often, Acura transmissions only need relatively minor repairs, so our precise diagnostic process can minimize repair costs as much as possible.

How Mister Transmission Can Help

At Mister Transmission, we are experts at Acura transmission service, repair, and maintenance. With 60 years of institutional experience, Mister Transmission provides our technicians with some of the most advanced training available. As a result, our technicians are experts who can work on any Acura model.

Whether you’re experiencing problems with your Acura’s transmission or it just needs some routine maintenance, you can contact Mister Transmission. Our Multi-Check Inspection can find any problem your automatic transmission may have.

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