Honda is one of Canada’s most popular automakers. Here’s what you need to know about their transmissions
With every vehicle make and model, there are often similar telltale signs if something’s gone awry with your transmission, and that includes common issues with Honda transmissions.
Harsh shifting, flaring between shifts (aka RPMs revving too high), a lack of engagement (your vehicle does not move when you shift into gear), and an unusual clunking sound when shifting into reverse are all common warning signs which may indicate a need for your transmission to be serviced or repaired.
However, it’s important to remember that due to the complexity of today’s digital transmissions, a malfunction doesn’t automatically mean there is a problem with your car’s transmission. Your car’s computer receives data from up to 32 separate sensors located throughout the vehicle. Any one of them could be sending inaccurate or no information.
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Canadian drivers hold Honda’s vehicles in high regard. The Honda Civic was Canada’s best-selling car in 2015 for the 18th consecutive year. Both the Civic Sedan and Coupe are built in Canada. Interestingly, an estimated 30% of Civic Coupes sold in Canada have manual transmissions.
Meanwhile, it’s worthwhile to note Honda’s automatic transmissions are unusual in that they do not use planetary gears like nearly all other automakers. Instead, the Hondamatic (aka the H2) and its successors use traditional sliding gears in parallel like a manual transmission. The company’s early transmissions also used a patented torque converter which used stator force rather than hydraulic controls for shifting.
The company’s naming scheme is specific to a single model of vehicle:
- 1973–1979 H2 — two-speed
- 1979–1985 H3 — three-speed
- 1983–1991 H4 — four-speed (aka AS/AK/F4/CA/P1/K4/L4/PY8A/ML4A/MY8A)
- 1986–1990 G4 — four-speed (aka L5/PL5X)Honda/Acura Legend
- 1989–1991 Civic AWD — four-speed (aka MPSA/S5)Honda Civic AWD
- 1990–1997 H4A — four-speed (aka A6VA/AOYA/APX4/APXA/BOYA/MP1A/MP1B/MPJA/MPOA/MPWA/MPXA/PX4)Honda Accord, Honda Prelude, Honda Odyssey/Isuzu Oasis, Acura CL
- 1990–2000 Integra — four-speed (aka MP7A/MPRA/RO/S4XA/SKWA/SP7A)Acura Integra
- 1991–1998 Vigor — four-speed (aka M1WA/MPWA)Acura Vigor, Acura TL
- 1991–2003 MPYA — four-speed (aka MPYA/M5DA/M5HA/MPYA)Acura Legend, Acura TL, Acura RL
- 1992–2003 S24A — four-speed (also A24A/A2YA/A4RA/B46A/B4RA/B7ZA/BDRA/BMXA/M24A/M4RA/M4TA/MCVA/MDLA/MDMA/MRVA/S4RA/SLXA)Civic, del Sol, CR-V
- 1995–2002 B7XA — four-speed (aka B7TA/B7VA/B7YA/M7ZA/MPZA)Honda Accord, Acura CL, Honda Odyssey/Isuzu Oasis, Acura TL
- 1996–2003 Multimatic — CVT (also M4VA/MLYA/SLYA)Honda Civic HX CVT, Honda City
Honda Models in Canada
Fit, Civic Coupe, Civic Sedan, CR-Z, Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey
Honda transmission repairs can be complexed and its advisable to contact a professional. If you suspect your Honda’s transmission isn’t performing properly, or if you have questions about preventative transmission maintenance, contact Mister Transmission. Take advantage of our free 21-point multi-check inspection and avoid the cost and aggravation associated with a failing transmission.