If you ever take a marketing course, they will tell you that branding is everything. You have to uniformly and successfully brand your product or service and stay “on brand” at all times. After all, what you sell is your brand. Athletic wear brands don’t sell running shoes, they sell an active lifestyle. Beer brands don’t sell IPAs and lagers, they sell good times. And auto manufacturers don’t sell cars, they sell adventure, luxury, environmental consciousness, and half a dozen other things. But is this all that brands are?
When it comes to the automobiles themselves, there are some significant differences between auto brands. We can see this in the transmission, as well. Often, these differences are subtle. Sometimes there are major differences. Knowing the differences between different automakers’ transmissions might not make a huge difference, but it can help you make the best purchase for your needs and wants or help you to take care of your transmission. In this article we will discuss Honda transmissions.
Honda Motor Company, Ltd. was founded in Hamamatsu, Japan, in 1946. In addition to automobiles, they make motorcycles, aircraft, power equipment, and more. Popular Honda cars include the Civic, the Accord, the CR-V, and their luxury brand, the Acura. As a company, Honda is doing very well. They are the world’s largest producers of internal combustion engines by volume. But how good are their transmissions?
The first thing to note about Honda transmissions is that you should really use a Honda branded transmission fluid with them. If you use non-Honda branded transmission fluid in your transmission, you might run into problems. It might sound like a cynical ploy to get you to buy their transmission fluid, and it’s kind of is, but it does have an actual effect on your Honda transmission.
It should also be noted that Honda automatic transmissions don’t have replaceable filters. Honda transmissions do have filters, but the filters are internal. The only way to change the filter in a Honda transmission to open the transmission case. Honda transmission filters are, ostensibly, lifetime filters and therefore they do not have a suggested service interval. The required maintenance with a Honda transmission is only to drain out the old fluid, clean the drain plug magnet, and refill with new Honda fluid. If you do this about every 50,000 kilometers then you should be able to avoid most transmission problems. But, like with all transmissions, if you neglectthe recommended maintenance procedures, you’re likely to encounter transmission problems.
To learn more about Honda transmissions, or about the transmissions in vehicles from any other brand of automaker, please do not hesitate to contact Mister Transmission today. We have worked on countless Honda transmissions as well as transmissions from every other major brand of vehicle.
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.
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