Thanks to skyrocketing gas prices and the 1973 Oil Embargo, the fuel sipping Honda Civic was an immediate success in the North American market. Ten generations later, the Civic has grown into a more upscale car, with tons of available features and near-midsize dimensions.
Depending on your budget and taste, you can get a luxury themed Civic, the sport-tastic Civic Si, or the efficient Civic Hybrid. But no matter which generation or model you choose, the Civic’s reputation for reliability and high resale value make it a safe automotive choice.
Does something seem wrong with your Civic? Let’s look at some of the most common Honda Civic transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.
Honda Civic Recalls
Recall ID – NHTSA: 15V574000 – 2014-2015 Civic
On September 15, 2015, a recall was issued for the 2014-2015 Honda Civic. According to NHTSA, a software issue could result in severe damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft.
If damage to the transmission drive pulley shaft is severe enough, it could break, causing the front wheels to either loose power or lockup, increasing the risk for a crash.
Dealers have been instructed to reprogram the transmission control software. Owners can contact Honda at 1-888-234-2138 (refer to Honda Civic recall JU2). Or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (refer to recall 15V574000).
Recall ID – NHTSA: 90V163000 – 1990 Civic
The automatic equipped 1990 Honda Civic was recalled because an improperly machined shaft could prevent the park prawl mechanism from fully engaging Park when that gear is selected.
If the Park gear is not fully engaged, the car could roll away and cause serious injury or damage.
When this recall was issued in 1990, Honda dealers were instructed to install a revised parking prawl shaft.
Honda Civic Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
2001-2004 Civic – TSB 04-036
The vehicle won’t move when you select Drive. This problem is usually accompanied by a malfunction light on the dash (’01-’03 models), a blinking ‘D’ indicator, and the error code: P0730.
Due to excessive wear in the second clutch, Honda recommends replacing the entire transmission.
2006-2008 Civic Si – TSB 08-020
The 6-speed manual transmission may emit a grinding noise when shifting into 3rd gear, pop out of 3rd gear, or be unusually hard to shift into 3rd gear.
This problem is likely due to a failed 3rd gear synchronizer, or 3-4 shift sleeve.
2001-2005 Civic w/ CVT – TSB 07-050
CVT equipped versions of the ’01-’05 Civic (including the Honda Civic Hybrid) may experience drive belt slippage during acceleration, or transmission shudder at speeds below 15 mph.
To solve the problem, it’s recommended to either install a lower valve body kit, or replace the transmission entirely.
How to Diagnose & Fix
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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