Honda Accord Transmission Problems & Overview

In production since 1976, the Honda Accord has been one of the best selling cars in the US since 1979 and was the best selling Japanese car for 15 years between 1982 and 1997. It was the first Japanese car to be manufactured in the United States when production started in Marysville, Ohio in 1982. It has been consistently rated as one of the most reliable vehicles on the market by many road tests over the years. However, a few years have suffered from transmission issues – some of which required recalls. The name “Accord” has been used on a number of different vehicles including crossovers, wagons, coupes and hatchbacks, but the mid-size, four-door car sold in the US is most well known version of the vehicle.

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Is there something wrong with your Accord? Let’s look at some of the most common Honda Accord transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.

Common Issues/Codes Summary

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Recalls & Known Problems

2005-2010 Honda Accord – Automatic Transmission Control Module (TCM, PCM) (NHTSA Recall: 11V395000)

In 2011, Honda recalled 2005-2010 model year Honda Accords, equipped with the automatic transmission. Manufactured between July 1, 2004 and September 3, 2010, these cars had a faulty secondary shaft bearing that could fracture and cause all sorts of damage.

According to the recall, “certain driving styles” (see: driving it like a teenager) could cause the outer brace (the round metal band that contains the ball bearings) to fracture. If this happens:

a) The engine could stall/the Check Engine Light could illuminate, if a piece of the broken bearing gets lodged between the idle gear and a sensor housing, or:
b) Part of the bearing could become lodged in the park prawl (the metal piece that engages Park), causing the car to roll away after it’s shifted into Park.

If the latter happens, your Accord could endanger everything from pedestrians to garden gnomes.

Honda dealers were instructed in 2011 to reprogram the transmission control module to keep this from happening. If you’re unsure if the fix was performed on your car, you can call Honda Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009. Be sure to have your VIN number handy, and refer to Honda recall #: R89

1998 Honda Accord – Automatic Transmission Bearing Failure (NHTSA Recall: 98V018000)

Back in 1998, Honda had to recall 33,966 units of the Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, to fix a problem that prevented the automatic transmission from fully engaging Park.

It seems that a die used to cast the transmission cover, caused an irregularity on the right-side of the cover, which prevented the park prawl (the metal piece that engages Park) actuation lever from properly engaging Park. If this happens, America’s favorite family car would roll after being put in Park – endangering many people, places, and things.

At the time, Honda instructed its dealers to install a collar on the park prawl, which would allow the actuation lever to move freely. If you’re unsure if the fix was performed on your car, you can call Honda Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009. Be sure to have your VIN number handy.

2003-2004 Honda Accord – Automatic Transmission (NHTSA Recall #: 04V176000)

A 1 million+ vehicle recall was issued in 2004, because the automatic transmission that was installed in the 2003-2004 Honda Accord seemed to be prone to early failure. Severe gear damage/breakage could cause the transmission to unexpectedly seize, which could obviously lead to an accident.

Due to insufficient transmission fluid flow, excessive heat can buildup between the countershaft and the secondary shaft second gears (ATF absorbs heat and carries it away from moving parts), which can result in decreased material strength, chipped gear teeth, and in extreme cases, complete gear failure (i.e. it breaks). Unusual noises will typically signal a problem. However, a broken gear can cause the transmission to completely lockup, which would bring the car to a sudden halt.

When the recall was announced, Honda instructed its dealers to do one of two things: 1) Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles received a special ATF oil jet kit, which was installed on a fluid return line. This kit was designed to prevent the problem by injecting cooled transmission fluid directly onto the second gears. 2) If the vehicle had more than 15k miles, the dealer would inspect the gears and either install the jet kit, or install an entire remanufactured transmission. If you’re unsure if the fix was performed on your car, you can call Honda Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009. Be sure to have your VIN number handy, and refer to Honda recall #: P38

What Transmission Does a Honda Accord Have?

YearModelEngineTrans TypeDrive
1999-1998Accord2.3LBAXA/ MAXAFWD
2002-2000Accord2.3LBAXA/ MAXAFWD

How to Diagnose & Fix

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the Fluid Level
  3. Test Transmission Pressure
  4. Drop the Transmission Pan
  5. Repair, Replace or Rebuild

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Related Forum Discussions


  1. – Recall 11V395000
  2. – Recall 98V018000
  3. – Recall 04V176000

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38 thoughts on “Honda Accord Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. My Honda accord 2000 model at any time when I start car and move the gear from park to drive 4 move sometimes the gear are free and also when i slow down to start moving it will not.what may have cost the problem.

  2. My Honda accord 2000 at any time when I start car and move the gear from park to reverse,the transition going to shake alot.but when I leave car run for 15 mintues,nothing happen.
    My motor mount is new,all valves solinid is working good and fluid is fresh

  3. I have a 02 accord 2.3 auto the transmission has a slite grind in park fluid was low low I added 2qts shifts fine but the fluid is black still, has the damage bin done? or drainig fluid & putting all new fixs or wish full thinking?

  4. I have a 99 honda accord while driving all of a sudden the rpms started jumping up and down and shifting weird. The check engine light went on with p0700 and p0730 codes . I dont know if someone put fuel injector cleaner in the gas tank the day before without reading directions so it wasnt done correctly would have anything to do with the problem . any help would be most appreciated thank you

    • Yeah good luck my 1999 Honda does the same thing, when shifting to second it disengages and takes a few seconds to shift but it slams, when driving it’ll disengage going into third the rpm will go up but there’s no power and then slam into gear or sometimes shift nicely which it also does to fourth. You need to put certain ATC fluid in it and even then it’s probably not your fault, Honda knows about the issue because it’s widespread and won’t do anything about it.

  5. My issue is limp-mode is activated when the rpm hits about 4000-4500. The check engine flashes and their is a loss of power.

    I have to turn the car off then restart it to drive it .

    The code is p0341
    Thank you
    Please help

  6. I have a 2001 Honda Accord 3.0 L. After I start traveling at 40 miles an hour the TC the traction control light will come on and the drive light with stay steady but the car would continue to move I would have to turn the engine off and turn it back on at stop lights so that it would have normal pickup but still it would not but still it would not pick up like normal so I changed a solenoid should have been the shift solenoid which is found towards the top right of the transmission after that was changed in the filter was cleaned out I received a flashing D4 light on the transmission then when I got the car home and I started the car up the car just shut off wondering what it is if it’s a flow problem which is what I’m thinking I should only need the pressure solenoid which is at the top left-hand side family away from the shift solenoid of the Honda question do you think this would solve the problem

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