Honda Civic Transmission Problems & Overview

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.

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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

  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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5 thoughts on “Honda Civic Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. I have a honda civic 2006 with automatic transmission. The problem is that there is an unidentified fluid leak at the front, right side of the car. I am suspecting that it is an ATF leak. Another problem is that during accleration, as ths speed increases to exactly 52 kph, there is an unusual howling side at the front, right side of the car. I am suspeccting that this two problems are somewhat related to each other. My father told me that the leak came from the steering system but my suspicion ia that the leak came from the transmission. Any help please. Need some advice on what to do.Do I need to immediately send it to the repair ahop? Can I still use it? What could be the possible problem? Does the howling sound means that the ATF is not on its proper level or it leads to a more serious problem? Please help, thank you so much for the time

  2. I have a 1998 Honda Civic ex. My check engine light came on in about 30 seconds later I lost my transmission completely. Once I turn the car off and turn it back on my transmission is fine for about a mile then it goes out again reverse forward everything. If I turn the car off and started back up transmission works just fine again help me please.

  3. My 2003 honda civic hybrid, cvt tranny stopped moving on me when I came to a stop sign…it just wouldnt go…the car starts up right away still…everything still works in it but it just wont go in drive or any gear…it has 128,000 miles…can someone please help me out…I’m told by few people to flush the tranny fluid out and replace with a new filter…my son used the obd2 scanner on it code came up input drive pulley sensor so we changed that but it didnt solve the problem and it also came up tcm code …so what can it be? help!

  4. I got the transmission replaced in my honda civic–the car is old, I debated whether to call it quits but 2 mechanics felt the car still had some good years left in it. I took the car to these 2 mechanics, they both did a lot of testing, determined it wasn’t sensors. The car was struggling shifting into 1st.

    Anyway, a very trusted mechanic put in a second hand transmission. It feels good, except for a slight bump I am guessing when going from 1st to 2nd, or 2nd to 3rd. Not always. Just sometimes. I can’t tell if this is just normal, a different part, or something to be worried about. So tired of going to mechanics.

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