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Old 09-29-08, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What is the tranny problem with the 6's?

I feel the tranny shifting hard when I am around town 25 -35mph for more then 20min. I really notice it thump when I am going off the highway and slowing down to city speeds. Some times it with thump so hard you'll think you hit something. I have also had the transmission just not shift on quick acceleration onto the highway and other situations. Is like the tranny just freezes all together and you have to let off the gas and wait a second then try again. That has taken a really bad turn as it has almost led to an accident while trying to merge on to the highway.

My car is a 1999 with 99k miles. I am taking it in to replace the SRS sensors while there still on warranty so I was going to open a claim about it while I was there. I am told the process will take 6 months and Honda isn't admitting to there problem so they may not even fix it.

Anyone know for sure the problem and the symptoms? Is this process really that long? I have a car because I need my car so I cant just not have a car for 6months... Any other solutions to the problem?
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Consumers Report reliability ratings for used Acura RL's shows that transmission problems for the RL in both major and minor categories appear in less than 1 to 2 percent of all vehicles. When was the last time your trans fluid was flushed and refilled? Some owners have done the "flush and refill" twice to ensure transmission operates smoothly.
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DO NOT FLUSH..... Drain and refill only..
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Tranny mount breaks as well. That adds to harsh shifting, but not to not shifting at all.
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verdict on Flush vs drain refil

i have a 98 rl that just popped a p0740 code, torque converter clutch circuit malfunction. checked the fluid level and it was almost not even on the stick. I filled the reservoir and am wondering - if i should worry about the torque converter or solenoid. Autozone says its dealer only and i dont have that kind of money, should i Flush and refill or drain and refill and disconnect the battery and see how she drives?
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I was in error in my earlier post. Acura only recommends the "drain and refill" of transmissions. As BadNA1NSX noted in his post "NO FLUSH." Some members drain and refill and drive a few hundred miles with new fluid to clean transmission internals and then perform another drain and refill with new fluid. Many report greatly improved shifting after this process. Hope this works for you.
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Fluid level is up to specs and the fluid was done at 90k. I pulled out my receipt so I thought I would share..

I am reading this off of the receipt for the 90k service:


89,092k Miles: 90k Service Preformed
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Transmission Pan Screen/ Gasket Replaced
Acura/ Honda Alternative Synthetic ATF Fluid (Mobile 1)
6 point external transmission inspection

The Acura dealer did the service so I am assuming they just drained and filled. I am going to go ahead and drop it off. Hopefully I come home with a brand new RL.... I might just be dreaming.
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I did a "drain and refill" three times in a row, with 10 minutes of hard driving inbetween (to loosen up the gunk). The difference in shift quality before and after was night and day. It use to clunk BAD on the 1st to 2nd upshift, but now it is as smooth as butter everytime. Try this first...then go to the stealer-ship if that doesn't work.

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I was in error in my earlier post. Acura only recommends the "drain and refill" of transmissions. As BadNA1NSX noted in his post "NO FLUSH." Some members drain and refill and drive a few hundred miles with new fluid to clean transmission internals and then perform another drain and refill with new fluid. Many report greatly improved shifting after this process. Hope this works for you.
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