It mostly affects 3.0 V6 Accords from '98 to '02 (and MDX's and Odysseys),
but not all VINs. There is no actual recall, but the tranny warranty has
been officially extended to 8 years and 80K miles.
There was a design flaw having to do with heat buildup and fluid leaks.
Symptoms are jerky shifts, "flaring" between shifts (engine unaccountably
revs high), and odd noises from the tranny.
Honda's approach has been to deal with these on a case-by-case basis,
starting with the moment you come in to the dealer compaining of the above
behavior. You'd be best to wait until the symptoms show up before going in.
Honda has been very lenient with no-charge repairs and replacements.
A caution though: change the fluid according to the official Maintenance
Schedule, and only ever use Honda ATF-Z1 fluid. If there is any other kind
of fluid in there, get rid of it now. Doing this will help in getting
attention from the dealer if your tranny ever decides to go south on you.
I'm not sure the size of my engine, but if all 2002 Accord V6s are 3.0, then
that's what I must have.
Ok, I'll watch the fluid level more carefully.
Thanks for the symptoms. No sign of those so far. Hopefully I'll never
experience those. At this point it's 4 years old with 36K miles on it.
Understood. I'm planning on taking it back to the dealer for trans fluid
replacement soon. The fluild isn't red anymore but a pale brown so I think
Thanks for the information and help Tegger.
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