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Old 06-02-2006, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default '04 Vue 3.5 Honda trans shutter

During the winter, when driving some 14 mph on new snow/ice I felt a shutter for a few seconds. Figuring it was some ice I dismissed it. A few weeks later, I got the same shutter (2 or 4 seconds) when s l o w l y crusing at 12 - 14 mph. It doesn't do it all the time, just once a week or less. Car has 43K and fluid is to the mark and good looking. Accelerating is no problem, just crawling just before 2nd gear.

Anyone have this problem?
I can almost recreate it once in awhile so I might try bringing it in during the summer.

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Old 06-02-2006, 11:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: '04 Vue 3.5 Honda trans shutter

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During the winter, when driving some 14 mph on new snow/ice I felt a shutter for a few seconds. Figuring it was some ice I dismissed it. A few weeks later, I got the same shutter (2 or 4 seconds) when s l o w l y crusing at 12 - 14 mph. It doesn't do it all the time, just once a week or less. Car has 43K and fluid is to the mark and good looking. Accelerating is no problem, just crawling just before 2nd gear.

Anyone have this problem?
I can almost recreate it once in awhile so I might try bringing it in during the summer.
If your transmission is having issues, delaying the visit to have it looked at will just make things worse. Better to attack something like that sooner rather than later. If it was my vehicle, I'd have the transmission fluid and filter changed first and see if that has any impact on the symptom you've noticed.

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Old 06-03-2006, 01:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: '04 Vue 3.5 Honda trans shutter

Probably just the transmission deciding whether to engine brake, let the engine idle, or lockup the torque converter. When the trans is confused at a low speed like that, mine sometimes shudders trying to figure out what I'm doing.

Your transmission is most likely fine, and working as it should. Still, your problem might be different from what I've encountered, so it is probably best for you to take it in if you're unsure.

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Old 06-03-2006, 10:53 AM   #4
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Mine will sometimes seem to behave strangely while I drive through multiple levels of parking garage at 5-15 MPH. Usually I put it in "L" to keep it from getting confused. Otherwise, it likes to shift between 1st and 2nd. Sometimes, it'll engage the hill descent or whatever it's called going down the ramps which feels strange when it's only active for a second or so.

Also, you said you were driving on snow/ice? Could it have been either traction control or AWD engaging? Or if your Vue isn't warmed up, it might not shift as well. If you think it's a problem, take it in. There might be an update to the transmission control unit or something. If you haven't changed the trans fluid, it might be a good time- others have posted about servicing every 20-30k even though the manual says longer.

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Old 06-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #5
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I bought a extended warranty (75K) from the dealer when I picked this up so I have 32K left. Not worried about doing anymore damage as it's one of those "can't duplicate" problems and happens so rarely. Will call them about it. With 43K on it, it's never done it before and may do it warm or cold. But for me to try to duplicate it is almost impossible, no less some mechanic. Don't want to change the trans fluid until they see it. They might drop the tran pan to look and change it for me.

Just wondering if it's a Honda trans thing, and of course just after the 36K standard warranty.

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Old 06-03-2006, 01:29 PM   #6
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I doubt that it's serious, I'd tend to agree with the other hypotheses, it's probably just the computer trying to figure out what to do. However, you should atleast mention it to a tech, the early Honda 3.5L+5-speed automatics were recalled for a tendancy to eat their own second gear. Your Vue should not have that problem; but, it doesn't hurt to mention it.

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