5 Things To Avoid While Driving Honda Automatic Transmission

If you want your Honda automatic transmission to last long, there are some things that you should avoid doing at any cost.

”If you want your Honda Automatic Transmission to last longer: Don’t drive through deep water, watch how you shift the gears, don’t leave it in drive while idling, don’t do burnouts and replace the transmission oil regularly.”

Now, automatic transmissions at Honda cars cost a lot of money to fix if they go bad. Rebuilding them can cost anywhere from $3000 up to $5000, so you want to take care of them. I’m going to show you five things that you never want to do with them.

1. Never Drive An Automatic Transmission Car Through Deep Water

You never want to drive an automatic car through deep water and here’s why. There is a small vent with a black cap located under the car. You have to have vents on automatic transmissions as the fluid gets hot and expands and contracts to release pressure. If you go through water, that vent will suck water into the transmission, and let’s just say water and automatic transmissions do not go together. If you get water in your automatic transmission, sometimes you get lucky and flush it out and it’ll work, but often it will destroy the entire transmission and you’ll need a new one. So, if its raining heavily outside, you better grab a cab and leave your car on the driveway or in the garage.

2. Watch How You Shift The Gears

The second thing never to do is never accidentally have your car go from DRIVE into REVERSE while the car is moving. Some Honda’s have better design and the shifter is on the dash. That’s kind of hard to do, but a lot of cars have them down on the bottom where usually transmission sits, so if yours is like this, make sure you don’t accidentally hit it and rip it into reverse while you’re driving down the road, because it will destroy the transmission. If your Honda is older, you’ll just ended up junking it. This actually happened to a friend of mine. He was driving in reverse and before he stopped he shifter the gear into what he thought was Neutral, but it was Drive instead. He immediately took his car to the mechanic and the mechanic said that he was lucky he was driving slow in reverse. If he was driving forward and then shifted to Reverse, then the damage would have been much larger.

3. Don’t Leave It In DRIVE

If you plan on sitting in the car for a long period of time, make sure that you don’t have your transmission in DRIVE mode. Because leaving it in drive if you’re idling for a long time, that can lead to overheating of the inside of the transmission. If you’re going to be sitting there for really long time just shut the car off or at least put it into PARK, because in Park, it’s not directly connected. The torque converter isn’t sending a lot of power, so it won’t get quite as hot in park as it will and drive. When I am waiting for the traffic light, which is no more than 60 seconds, I always leave my car in Park. I know that 60 seconds is not much, but I just don’t want the transmission to work while i am at a complete stop. Some of my friends leave their cars in Neutral while waiting, but that’s worse than Parking.

4. Don’t Do Burnouts

That’s bad thing to do with your automatic transmission. Don’t go around doing burnouts all the time. Doing burnouts is one of the worst things you can do for an automatic transmission. Of course, burnouts aren’t good for any car. But if you do burnouts with a standard manual transmission, the worst thing that can happen is you will end up with a bad clutch. A bad clutch is much cheaper to be replaced, than a complete transmission. I mean, automatic transmission cars are made for people who want to get from point A to point B in the most safest way. On the other hand, the manual shifters are for people that really enjoy cars and want to get the most of it. Please if you are speeding or doing burnouts, make sure you are doing it in a controlled environment and not on a street where children play.

5. Replace The Transmission Oil Regularly

The last thing to do has to do with your automatic transmission fluid. If you have a later model car, don’t listen to the nonsense that says no need to replace ATF under normal driving conditions on the cap. It’s a bunch of nonsense. It just basically says, oh the fluid is good for the lifetime of the transmission, but then the lifetime of the transmission is less, and less, and less. You don’t want dirty fluid in, you want to change it regularly. No need to go to a store, you can order ATF on amazon.com. Modern cars use synthetic fluid that can handle heat better and break down less, but eventually it does break down. I still say change your transmission fluid every sixty to eighty thousand miles, regardless of what these ridiculous directions say. If you take care of your transmission, it can take care of you.

Now you know what the top five things you shouldn’t be doing to your Honda’s automatic transmission, to make it last as long as it possibly can. If you have another tip for me, please make sure to write it in the comments.

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Hi there. I am a certified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) mechanic since 2018 and a car detailer for 10 years.

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