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Honda CR-V Harsh Shift From First to Second Gear in Automatic Transmission

Honda CR-V Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, Automatic Transmission

Average Mileage: 161,000 mi (90,000 mi - 254,000 mi)


Some vehicles with an automatic transmission can have an issue with a harsh shift from first to second gear. Honda has released a service bulletin suggesting to flush the transmission using Honda ATF-Z1 and replace the linear solenoid. If that does not cure the problem the fault is internal and the transmission will require replacement or overhaul.

  • Visitor, , Automatic Transmission, 254,000 mi

    When we are entering the freeway, my car tries to shift into gear but has a hard time. We have to let go the gas and gently press on the gas again and she will slowly shift into gear. Scary!

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  •  Rookie

    Just beginning to notice a slight harsh shift from first to second right at 20 mph, was told by mechanic that it could be Solenoid but maybe not and transmission may be to be rebuilt. Has anyone else had this problem and had it corrected, would appreciate any input, love the Honda, thanks C

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