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.
Harsh Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Honda CR-V
Average mileage: 164,000 (90,000–254,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, Automatic Transmission
11 people reported this problem
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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
1999 Honda CR-V- Automatic Transmission254,000Visitor
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!
2005 Honda CR-V93,000Visitor
I just experienced this for the first time this weekend. My '05 CRV essentially won't kick into gear while on the road. When trying to accelerate the engine will continue to rev upwards of 5,000 RPM and wont kick the car into gear. It feels like I am trying to drive on the highway with the car in neutral. I even moved the gear shift to neutral and back to drive but it didn't help. It feels jumpy and will shake back and forth as I am trying to get it to go. I just brought it to a mechanic and I am still awaiting his diagnosis. He said no engine lights are on, transmission fluid looks perfect and nothing appears to be wrong... Hoping to get an update later today. It's certainly scary to be merging onto a highway and practically lose all ability to accelerate. Hope this doesn't require a 3-4K new transmission. All help is appreciated.
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