Acura CL Problems

Check Engine and D4 Lights Flashing on Acura CL

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The Acura 3.2CL may develop issues with the automatic transmission.

Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin to blink. The check engine light will also illuminate, and OBD trouble codes P0700, P0730, P0740, P0780, P1768 and/or P1768 will be stored in the computer.

If the transmission shifts roughly, the failure is very likely mechanical failure of the transmission. If the transmission performs normally, a faulty sensor, or dirty transmission fluid may be the case.

In most cases, it is necessary to use professional diagnostic equipment to provide a diagnosis, and complete the repair.

The longevity of the transmission is dependent on strict adherence to the manufacturer's recommendation for ATF replacement intervals and procedure.

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Acura CL Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 132,235 (17,000–299,350)
Drive Trains affected: Automatic Transmission, Manual Transmission
5 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, more2003
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My car would just revs and wont move when i have it in gear and give it gas...Only had it for about six to eight months now. does anyone know why
trans is slipping starts to drive once it warms up hestitates and then slips. just bought it too off of Craigs list got to drive it not even a day =(. Can I have the recall cover it? If not where can I get a new transmission. Everything else other than the gages on the dash is perfect. It is a nice car just wish to get it fixed. Insurance is exspensive. Motor is very very strong
The automatic transmission won't go into reverse...Does anyone know the cause & fix ?
When on the gas its decent.. but when i take foot off pedal to coast it start to jerk and sound like it is about to fall out.
The car doesn't want to mpve at first it stays stagmented for a few seconds then jerks really fast and hard once you past the second gear it rides smooth no more jerking and no more hesitation.
transmission started slipping, revving up by itself and jerking on downgrades. Stopped to check tranny fluid, seemed OK. I made it home, thought it was going to be alright, but the next morning proved that wrong. As I got on the highway, problems showed up again. 40mph max speed slowly losing ability to go that fast. Pulled over, put it in park and heard a slight crunch. I had it towed to local aamco transmissions, which had just went out of business... Trailered it home where it sadly sits in garage now.
Not shifting into gear and grinding noise when engaging into reverse.
I have had similar issues, after doing some research, I believe replacing the transmission is a band aid to the problem. The problem isn't the issue, it's the solenoids that control the shifting. Replace those and you should be fine depending on the resulting damage done to the clutch and gears.
evey gear shifts hard, just bad trannys and ignition switches is what i have researched like all of them. feels like transmission will fail soon and its twice as much what i bought the car for
Transmission not engaging gears after driving for an hour on thhe freeway it will engaged but disengages right after
The car is still not fixed. I took it to the dealer for 60K major service. Had the service done earlier. I told them that the transmission was slipping and had issues. They serviced the car and mentioned that nothing was wrong with the transmission. Now the car has major issues with transmission and is almost not drivable. My warranty expired but Acura never communicated to me about the transmission issues. I only drive the car once a week to make sure the engine, battery, etc. are in good shape. The car is in mint condition and now is useless.
When shifting it will occasionally slip, the same when down shifting like the syncro is off. Acura said I need new Trans as they do not repair, $4500. I let it go still have same problem now at 124000 miles and counting