Harsh Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Honda CR-V

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 132,666 (36,000–254,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
12 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
31 people reported this problem
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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.
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
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!
My crv has a problem shifting from 2nd to 3rd. And has a roaring in the front left side. Sometimes it will die when I stop at a light or stop sign.
When shifting from 1st to 2nd, car is shaking violently and it doesn't happen all the time. It does more when you go slower.
Just started noticing an intermittent hesitation in the automatic transmission when shifting from first into second gear. Am going to have the dealer flush the ATF-Z1 fluid and replace the solenoid. Hope it works.
i noticed a "rumble" when i am traveling approximately 20 MPH just before the car shifts gears. i am just beginning to search for a solution to the problem; will probably take it back to honda for the fix.
I have s 2014 crv. I've had it in 3 times for this issue. I had to pay for a transmission flush, then the computer module was updated. The problem keeps getting worse and is so bad that ive almost hit a few cars while in traffic.This morning it double hard shifted causing me to lose power and we almost got rear ended.(my kids were in the car).
Honda just says this is normal shifting for my model and sent me on my way.
Also the VTC actuater went bad at 9,000 miles, had to leave it all night for diagnosis, got confirmation that the part was indeed bad but they didn't have the replacement part just yet. Finally go to get it replaced but the warranty has changed on the part, so they want the car all night to diagnose it again. its all a big game to wait it out until I have no warranty, which will be in one months time. Never will I buy Honda again.
Automatic trans...hard shifting from 1st to 2nd. Been to the shop a few times with no resolution. Only real problem we ever had with this otherwise great vehicle